An outline of the core subjects the children explore throughout their time at Winkfield Montessori is listed below:
Practical Life Skills - Practical life begins as soon as the child enters the classroom. Equipment is designed to develop your child’s sense of independence and self-reliance. At the very beginning children are encouraged to develop their manual dexterity and motor skills. Thus children develop a sense of pride, enabling them to become independent and display an "I can do it for myself" quality.
Writing - Montessori recognises that reading and writing skills can develop at different rates and introduces them accordingly. Once your child has developed the necessary dexterity for pencil skills, they begin to work on printing. They are provided with their own workbook in which they take great pride; they are encouraged to take good care of its presentation and work content.
Reading - All the children are introduced to stories and books that are carefully chosen to be educational and engaging. Once your child is ready, the Montessori Method embraces their desire to learn, developing their command of language and reading skills. Reading is taught using the phonetic method. Sandpaper letters provide a sensory tactile experience in letter formation. Progression to forming and reading of small three, four and five letter words follows.Other Subjects - These include Geography, Science, ICT and Geometry – all these topics are introduced to your child to develop a greater understanding of the world they live in. Our classroom is filled with a variety of stimulating equipment involving maps, animals, shapes, and flags of the world encouraging exploration.
Mathematics - You child is introduced to specific Montessori Maths equipment in a step by step process. This equipment provides a basic knowledge in number recognition and counting. Once competent at this stage your child would then be introduced to pencil and paper problems. Examples of tasks covered include understanding quantity, recognition of numbers 1 - 20 and beyond, linear counting, skip counting, pattern following, sequencing and telling the time.
Sensorial Experience - This area of Montessori embraces the five key senses; sight, sound, touch, taste and smell. Traditional apparatus such as Sound Boxes, The Pink Tower, Colour Tablets, The Broad Stair and Texture Boards are used to develop the aforementioned senses in an involving, fun and rewarding manner. Sensorial training lays the foundation for logic, reasoning and problem solving, making the progression to Mathematics a natural transition.
Other Areas - These include Geography, Science, ICT, Cookery and Spanish – all these are introduced to your child to develop a greater understanding of the world they live in. Our classroom is filled with a variety of equipment involving maps, animals, shapes, and flags of the world encouraging exploration and interaction. Our classroom apparatus is always available to the children and can be accessed at will during uninterrupted 'choosing' sessions throughout the day.