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There are six areas of development in the Montessori prepared environment:

Practical Life

Practical life activities promote coordination, independence, and support the refinement of fine and gross motor skills. Within this area the child finds materials and exercises of their everyday life such as pouring, spooning, threading and folding. Repetition of practical life activities increases concentration span and develops dexterity.


Given the opportunity with the right materials children will sort things by size, shape, colour, touch, sound, temperature and weight. Children will grade from dark to light and from large to small. The sensorial materials allow the child to classify sensorial impressions in an organised, orderly and scientific manor.


The Montessori Method of teaching ensures that children enjoy activities such as matching, grading and pairing. Children use geometric solids to explore shape, position and size. When the child has developed an interest in numbers through activities such as sandpaper numbers, they are then progressed to more complex maths activities. These include recognising and writing numbers, sequencing, quantifying, addition and subtraction.


Children have a boundless capacity to expand and enrich their language, this is a natural consequence and the desire to read and write will emerge. Children will be exposed to resources such as insets for design that directly strengthen the peninsular grip and support coordination of wrists movements. This will prepare a child for handwriting. We will sensitively introduce sandpaper letters, encouraging their phonological awareness..


In this area of the curriculum children will be supported in developing their knowledge that help them to make sense of the world. They are presented with opportunities to explore geography, history and science. Children will encounter creatures, plants, festivals and music from around the world.


Cultivating creativity supports a child’s curiosity and exploration through play. Your child will be provided with opportunities to share thoughts, ideas and feelings through art, music, movement dance, imaginative role-play and design and technology.


Children develop quickly in the early years, and early years practitioners aim to do all they can to help children have the best possible start in life. Children have a right, illustrated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to provision which enables them to develop their personalities, talents and abilities irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, disabilities or gender.
Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage

At Wetherby House Montessori, we understand that not all children will be continuing their education in Montessori schools. Almost all of our children will attend traditional independent and state schooling.

Taking this into consideration, we adhere to the guidelines set out by the EYFS absolutely, and are regulated by the same authorities as every other setting. We deliver the EYFS curriculum in full and are able to offer a broad and meaningful base of knowledge to all children in our care.

The following document, Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage, is a fantastic resource for understanding the principles and expectations behind the EYFS.


   Click here to download Development Matters In The  Early Years Foundation Stage


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