Our foundation and preschool students are taught within the guidelines of the Montessori system, which is borne out of the inspiration:
It is our goal to support independence and encourage personal responsibility. We achieve this by giving children opportunities to explore movement, dress up by themselves, choose what they want to do and under adult supervision, perform challenging tasks that will develop and stretch their imagination.
When they are able to achieve this, there is an increase in their self-belief, self-confidence and self-esteem that they will need for life.
The Academy further adopts the mandatory framework for preschool use as outlined by the UK’s Department for Education, known as The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The ages for the Canaries and Skylarks are 1-2 and 2-3 years respectively, with a maximum intake of 12 children in each class. The focus in these units is to expand their understanding of the world around them and to develop their expression through arts & crafts, drama, music, reading and games.
The ages for the Bluebirds and Sparrows are 3-4 and 4-5 respectively, with a maximum intake of 15 children in each class. Our Bluebirds and Sparrows are offered the opportunity to extend their existing skills and develop confidence through computer training, construction of sentences, knowledge of basic mathematics, and imaginative play. The broad curricula for these units are centered on the following guidelines:
Communication, Language and Literacy
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Knowledge and Understanding of the World