Pupils in our Montessori Reception continue to use their initiative. Great emphasis is placed on the development of the traditional skills of reading, writing, counting, shapes and patterns. We begin a tried and tested programme of teaching literacy using synthetic phonics, called Read Write Inc. Children learn the letters, or groups of letters, that represent different sounds and blend them to make words. The first sounds to be taught are s,a,t,p. Soon, children will be reading sat, tap or pat.
From Reception to Year 2, fun phonics sessions provide a formal start to the day after assembly or class time. We find the children pick up reading very quickly and become independent readers, able to decipher words they have not seen written down before, which is a great boost to their confidence. Alongside the phonics practice they learn to write letters and listen to stories to build their vocabulary.
The Montessori equipped classrooms provide a great learning environment for our children to become independent and to take pride in what they do by themselves. Our pupils learn practical life skills such as cutting fruit safely, and preparing the snack table for other children.
The School Inspection Service praised the careful way staff planned activities to match the child, such as meeting the expectations of the more able, and said purposeful questioning of children encouraged them to make decisions for themselves.
SIS 2017, Inspector
Children’s personal development, behaviour and welfare are excellent. They are supported strongly by the school’s use of a positive discipline programme. The outcomes for children are outstanding.
SIS 2017 Report
Teaching, learning and assessment are outstanding. The staff are excellent
Montessori practitioners. The outstanding quality of their work lays solid
foundations for children’s later learning. The staff successfully encourage children to be independent learners, and to develop persistence and concentration in their learning.