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College Fields Montessori Nursery
09:00 - 13:00
09:00 - 15:30
09:00 - 13:00
Closed weekends and bank holidays
Welcome back to College Fields. We hope you have all enjoyed your Summer holidays and are looking forward to getting back in to the routine of term time!
We have lots of new faces this term so we would like to spend the first few weeks of term gradually settling in all the children and playing lots of ‘getting to know you’ games and setting the routine of the day.
The theme this term will be ART AND ARTISTS. Our goal through the term is to talk about shape, form, texture, pattern and colour along-side all our day to day free play so that all our children will reliably recognise all their basic shapes and colours by the end of the term.
We will set up adult-led and open-ended activities in each session which will include clay, finger painting, action painting, Montessori colour tablets and inset shapes. We will look at various famous artists’ work: Matisse for his use of colour, Kandinsky’s abstract expressionism and use of shape, Seurat for pointillism and Jackson Pollock for abstract action art! We will use Montessori templates and insets and solid wooden shapes and look at drawing and pencil skills as we explore things from nature as we head in to Autumn.
We will also explore the idea of colour mixing; learning that by mixing our primary colours we can create all other colours. We will extend our knowledge and language by using adjectives such as light, dark, pale, bright, pastel, and hot and cold colours. We will also talk about patterns; stripes and spots, and textures and symbolism in colour such as red for danger.
As always we will concentrate on good manners and sharing using books like the Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister and discussion during our Circle and meal times and, through our weekly e-newsletters, we will share news and ideas with you at home.
If you have any questions for any of the team here at College Fields you can call us during open hours on 01672 515486 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org or please feel free to stop and chat when you see us.
Our first week back is a good time to ensure that we have all your up to date contact details, email addresses and information regarding any medical requirements – If you think any of these have changed please let us know as soon as possible.
Our first day of term is Monday 3rd September and we look forward to welcoming you all back.
Liz, Sophie and Deirdre
We provide a carefully planned environment, which neither imposes on your child, nor does it abandon him in total free play. At the heart of College Fields are the Montessori materials, enticing pieces of equipment, which have been carefully designed to incorporate a teaching purpose.
Young children have a strong urge to become independent. Practical Life activities help them to perfect the skills they need in daily life. Whilst learning essential life skills, the children are also developing hand-eye co-ordination and the capacity to focus their attention for the entirety of an activity. Successful completion of such tasks gives children a real sense of their own achievement, and this builds their self-confidence.
Children are vividly aware of the world, constantly exploring and taking in impressions through all their senses. The sensorial materials encourage children to order and classify the physical properties of the world in which they live. These activities stimulate and develop the senses, refining children’s powers of observation, perception, exploration and communication.
Montessori mathematics materials enable even a very young child to achieve a natural appreciation of mathematical concepts through his or her own efforts. This avoids the mental blocks which so often occur in children faced with purely abstract concepts. Specially designed equipment helps children to grasp concrete ideas along with sensory experience of numbers, quantities and mathematical operations. Many Montessori educated children leave College Fields with a genuine love of numbers and mathematics.
At College Fields children learn to express themselves. The freedom offered to the children creates many opportunities for them to communicate with their peers and the adults. We emphasize the development of vocabulary based on real experiences and the early preparation required for reading and writing. Advanced activities take the child well beyond the basic skills into reading and writing for interpretation, creativity and pleasure. Phonics, which shows your child the connection between sounds and letters, are also introduced.
Cultural Exploration of the World Around
The Montessori approach covers a wide range of subjects which reflect the broad interests of young children. The Montessori environment stimulates these interests and extends knowledge and understanding of art and crafts, geography, history, music and science and the natural world. Cultures from around the world are explored and celebrated. We plan activities using music and movement, drama, art, simple science, pottery and cookery.
Outdoor Learning and Play
We have a lovely big garden at College Fields which we make extensive use of come rain or shine. Children come to nursery prepared for all weathers as our activities are never simply confined to indoors. We enjoy creating activities and opportunities using the space, natural materials and low level physical equipment.