Important School Information: Village Montessori School, Centurion
245 Glover Avenue, LYTTELTON A/H, CENTURION
Type of school
Authentic Montessori Education
Co-educational, boys and girls
Age 18 months to Grade 12 (Pre-Primary, Primary and High)
012 664 2944
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Village Montessori School offers an excellent holistic
education for children of all ages: Toddler Phase, Primary
Phases and Cambridge High School.
The primary goal of a Montessori program is to help each child reach its full potential in all areas of life. The method of Montessori is based on three key factors; the specialized training of the teacher, a specially prepared environment complete with Montessori apparatus and a multi age grouping of children. When these elements are in place, young children are able to discover their own talents, gain self-confidence, make friendships, experience the joys of learning, and grow in a holistic manner.
The unique nature of each individual child is recognized. The Montessori program allows a child to develop at their own pace to reach independence, as the Educators follow the child's needs, sensitive periods and their stages of development. Observation is the key assessment tool to meet the innate qualities of children.
Concentration and purposeful learning is developed through uninterrupted periods of work; freedom to move and interact; the ability to use their natural pace and rhythm whilst completing tasks.
Children develop competence and independence and refine their senses by using specifically developed activities and materials.
Self-inner discipline is achieved through freedom to learn with responsibility for one's actions. This encourages the individual to reach true liberty.
The young child develops their autonomy and growing initiative through the refinement of their senses and the introduction to literacy and numeracy, whilst they grow in their knowledge and understanding the world.
The older children are encouraged to discover, explore and research. The imagination is creatively expressed through integrated stories, science experiments and real life presentations of the natural world.
The success of Montessori teaching lies in the fostering of self-worth, self- awareness and self-confidence contributing towards the emergence of responsible adults.
Village Montessori School was established in 1992 and is registered with the Gauteng Education Department as an Independent School.
The medium of instruction is English.
Village Montessori School Mission Statement:
We are committed to provide a holistic education, which encourages understanding through a questioning mind.
We aim to achieve this by:
Allowing children to develop intellectually at their own pace with the specially designed programme.
Allowing children to develop an awareness of the environment and the importance of their role in its stewardship.
Fostering within the children an awareness of their roles and responsibilities in society.
The Montessori Method:
Dr. Maria Montessori based her education on her scientific observations of young children's behaviour. As the first woman physician to graduate from the University of Rome and became involved with education as a doctor treating children labeled as mentally challenged.
The basis of the education principle is that each child has an innate desire to learn. Each child learns with a unique style and pace. A holistic approach is taken where the child's development involves many aspects: physical, cognitive, social, emotional and moral.
The Montessori environment changes and grows with the developmental needs of the child. The materials offer concrete, multi-sensory experiences, which actively engage children, correcting, giving feedback and increasing children's opportunities for self-directed work
Pre-Primary Phase - Pre-School ages 3 - 6:
We offer a wide range of educational opportunities for children during the important early formative years. Beginning with practical and social skills, children learn to keep track of their belongings, to put things away, and to share materials. Academics are introduced through concrete, manipulative materials which utilise all five senses and lay the groundwork for abstract thinking.
Exercises of Daily Living
These activities, which Dr Montessori called "Practical Life", prepare children to care for themselves and the environment and give each child a sense of mastery and self-confidence. Performing such tasks as sweeping, polishing, washing, and preparing food, children develop coordination, concentration, and good work habits such as completing a task.
Montessori materials are designed to heighten the child's senses of sight, touch, sound, taste and smell. By focusing on the senses, children are given a key to understanding and classifying the environment. Distinguishing, categorising, and comparing the concrete lays the foundation for understanding the abstract.
Children's understanding of the basic mathematic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division emerges from using manipulative materials such as rods, beads, sandpaper numerals, cards and counters which allow the child to visualise the abstraction of numbers. Using self-correcting materials, children learn not only number recognition and place value, but also to solve problems and to develop a visual image of mathematical concepts.
Primary School, ages 6 - 12:
The Pre-School experience continues in the primary programme, where the Montessori materials are a means to an end. These scientifically designed materials are intended to stimulate the imagination, to aid abstraction and to present a universal view of the human work and purpose.
The child is led to ask philosophical questions about the origins of the universe, the nature of life, different cultures, and the fundamental needs of humankind. Interdisciplinary studies combine geology, biology, chemistry, physics and anthropology in the study of natural history and world ecology.
World history is integrated with science and language and is presented through the medium of "Great Stories" or lessons which span the history of the universe, supported by impressionistic charts and multiple time lines for each major concept presented.
The mathematics curriculum is presented with concrete materials which reveal arithmetic, geometric, and algebraic correlations. Formulae and rules are a point of arrival and discovery, not a point of departure.
There is an emphasis on creative and expository writing, interpretive reading of literature and poetry. Research using a variety of sources is basic, as is the study of grammar, sentence analysis, spelling and oral expression, including dramatic and operatic productions. A foreign language is developed alongside the native language.
Making use of community resources through the experience of outings is a means of allowing students to take the initiative to explore beyond the classroom walls and to follow their own interests to a satisfying conclusion.
Art and music hold an equal place in the Montessori Curriculum, both in theory and in practice. These areas are also included in the integrated curriculum, demonstrating the richness of the human mind and spirit.
High School Phases
We are an Associate centre of the British Council. Cambridge International Assessment Education is the only exam board wholly owned by a world-leading university, the University of Cambridge. We begin the Cambridge curriculum in year 7. Therefore, we align ourselves with the British timeline for completing these studies.
Unlike schools with a more traditional approach, students work in a more self-directed manner and are allowed to pace themselves. We want each student to fulfil their potential and make the most of their best subjects. The Cambridge programmes are flexible, and a student can accelerate within a phase. As a result, learners are prepared for University and learns to take responsibility for their work and achievements at a young age.
FOUNDATION PHASE - (Grade 7 and 8)
The Foundation phase is a minimum two-year program designed to give students a firm grounding in the concepts of Mathematics, Natural Sciences (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) and English. In addition to these core subjects, we also offer Afrikaans, French, Social Science (History and Geography), Economic Management/Accounting, Art and Design and Computer Literacy. The students write internal examinations.
IGCSE PHASE - (Grade 9 and 10)
The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is an international qualification that has been designed to equip students with the skills needed for immediate employment. The IGCSE phase provides a comprehensive study programme by drawing subjects from five areas: Languages, Humanities, Mathematics, Creative, Technical and Vocational. Within the curriculum, there is a balanced mix of practical experience and theoretical knowledge. This course is equivalent to the British GCSE or O levels, and the students write external exams which University of Cambridge Assessment International Education marks. Students complete this phase over two years.
AS-LEVEL (Grade 11 and 12)
The AS-Level is the first stage of A-levels and is equivalent to years 11 and 12 of South African schooling. Due to the high academic level required, students will complete the AS-level over 18 months to two years. A-level is not offered at our School.
A-LEVEL (Post Matric)
English First Language, Mathematics and Computer Science are offered on the A-level. The A-Level is a post-matric qualification and can be done in the same year as the AS-level or an additional 6 months after the AS-level is completed.