There are many excursions out into the wider world to follow particular interests and broaden their experiences. The world becomes their classroom to pursue what Dr. Maria Montessori called ‘Cosmic Education’ seeing the big picture and the inter-connectedness of life. Music, art, sport skills and a foreign language are intertwined into the Montessori primary curriculum by the Directress. Cameragal Primary Directress, Rebecca Dallam, has Masters level Italian and so Italian language, culture, and (delicious) pasta cooking are enjoyed at Cameragal Primary.
Gardening is also incorporated into the curriculum and children will learn gardening techniques and scientifically observe the performance of plants, cook and eat a few too.
Montessori materials are structured around developing their academic skills and knowledge, at the 6-9 level the child moves from concrete to abstract concepts. The classroom environment, materials, and guidance from the Directress foster each child’s individual learning development needs, research skills, independent thinking and confidence.
Materials are purpose-designed to meet the child’s individual developmental needs each embodying a certain concept or piece of information. The materials are self-correcting. Children are closely observed by the Directress and their progress is recorded in detail. The children’s own activity is critical – the adult only shows enough to get the children started.
The multi-age classroom benefits children by allowing them to proceed as quickly or slowly as their individual need determines rather than being bound by a curriculum. This fosters greater self-esteem and self-confidence. Trusting the child is implicit.
The reasoning powers developed in primary school become life-long skills. The children pursue their interests in all curricular areas, including:
- Physical Education and Health
- Science and Technology