Our aims broadly fall under the six categories of: Academic Success, Manners and Etiquette, Preserving Childhood, Sense of Community, Spirituality & Purpose and Foreign Languages
At Cardiff Montessori School, we are dedicating to nurturing every individual child's capabilities so they can reach their greatest potential. Following the Montessori Method, the Early Years Foundation Phase is covered and exceeded. Small classes, carefully detailed observations and individual learning plans help towards this aim.
In primary, children are encouraged to collaborate with one another on assignments, and lessons are delivered on an individual basis or in small groups. The Montessori environment allows for adaptation to the child in this and many other respects..
At CMS, children are respected and valued. The teachers and staff continually model grace and courtesy in the class, emphasising for their benefit social etiquette and manners. Children are taught, methodically and in a structured way, how to practice mindfulness of others through speech and actions.
On outings, children are able to interact with a variety of people, and they are encouraged to practice skills such as asking for directions, or purchasing ingredients for a picnic. At school, children are helped to understand appropriate ways to express and respond to anger, sadness and disappointment.
CMS emphasises - overtly and in a structured way - the importance of community. Children are helped to understand the importance of respect of the environment and those around them through continued conversation, care of animals, and observation of and interaction with nature. Instilling a sense of duty is one of the school's core aims, and this is achieved through community help programs and community interaction.
Welsh heritage is celebrated in the school, providing the focal point for trips, classroom activities, and guests. . .
Understanding of cultures helps to create global citizens. At CMS, children's natural ability to absorb and retain language is captured and used to the greatest good through exposure to foreign languages on a regular basis. The cognitive benefits of learning another language for young children are well-known, but children can also benefit from improvements in literacy standards within their own mother tongue, an increased ability to multi-task, greater confidence.
Children are able to gain significant exposure to French and Spanish as well as Welsh within the school day, and - unlike adults - at their age they are able to establish native-sounding accents.
Children, at CMS, are celebrated and encouraged to be children! Their time is filled with endless possibilities for play, imagination and creativity; like Maria Montessori did, we regard children as superior to us by reason of their innocence and the greater possibilities of their futures. Self-esteem, concentration and outlook on life are all factors we strive to nurture within our setting, and these are negatively impacted by exposure to the often sexualised and violent media featured on the internet, in video games and on television.
Advocates of the Montessori Method believe children should fill their days with observation of nature and the world around them, and exercise their imaginations through play indoors and outdoors, with friends and without. As children progress through the school, 21st century technologies are incorporated to match the child's cognitive development and for a purpose. We strive to help children find ways to relax and unwind without television.
All ll the major religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism) are taught at the school as well as the beliefs and practices of those from no faith. Montessori believed that we are all on a spiritual path and, regardless faith or non-faith, children are encouraged to explore their own spirituality.
Children are given time, during the school day, to reflect on their own personal goals and relationships with those around them as well as the environment. The universal values of tolerance, respect and understanding are continually and strongly emphasised.