Elementary school

If your child is leaving a Montessori Pre-primary school, you are most welcome to enroll them into our Elementary (primary) school from age 6. They will be accepted at anytime throughout the year.

The Primary school learners have two directresses to mold their learning experiences. Most of the daily activities are monitored by the learners themselves. They are encouraged to complete tasks independently and ask for assistance when necessary. Lessons are planned accordingly.

The first day of Elementary is designed to amaze the child’s mind as they learn about the universe, though an experiment and discussion. This sets the stage for a fun and interesting 3 years to come. The learners cover all the Montessori subjects in great depth over the 3 year cycle (age 6-9 years). Reading skills are at the core of the programme as this will lead to independent research at a later stage. All the subjects are interelated, where the teacher guides the child to explore and make these connections for a cosmic education.

Practical Life:

Practical life, which was a separate area in the 3-6 classroom, is now integrated with the day-to-day care of the classroom and its inhabitants. Tasks may include preparation of snack and daily meals, watering plants or care of animals. Elementary children dust the shelves, organise and straighten the materials, sweep and vacuum, and keep the classroom neat and clean.

Language:

This includes a comprehensive spelling curriculum, word study (including antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, and compounds, as well as the parts of speech), creative writing, and research skills. Reading all subjects is vital, as children are introduced to poetry, folk tales, non-fiction, and classic literature. Children are given many opportunities to read out loud – giving a presentation they have written, or dramatising the work of another author.

Mathematics & Geometry:

The Golden Bead material teaches basic math concepts (place value, quantity/symbol association, and concrete addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). The materials bring a “hands-on” quality to the classroom, with children learning through trial and error, self-discovery, and helping each other solve problems. The materials quickly move the child to an abstraction of math concepts, including problem solving, fractions, borrowing and carrying, graphing, measurement, long division, and algebraic equations.

Geometry is a fascinating area of Montessori. Actual wooden shapes are used to master the terminology of all of the plane figures and solids. Matching cards are used to introduce positions of lines, angles, and special characteristics of shapes. Experimentation with other materials lead children to their own discoveries of spatial relationships, including congruence, symmetry, and equivalency.

Cultural Studies:
The main aim in these subjects is for the child to develop gratitude and respect toward the universe and the lives it contains. The child learns how important our role as human beings is in the ecology and ecosystems of the earth, so that they may preserve it for future generations. Thus it encompasses many subjects:

Botany and Zoology encompass a wide field of biological study. Matching cards are used to learn the characteristics of many plants and animals, they classify the plant and animal kingdoms. Later, children begin to research on their own, using their knowledge of specific plant and animal species.
We provide a very rich garden at the school including many species of plants. We have a vegetable garden and the children are made aware of recycling.

Geography and History include the study of civilisations and countries. Wooden puzzle maps of each continent are studied, with children learning the names, flags, animals, cultures, and geographic features of each country. History begins with the study of time, including clocks, calendars, and timelines. As various fundamental needs of people (like shelter, transportation, food, and clothing) are explored, the children research and chart changes in these needs over time and across cultures.

Science:
Science makes knowledge attainable and tangible it is the search for truth and attention to detail. Thus with the knowledge they gain, they need to apply it to improve themselves, the world and society. Children do experiments, and therefore learn through involvement. Science helps a child gain confidence as the world around him becomes more ordered and understandable.

Art:
The art curriculum covers the major artists are, such as Picasso and Monet. Different mediums of art are explored such as wax crayons, coloured pencils, chalk, pastels, charcoal, ink, and b pencils, stencils, tracing and painting. All the while art is emphasised around the cultural curriculum and brought into lessons such as Botany or Zoology where the children will create their own plants or animals with different mediums.

Music:
Singing and the use of a variety of different musical instruments are also encouraged. The children are exposed to classical music daily. The school strongly believes in the powerful effects that sound, rhythm and movement have on the child.

Sports:
Physical development is very important. We offer yoga, tai chi, rock climbing, athletics, aerobics, group and ball games. We also do athletics outings.

Religion:
The children will learn about different religious festivals. Parents are invited to share with the class any festivals that are followed in their own homes. In this way we can build a sense of community within the classroom and introduce the child to the different cultures of the humane family.

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School schedule:

07:00 – 08:00  Arrivals, breakfast, free play
08:00 – 12:00  Montessori 4 hour work cycle
12:00 – 12:30 Tidy up, set up for lunch
12:30 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:30 Half-day children departure time
14:00 – 15:00 Sports/ Independent work choice / language/ practical life activities
15:00 – 17:00 Free play time (art activities)

 

Term Timetable

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The full capacity is 12 children per directress.