Early Years Foundation Stage

Early Years Foundation Stage

The Montessori environment is divided into several learning areas:

  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial Exploration
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Mathematics
  • Language and Literacy
  • Outdoors
  • Social skills
  • Early years

The early years sets standards for the learning, development and care of your child from birth to 5 years old.

EYS Areas of Learning and Development

Personal, social and emotional development:

This area is all about developing a positive sense of self and respect for others, social skills including dressing, undressing and washing, as well as having an enthusiasm for learning.

Communication, language and literacy:

Children develop confidence and competence in communicating, speaking and listening, listening to stories and beginning to read and write.

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy:

Developing a growing understanding of problem solving and numbers, through stories, songs, games and play. Children should become comfortable with numbers and use language such as ‘heavier than’ or ‘bigger’.

Knowledge and understanding of the world:

Learning to make sense of the world, finding out about the natural environment, using tools and different materials to make things .

Physical development:

Children will be helped to develop skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movement and to understand the importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Creative development:

Developing imagination and creativity in art, music, movement, dance, imaginative and role-play activities.

How we incorporate the Montessori methods…

  • We teach self-reliance and independence. This teaching method helps the children become independent by teaching him or her life skills, which is called practical life. Montessori children learn to dress themselves, help cook, put their toys and clothes away and take an active part in their household, neighbourhood and school.
  • For young children Montessori is a hands-on approach to learning. It encourages children to develop their observation skills by doing many types of activities. These activities include use of the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and large motor skill coordination, and concrete knowledge that leads to later abstraction.
  • In a Montessori environment, the teacher prepares and presents the materials needed for the child to carry out his/her great work and offers them to the child in the form of individual or small group presentations. Once an initial presentation or lesson has been given the activities are freely chosen and frequently repeated according to a child’s needs.

Partnership with Parents

At PGHS our families play a vital role in their child’s learning and development. Parents and caregivers have a wealth of valuable information and understandings regarding their children, and we recognize that they are their child’s first teacher. A two-way communication strengthens the partnership between the school and families through the following means:

Diaries – We value the use of photography as a great tool for recording children’s play and learning. Each day photographs are taken in the classroom and also during outdoor play; these images highlight the children’s day which we love to share with our families. (NB fortnightly can at times be extended to three or more weeks depending upon holidays and other events.)

Circulars – These circulars are sent to parents, outlining the coming topic and activities that have been planned within each month.

Parent Teacher Meetings – Twice a year teachers take the time to sit with parents during scheduled meetings to discuss the progress their child has made throughout the year. This formally strengthens the vital link between the home environment and the school. We understand that the parents are a child’s first teacher and therefore believe this communication with parents is very important.

HOMEWORK

We believe that Homework is an extension of the School activity and a crucial part of children’s education. This helps them to:

  • Develop independent study skills,
  • Acquire disciplined work attitudes and to meet deadlines,
  • Practice skills learnt at school,
  • Make rapid individual progress, whenever appropriate
  • Prepare for future lessons, and
  • Show that they have understood the lesson.

In the early classes, the Homework requires very little time to be completed but as children progress through the School, this span of time increases considerably. Active involvement and encouragement of Students by parents along with guidance at home for completing homework is in the great interest of the child.

Student work

Perhaps the greatest testimonial to the success of the Montessori method is Montessori student work. The quality, creativity, and cross-disciplinary nature of the following class work speaks to the intelligence and curiosity of the Montessori students that created it.

Assessments

Your child’s progress will be reviewed on bi monthly basis.

Their class teacher will assess them at the end of the two terms in one academic year.