PRESCHOOL | ELEMENTARY
BRIDGEWAY ELEMENTARY (GRADES 1-6)
Throughout the primary years, the aim is to achieve effectiveness in the core skills of reading, oral and written communication and dexterity with numbers. These are of prime importance and without which further progress can be inhibited. Through topics, themes and projects the students are also introduced to the world around them and trained in the understanding of life in its many and varied aspects. Using internationally accepted best practice, children are taught to inquire, to use and apply skills learned.
Junior Elementary (Grade Y1 - Y3)
During the early years of elementary education, we seek to:
1. ensure that pupils receive optimum tuition in order to maximize attainment and enhance their general development.
2. emphasize the importance of developing the core skills in Literacy and Numeracy.
3. offer further specialist tuition, if needed, to pupils experiencing difficulties in achieving satisfactory performance levels.
4. provide a stimulating and enjoyable learning environment in which happiness and application flourish side by side.
5. advise, guide and train the child to develop appropriate behavioural skills at individual and group levels.
6. introduce another modern language, offering the challenge of learning a different form of communication.
7. offer the right challenges within a well-supervised and caring environment to enhance self-esteem and self confidence.
Senior Elementary (Grade Y4-Y6)
Without losing sight of the initial objectives, the senior elementary stage extends the challenges offered. The curriculum becomes more specialized, with the addition of new knowledge and skill training as detailed below:
1. The emphasis on the core skills continues, but increasingly, these skills are used to seek out information and solve problems.
2. Specialist help also continues for those who have not yet achieved acceptable levels of skill.
3. The use of new technologies in science and Information and Communication Technology and development of practical skills through Arts and Craft, initiate the child into the modern world.
4. The levels of demand in terms of self-discipline and personal organization are raised and responsibilities are increased at both individual and group level.
5. Cultural and environmental studies advance knowledge of the world with various projects reinforcing the set learning goals.
6. A solid foundation is created at this level to ensure a smooth transition into the secondary school.
Essential Elements of the Elementary Years
Knowledge: The Programme of inquiry is based around six organising themes: Who we are, Where we are, Where we are in place and time, How we express ourselves, How the world works, How we organise ourselves, Sharing the planets.
Concepts: Eight trans-disciplinary concepts are integrated into the curriculum. Form: What is it like? Function: How does it work? Causation: Why is it like it is? Change: How is it changing? Connection: How is it connected to other things? Perspective: What are our points of view? Responsibility: What is our responsibility? Reflection: How do we know?
Skills: Five trans-discipliary skills are taught throughout the curriculum. Social Skills, Communication Skills, Research Skills, Self-Management Skills, Thinking Skills.
Attitudes: Twelve attitudes are embedded throughout the curriculum: Appreciation, Commitment, Confidence, Creativity, Curiosity, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Independence, Integrity, Respect, Service, Tolerance.
Action: Learners are given the opportunity to choose their actions, to act and to reflect on actions. All students will choose to serve.
Our 3-5 year old students work within a specially designed multi-aged community which encourages them to grow, develop and build skills in a supportive child-centered environment based on the scientific method developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Children remain a part of the same community for all three years. They nurture strong relationships and a sense of belonging in an environment that continually grows along with their needs.
Practical Life: The activities of daily living teach children to care for themselves, their classroom and the out of doors. Art: Children experience color, work with a variety of Art Mediums and are introduced to famous artists and their work.
Sensorial: Children learn to make sense of their world through specially designed manipulative materials, each focusing on the refinement of a specific sensory skill. Mathematics: Children begin with counting and progress to work with the decimal system, extended linear and skip counting and mathematical operations.
Language Arts: Language is developed naturally, learning to listen and speak. They learn to write and read using the specialized Montessori materials when they are developmentally ready.
Culture & Science: Children are exposed to the worlds of Science and Geography. They work with globes and maps to see their place in the world. Botany and Zoology is also introduced through work with specialty materials that fun to work with.
Out Of Doors: The natural world is integrated into our school not only during “playground time” but through gardening and nature walks as well.
The goal of this program builds on the foundation of trust and expand to support the child’s emerging sense of order, coordination, concentration and independence. The child learns by watching and moving freely in their environment and participating in their new daily routine. Our trained teachers prepare a stimulating environment rich in practical life, sensorial, mathematics, creative and language art experiences that support the child’s growth. During these formative years, children easily learn the skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic which they find fascinating. Activities in the preschool classroom include "practical life" (cooking, manners, personal care...), early language and number work, introduction to cultures and geography, art and music activities, botany, and zoology. A Montessori preschool education develops a creative, caring, confident child where learning is fun.
At Bridgeway Montessori School infants experience a safe and loving environment that supports both physical and emotional growth during this time of rapid development. In accordance with the Montessori Society standards the children benefit from:
• Adults educated in the Montessori philosophy and methodology appropriate for infants.
• A partnership established with the family. The family is considered an integral part of the individual’s total development.
• A variety of interesting things to look at, explore and experience, which are designed to meet the developmental stages and sensitive periods of infants.
• A flexible sequence of routines and activities of individual infants – not a rigid schedule.
• An atmosphere that communicates unconditional love and acceptance. The goals of our Infant Program are to foster the development of basic trust and to aid the normal development of the child’s physical development and personality. Our trained caregivers are motivated by a deep love and respect for the individual unfolding before them. A safe environment is maintained in which the infants can move freely, exploring with all their senses.
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