Curriculum

Our curriculum combines Montessori method, a bilingual Program (Spanish or French) and Early Years Foundation Stage learning

Montessori has six main areas in the classroom:

 

  1. Activities of everyday living: This area compromises a range of practical life skills activities that will contribute to the children home life as well as to their future school life. This area is carefully prepared in order to help our pupils build confidence, as well as to encourage independence, nurture self-esteem, and refine their fine motor skills as well as to help them make sense of the world around them through concrete experiences.

  2. Sensorial: On this area the children will have activities to extend their knowledge about the world. The sensorial activities give them some indirect preparation to mathematical concepts as well as an opportunity to refine their senses.

  3. Literacy: Here the children will find a range of activities to indirectly prepare them for reading, comprehension and writing. In addition, the children will have access to resources to enrich language and vocabulary.

  4.  Mathematics: Children are born with an incorporated mathematical mind; this area will give them a rich variety of activities to fulfil their natural interest for mathematics and concepts such as order, dimensions, diameters, length, symbols and size.

  5. Knowledge and understanding of the world: Here the children will be encouraged to experiment on a variety of science, geography, botanics, technology projects and shelf activities. Books, pictures, puzzles, gardening, life cycles and cooking will be prepared for them to participate.

  6. Art: This is where the children will have an opportunity to be creative, to express their art skills freely through a rich range of materials that are attractive, colourful and accessible to them.

 

Language program: Whether you opt for the French or Spanish program, children will be exposed every day to the language. All throughout the morning, children are presented shelf activities in the chosen language (French or Spanish). There are also special boxes containing elements related to the current topic of the school (seasons, people who help us, space, habitats...) which can be accessed by the children at any time. As the child approaches one of these boxes, a teacher, native of the language, will join the child and explore the objects with him (books, games, interactive cards...). The teachers will ensure that all children access the boxes daily.

 

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS - Ofsted)Our curriculum follows the EYFS framework as follows:

 

  1. Prime areas:

 

  • Personal, social and emotional development

  • Communication and language

  • Physical development

 

   2. Specific areas:

 

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding of the world

  • Expressive arts and design

 

As requested by Ofsted we will run two year old checks on all children between 24 and 36 months. In partnership with the parents and the teachers this document aims at confirming or to raising any alerts about the development of the littles ones mainly on the prime areas of the EYFS.

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