Cycle 3

CYCLE 3 Overview

In Cycle 3 (Years 4, 5 and 6), children engage in a rich curriculum covering subjects such as geography, history, language, mathematics and the sciences. Montessori materials continue to play a pivotal role in facilitating hands-on learning experiences.

Children progress from concrete to abstract thinking, cultivating a profound understanding of concepts. The interdisciplinary approach encourages connections between subjects, nurturing a holistic comprehension of the world and igniting a passion for exploration and knowledge.

In addition to academic pursuits, Cycle 3 places a strong emphasis on social and emotional development. Children collaborate on projects, take on leadership roles, and engage in community-building activities.

The Montessori environment nurtures a sense of responsibility, respect and empathy, empowering students to become compassionate global citizens. Mixed-age classrooms provide opportunities for mentorship, creating a supportive community where older children guide and inspire their younger peers.

As children approach the end of their Cycle 3 Montessori journey, the focus extends beyond the academic to preparing them for the transition to secondary education. We equip children with essential life skills, problem-solving abilities and a genuine love for learning, laying a robust foundation for their continued educational and personal growth.
The culmination of Cycle 3 reflects the school’s commitment to nurturing well-rounded individuals, ready to embrace future challenges.

The Montessori Learning Environment

In the Cycle 3 classroom, a child’s passion for learning soars to new heights. They take charge of planning their week and maintain a personal diary, engaging in regular conferences with their teacher. Recognising their role as leaders within the school, Year 6 students take on responsibilities, such as leading assemblies, organising fundraisers and managing lunchtime activities.

Expanding their horizons, students delve deeper into research and deliver presentations to classmates, using diverse methods such as digital technologies. They embark on a journey of exploration, choosing and diving into profound concepts inspired by initial teachings.



Areas of Study

These are the main areas in the Cycle 3 Montessori program:

In Cycle 3, mathematics transitions to a more abstract form, building upon concepts learned earlier . For example, students explore algebra using concrete representations such as binomial and trinomial cubes that provide a deeper understanding of this area of mathematics.

Children take part in a two-hour session each week and explore various art forms. They develop skills, techniques and processes to make aesthetic and creative choices and express themselves visually. Students work with painting, drawing, construction, modelling, printing and textiles. By studying artworks from different cultures and times, they interpret, analyse and discuss their own and others’ creations. They also visit galleries and showcase their work at the end-of-year Art Show.

In Cycle 3, students deepen their understanding of the plant and animal kingdoms. They classify specific plants and animals based on their characteristics, emphasising the importance of classification in their studies.

A dedicated drama teacher leads weekly drama sessions with each class, focusing on the process of drama to foster self-expression. The school’s annual student-led production sees each junior school student playing a role.

The Performing Arts program comprises Cycle-specific music classes, a choir and an orchestra and students can also advance their music studies and participate in recorder ensembles and the Melbourne Montessori Choir. Talented musicians can join the Melbourne Montessori College Band Program that rehearses each week and performs publicly.

In Cycle 3, students explore how climatic zones influence vegetation, population distribution influenced by topography and vegetation, and the impact of climate on land use. They also study cultural differences, world religions and the foods of various cultures, building a comprehensive understanding of the world.

The history curriculum is anchored by five ‘Great Stories’ that introduce key historical concepts. These stories cover topics such as the universe, the coming of life, the emergence of human beings, the evolution of language, and the development of numbers. Students take part in animated discussions, delving into diverse subjects like dinosaurs, transportation and writing.

Children developing their Italian comprehension and speaking skills, explore written and spoken materials, use bilingual dictionaries, and learn about cultural differences. French language learning is applied in various situations including instructions, reading, stories, role-playing, dialogue, performance, singing, recitation and games.

In Cycle 3, language work becomes more abstract and encompasses all genres of writing. Students are introduced to a wide range of literature, engage in creative writing, refine spelling mechanics, and participate in the critical analysis of written and visual literature.

Media studies are also part of the curriculum.

The sports program at Melbourne Montessori College promotes active and healthy lifestyles through a range of sports including basketball, baseball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, tennis, volleyball, soccer and golf. The focus is on ensuring that learning motor skills is enjoyable and teaching children about themselves through sports.

Children engage in hands-on science experiences by conducting experiments, research and taking part in practical activities. The school’s gardening program and sustainability initiatives allow students to explore chemistry, botany, zoology and environmental science. The motto of ‘think global, act local’ underpins their commitment to sustainability.

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The culmination of Cycle 3 reflects the school’s commitment to nurturing well-rounded individuals, ready to embrace future challenges. Enrol today!

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