SUMMER FIESTA SUCCESS
Yesterday we had a fantastic turn out of Parents for our Mexican themed Summer Party Fiesta.Our Summer party happens at the end f each academic year and is a great way to cement relationships for the parents whose children are heading off to primary school together and for the younger children's families to get to know one another. We have a children's entertainer booked every year and a picnic party in the garden.
This term we have been learning all about Mexico so the fiesta theme was a great finale to all the children's hard work.
Ofsted Embrace the Montessori Education Philosophy At
College Fields Nursery School, Marlborough
College Fields Montessori Nursery School are delighted to announce that they received a GOOD overall result from their latest Ofsted inspection last Wednesday 14th September 2016 (Ofsted Ref 146048)
‘The Inspection went very well and we were really pleased that the most important part of the report, ‘Personal Development , behaviour and welfare,’ was given the grade ‘Outstanding’.
Liz Barnes, Owner of College Fields
The report stated that:
‘Children are independent. There are excellent relationships between children and staff, providing an exceptionally caring and nurturing environment. Staff know the children very well. Children have high self-esteem and confidence’ Ofsted Report 2016
College Fields Montessori Nursery school successfully blend the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with the ethos of the Montessori philosophy. The school room is an open plan room for 2 – 5 year olds and the children learn from each other and care for each other.
The Ofsted Inspector recognised the positive difference of having children of different ages in one room and stated in the report:
‘Younger children select resources for themselves safely and use them carefully. Older children are very curious and inquisitive…Older children include younger ones in their play and they begin to learn letters and recognise numbers’. Ofsted Report 2016
‘We have often seen the younger children looking up to the older children when they first start nursery, they learn from the older children’s behaviour faster than if they were in a room just for 2 year olds. The older children grow with us and become the confident ‘big fish’ in the school room, helping and caring for the new 2 year olds at this time of year. They grow in confidence as they can directly see how their understanding and knowledge compares to the younger children. ‘
Sophie Shepard, Manager of College Fields
The Montessori philosophy also relates to the nursery environment where all the resources are carefully laid out at a low level and readily available. This encourages the children to be inquisitive and to find their own amusement. The Montessori equipment is designed to be self-correcting so a child can see where they have gone wrong and they learn by doing things for themselves.
‘Children learn early mathematical and literacy skills using the high quality resources …They ask questions, extend conversations, and demonstrate their strong understanding and interest. Children have very good opportunities to be physically active and use equipment that develops their control and coordination very well.’ Ofsted Report 2016
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Phonics at College Fields
Maria Montessori was one of the first educators to believe in the use of phonics as a way of teaching our children to read and write. It is an approach that Montessori schools and nurseries have been using for years and is now the preferred method of teaching children to read and write in the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage. Learning the sounds of the letters (phonemes) will enable your child to blend or ‘sound out’ new words when they encounter them. The following link shows you how to make the sounds of the letters as you learn at home with your child. There is also an app link which has been recommended.
At College Fields your child will be given their own record card for letter and number recognition and we will work with all the children on a one to one basis and in small groups using our traditional Montessori sandpaper letters and numbers. We will also encourage mark making at every opportunity.
USEFUL LINKS FOR PARENTS
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Our main feeder schools are Preshute Primary and St Marys Infants but we have excellent links with various schools in the area so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like any help or contacts. Please check the following website for some good advice and to apply online.
Preshute CofE Primary http://www.preshute.wilts.sch.uk/
St Marys Infants School http://www.stmarysmarlborough.org/wilts/primary/stmarys