School News

Primary Returns!

Excitement, happiness and enthusiasm is all around our school today with the arrival of our Primary students! As you walk around the classes you can see children engaged in numerous different activities whilst comfortably following new COVID routines. Laughter, friendship and happiness can be seen around our school from teachers and children alike, enjoying the first day of many more to come!

Enthusiastic Secondary

Energy was in the air this morning with the arrival our Secondary students.  Smiles, laughter and enthusiasm was palpable as our students began their first day back.

The day began with an assembly, explaining how this unique school year would begin, the measures taken and introduction of new teaching staff.  Students happily and naturally adapted to the COVID measures, taking them on board without question.  Throughout the secondary building, students and teachers can be seen concentrating keenly on their subject matter.  The sight of teachers and students actively engaging in learning, is delightful!

Splendidly Scientific!

Secondary students have been immersed in learning about the Science Laboratory this week.  They have been becoming familiar with the equipment and the lab safety rules.  The beginning of the academic year is always exciting, but combined with Science, magic can happen! Our excited students have been exploring the equipment and brainstorming possible experiments.  Our Science labs are a magical place!

Creativity Blooms Outdoors

At Montessori we promote creativity during project time.  We promote outdoor activities where children have the freedom to learn, explore and apply their knowledge in context.

Cactus and Superheroes!

Our beautiful displays illustrate clearly our children´s understanding of safety.  Working social distancing with: We are beautiful like cactus, but get to close and we prickle!  Reinforcing the use of the masks: Superheroes wear masks!  Our Montessori family by working together we can achieve everything.

 

Developing Artists

At Montessori we actively develop our creativity and artistic skills.  This is done throughout the school day in many exciting shapes and forms.

In Year 5 they created a Lego city, each child independently and safely contributing to the city.  The result is inspiring!

Year 3 are exploring Autumn colours in nature around them.  Through carefully observing and using a variety of modes, children created beautifully detailed leaf pictures! What artists!

 

Splendid Scientists!

Science is all around us, so being able to understand and actively apply our knowledge about different Science concepts is crucial.  In Montessori we actively engage with Science, carrying out experiments and discussing results to come to conclusions.  Our students thoroughly enjoy learning new concepts and seeing them come to life before their eyes!

 

 

Active Fun!

Physical Education classes full of fun, smiles and energy with  our children safely following COVID measures.  This term children have been engaging in Wacky races and independently working on their ball skills.  Observe any PE class and enthusiasm and laughter are the main ingredients. It is truly a pleasure to see such engagement in every lesson across the year groups!

Celebrating in German

This week in Year 9 students have learned the names of festivities in Germany and realised that the Oktoberfest is different from what they had thought.

They made their own Lebkuchenherzen, special heart-shaped cookies we give to our loved ones. Some students even used a recipe to bake them at home.

 

Astounding Art

Art and creativity play an important role in our curriculum.  Our infants have created masterpieces using a variety of everyday materials.

Art instruction assists children with the development numerous areas such as motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.   Additionally the visual arts implicitly teach children about colour, layout, perspective, and balance.  These are all important factors needed in the presentation of academic work.

Primary Returns!

Excitement, happiness and enthusiasm is all around our school today with the arrival of our Primary students! As you walk around the classes you can see children engaged in numerous different activities whilst comfortably following new COVID routines. Laughter, friendship and happiness can be seen around our school from teachers and children alike, enjoying the first day of many more to come!

Enthusiastic Secondary

Energy was in the air this morning with the arrival our Secondary students.  Smiles, laughter and enthusiasm was palpable as our students began their first day back.

The day began with an assembly, explaining how this unique school year would begin, the measures taken and introduction of new teaching staff.  Students happily and naturally adapted to the COVID measures, taking them on board without question.  Throughout the secondary building, students and teachers can be seen concentrating keenly on their subject matter.  The sight of teachers and students actively engaging in learning, is delightful!

Splendidly Scientific!

Secondary students have been immersed in learning about the Science Laboratory this week.  They have been becoming familiar with the equipment and the lab safety rules.  The beginning of the academic year is always exciting, but combined with Science, magic can happen! Our excited students have been exploring the equipment and brainstorming possible experiments.  Our Science labs are a magical place!

Creativity Blooms Outdoors

At Montessori we promote creativity during project time.  We promote outdoor activities where children have the freedom to learn, explore and apply their knowledge in context.

 

Cactus and Superheroes!

Our beautiful displays illustrate clearly our children´s understanding of safety.  Working social distancing with: We are beautiful like cactus, but get to close and we prickle!  Reinforcing the use of the masks: Superheroes wear masks!  Our Montessori family by working together we can achieve everything.

 

 

Developing Artists

At Montessori we actively develop our creativity and artistic skills.  This is done throughout the school day in many exciting shapes and forms.

In Year 5 they created a Lego city, each child independently and safely contributing to the city.  The result is inspiring!

Year 3 are exploring Autumn colours in nature around them.  Through carefully observing and using a variety of modes, children created beautifully detailed leaf pictures! What artists!

 

Splendid Scientists!

Science is all around us, so being able to understand and actively apply our knowledge about different Science concepts is crucial.  In Montessori we actively engage with Science, carrying out experiments and discussing results to come to conclusions.  Our students thoroughly enjoy learning new concepts and seeing them come to life before their eyes!

 

 

Active Fun!

Physical Education classes full of fun, smiles and energy with  our children safely following COVID measures.  This term children have been engaging in Wacky races and independently working on their ball skills.  Observe any PE class and enthusiasm and laughter are the main ingredients. It is truly a pleasure to see such engagement in every lesson across the year groups!

 

Celebrating in German

This week in Year 9 students have learned the names of festivities in Germany and realised that the Oktoberfest is different from what they had thought.

They made their own Lebkuchenherzen, special heart-shaped cookies we give to our loved ones. Some students even used a recipe to bake them at home.

 

 

Astounding Art

Art and creativity play an important role in our curriculum.  Our infants have created masterpieces using a variety of everyday materials.

Art instruction assists children with the development numerous areas such as motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.   Additionally the visual arts implicitly teach children about colour, layout, perspective, and balance.  These are all important factors needed in the presentation of academic work.

 

 

Coordinated Fun! 

 

 

In Physical Education classes we have been working our gross motor skills.  We have been practising running around obstacles and jumping through columns.  Safe to say that we have had the most incredible time!

 

 

STEM Structures

In class we implement STEM into our curriculum.  STEM is where four specific disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics,) are used in an interdisciplinary and applied approach to solve problems.  Students were given the problem of creating a strong and tall structure using limited resources.  Structures were later tested in order to see how well they met the objectives.  Creative fun, thinking out of the box!

 

Tennis Time!

At playtime we have the most wonderful fun! Everywhere you look you can see children playing happily.  Tennis is played in the garden, where children and teachers all play together and cheer each other on!

Playtime is a fabulous time where relationships are strengthened and learning continues!

 

 

 

Vegetable Top Gardens


Year 3 have been learning all about plant needs this term.  This week they have carried out an experiment to see whether the tops of root vegetables can continue to grow if given water.  The children are excited to see if they grow and to record any growth! It is incredibly exciting to understand and be able to watch how plants grow in our class!

 

Logic Club

In Montessori we have a Logic club which meets on a weekly basis to explore and carry out different activities rooted in logic development.  One of the basic thinking skills that human beings must have is logic. The more powerful an individual’s ability to think reasonably, the better their learning skills become. Therefore children who have strong logical thinking skill are successful at school because they can establish cause and effect.  But most importantly, in our Logic club the children create incredible projects which they have fun doing!

A Hauntingly Happy Halloween

We experienced a wonderfully haunting Halloween at school this year! Everybody came in dressed up in their costumes ready to participate in Halloween themed activities.  Across the school and throughout the day the air was charged with magical excitement.  Some year groups filmed and edited their own horror films, while others decorated biscuits (following strict safety guidelines,) or carried out various art activities.  All in all we had a wonderful day linking Halloween to our curriculum and actively engaging in the curriculum!

The Importance of Play

Time spent in the playground is an important part of the school day as it a safe place where children can engage in play.  Play is an imperative activity for all children, permitting them to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.   Therefore, play and the time spent in the playground is central to children developing healthy brains by engaging and interacting in the world around them.

 

 

Marvellous Mummies!

Year 3 in Humanities are learning all about Ancient Egypt.  In order to understand the complexities of mummification, the children experimented with wrapping lollipop sticks in bandages.  It was an incredibly exciting lesson where all concluded that mummification is a tricky process!  We can’t wait to keep learning more next week!

 

Integrated PSHE

PSHE, an acronym for Personal, Social and Health Education, is an important part of our curriculum at Montessori School.  An increasing body of research has illustrated how children who are emotionally healthy, achieve better at school.  Therefore, at Montessori we have not only integrated PSHE within our subjects but we have allocated regular PSHE time.  In Infants and lower Key Stage 2 this time is daily, in order to support children on their learning journey.  In the case of Upper Key Stage 2 this time is allocated throughout the week according to the needs of the individual child within the class.

In Year 3 children have been working on a Positive Power display which children write positive descriptions every couple of weeks about their classmates, this is done in the shape of pants linking it to the book they are reading in class, Captain Underpants.  In Spanish, children have been writing about what qualities a good friend should have again making cross-curricular links between subjects and PSHE.

Therefore through the explicit and implicit teaching of PSHE at Montessori school, we are aiding our children to achieve their full potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn.  Learning is an intricate journey, where each child is supported in every manner personally and through delivering a carefully balanced curriculum.

 

 

 

Art and Design Technology

Art and Design Technology is an exciting subject area where children plan, modify, review and evaluate their pieces of art.

 

 

Year 3 are looking at juggling balls.  They have researched different balls, designs and colours in order to begin creating their personal juggling ball.  This week the children have been experimenting with tying material in different ways in order to create different effects when dying.  We are all excited to see the results next week, then to cut out our patterns and sew our juggling balls!

 

 

Music for St Cecilia’s Day

Music is a much loved subject within our curriculum and last week we celebrated St. Cecilia’s Music day.  During this week children prepared informative posters, performed body percussion and played their ukelele’s.

Music time is an an extremely important subject for all children to learn as it has been proven to lead to better brain development, increases in human connection, and even stress relief.  Therefore, not only is music a thoroughly enjoyable lesson but it has incredible benefits for every child!

Finalistas en Concurso de la RTVE!

Es un concurso de cuentos solidarios de RTVE y la «Fundación aprender jugando». La temática de este año era:  Un año muy especial: aprendizajes durante este año tan diferente», por ejemplo: cómo niños y niñas han aprendido a jugar de otra manera, cómo han aprendido a sentirse cerca de amigos y familiares sin poder estar cerca, qué aspectos del juego aprecian más que antes, qué nuevos juegos y maneras de jugar han inventado o descubierto…

Ahora se puede votar hasta el 9 de diciembre, y el día 11 anunciarán los ganadores. Para ello solo hay que ir a esta web, abajo del todo (después de los videos), ir a «Finalistas Tercer Ciclo» y hacer clic en «El juego encantado» y darle a «enviar». También se puede ver nuestro cuento en la misma web.

Estamos super orgullosos de nuestros directores! Vamos a apoyarles!

 

 

Christmas Joy Everywhere!

Christmas is a wonderfully joyous time of the year, full of magic, awe and learning!  Around the school the children are excited and actively engaged in Christmas themed activities.  From numerous arts and crafts to poem writing, children are highly motivated in fun, cross-curricular activities which immediately link to numerous parts of the curriculum.  Every activity has implicit National Curriculum objectives and explicit fun which results on happy, excited learning taking place everyday!

Merry Christmas to each and everyone and may you all have a wonderful New Year!

 

 

Splendid Snow!

Filomena visited us, covering everything in her path with copious amounts of snow.  What an exciting week with our online classes  and lots of snow activities to be had! We continued our learning, following our school time talbe and interacted with our classmates.  Online school was fabulous fun with cross curricular learning centring on the natural resource we had all around us, snow.  Returning to school, however, was fantastically exciting, being able to play in the snow with our classmates was an experience we will never forget!

Learning in Nature

 

 

Nature is an important element in our lives and studies have shown that outdoor learning is remarkably beneficial for the learning process.  It has been shown to reduce stress, boosting concentration, improving mood, whilst increasing students engagement.

At Montessori, with these advantages in mind, a natural learning environment has been created.  This is an area for child to play, explore and where class activities can take place.  Learning in this area is exhilarating for all involved, fun and inspirational, just the way learning is supposed to be!

 

 

Montessori Maths

 

In our school we utilise Montessori math materials in order to assist children approach math with hands-on, visual, and physical learning aids.  Through using these materials, children are able to attach concrete knowledge to the often abstract concepts in math.

The Montessori maths materials cover the core skills (subtraction, addition, division and multiplication), as well as geometry such as shapes, fractions, lines, angles and so forth.  Through hands on concrete experience, abstract concepts are understood, learnt and reapplied in various situations helping our children become confident and knowledgeable mathematicians.

Valentines Day

Valentines day has come upon us and what a terrific time we all have had.  The school has been a hive of activity with crafts, poem writing, story writing, PSHE working on feelings, work on adjectives and so much more!  Plenty of cross-curricular activities have been experienced by all across the age groups, making learning fun and linking it to the world around us!  Happy Valentines Day to all!

Careers Week

Nursery and Reception have been thoroughly enjoying Careers week.  Numerous parents have been presenting their professions online for the excited children, explaining their daily work.  This is an important area which is worked in Montessori, with the objective of helping children understand the world around them.  It can be said that our enthusiastic children have had many ideas about their future professions and all the things they would like to do when they are older!

Phenomenal Phonics!

English is a core subject within the curriculum and it is worked on a dialy basis through ca veriety of different fun activities and methodologies in order to create inspired, fluent and confident students.

 

Phonics is worked both explicitly and implicitly from a young age in order to teach children how to decode letters into their respective sounds, a skill that is essential for them to read unfamiliar words by themselves. Therefore, phonics instruction is important because reading with fluency and comprehension, is largely dependent on the ability of a reader to recognize printed words quickly and accurately, and then link the words with their meanings.  Furthermore, it is also essential for developing spelling skills, as children learn to apply the phonetic rules for different phonemes.

All in all, given that phonics is vital for the development of strong reading and writing skills it plays an important role in our daily curriculum!

 

Yoga Time!

Yoga is a wonderfully, relaxing moment that occurs within our Infant classes on a weekly basis.  At this time children can be seen calming carrying out the different poses and breathing in a most serious manner.

 

Yoga has been proven to develop focus and concentration of those who practice it regularly.  The act of carrying out different poses encourages children to focus on the effort and clear their mind.   Hence, this single focus in order to achieve balance or a particular pose, helps to develop concentration which in turn helps children to focus and concentrate in school and get better grades whilst also being a delightful time for all involved!

 

 

Hands-On Cartographers!

Year 3 have been studying in Geography different maps and working on describing and recreate the characteristics of their local environment by exploring the features of the landscape and considering the various manners in which they are used.     Through numerous activities, Year 3 developed a mental map and sense of place.  This topic culminated in them becoming cartographers of an area within the school with the creation of a functional map.  An exciting activity where every student could apply their knowledge practically and create a work of art!

 

 

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