Middle Primary 6-9 years

 

Montessori Primary Education is a natural progression from the  3-6 ,pre-primary experience and changes with the needs of the child as they enter the second and third stages of development which is the development of their intellect.

The 6 – 9 year old child

  • The 6-9 year old child strives for mental independence.
  • The child wants to know the ‘why’ of life.
  • The child wants to understand the mysteries of the universe and their place in it.
  • The child will typically show an innate sense of compassion, justice and idealism.
  • The 6-9 year old child’s questioning mind, active imagination and developing ability to reason and abstract, drives the child to want to discover more.
  • In Montessori Primary, the child’s own questions provide the depth of their learning.
  • 6 – 9 year old children want to belong to a ‘group’.
  • Dr Montessori described this age as ‘the age of rudeness and serenity’!

The Montessori Primary curriculum
The curriculum is a holistic curriculum; it presents a unique ‘big picture’, stimulating the child’s imagination and demonstrating the interconnectedness of different areas of study. In the 6-9 cycle the curriculum is a mixture of explicit instruction and an opportunity for self construction.

The 6-9 Middle Primary classroom

  • Blue Gum Montessori School has three Middle Primary Classes – Wandoo, Karri and Tingle.
  • Montessori materials are continued to be used to help the child move into the abstract in the next three years.
  • The 6 – 9 year old child now learns the subject names such as geometry, geography, grammar and algebra.
  • Through the Montessori approach, the 6-9 year old child continues to develop a high degree of independence and discipline in their learning choices and outcomes; a process they started in the 3-6 cycle.
  • This cycle is a ‘construction’ cycle similar to the 0-3 cycle. Using explicit instruction, the teacher helps the child build on the foundations of numeracy and literacy laid in the 3-6 cycle.
  • The Montessori teacher ensures that the foundations of reading, writing and arithmetic are covered in depth within this three year cycle.
  • Using these numeracy and literacy skills, the child is able  to construct  new skills  in their work in the Montessori Cosmic work – science, history, geography, zoology, botany, the arts.
  • A Montessori teacher is a ‘director’, skilled in observing, monitoring and assessing each child individually to ensure that each child covers all curriculum areas.

Assessment

Blue Gum Montessori School strives to prepare the children for external examinations by encouraging active participation in the Year 3 NAPLAN assessment and internal, standardised annual assessments as a Practical Life skill. Examination technique is embraced as an essential skill that needs to be presented and mastered in a similar manner to the practical life skills in other areas in the Montessori classroom.