Due to popular demand, we opened Modderfontein Montessori Primary School in January 2013. Our parents continually expressed an interest in continuing their children’s education under the Montessori system and we have never looked back! Most of our children are fed into the Primary school from the Pre-Primary School, however, we are delighted to welcome any child at any age to join our family.
MODDERFONTEIN MONTESSORI PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our Primary school follows the SAMA adopted AMI Curriculum. Our Primary school follows vertical age grouping (6-9 year olds JUNIOR PRIMARY and 9-12 year olds SENIOR PRIMARY). The Primary children continue to use the Montessori equipment in their Primary school years. As the children move into their Senior Primary phase, their need for the concrete materials lessens as they learn to work in a more abstract manner.
Primary school children require a high level of independence. Classes aim to stimulate intellectual abilities, self-discipline, confidence and a positive attitude towards learning, ensuring that your children grow into well-rounded individuals.
MONTESSORI PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM
The Montessori Primary (Elementary) school curriculum is firmly rooted in what is known as Cosmic Education. Cosmic education is based on the 5 Great Lessons. These are impressionistic stories that are intended to provide Montessori primary students with a big picture of what the world is and what life is. Children start to become aware of the world and what their place in it is. The great lessons for a child are more than just education and inspiration, they spark the imagination and direct students to contemplate the past and the future. The telling and re-telling of these stories is important to motivate the students into further research and different pieces of work in the Montessori classroom and the world at large.
Children are entering the second plane of development and they start to develop a sense of justice as they become aware of the natural world and its laws. Through these lessons they move to explore topics within history, geography, mathematics, science and language.
Montessori Primary school students start to develop admiration and gratitude for those that came before us to pave the way for what we have today.
Maria Montessori’s five great lessons that direct the Primary school curriculum are:
- The Beginning of the Universe and Earth
- Life Comes to Earth
- Humans Come to Earth
- How Writing Began
- How Numbers Began
Each of these great lessons diverts into different areas of learning, that allow the child individual exploration based on their natural interest. Children will relate to the stories in various ways, and the Primary curriculum allows for the child to explore further into the part that has interested them the most.
PRIMARY INTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
(These activities are available at no additional cost)
The Primary school children have a compulsory weekly physical education lesson. These lessons are 60 minutes long and held during the school day.
Two optional seasonal sports are offered each term. Children who select an optional sport, are required to attend the full term as they will be forming teams and competing against other schools.
Optional extra language is Zulu. You need to advise your class teacher if you will be taking this option. Children who select Zulu will be required to complete the whole year to ensure that lesson plans, time slots and progress is not disrupted.
In Senior Primary the children can take French and Zulu as optional languages. Children will be required to complete the whole year to ensure that lesson plans, time slots and progress is not disrupted.
The primary school offers a comprehensive music programme. The children have a weekly lesson that includes learning music theory and history. The children are exposed to the different composers, musical instrments and musical genres.
PRIMARY EXTRA-MURAL ACTIVITES:
(These activities are held at our school outside school class hours and come at an additional cost payable directly to the service provider. Parents must contact the service provider directly for prices and schedule. Please refere to the Extra Murals in the DOWNLOADS Tab)
Piano, Chess Club, Swimming, Krafty Kidz, Build Em Brix, Ballet, Karate, Yoga …. and many more
Our Primary School children wear a smart-casual school uniform that they wear daily. The uniform introduces a sense of “growing up” for the children, as they take on the more serious appeal of the next level in their education. The uniform is available in the school office.
(can have the uniform shop link after this).
Shoes: Children can wear their choice of neutral coloured shoes (navy, black, brown, white or beige).
Hair: Hair accessories are to be kept to neutral colours. Dyed hair braids or extensions is not permitted.
PRIMARY SCHOOL HOURS:
Children can be dropped off from 7am but no later than 07:40.
Work cycle 1: 07:45 – 11:00
Mid-Morning Break: 11:00 – 12:00
Work cycle 2: 12:00 – 13:45
Children not enrolled in the aftercare class go home – strictly by 14:00
Optional sports sessions and extra murals commence. Children who do not attend aftercare must be collected straight after sports or extra murals.
14:00 – 17:30 – Aftercare
*A more detailed class session will be provided by the class teacher each term. Sessions are flexible depending on the needs of the class and the children.
VACATION CLUB PROGRAMME
Our school follows the Independent Schools four term calendar as a guideline. School days may differ slightly, and parents must refer to the school calendar issued by the school.
During the school holidays a Vacation Club Programme is available on most days, at an additional cost. Parents need to sign up their child for the Vacation Club Programme before each school holiday and payment needs to be made in advance, in full. There are NO refunds for the Vacation Club Programme due to non-attendance as staff are allocated based on the number of children enrolled in each holiday period.
We do not offer a Vacation Club Programme for public holidays.
COSMIC EDUCATION CURRICULUM
The Montessori Primary school curriculum is firmly rooted in what is known as Cosmic Education. At this stage, in conjunction with the Montessori 6 –12yr philosophy, we also introduce the Cambridge model of education. This is an integration of an understanding of how to learn from Montessori Primary into a governed framework of education, that is one of the strongest forms of educational recognition in the world.