Our School delivers a Montessori curriculum to pre-primary aged children which is aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework. For primary aged children we deliver the full NSW NESA accredited program as a minimum but regularly surpass the learning outcomes delivered at traditional schools. All curriculum is delivered using Montessori principles, methodology and materials. Our timing in the presentation of some topics can be slightly different to that in traditional schools allowing children to progress at their own pace. This allows for acceleration, deeper learning and a consolidation of skills in an individualised manner. In the early primary years there is a much greater emphasis on process rather than product.
In the Montessori pre-school, there are five distinct areas in the child’s prepared environment.
Knowledge is presented as part of a larger narrative that reveals the origins of the earth, life, human communities and history. Formal scientific language and zoology, botany, anthropology, geography, geology is introduced in context, respecting the child’s interests and intelligence.
Using connective narratives, the student is introduced to subjects in a clear concrete way which are normally not introduced until high school in conventional schools.
Advanced mathematical concepts, algebra and geometry are introduced using the specially designed materials.
Using Montessori materials, the student becomes a proficient reader who understands grammar and studies the origin of our language. Work with different genre and interpretive reading of literature also takes place and the student progresses towards conventional spelling and use of punctuation.
Research skills are also emphasized so that students can undertake student-generated research using books and technological sources.
Primary students also use ‘going out’, an excursion chosen by the child, as a way of developing knowledge and skills that align real-life experiences with school based learning. They may also invite experts to visit the school. The children are directly involved in excursion or incursion planning.