The emphasis in the Montessori classroom is on the inter-related nature of the various subjects taught. Traditional areas of study are complemented by subjects reflecting a rapidly changing world - History, Geography, General Science, Music, the Arts, Drama and Physical Education are joined by Computer Sciences and Design & Technology.
Our children are encouraged to do further research in their class and individual projects by regular field trips and excursions. We have had recent visits to the British Museum, The Science Museum, National Portrait Gallery, the Planetarium and the Commonwealth Institute. Additional trips to theatres for special drama productions and workshops have also been arranged. Homework is mainly given as preparation or research for projects. Parents are requested to be involved and help their children with this and any other extra work that may be sent home.
The idea of cross-curriculum themes was originated by Dr. Montessori. Many of these themes are reflected in the current National Curriculum. Montessori education, therefore, is particularly suited to achieving these aims whilst also preparing a child for his or her next school. Rainbow's curriculum is clearly laid out with reference to the government's attainment targets and key stages, enabling parents to clearly understand their child's progress.