We aim to provide an inspiring and dynamic English curriculum at Valentina Montessori and Primary School, which fosters a love of poetry and prose from an early age. The library sits at the heart of the school and we believe that reading is the foundation of all learning.
The children are exposed to a wide range of authors and are encouraged to read regularly, both in school and at home, to stimulate their imagination and expand their vocabulary. We recognise the centrality of the English language across the curriculum and the importance of pupils being able to write and express themselves fluently, gradually becoming attentive to nuances and tone in both written and spoken communication.
In Upper Primary, the children study a carefully selected novel each term, using a range of techniques. The novel acts as both a stimulus and high-quality model from which creative writing and comprehension are taught. Emphasis is placed on each child developing the coherence and vivacity of their writing, whilst still improving their syntax, punctuation and spelling.
By the end of Year 6, the children are confident with the requirements of the creative writing and comprehension papers and a range of examination techniques.
The Mathematics curriculum at Valentina Montessori and Primary School provides our pupils with essential and motivating learning. Throughout the school, pupils are guided through a comprehensive curriculum of Number, Shape and Space and Data Handling. Once foundations are secure, our pupils enjoy applying their knowledge to real-life mathematical problems and investigative tasks.
The curriculum aims to ensure that pupils are fluent, confident and flexible in their understanding and application of mathematics.
Key Stage 1 and 2:
Children work on the core topics of Number, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Decimals, Ratio and Percentages, Measures, Geometry and Handling Data. Over the course of KS2, children increase their fluency of arithmetic, their flexibility in approach and their reasoning skills – all core strands of the new National Curriculum.
Regular formative assessment in the classroom ensures that pupils at Valentina Montessori and Primary School are continuously progressing. Individual feedback allows them to assume responsibility for their own learning, set goals and become more independent learners.
Children work in sets, at levels appropriate to their ability and pace of learning. There is movement between the sets according to individual progress.
At Valentina Montessori and Primary school, we provide quality science which gives our children the foundation for understanding the world around them through biology, chemistry and physics. We work on a platform of ‘teach me to do it myself ‘.
Our children get first hand learning, one on one with instructors. We explore science through field trips to places where our children get a life experience of the topics.
Curriculum is Key to us at Valentina Montessori and Primary school. The Key stage 1 pupils are introduced into scientific research earlier ahead of Key stage 2. They learn to make simple models and give guided demonstrations. SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY, LIFE PROCESSES AND LIVING THINGS, MATERIALS AND THEIR PROPERTIES are introduced at this level, consolidated with simple projects.
The principal focus of science in the lower Key stage 2 (year 3-4) is for the children to have an independent mind of exploring, testing and developing ideas about everyday life experience, observing and making enquiries , grouping and classifying things, sourcing for information and drawing up conclusions, not leaving out scientific vocabulary.
Our upper Key stage 2 (year 5-6) continues with objectives and achievement of the lower class but on a wider platform. We take into consideration the fact that this class is moving into high school so we stretch their minds and abilities of achieving independently.
They get first hand access to resources that gears them towards writing their very own thesis and theories. Adequate provision is made for each lesson and study materials.
Through the study of Geography, pupils gain an understanding of the needs of people living in different parts of the world and of the ways in which they interact with their environment, both locally and nationally.
History is an integral subject of learning and enquiry, to help us understand how the modern world has evolved. We aim to cultivate a love for the subject that will carry through into senior school and beyond.
At Valentina Montessori and Primary School, French is taught from Montessori (Nursery) to Year 6 with the aim of enabling the children to reach a useful level of competence and to promote their interest and curiosity about French culture in the world.
We want learning languages to be exciting and we stress the links between French and other areas of the curriculum.
From Montessori to Year 1, the children are taught with a focus on songs and games, where structures are reinforced through the use of mime and gestures to help retain high frequency words and phrases. From Year 2, they begin greater exposure to the written form although the emphasis is still on listening and speaking skills.
From KeyStage 2, the structures of the language are reinforced further and the children are exposed to some basic grammar rules alongside interactive language learning topics. They start a verb book which allows them to build up a bank of verbs to help them develop their sentences.
In Year 5 & 6, we continue to work on sentence building, using prepositions and simple present tense verbs in a variety of contexts. The children become familiar with using a dictionary.
The Computing curriculum at Valentina Montessori and Primary School aims to ensure that pupils are excited by technology and its possibilities. Initially, pupils are equipped with skills enabling them to interact with and explore technology efficiently before moving on to other key skills such as word processing and search.
Pupils continue to build up their proficiencies moving on to more specialised computing skills.
Valentina Montessori and Primary School encourages a love of music by developing regular opportunities for singing, performing, listening to and creating music. Children develop in confidence, self-discipline and communication through a wide range of musical stimuli.
Christmas and summer term concludes with a concert in which our choirs, classes perform.
Music: Individual tuition is available in piano, drums, violin, guitar, trumpet, and saxophone.