Montessori at KPS
In Term 4, 2016 Kāpiti Primary School opened a Montessori classroom. This was the first Montessori primary classroom on the Kāpiti Coast, and remains the only one. There are now two classrooms operating, a Year 1-4 class called Te Ra, and a Year 5-8 class called Te Marama. The classes operate within a collaborative space, Ranginui. The programme weaves the New Zealand Curriculum with the Montessori philosophy and curriculum.
The Montessori approach fans the innate passion for learning through collaborative, self-paced, hands-on, challenging and joyful learning opportunities. It also strongly promotes and supports students to be independent, responsible, to have self-discipline, to take initiative, and develop a love of lifelong learning.
If this approach and environment appeals to you as a parent and you would like to know more, please feel free to contact the school.
The Montessori approach supports children to harness and encourage their inner desire for natural curiosity to learn and develop. The Montessori philosophy believes that children do not need to be forced to learn as children are naturally interested and are innate learners.
If you look at a child prior to school, they have learnt many complex tasks such as walking, talking, singing, swimming, counting and reading.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the structure of the day?
At 9am children meet briefly with their class to share any notices for the day. The Work Cycle begins and runs until 12 o’clock. At 12 o’clock the classes meet for circle time to discuss what has been achieved during the work cycle. Before lunch there is time for Te Ra and Te Marama to get together to share learning, address any issues or have a lesson.
What is the work cycle?
What is circle time?
Do children have homework?
What is Practical Life?
How are the Montessori materials organised?
How much freedom do children have in the Montessori classroom?
What are the components of the Montessori Curriculum?
What does parent involvement in the classroom look like?
Whanau are actively involved in contributing to the life of the classroom and wider community. A Trust, made up of parents, (The Kapiti Montessori Trust) oversees the collection of donations and purchasing of materials. Families are rostered to do the laundry for the classroom, parents are invited to take groups for Practical Life activities and also attend trips within the immediate and wider community.
How is Ranginui integrated as part of the school?
The Ranginui learning spaces are seen as part of the wider school. Te Ra and Te Marama are classrooms within Kāpiti Primary school and join in many events, alongside the other classes. These include sporting activities and competitions, assemblies, camps and Kapa Haka.
How is assessment and reporting conducted?
The same assessments and reporting procedures are carried out with students in both our Montessori and Original Strands. Whanau are welcome to also meet with teachers during the school term to discuss their child’s progress through appointment.