Bloom Primary School
For children 6-14 years of age
6-12 Years of Age
A second plane of development, described by Maria Montessori, encompasses children from 6-12 years. It is the most dynamic growth period in a child’s life.
As a child’s cognitive processes mature, hands-on materials are used to teach new concepts. An intentional integration of curriculum areas satisfies their thirst for detail, exploration, and curiosity at this stage. A variety of enabling environments promote the freedom to choose how to work, and students set daily and weekly goals to fulfill their increasing need for personal responsibility and independence.
Children become socially aware and develop a strong desire to belong to a group. Social-emotional role models shift from adults to peers.
Spirituality is explored through exposure to all religions, and children are encouraged to develop an understanding of cooperation and peace. Character development is prioritized throughout the curriculum. It is during this phase that children develop a firm orientation of right and wrong.
Learning through movement is likewise critical at this age. This is a time when children like to be physically challenged, they are willing to take risks, and they benefit from a variety of opportunities for expression through action.
Abstract thinking eventually takes hold, along with a capacity to problem solve. Children develop a reasoning mind, and they enjoy creative thinking, group discussion of critical questions, and in-depth research.
12-14 Years of Age
The Upper Primary curricula is unique to Bloom in design. Youth are obligated to take a few mandatory core subjects, however they are able to expand on this foundation to add breadth and cross-curricular perspectives according to their interests. The curriculum offers a broad view of the world, emphasising ecological interdependency, historical development and inter-connectedness of ideas and events, and a trans-cultural perspective.
Bloom Primary School is accredited by the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board, which aims to ensure that all schools using the Montessori name offer high quality, holistic education and care to children and youth.