Primary School

MIDDLE PRIMARY (Years 1 to 3) – CYCLE 2

Perth Individual’s Primary School is a natural progression from the Montessori Children’s House, where the foundations are encouraged to flourish and grow.

Dr Maria Montessori discovered that the needs and characteristics of children at various stages of their development are the keys to establishing an environment where the child can best learn at their pace.

In this classroom, there is still a lot of movement and work in small groups.   The Director usually works with one child or with a small group and can be seen walking around the classroom observing activities.   Children can be involved in activities such as number work, reading, writing or computer activities.  They may be sitting at tables or working on floor mats, working alone, in pairs or collaborative group activities.   Children in this cycle undertake research and project work gaining an understanding of cooperative and collaborative learning.

Children change dramatically around six years of age, and the Montessori environment changes to meet their needs. They become intellectual in nature and begin to move from concrete to abstract reasoning.

They develop morality and imagination based on the reality they know. Children acquire knowledge and information effortlessly because of their innate passion for learning. They learn through discovery and creative problem-solving. It is through the child’s exploration, imagination and creativity that knowledge and concepts are understood and mastered.

Children must be allowed to grow at a developmentally appropriate rate. The Montessori Director curriculum and targeted IEP’s facilitate their learning. Children develop their pattern of learning during primary school and when built on a strong educational foundation, will last them a lifetime.

An environment where the child can best learn at their pace.

UPPER PRIMARY (Years 4 to 6) – CYCLE 3

By the time children reach the age of nine, while still in the Intellectual Period, they are moving away from concrete learning to abstract thinking. In the class, children are moving away from the reliance on equipment, though Montessori materials are still available, towards a more abstract exploration of the world. Here experience and thought begin to connect.

An experience is only valuable to the individual if thinking follows. The element of thought, reflecting upon the consequences makes the experience meaningful. Thinking indicates change and growth. When the individual is prepared to undergo the consequences, to think about them, and change his/her actions accordingly, growth and development are taking place.

Reflective thinking aids the process of becoming responsible. To help children reflect upon their experience, and develop, we need to provide the right physical and psychological environment in the classroom.

In a Montessori class, there is a focus on their development as social beings. Development is the exciting process of change, which happens in a forever changing society. The skills of being able to think, to reflect, to draw conclusions and to act accordingly in a responsible manner are necessary characteristics to all human beings.

At this stage, children spend a lot of time carrying out their research projects. Projects are often done in groups with the children sharing the responsibility, which enhances the development of communication and intrapersonal skills. Research tools such as computers, books and other texts are all fully utilised, and the range of research topics widens as the children become interested in moral and social issues.

At this age, ethics and justice are prime focuses, and related issues often form the basis of their projects as students explore their place within society. In this classroom, the Director will frequently be in a one on one situation with students or small groups.

Individual children will be involved in a variety of tasks. They may be working at their desks, researching in the library area, using the computer or perhaps helping to organise a whole school event.

Because the learning environment for the 9-12-year-old extends beyond the classroom and school, there are many class excursions to such places as factories, science laboratories, museums and art galleries.

A focus on their development as social beings

COMMENCING IN A CYCLE 2 CLASS

Book List/Stationery

Please make sure you have received a copy of the book/stationery list from either your teacher, from the office or refer to the Booklist link located under Community Forms. You will usually be given this at your child’s Transition meeting. As your child will be using these items daily, they will need to be labelled with your child’s name and brought to school on the first day of term. Their spare stationery and books will be stored in the classroom for easy access when your child requires them. If you wish to cover the book, you may do so with plain white paper. There are transparent plastic covers on you child’s book list that will be used to protect the exercise books.

Morning Snack

Please pack a morning snack of fruit or vegetables each day for your child, as the children in Cycle Two no longer share a class fruit basket. Morning snack is fruit and vegetables only (as per the Nutrition Policy).

Lunch

Please refer to the school’s Nutrition Policy for guidelines on a healthy lunch for your child.

Library/Reading Program

Now that your child has transitioned to Cycle 2 they will need to bring their library bag to school each day. This will enable them to have sufficient reading material available and also enable them to exchange their books as necessary. Children change reading books daily and library books weekly. You will be notified of your child’s library day at the first Parent Education evening.

Class Timetable

Classroom timetables will usually be given out at the first Parent Education Evening. This class roster will clarify the days for sport, music, choir etc.

Music

All children at Perth Individual are involved in music. On special music days, and when requested by the Teacher, children can bring in an instrument or a loved piece of music from a favourite CD or other music-related news to share with the class.

Swimming

Swimming lessons usually take place in Term Four. Information will be provided by the Physical Education Teacher closer to the swimming term.

Birthdays

If you would like to celebrate your child’s birthday at school, it is deemed appropriate to bring in a treat for each class member which your child can hand out at the end of the day. Please consult with the Class Director regarding any students in the class who have food allergies.

COMMENCING IN A CYCLE 3 CLASS

Book List/Stationery

Please make sure you have received a copy of the book/stationery list from either your teacher, from the office or simply refer to the Booklist link located at Community Forms. As your child will be using these items daily, they will need to be labelled with your child’s name and brought to school on the first day of term. Their spare stationery and books will be stored in the classroom for easy access when your child requires them.

Laptops

It is recommended that parents provide a laptop for their child when they enter Cycle 3. Parents are advised to discuss their choice of laptop via the Deputy Principal, Ian Michael.

Morning Snack & Lunch

Morning snacks should consist primarily of fruit and vegetables as Perth Individual has a healthy eating policy. Please refer to the policy for specific details on what is allowed. Please also refer to the school’s healthy eating policy for guidelines and suggestions on a healthy lunch for your child.

Class Timetable

Classroom timetables will usually be given out at the first Parent Education Evening. This class roster will clarify the days for sport, music, choir etc.

Assignments

A large part of our work in Cycle Three is through assignments or projects. They are designed specifically, with varying difficulty, and are open-ended so that students can work to their ability. More information will be provided at the Parent Information Evenings.

Organisation Folder

Each student will use a display folder to set up their organisation folder, which contains timetables, calendars, assignments and homework. This should accompany your child to and from school each day so that they can work on their assignments and homework grid each day. More information will be provided at the Parent Information Evenings.

Library/Reading Program

Cycles Three and Four use library cards, which are kept, in the classroom, and students are encouraged to select appropriate reading material to borrow from the library. There is also a class bookshelf, which has various reading material that we welcome you to add to. Students can choose to bring in their books from home, which must, of course, be labelled with their name.

Swimming

At Perth Individual we realise the importance of children in Australia being able to swim. Information will be provided by the Physical Education Teacher closer to the relevant terms.

Camp

The annual camp is considered an essential part of the Education and Curriculum of Perth Individual students. They spend one week at a campsite and are provided with adventure activities. It is an enjoyable and enriching experience for the group which gives them a new self and team development of independence for the week.

Birthdays

On your child’s birthday, it is okay to bring in a treat for each class member for your child can hand out at the end of the day. Please consult with the Class Director first regarding any students in the class who have food allergies.

Tel: (08) 9362 3186
Email: admin@pi.wa.edu.au