You will find our Children’s House very light and airy, the atmosphere is calm and tranquil: colours are subtle, natural materials abound, music plays softly, our children are happy, engaged and independent. This fantastic environment allows children to choose activities that are meaningful and purposeful and to work at their own pace. Children are gradually guided through the wide-ranging curriculum, each finding their own route, reflecting their individuality and personal interests. The Montessori curriculum builds continuously on your child’s experiences. Hands-on, active learning is the key, along with unlimited time in which to develop deep knowledge and understanding of each material. The curriculum is divided into five areas as detailed below. Being a Montessori School, we also follow the DofE Early Years Foundation Stage which is a statutory requirement for all Early Years settings. Links between EYST and the Montessori Curriculum are very easy to identify, and our teachers and practitioners are trained to make sure that we adhere to both.
The main emphasis in these activities is ‘life' skills, such as self-confidence, independence and responsibility, the ‘practical’ part is almost a by-product. Practical Life activities could be described as the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the curriculum. Whilst engaging in fun practical activities, your child will be laying foundations of learning and getting ready to explore the rest of the curriculum.
‘There is nothing in the intellect which does not first exist in the senses’ (Aristotle).
Montessori, like Aristotle, was aware of the need for sensorial experiences. Our Sensorial Materials introduce a wide range of concepts to your child in a clear, unambiguous way. These include size, shape, colour, texture, taste, sound and smell. Through the activities your child will begin to make comparisons, initially by matching objects that are alike, then by grading by subtle differences, and learning to order or classify by different criteria. These activities help your child to develop early mathematical skills in a hands on and memorable way.
In the Children’s House your child will acquire concepts of number, quantity and base in a clear, unambiguous way. The sensorial method continues, with children physically handling and manipulating quantities. Your child will also begin working with fractions, and learn to name and compare 2D and 3D geometric shapes. Later activities gradually move towards memorisation skills and more abstract mathematical concepts, such as adding and subtracting quantities, writing and solving numerical sums. (2 photos of children involved in mathematical skills)
We have a wonderfully rich language that we use in a range of ways. We will help your child to experience the magic and delight that language brings. Using sensorial exploration, we will support your child in developing a wide and varied vocabulary, confidence when talking or sharing information in a group, develop story telling and dramatisation skills as well as social language skills in respecting others.
Throughout the year we introduce a wide range of literature, songs and poetry both in style and genre.
Awareness is built up of the sounds in the English language through the use of word games and sand paper letters. Through these, phonetic skills are nurtured which lead to writing and reading. When your child is ready for a literacy adventure, we will support them in creating first words using moveable alphabet (CVC words) and practise reading them.
Withing this area, awareness is developed of the world as a diverse whole. Your child may choose to investigate biology, finding out about the different parts of a bird, or the differences between birds and mammals. Botany introduces the study of leaves and the examination of plants and flowers. Through geography activities land and water forms are investigated, as well as continents and a variety of countries. Music is part of many sessions; often something is playing quietly on the CD player. Your child will be encouraged to play instruments in creative and expressive ways. Creativity is also encouraged through movement, drama and through various art media. Topic and project work (Interest Table) is approached in a holistic way, incorporating aspects of history, geography, science, technology and appreciation of the arts. All the children benefit from the active approach to learning and acquire a solid grounding in a wide variety of subjects.
Within the session your child will be active all the time and have freedom to move about and chose activities. Many of our activities develop hand/ eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. When out of doors, there are opportunities to enhance large motor skills through the use of climbing and play equipment as well as gardening activities.
Alphabet House Montessori School Worksop is non-denominational. A variety of festivals (both religious and cultural) are celebrated during the year as part of the curriculum. We will encourage your child to develop a strong sense of world-wide community, including respect and tolerance of others and the environment, as well as morality and honesty.