Discovery and Learning
(5 to 11 years)
We provide an exceptional learning environment where every student is respected and treated as a unique individual.
The primary classes are: Class 1 - age 5, Class 2 - age 6, Class 3/4 - ages 7 & 8 and Class 5/6 - ages 9, 10 & 11.
The mixed age grouping in Class 3 to 6 enables the older students to help the youngest whilst they in turn, aspire to achieve that of their elders both educationally and socially.
The small class sizes of 15 students with one British qualified teacher and a specialist assistant, enables a truly personalised education that focuses on the ability and developmental pace of each and every student. There are no artificial barriers to progress, each student being free to extend a concept or personal interest as far as they wish.
Students follow Key Stage One and Key Stage Two of the British National Curriculum which covers English, Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology, Computing, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, PSHE and SRE.
There is a daily Spanish lesson of language and social sciences in accordance with the Spanish and British curriculums.
Subjects are delivered through cross-curricular termly topics by a combination
of direct teaching, independent learning, free cycle sessions, individualised weekly work plans and project based learning.
In accordance with the Montessori pedagogy, students enjoy a greater level of autonomy than they would have in an ordinary school where for some of the day they are free to choose where to do their learning, maybe on the terrace or in the garden underneath a tree and where there is an emphasis on practical based, hands-on learning. This is further supported by Project Based Learning which is essential for them to acquire the skills of critical thinking/problem solving, collaboration, creativeness, adaptability and resilience.
Student's progress is carefully monitored with regular formative assessments and weekly one-to-one conferencing with their teacher to ensure that they remain on track at all times.
Additional learning support and intervention including where English is an additional language is available.
As a Montessori school, we do not believe children of this age should be formally tested or be set homework with the exception of a reading book and weekly spellings.
There are many opportunities for the children to become actively involved through various student committees, charity and community initiatives.