The Montessori mathematics materials are designed to allow the child to develop mathematical awareness through the use of specially designed equipment thus allowing the child to grasp concrete ideas leading to more abstract mathematical concepts such as addition and subtraction. Through the use of the materials the children acquire a love of numbers and have within them a desire to explore numbers and their equivalent in their environment.
The children have ample opportunity to express themselves within the Montessori prepared environment leading to the development of language skills and a widening of their vocabulary. They are encouraged through the use of the equipment to explore letter sounds allowing them to develop an understanding of letter recognition leading to the development of reading and writing skills appropriate to their individual needs.
The Montessori cultural area allows the children the freedom to explore the world they live in through a variety of activities in history, geography, biology and science. Children have access to maps and flags of the world, science experiments, food tasting from different countries and activities that allow exploration of the natural world. Cultures from around the globe are explored and celebrated.
Creative is fundamental to successful learning. This enables children to make connections between all curriculum areas and as a result extend their learning and enhance their imagination. We promote this through music and movement, art, dance, role-play, yoga, imaginative play, sand and water, stories and poetry.
Physical development is about improving skills of co-ordination and movement. This is an integral part of all the curriculum areas as it allows children to develop a positive sense of well-being, gain confidence in what they do while allowing them to feel the positive benefits of being healthy and active. Physical development is a crucial part of a child’s day and we promote this by allowing the children free supervised access to a well-prepared outdoor area as well as encouraging the children to participate in specially developed Yoga exercises.