CATOR PARK MONTESSORI Aldersmead Road, Cator Park Pavilion, Beckenham BR3 1NA 020 8778 9893
Bringing children the best of both worlds – indoors and out
Maria Montessori advocated the need for an “enabling environment” while she also emphasised the need for children to explore the real world so we are fortunate to be located in the wonderful Cator Park and have our own garden, outdoor classroom and sports Astroturf area to add to the indoor classrooms, all of which we have resourced without compromise to benefit the children internally and externally
Our carefully prepared environment includes low level wooden shelves containing the Montessori materials for “Activities for Everyday Living”, “Education of the Senses”, “Mathematics”, “Literacy”, “Cultural” and “Understanding the World”. In addition to the Montessori materials there are many other activities including:
Our children also enjoy a carefully planned programme of special activities and events including:
The outdoor classroom on the decking, mirrors the indoor classroom with low level wooden shelving containing materials from each of the Montessori and EYFS curriculum areas of learning and development. On our Astroturf sports area a fully qualified sports coach delivers a variety of sports activities all day, every day whatever the weather. These include hockey, cricket, rugby, athletics, gymnastics, golf and tug of war, all of which are demonstrated at our annual sports day. We also have larger equipment for example a slide, balancing beams, tricycles, planks, tyres and sand and water play-trays. Our mud-kitchen, digging, mini beast and planting areas add to the whole outdoor experience. In addition, our children enjoy a carefully planned programme of special activities, outings and events including nature walks in the park, visits to the library and the teddy-bears picnic where we eat the food harvested from the children’s own planting programme.
In our recent OFSTED inspection report we achieved an ‘outstanding’ in all 17 inspection categories.