Room 15 is located at Matakana Primary School.
We opened the class in February 2009 with 11 students who were six and seven years old. They come from diverse backgrounds with many different interests which creates a warm and rich dynamic.
The Montessori Unit within Matakana School provides Montessori education (from age 6) delivered within the framework of the New Zealand National Curriculum.
Maria Montessori called the Primary curriculum Cosmic Education because its goal is to expose the child to the whole range of human knowledge in an integrated approach to learning set into the largest context possible. Contextual learning is the foundation for deep understanding. The context for the elementary curriculum is established in an overview of the history of the universe. As they study ancient civilisations the children discover that all aspects of knowledge including mathematics, language, history, botany, geography, music and art developed the basic human needs. This understanding fosters a love for learning and eagerness to take their place as contributing members of the community.
Our teachers direct and guide the children through observation.
Our classroom provides specialised learning resources and equipment in an atmosphere that is calm and appealing. Children learn at their own pace and interact in a multi-age classroom. This enables the teacher to identify and understand each child's unique learning style.
The Montessori class is fully integrated into Matakana Primary School, providing access to school-wide programmes and facilities including cultural and sporting activities, the arts, an extensive library and IT suite.
Complimenting academic independence, children become masters of their environment and are responsible for managing their classroom and garden area. These aspects of the curriculum foster the Montessori idea of an education for the development of the whole child.