Cycle Three children are characterised not only by their questioning minds and their ability to abstract and imagine, but also by their moral and social orientation and their deep concern for humanity and the environment. This is the age of compassion, of wanting to put the world and its people right. They move from the concrete through their own efforts and discovery to the abstract, thus greatly expanding their field of knowledge.
As they move to Cycle Three, their quest for answers becomes more detailed and in greater depth. They take great pride in beautiful presentation of project work and are keen to share what they have learned with peers.
Cycle Two and Three studies at Melbourne Montessori School include:
- Science (all branches)
- Physical education
Cycle Three children are encouraged to connect to the broader community through trips outside of the classroom, using community resources such as the National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum and the local library.
They are encouraged to be socially aware and to care for others in their community. For example, MMS graduate students make weekly visits to Gary Smorgon House to work and interact with the elderly residents.
This inclusive approach to education fosters a feeling of connectedness to all humanity, and encourages students’ natural desire to make positive contributions to society.
It is important to note for those who do not know Montessori education that we cover all aspects of the state curriculum (soon to be the National Curriculum) but we do it in a different way. The work the children do on a day-to-day basis is much more hands-on, and based on Montessori materials. We link into working in the abstract at a later stage than mainstream schools, ensuring the children’s understandings are strong before moving to abstract thought.
Montessori for Primary School Learners
Watch students from a range of primary school age groups at work in a number of Montessori Schools. Seniour students talk about Montessori learning.