Childhood should be a time of happiness, and this is reflected in a Montessori Primary (6 – 9 or 9 – 12 environment). A busy, purposeful environment allows children to take in the knowledge around them and develop skills in order to develop, mentally and physically. A Montessori primary classroom is a quiet one, where children work primarily in small groups in order to research areas of interest. Children develop themselves socially by working together and freedom within limits remains a key feature.
The Montessori Curriculum is a truly individualised one. No two children will take the same journey through the Great Lessons and learn the same information. A Cosmic Education allows children to explore and develop an appreciation for the interwoven nature of the different areas of the cosmos.
The teacher’s role is to ensure that every child meets the standards set forth by the English National Curriculum, and a deep understanding of the Montessori philosophy and pedagogy ensures that children can do this at their own pace. Their progress is monitored rather than dictated. Individual, group and class meetings ensure that children are aware of the expectations that others have of them and the role they are expected to take within the group. Responsibility, Respect and Resourcefulness are key features to success which allow children to develop in a holistic way, with a clear idea of their place in the world and their own, personal purpose.