OUR EDUCATION MODAL
Our unique educational model is an excellent choice for parents who want to provide their child with a personalized, positive, and well-rounded education. With our approach, your child will have the support they need to thrive and reach their full potential.
Our educational approach is unique, combining the EYFS and Montessori curriculums to create a personalized learning experience for your child.
We believe that every child is unique and requires personalized attention and support to thrive.
Our approach fosters positive relationships in a rich learning environment to help your child thrive at their own pace.
We evaluate each child’s progress according to their individual pace, ensuring they receive personalized attention and support to help them reach their full potential.
By incorporating the EYFS and Montessori curriculums, we provide a comprehensive educational experience that gives your child the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.
Our aim is to provide a well-rounded education that fosters positive relationships and individualized learning.
EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is a UK program that provides a framework for the care and education of children aged 0-5.
It focuses on seven areas of learning and development, including communication, physical development, literacy, and mathematics.
The EYFS aims to ensure that children have the best possible start in life by developing key skills and knowledge.
At Avicenna Schools, we aim to deliver this to all children by offering a wide variety of activities and group sessions.
THE SEVEN AREAS OF LEARNING
THE THREE PRIME AREAS
Wellbeing – Concentrating on “making relationships” with peers and adults through play and conversation. Developing “self-confidence and self-awareness” by encouraging children to speak up in a group and ask for help when they need it. “Managing feelings and behaviour” where children develop a sense of empathy towards others and learn to behave appropriately in different situations.
Language & Communication – Where the focus is on “Listening and attention”, Conversation and concentration skills, “understanding” instructions and “speaking” to peers and adults in a variety of situations.
Physical Development - “Movement” of equipment. This includes sports equipment as well as equipment used in the classroom, such as construction e.g. foam bricks and mobile. “Health and self-care”, teaching children to understand what being healthy means and being able to care for themselves for example dressing and going to the bathroom independently.
THE FOUR SPECIFIC AREAS
Literacy – “Reading”, laying the foundations for children’s reading through rhyme, letter sounds, stories and books. “Writing”, allowing children to make marks on paper and assign meaning to them. Looking at letter formations and learning to write their name.
Mathematics – “Number”, learning to count, recognise, understand and compare numbers and groups of objects. Begin to have an understanding of simple addition and subtraction. “Space, shape and measure”, learning about shapes and patterns and exploring with measurement, height and weight and developing mathematical language.
Understanding the world – “People and communities”, children talk about home and past experiences and begin to have an understanding of other cultures. “The world”, exploring the environment and observing animals and nature. “Technology”, making use of the technology of offer, for example, computers and interactive whiteboard and developing an understanding of technological toys. “Problem Solving”, formulating and testing out ideas.
Expressive arts and design – “Exploring and using media and materials”; singing songs and using instruments, learning about colours and textures and building structures using a variety of materials and tools. “Being imaginative”; through role-play, singing, art, dance and drama.
THE MONTESSORI METHOD
The Montessori method of education developed by Italian physician Dr Maria Montessori is a unique form of early education. In its true form, the Montessori method is a method of education that emphasises child-led learning and discovery.
At Avicenna Schools we have adopted various Montessori principles and methodologies and incorporated them into the daily delivery of our classes and activities.
The FIVE MONTESSORI PRINCIPLES
Principle 1: Respect for the Child
Respect for the Child is the major principle underlying the entire Montessori method. Montessori believes children should be respected. Respect is shown for children by not interrupting their concentration. Respect is also shown by giving pupils the freedom to make choices, to do things for themselves, and to learn for themselves. Teachers model respect for all students as well as peaceful conflict resolution and must learn to observe without judgement.
Principle 2: The Absorbent Mind
Montessori education is based on the principle that, simply by living, children are constantly learning from the world around them. Through their senses, children constantly absorb information from their world. They then make sense of it because they are thinking beings.
Principle 3: Sensitive Periods
Montessori pedagogy believes there are certain periods during which children are more ready to learn certain skills. These are known as sensitive periods and last only as long as is necessary for the child to acquire the skills. The order in which sensitive periods occur (i.e. a sensitive period for writing), as well as the timing of the period, varies for each child. Through observation, Montessori teachers must identify sensitive periods in their students and provide the resources for children to flourish during this time.
Principle 4: The Prepared Environment
The Montessori method suggests that children learn best in an environment that has been prepared to enable them to do things for themselves. Always child-centred, the learning environment should promote freedom for children to explore materials of their choice. Teachers should prepare the learning environment by making materials and experiences available to children in an orderly and independent way.
Principle 5: Auto Education
Auto education, or self-education, is the concept that children are capable of educating themselves. This is one of the most important beliefs in the Montessori method. Montessori teachers provide the environment, inspiration, guidance and encouragement for children to educate themselves.