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The cultural curriculum helps children to learn about the world around them. They explore the Montessori materials with a natural thirst for knowledge, and gain an appreciation of biology, geography, simple science and history.

The practitioners use planned and spontaneous activities to share their knowledge with the children, giving them the correct terminology for flora and fauna. Here you can see a group of children who have noticed a spider’s web in the grass whilst out on a walk. The children closely examined the web and a discussion on spider habitats and food sources followed with an impromptu rendition of ‘I know an old lady who swallowed a fly’.

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The natural world is incredibly important to children, part of our role at The Little House is to teach children to respect the environment and value the diversity of its inhabitants. For example the children learn about festivals in our own and other cultures, gardening skills, the concept of life cycles, the qualities of magnetism and the planets which make up our solar system.

The wonderful thing about a Montessori environment is that practitioners often tailor make resources to reflect the children’s interests.
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Here a child is working with a practitioner completing the mapping boards activity. This exercise broadens the child’s knowledge of different types of buildings as well as features of the environment. The child concentrates hard to duplicate the placement of the buildings in relation to the roads and stream.

Here is an example of a piece of material made by one of our practitioners at The Little House to help the children explore the concept of landforms. Following the Montessori ethos, this is very much a hands on activity where the children can extend their learning on a practical level. In this example the child has chosen to use a selection of animals to investigate habitats.
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