Melbourne Montessori School (MMS) is an independent primary school for children from 3 to 12 years of age. There are two campuses, one in Caulfield and one in Brighton. Each has outdoor play space with interesting structures, and classrooms equipped with Montessori materials. These environments are prepared for children at each developmental level, and allow children to take responsibility for their own education. As a result our students develop a life-long passion for learning.
All classes are multi-age, giving each child the opportunity to learn from others and the flexibility to develop their personality at their own pace, both socially and intellectually. Children usually stay with the same teacher for three years, and this leads to strong teacher-student bonds and a deep understanding by the teacher of individual student characteristics.
Cycle 1 (Age 3 to 6)
Activities in this cycle are designed to allow your child to develop concentration, co-ordination, order and independence. Students work with concrete materials in tasks that include: window washing; painting; manipulation of blocks; differentiation, discrimination and classification of materials; recognition and reproduction of letters; and identification of countries, animals and plants.
Cycle 2 (Age 6 to 9)
Activities in this cycle are designed to allow your child to research their own questions about the world, building more complex understanding of concepts and connections. The major themes (‘Great Stories’) explored in Cycle 2 investigations are the stars, the planets, the story of life, the coming of humans, language and invention.
Cycle 3 (Age 9 to 12)
This cycle provides an increased scientific base for a higher level of synthesis and understanding. It includes more abstract concepts and more sophisticated problem-solving. Students work in the areas of language, mathematics, geometry, geography, history, zoology and botany.