The Montessori method is based on the idea that young children can learn to read, write and calculate in the same natural way that they learn to walk and talk.
It encourages them to learn from their own needs, using all their senses. They choose their activities from the many possibilities we provide. Our aim is to facilitate their learning. Learning becomes an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a hunger to keep learning more.
We believe we have succeeded: the Nursery forms part of the EYFS building and has large, light classrooms where everything is designed on a smaller scale. This encourages the children to be independent and do things for themselves.
At Stratford Preparatory School we take the best of both disciplines depending on the needs of the child, not all children learn in the same way. Our aim is for the children to be very well prepared because our Reception Class work above the national average.
The Nursery classes also use their own outdoor classroom, the sports field, the playground and soft-play equipment in the gym. Ballet is a regular part of the curriculum, too, led by a specialist visiting instructor.
Children enter Main School in the academic year that they become five. Transition to the Main School starts in the last term of our Nursery curriculum. Our Reception Class teacher leads a transition programme, including regular sessions with the children, to ensure that they move from our Nursery to our Main School as smoothly as possible.