Nursery & Primary Curriculum
Northfields International Nursery and Primary curriculum is designed to build strong foundations for Cambridge and IB programmes in Secondary through Montessori teaching methods in Children’s House and Lower Primary. The final two years of Nursery and Primary serve as transition years where students continue to build their skills and understanding with specialist teachers in our Upper Primary section as they prepare for success in Secondary School.
The Nursery and Primary 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 Children’s House and Lower Primary. In Upper Primary, lessons will be conducted in English while the students’ French language skills will continue to be developed at the appropriate level, from beginner to fluent through dedicated French lessons.
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 students learn in mixed age groups in the Children’s House and Lower Primary sections:
- Children’s House: children aged 3 years to 6 years
- Lower Primary: children aged 6 years to 9 years
Single year groups
Students in Upper Primary move to single year group classes with several subject area teachers working as a team to develop student inquiry, independence and a love of learning.