At the age of six, children can join the primary section. Divided into lower and upper primary, these mixed-age classes provide a dynamic and collaborative environment where children learn through debate, discussion and research.
Montessori Elementary meets the changing needs of children, and responds to their expanding view of the world around them. At this stage, children are ready for more complex work as they move towards abstract ways of thinking. Many new materials are introduced as they develop their imagination to embrace concepts beyond
their immediate environment. Children work individually and in groups, on projects and themes that spark their interest. The teacher’s role is to guide them in their research as they learn to make full use of books and the internet.
Almalja values every one of our pupils equally. We encourage and celebrate pupils’ successes, help children grow in confidence, develop independence and build self-esteem. The curriculum we offer is broad, balanced, creative, interesting and varied to suit all learners. It promotes the intellectual, moral, physical, spiritual and cultural development of each pupil. Our school environment is inviting and secure, encouraging pupils to take pride in their surroundings.
The comprehensive primary curriculum is divided into ten compulsory subject areas:
- Languages (Arabic/French/Yoruba)
- Quran/Islamic Studies
- Social Studies
- Visual Arts/Applied Art
- Physical Education
The curriculum is interdisciplinary and academically challenging. It covers the full range of subjects required by the National Curriculum while maintaining essential Montessori principles and much emphasis is placed on the interconnection between different areas of study.