Northfields International Nursery and Primary School, located in our Pereybère Campus, will deliver Cambridge primary programme content through Montessori teaching methods and philosophy. This curriculum is designed to help children reach their fullest potential at their own pace as they develop their language skills through our bilingual programme.
Both English and French will be the languages of communication and teaching in the school.
Mixed Age Groups
Mixing children of different ages is a core principle of the Montessori philosophy and allows children to learn from one another effectively. Young children learn by observing others as models; older children act as role models and sometimes teachers of younger children. That is why, at Northfields International Nursery and Primary School, there will be classes with mixed age groups:
- Children’s House: children aged 3 years to 6 years
- Lower Primary: children aged 6 years to 9 years
Children's House - 3 years old to 6 years old
Nursery, Reception and Year 1
Children from birth through age six have the ability to absorb a vast amount of information and experience with ease. Dr. Montessori called this first plane of development the “absorbent mind.” Young children explode into learning, gain independence, and want to master new skills by themselves.
In the Northfields Children’s House, they are surrounded by a stunning array of hands-on materials that give them the opportunity to explore on their own, learning in a way that is natural and successful for them. Learning is a joyful experience for children.
Children learn to work intently on their own tasks, building concentration and self-discipline.
Academic readiness or the mastery of discrete skills is not the focus. The goal is the development of the whole child—socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.
The Children's House curriculum contains four main areas of focus.
Practical Life offers children the opportunity to do what they see adults doing every day. Children relish taking responsibility for watering the plants, preparing and serving food, sweeping the floor—all with real, child-sized tools they can use with ease.
The Sensorial Materials provide the children hands-on exploration of materials designed to enhance their discrimination and understanding of size, texture, colour, sound, forms, relationships, and more.
The Language Materials engage the children, who are already eager to develop vocabulary, explore the alphabet and learn sounds. Through the sandpaper letters, children learn about the individual sounds within words and how these sounds can be represented by symbols. In this way, the children come—at their own pace—to writing and reading as a timely progression of their natural language acquisition.
The Mathematics Materials are designed to present concepts from the concrete to the abstract, allowing children to see and experience mathematical concepts so that they can truly understand them. The children begin with very simple materials to help them comprehend numbers and quantity, then progress to more complex materials that help the children learn and apply the concepts that underlie addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and geometry.
Lower Primary - 6 years old to 9 years old
Years 2, 3 and 4
The Lower Primary is a natural progression from the Children’s House programme. There are a number of changes to meet the natural needs of the child. Having mastered their physical independence, they now embark on their intellectual independence. Lower Primary is a period of construction.
The 6-9-year-old child is identified by the ‘why’ questions and their active imaginations. They have a decreasing need over the three years to use concrete materials in their work as they develop their abilities to reason and abstract.
The Lower Primary curriculum aims to address the children’s needs. The curriculum is holistic; it presents the ‘big picture’ stimulating the children’s imaginations and demonstrating he inter- connectedness of everything in the world.
In this cycle the Lower Primary curriculum is a mixture of explicit instruction in literacy and mathematics as the children develop their academic skills and opportunities to develop their capabilities in critical and creative thinking; their personal and social capabilities; their ethical and cultural understanding.