Our Montessori Curriculum


Our Montessori Curriculum

Give your child the best start in their learning journey at a Montessori preschool. At Orpington Montessori Preschool we use an extended curriculum covering both Montessori and EYFS activities. The curriculum consists of seven learning areas. Children are gradually introduced to the activities in each area. These areas are:

The Activities of Everyday Living are the main link between home and the preschool. Sensorial, also known as Education of the Senses, is about understanding colour, size, flavour, smell, pitch, texture and weight. Literacy is listening and attention to stories, recognising text, alphabet and blending , mark making, drawing, good pencil control. We teach reading with Montessori phonics which is also known as Synthetic Phonics. Mathematics is learning maths the Montessori way. The Cultural learning area is about understanding the world around us. Creativity is making, and expressing ourselves. The Physical learning area is about developing whole body balance and coordination. Our outdoor play areas and are ideal environments for physical development.

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In a Montessori preschool Creativity is more than just the visual arts. Creativity is the freedom to choose to be creative whenever a child’s inner urges directs them. In a Montessori preschool Creativity is nurtured in many places. In the arts and crafts corner a permanently set up area for the visual arts. For creative…

photo of montessori sensorial materials including geometric solids and constructive triangles


The Sensorial learning area of the curriculum is focused on educating and refining your child’s senses. Sensorial comes from the words sense or senses. Children learn from their environment. This occurs through contact with their surroundings and with the use of their senses. The Sensorial exercises are categorised into eight groups: Visual – sight Tactile…

photo of montessori mathematics material spindle boxes loaded with spindles for learning zero to nine


Montessori Mathematics separates mathematics from being able to write. This enables children to advance their mathematical knowledge without being held back by their writing skills. Montessori Mathematics also separates number symbols from the physical quantities. This allows children to have time to learn what numbers look like and their sequence whilst in parallel they learn…

photo of montessori large moveable alphabet with the words bag dog


The literacy learning area of the curriculum​ is where reading and writing are taught. A key feature of child development is that your child’s capability to learn to read develops at a different rate to the capability of your child to learn to write. Montessori literacy separates reading from writing so that one is not…

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Physical development Physical development There are two aspects to the physical development of a child: Hand eye coordination Coordination and balance of the child’s whole body All other learning areas contribute to the development of hand and eye coordination. The Physical learning area of our extended Montessori curriculum is focused on developing coordination and balance…

photo of montessori cultural materials models of people in traditional dress and animals and a world map


The Cultural activities learning area is also known as Understanding Of The World. The Cultural learning area of the curriculum includes: Biology Geography History Science The teaching is holistic, starting from a general perspective and moving to specific aspects. For example the children are introduced to the solar system and the planets, of which Earth…

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