'Outstanding' ISI 2015
The Montessori Method is a child-centred approach to learning based on close observation of a child’s development. It is a powerful, confidence-building method which enables children to become independent learners and to experience the joy of conscious achievement at a very young age.
At the heart of the Montessori Method is a specially prepared environment divided into broad areas of activity, be it numeric, linguistic, or sensorial. Each area has its own beautifully designed pieces of equipment, each with a specific purpose. Once mastered, a child will not forget its message. The task of the trained Montessori staff is to facilitate the child's own learning by observing closely and introducing a piece of equipment at the right moment in the child’s development to carry the child forward with confidence. It allows each individual to develop at their own pace, which is especially valuable at an age when even six months can make an enormous difference between children in the same year group.
Every child has an individual education plan which incorporates all the goals of the Early Learning Foundation Stage and the National Strategies, but the curriculum is far broader than any state-prescribed list and appeals to all interests and abilities.
If you are familiar with the Montessori Method you will know how exciting this approach to learning is and how intensely satisfying to each child. If you are not, do please come and visit our Early Years setting, where we can show the materials, the way in which we present them to the children and how they use them. The experience can be revelatory.
Bella Barron, Head of Montessori Early Years