Our Curriculum is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in a Montessori Setting. The principles of Dr. Maria Montessori continue to be a basis of our teachings at Ladybird Nursery.The EYFS expresses these principles in terms which are very familiar in a Montessori setting and form a basis for our teachers and staff in their daily interactions with our children:
• EYFS Montessori Blended Curriculum
• Communication and language
• Practical Life
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional development
• Understanding of the world
• Expressive arts and design
EYFS – Personal Social and Emotional Development
Children will be introduced to Practical Life lessons. Simple exercises such as threading, pouring and fastenings help children to concentrate, to be confident and independent. Children are given a wide range of opportunities to join in, to understand rules and feelings of others using a range of role-play and pictorial cues. Role Children have the freedom to develop positive friendships and self-confidence through independence and freedom of choice.
Communication and Language
Children are given a wide range of opportunities to develop listening, communication skills and vocabulary. They have the freedom of speech and opportunities for conversation. Children’s attention, listening, understanding and speech development is enriched using books, storytelling, conversation, song, rhyme and phonic games.
Children develop gross and fine motor skills, a high degree of hand eye coordination and balance through Practical Life exercises. Utilizing the indoor and outdoor environment, physical development is a natural part of all the child’s activities.. Music and movement also forms an important part of the child’s development where they are given opportunities to practice their gross motor skills via dance, obstacle courses and movement games. Children are encouraged and empowered to care for themselves and to be independent in their self-care skills.
EYFS – Literacy
Literacy lessons introduce phonetic sounds of the alphabet in an array of methods to lead the child towards writing reading, developing their understanding and expressive skills This ranges from the visual representation of sandpaper letters, the rich music, communication and rhyme, the moveable alphabet and short phonetic reading. Insets for design are used to prepare the child for handwriting and development of pencil control alongside the range of Practical Life exercises and mark making tools such as making dough, chalks, painting, drawing and sand play.Mathematics and Sensorial
EYFS – Mathematics
Sensorial methods introduce the basics of mathematics into the child’s learning, they learn to count, combine, share, compare and really learn to understand mathematical concepts. Sensorial materials are designed to educate and train the senses of the child. They encourage the child to compare, contrast and to discriminate. They include activities with shape, sizes, sequencing and pattern alongside exploration of their environment. Water, sand and exploration of a wide range of materials facilitate the child’s awareness of texture, volume, length and capacity. Counting activities are offered in a mathematically rich environment ranging from rhymes and games to sandpaper numerals and spindle boxes. The children explore the recognition of numerals using the sandpaper numbers and are offered the opportunity to relate number to quantity using Montessori materials.
EYFS – Understanding of the World
Cultural subjects such as geography, science and history, which enrich the child’s understanding of the world in which he/she lives, are an important part of our teaching. Opportunities to explore and care for the environment both indoor and outdoor are provided. Life cycles and nature are a common theme within the nursery where children learn about the natural world. Use of materials found in the natural world provides the foundations for art and creative work. Children are introduced to celebrations from around the world and the child will be encouraged to understand and value diversity in the world.
EYFS – Expressive Arts and Design
Creative activities such as dance, acting nursery rhymes, role play, storytelling, art and design, junk modelling, painting, cutting and sticking, collages and drawing. A range of natural and man-made materials are offered for exploration. Weekly Music and Movement encourages development of free expression and ideas. The children use their bodies, scarves and ribbons to interpret sound and rhythm. Children are offered a range of small world, role-play and a puppet theatre to develop their imaginative play and develop their creative minds.