EYFS and Montessori

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) together with elements of the philosophy and practices of Montessori.

Montessori believed children under the age of six absorb knowledge spontaneously, without effort and have an intense desire to become as independent as possible by perfecting all the physical, mental and social skills that will form their personality.

The prepared environment of a Montessori school is designed to support these aspects of development and allows children freedom of action to build themselves as individuals. The aim is to encourage all children to use their inner resources to the full; to become independent self-motivated learners who can work and play harmoniously with their peers.

Children are encouraged to choose freely from the activities available, to learn from each other while being guided toward the next level of achievement by the adult.

Children have the opportunity to learn through their own individual activity, giving them the freedom of choice to access equipment for themselves. We always encourage the concepts of kindness, courtesy and respect for others, in the school environment and the wider world.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The EYFS is the government framework of learning for children up to the age of five. Registered providers with OFSTED must cover all areas of EYFS development and learning.

The prime areas of learning are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development

The specific areas of learning are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Staff have reflected on the Montessori materials available to the children at the school and carefully structured the record keeping and teaching to complement and enhance the EYFS areas of learning. Every child has their own ‘Tapestry Learning Journal’ which enables us to record the progress made by each child giving a deeper understanding of every individual.