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Elementary

Our elementary programme is for students aged 6 to 12 years (grades one through six).

Mixed-age groupings in both our lower elementary (6 to 9)
and upper (9 to 12) provide rich opportunities for social and intellectual development as students move from a more structured and concrete learning experience to abstract thinking and increased independence and the ability to problem solve.

Both lower and upper elementary curriculums span three years. During these periods, teachers develop long-term relationships with students and this allows them to better understand each child’s learning style in order to meet their needs. The multi-age range within the classroom provides opportunities for younger students to learn from older role models and then to move towards a position of leadership as they mature within the family structure of the classroom.

Teachers develop individual lesson plans for every student. They also maintain detailed records of their progress and this information is shared with parents three times yearly at parent-teacher conferences. Report cards are issued twice yearly.

Our integrated curriculum offers the students the opportunity to understand the interconnectedness between all things, natural and man-made. Students make connections as their “reasoning mind” develops and they are better able to understand the essentials of human knowledge. They learn to collaborate and work together and achieve a real understanding of their schoolwork. Our students develop strong work habits and skills for future academic success. The Montessori elementary curriculum is comprised of the following areas of study:

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At Kew Park, our academic program is enhanced by many additions to the Montessori curriculum. Students have the opportunity to participate in enrichment classes such as French, music, physical education, visual arts, and dramatic arts. [read more]

Language

Our elementary language programmes offer Kew Park students carefully structured and challenging curriculum that develop oral,
reading and writing skills.

Beginning in lower elementary, students are encouraged to pursue their own particular reading interests to develop skills to support the development and enjoyment of literacy.

A strong emphasis is placed on writing and with daily opportunities to write on a range of topics, the children develop strong writing skills. Conventions of written language are taught as specific lessons and then applied to the students’ work. Encouraging students to present their projects and read their own stories with confidence, clarity and expression strengthens their oral language skills.

Language skills development in our upper programme continues as a stronger emphasis is placed on excellence in oral and written communication. Students also undertake detailed analyses of many different genres: poetry, procedural writing, narratives, reports, persuasive writing, journals, lists, and letters.

Math

The Montessori lower elementary math curriculum is firmly based on learning through experience. Children use a wide variety of carefully constructed materials to lead them to an understanding of mathematical operations and concepts.

Gradually the child moves from concrete to symbolic math and eventually enjoys and understands abstract math at an advanced level. Lower elementary students explore mathematical concepts in number sense, geometry, data management, probability, patterning and measurement.

Our upper elementary arithmetic curriculum leads students to an abstract understanding of mathematical operations and concepts. A systematic series of activities and exercises help the child to internalize all the information he/she received at the early childhood and lower elementary levels through the use of concrete materials. Upper elementary students explore mathematical concepts in number sense, geometry, algebra and trigonometry.

Science, Social Studies, Cultural Studies

The science, social studies and cultural curriculum is seen as the backbone of both lower and upper elementary classrooms.

The integrated curriculum explores history, geography, science and social studies. Students are encouraged to research subjects of interest. There is no limit to the range of projects that can be undertaken and the students work to their level of ability. They acquire skills for finding information, evaluating it, organizing it and presenting it using a range of strategies such as tables, graphs, charts, maps and timelines. They use their language skills to write, edit and proofread their work. Later on, they understand how to prepare bibliographies, tables of contents, use footnotes and subtext. They work collaboratively and are not afraid to share their knowledge since there is no competitive atmosphere or class ranking.

The social curriculum recognizes the child’s awakening interest in an ethical value system, social rules and community by providing strategies for consulting and collaborating with others, teaching conflict resolution skills, developing respect for individual differences, developing shared responsibility, and creating an awareness of the unique contribution that every person makes to the community and the environment.