The Cotswold Montessori Country School
The Cotswold Montessori preschool and primary school opened its doors in 1996 and today provides quality education to children between the ages of 2 to 13 years of age.
The Cotswold Montessori School offers education for children from 2½ – 13 years of age. A child’s education is divided into three year phases which are spread across the preschool (3-6 years), the lower and then the upper primary (6-9 and 9-12 years). The school provides a unique and loving environment in which children are educated and the skills of “Learning for Life” are developed using the Montessori Method.
Our Preschool opened in 1996 and offers 3 environments with two classes in each. Casa de Bambini (Children’s House), The Potting Shed and Elephant Cottage encourage smaller communities with a ratio of 11 pupils per adult, which adds to the feeling of a country school. Each environment is fully equipped with Montessori equipment as well as a playground and ablutions. Teachers are qualified with 3 – 6 year old Montessori diplomas and follow the international Montessori Method. Our 3 year course allows pupils to enter primary school with a lovely exposure to Mathematics, Language and knowledge of the world.
Preschool: Age 3 to 6 Programme
Between the ages of birth and six years old, the child possesses an “absorbent mind”. During this time the child learns their home language, perfects movement and internalises order. Maria Montessori also observed “sensitive periods” in the child where the child is especially sensitive and acquires certain knowledge and skills. These periods occur universally for children at about the same age providing the time for optimal development of a particular skill or knowledge e.g. language.
The preschool and primary school environments have four main areas in the programme with the aim of helping the child to grow as an individual, appreciating the larger context of their world.
Maria Montessori believed that by exposing children to songs, games, poems, stories and classified language cards they become immersed in language, writing, reading and spelling.
The child is led to abstract ideas and relationships by working with the concrete materials like the Number Rods and the Golden Beads. The golden bead material highlights the numerical, geometrical and dimensional relationships within the decimal system. Geometry, algebra and arithmetic form part of the Montessori math curriculum. Through concrete materials the child learns to add, subtract, multiply and divide and gradually comes to understand many abstract mathematical concepts.
PRESCHOOL EXTRA MURALS
Movement to Music, Preschool Athletics, Mini Tennis, Soccer, Drumming.
Cultural activities include:
Ballet, Tap, Modern Dancing, Speech and Drama, Eisteddfod, Concert, Art and Crafts.
The Cotswold Country Montessori School also offers safe and secure Aftercare facilities and a Study corner in which children may work under the guidance of a teacher. Aftercare is available until 17H00 every school day. It is open during school holidays.
VACATION CARE PROGRAMME
The Cotswold Country Montessori School offers parents the services of a Vacation/Holiday Care Programme during the preschool holidays. This programme is run by the schools preschool staff over a full day and various fun activities are planned daily for the children.
Our Primary School was opened in 2001 when parents urged the school to continue the excellent education offered to the preschoolers. The buildings Guinea Fowl House and Gate House accommodate two environments for Lower Primary (6 – 9 year olds). Wattle house accommodates one house of Lower Primary and two houses of Upper Primary (9 – 13 year olds).
The mixed age classes offer definite benefits to all children and has proved to be a cornerstone in the Montessori Method of teaching for the last 100 years. Classes provide real models of imitation for younger children and give older children the opportunity to reinforce their own knowledge (and gain confidence in their abilities) by helping the younger children.
A beautiful sense of community, care and consideration for others results.
Classrooms are laid out with distinct areas of learning i.e. Math, Geometry, Art, and Cultural areas (Natural Science, History and Geography). At the end of Year 7 our pupils leave The Cotswold Country Montessori School extremely well equipped to handle the more traditional school requirements.
Primary School: Age 6-12 Programme
Primary school children can be characterised by their questioning minds, their ability to abstract and imagine, their moral and social orientation and their unlimited energy to research and explore. At this age children are driven to understand the universe and their place in it and their ability to absorb all aspects of culture is boundless. Subjects include geography, biology, history, language, mathematics, science, music and art. Exploration of each area is encouraged through excursions, camps and working outside the classroom. This fosters a feeling of connectedness to all humanity, and encourages their natural desire to make contributions to the world.
PRIMARY SCHOOL EXTRA MURALS
Primary School athletics, T-Ball, mini tennis, swimming, soccer, cross country.
Cultural activities include:
Ballet, Tap, Modern Dancing, Speech and Drama, Eisteddfod, Chess, Concert, Art and Crafts.
The Cotswold Country Montessori School also offers safe and secure Aftercare facilities and a Study corner in which children may work under the guidance of a teacher. Aftercare is available until 17H00 every school day. It is closed during school holidays.
The Cotswold Montessori Country School Fee Structure
The Cotswold Montessori Country School Prospectus
51 Dickinson Road
Benoni North Agricultural Holding
For admission, contact the School Secretary
Tel: 079 366 7772
Fax: 086 510 6538