Your child

will grow and develop in a stimulating, caring and safe environment

Welcome


It gives us great pleasure in welcoming you to our school and fantastic location here in Wapping overlooking The River Thames

Mission Statement

The Pierhead Preparatory Montessori School will commit to educate the whole child and honour the diversity of each individual:

Intellectually: by facilitating cooperative and independent learning; teaching academic skills in the context of cosmic education; developing higher levels of thinking; giving appropriate evaluation.

Emotionally: by promoting unconditional acceptance of self; assisting personal growth; supporting the partnership between school and home; providing a nurturing environment.

Socially: by promoting unconditional acceptance and respect of others; teaching communication and cooperation skills; cultivating a sense of responsibility; fostering positive group behaviour.

Physically: by recognising the interdependence of mind and body; teaching respect and care for the body; assisting in the refining and strengthening of physical skills; valuing the need for purposeful movement.

Spiritually:by inspiring a love of learning; encouraging self-determination; developing and nurturing global awareness; sharing joy, beauty and a reverence for life.

We support this mission by providing developmentally designed programs and methodologies based on Montessori philosophy. We dedicate ourselves to lifelong learning.

Dr.Maria Montessori’s Aim was to help children attain their maximum learning potential, while becoming well balanced individuals able to cope with the emotional social and practical pressures of modern day living. At Pierhead we keep these aims alive.


Montessori Method

The Montessori Method is an educating approach for children based on the research and experiences of Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori (1870–1952). It arose in the process of her experimental observation of young children given freedom in an environment, leading her to believe by 1907 that she had discovered "the child's true normal nature." Based on her observations, she created an environment prepared with materials designed for their self-directed learning activity. The method itself aims to duplicate this experimental observation of children to bring about, sustain and support their true natural way of being

Applying this method involves the teacher in viewing the child as having an inner natural guidance for his or her own perfect self-directed development. The teacher's role of observation sometimes includes experimental interactions with children, commonly referred to as "lessons," to resolve misbehavior or to show how to use the various self-teaching materials that are provided in the environment for the children's free use.

The method is primarily applied with young children (2.5–6), as this was the initial age with which Dr. Montessori worked. Her philosophy was based on certain characteristic seen in this age group.  The method is also utilized successfully for ages 0-3 and 6-9, 9-12, 12-15 and 15-18, though the majority of children learning through this method are in the 3-6 range

Although the Montessori name is recognized by many, it is not a trademark, and it is associated with more than one organization. Schools and teacher training programs can differ in their interpretation, intensity, practical application, and philosophy in using this method with children. This article is about Dr. Maria Montessori’s research and discoveries and their practical application by adherents and practitioners with children.


Montessori Curriculum

There are five areas of learning in the Montessori classroom.

Practical life:

This is the foundation that prepares a child indirectly to all the other areas of learning in our Montessori classroom

All the activities are to help children learn about order, concentration, coordination and independence. Some of practical life activities that we introduce to the child are, pouring, sorting, laying the table, care of self (washing hand, blowing our nose). Dressing frames. These exercises are the building blocks for a child taking the first steps towards independence.

“ Help me to help myself” Dr. Maria Montessori

Sensorial awareness:

Through exploration of the various materials of varying dimensions, colour, shape, texture taste and smell, develops children’s perception of their environment.

Activities we introduce to the children are The Pink Tower, Brown Stairs, Red Rods, Taste Jars, Smelling Bottles, Colour Tablets, Baric Tablets and  Sound Bells

“The aim (of sensorial exercises) is an inner one, namely the child train themselves to observe, to make comparisons between objects to form judgments, to reason and to decide” Dr. Maria Montessori  

Language:

In this area of learning in our Montessori classroom we encourage development of early literacy skills. We teach children the sounds phonetically, helping them to blend the sounds together to make words. We have circle time every morning, where children are encouraged to share their news, we focus on different story books where children can predict the story. We believe that language is built upon singing and songs. We also have a special drama class, where we encourage children to participate in our plays.

Some of our activities we present to the children in pre writing are the sandpaper letters, movable alphabet, we help children to develop their fine motor skills with metal insets. When children are ready we teach them the correct formation of letters, how to hold a pencil correctly, sentence structure and composition

Mathematics:

The materials for mathematics initially develop the child’s understanding of mathematical concepts such as shape, length, volume, weight and number, representing these in physical forms. This develops into written number forms and arithmetical operations. Montessori mathematics focuses on the fundamental skills to calculate.

Activities: Our maths area of our classroom is divided into six categories, number rods, spindle boxes, golden beads, 3D Shapes, sandpaper numbers, memory work, counting using quantity and symbols.

Cultural:

The cultural area of our classroom encompasses a variety of subjects that include Geography, Zoology, Botany, Science, Art, Music, Spanish and French lessons. Studying these subjects provide children an opportunity to explore using their curiosity of different concepts and ideas. In science we encourage the children to observe and work with hands on experiments that will cultivate a lifelong interest in nature and their world around them. The study of Zoology shows children animals from all around the world and to really understand their habitat, their unique eco systems, what they eat, how the grow. Lastly with music we offer the children the opportunity to explore different instruments.

“The Child’s development follows a path of successive stages of independence, and our knowledge of this must guide us in our behavior towards him. We have to help the child to act, will and think for himself” (The Absorbent Mind p.257)


Physical Education

The children enjoy physical activity set to thier developing age. Using St Goerges Memorial park which is set behind the school we really benefit from this feature.

The school has also partnered with Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre which is where the school is based and they rovide excellent specialist adventurous activities on site including; indoor and outdoor climbing, high ropes and paddlesports using the Shadwell Basin which is thier licenced property .

The climbing programme has been designed to introduce a new skill, improve hand to eye co-ordination and increase fitness. Team building, sharing, and caring have also played important roles.  The children were able to explore their potential and increase confidence through games and challenges.

Bell Boating and Rafted Canoeing on Shadwell Basin has been a great success. The children learn new skills which progressed from the Bell Boats to Rafted Canoes.

Physical Education stimulates healthy growth and development and builds strong bones and muscles.  It provides the opportunity to develop fundamental movement skills.    It also improves concentration and thinking skills, relieves stress, promotes relaxation and improves sleep.  Building confidence and self-esteem come with enjoyment, play and participation.