Our Montessori Classroom

When children first arrive in our nursery, we take time to ensure that they feel safe and secure, know where things are and how to use the activities. Then when they have settled and are beginning to feel familiar with our routines and expectations we begin to introduce them to our Montessori activities.

Practical Life activities

are the first pieces of equipment introduced to every new child and are arguably the most important activities in the classroom. Through repeated, spontaneous use of seemingly simple everyday activities such as pouring, polishing, cutting, opening and closing, children develop their concentration, strength, self-control and self-confidence.

Sensorial materials

become of great use to the children soon after they reach three years of age. These attractive and satisfying activities enable them to explore, understand and name the myriad of sensory impressions that they have already unconsciously absorbed. These games also help the children to develop many of the skills that they will require for later reading, writing and maths work.

Language materials

throughout the nursery support the natural development of the children’s speaking and listening skills. The sensorial nature of the language materials allows the children to develop their early writing and reading with ease and pleasure, enabling them to progress with ever increasing confidence.

Mathematics materials

provide the children with an engaging and clear introduction to number, shape and pattern in a physical and sensorial manner. The children are able to gain plenty of experience and confidence in working with quantities and symbols from 1-10 before they are introduced to games that explore the decimal system, addition and subtraction.

Cultural materials

begin to give the children a sense of wonder and awe at the beauty and diversity of our world and the means to follow and extend their own knowledge and interests in subjects such as zoology, geography, botany, history and science.

Physical activities

are an inherent part of everything the children do during their time with us. Activities in our garden reflect the variety represented in the classroom and are selected daily to provide an attractive, intellectually and creatively stimulating and physically challenging environment.

Creative materials

are always available in the nursery and the children are encouraged to explore these to create their own pictures, models, props for role play, music and songs. The role of the adult and adult guided activities in this area is to introduce how to use new materials, tools and methods and to support the children in realising their own ideas.

Other activities

such as cooking, music, drama, gardening, festivals & celebrations, visitors and outings occur regularly and are often based around a theme or topic that is currently of interest to the children or relevant to their lives. Whilst provision is made for each attending child to participate in such activities, they are never dictated to them.