The children begin at 9.10am and we start the day with our Montessori work cycle and once all the children have arrived we say good morning to each other using Makaton sign language to support children with EAL or SEN.
Once children go to work/play the teachers become facilitators and guides, carefully and sensitively putting each child in touch with the specially prepared environment and helping them socialise. Each child is carefully monitored by our staff to ensure an holistic overview of next steps and making sure that no child is overlooked.
In the early weeks there is maximum staff help but with the long-term intention of allowing each child to become freely independent within the Montessori environment in their own time. We gently introduce children to a variety of activities, either individually, in pairs or in larger groups. These activities are based on Montessori principles and the philosophy of natural development, but parallel very easily the Early Learning Goals of the Foundation Stage Guidelines laid down the by DfE.
The children work/play freely within simple rules which they understand.
Children enjoy a healthy snack of fruit or veg during the morning session. This is chosen and prepared by the children, giving them an opportunity to gain preparation and independence skills. We follow this with various special group activities which might include art and craft, music and movement, social graces or story time.
Due to our state-of-the-art awning system, we are able to enjoy learning and play in our outside area, whatever the weather! Our playgrounds include swings, climbing frame, bouncy horses and chalk board. We have a school garden which the children help tend, and bird feeders for nature observation. Tricycles, hula hoops and bean bags are all available to the children.
Morning only children finish at 12.15 when they wait for parents and carers in a circle so that we can say goodbye to them properly.
Afternoon sessions begin at 12pm with a story or garden time. The children are encouraged to bring a healthy, nutritional packed lunch, including a drink.
Before lunch the children help to prepare the tables for lunch. Each child has their own place mat, napkin, cup and name card. This develops and consolidates the children’s social skills and graces. At the end of lunch the children help to clear the tables. A nap is offered if a need arises.
Our afternoon sessions are group based and are run on similar lines to the morning programme with additional enriching activities including art and craft, music and movement, gym and other curriculum themes.
Due to our state-of-the-art awning system, we are able to enjoy learning and play in our outside area, whatever the weather! Our playgrounds include swings, climbing frame, bouncy horses and chalk board. We have a school garden which the children help tend including bird feeders for nature observation. Tricycles, hula hoops and bean bags are all available to the children.
The afternoon session finishes at 3.05pm.