The Role of Montessori in PYP

The Role of Montessori in PYP

IITA School is an international school that aims to provide a comprehensive curriculum in an environment which promotes confidence, caring and understanding and prepares our students for successful learning here and in schools around the world for
children from playgroup to Grade 8. In playgroup to Pre-kindergarten the Montessori method of teaching is used to complement the IB PYP programme that the school uses for Playgroup to Grade 5.

The Montessori approach offers a broad vision of education as an “aid to life.” It is designed to help children grow from childhood to maturity.  It succeeds because it draws its principles from the natural development of the child.  Its flexibility provides a matrix within which each individual child’s inner directives freely guide the child toward wholesome growth. Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work. The children’s innate passion for learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, purposeful activities with the guidance of a trained adult.  Through their work, the children develop concentration and joyful self-discipline.  Within a framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities. On the other hand, the IBPYP offers a child-centered curriculum framework that ensures that the learning is: Engaging, Relevant, Challenging, Significant and Transdisciplinary

What are the aims of the IBO?

The IBO Mission Statement

“The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionateand lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

The IB Learner Profile: The IBO believes that students who undertake the IB become internationally minded learners who are or become:

  • Inquirers
  • Caring
  • Open-minded
  • Well-balanced
  • Reflective
  • Principled
  • Knowledgeable
  • Critical thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Risk takers

Similarities between PYP and Montessori programs

The PYP and Montessori programs have a strong academic, physical, social and emotional foundation, which are combined with incorporating global values and skills to better equip our students for the future.  

  • Both programs are inquiry-based and have a similar philosophical ethos.  
  • Both are based upon Method rather than Content.
  • Both promote individual inquiry.
  • Both promote social and community behaviour.
  • Both promote children’s education for peace.
  • In both programs the students are active participants in their learning
  • Both are child-centred (rather than teacher-centred).
  • Both set high expectations
    – “all children should be given maximum opportunity.”
  • Both believe in self-discipline and integral sense of purpose.
  • Both have diversity leading to global perspectives.
  • Both promote balance and harmony in the person.
  • Both promote connections between presented separate activities

In IITA School we strive to promote an inquiry-based learning, international mindedness and action orientation through an effective fuse of the Montessori program and PYP in the early years and successful use of the PYP program from KG to Grade 5. Inquiry-based learning prepares students for the future, creating flexible, ethically aware thinkers. The PYP nurtures independent learning skills, encouraging every student to take lifelong responsibility for their learning. 

Mrs. Bola Ugoji and Mrs. Olamide Onigbinde