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Using the Montessori System, our aim is to develop each child's potential for learning the basic skills of literacy and numeracy while at the same time preparing them socially for school and later life.  We integrate within our curriculum the early learning goals for a child's learning.


The philosophy and values are such, however, that the children learn because they are stimulated because they want to do so, and we do not pressurise them in any way.


You can find more information about the Montessori System at

Communication and Language


We have a lovely, comfortable book corner where the children can freely access the books at any time.  We hold different circle times for younger children and children who have English as a second language.

Children get regular practice of sounds, particularly initial sounds of words. There is a gradual development of pencil control, e.g. tracing patterns and drawing between lines. This progresses to writing letters then copying simple words and sentences.


Physical Development

We operate a free-flow system and the children have the freedom to access the outdoor area at all times.

The childrens' fine motor and gross motor skills are developed through the range of actvities on the practical life area, and having the opportunity to use bikes and scooters in the outside area.


Personal, Social and Emotional

The children are encouraged to learn how to work, play and cooperate with others. They are encouraged to show confidence and respect, solve simple problems, build relationships with children and adults, work as part of a group and independently, show sensitivity to others' feelings, know the difference between right and wrong and respond to relevant religious and cultural events.



The children get regular practice of sounds, particularly initial sounds of the alphabet.  They can then progress to word building using the large moveable alphabet.  


There is a gradual development of pencil control using the insets for design.  This progresses them to writing letters and words.


Number concepts are introduced, e.g. size and shape. Objects are sorted, matched and counted. Numbers 1 -5 are learnt, then 1 - 10, both to recognise and to be written. Older and more able children learn simple addition and subtraction up to 10, and to learn and recognise and write numbers up to 20.

Understanding the World

The children develop a knowledge and understanding of their environment that provides a foundation for history, geography, science and technology.

They are encouraged to compare and contrast the natural and man-made world, talk about their environment and past and present events, ask questions to discover why things happen and how things work.

Expressive Art and Design

The aim is to develop the childrens' imagination and their ability to express ideas and feelings in creative ways. Creative work includes painting, colouring, using a variety of media and sand and water play.

A great variety of toys is provided. Imaginative play is encouraged, such as home corner and using dressing-up clothes. Children construct with Lego, stickle bricks and Duplo and enjoy jigsaws and educational games.

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