Primary School Environment: 6 - 12 years
Dr Maria Montessori refers to this as the age of intellect, social justice and development of the reasoning mind. This environment is a springboard for the child to understand the universe and the children are shown the interconnectedness of all things with concrete materials and through stories. These are designed to give the child an insight into new concepts and each new piece of material opens the child’s mind to unexplored areas of knowledge.
The directresses help facilitate and support the education process with the child, the learning environment is arranged into different areas including Language, Mathematics and Culture, where the children are able to move around freely and work in their area of choice following their individual weekly plans.
“The role of education is to interest the child profoundly in an external activity to which he will give all his potential. We are concerned here with bringing him liberty and independence while interesting him in an activity through which he will subsequently discover reality.” – Childhood to adolescence – Maria Montessori