Preschool Program (Stage 1)

Children aged three to six are sensorial explorers. These children are catered for in Stage 1 (3 – 6 years) Preschool to Kindergarten.

A Director’s comprehensive understanding of the characteristics of children from 3 – 6 years informs the set-up of a carefully prepared environment, facilitating the tuition of core curriculum categorised as Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Literacy and Mathematics.

“My 3 children all attended ISMS from age 3 through to 12 years. The dedication and excellence of the teaching staff was always exemplary and the quality of education provided outstanding. All 3 children subsequently transitioned smoothly to various High Schools with zero fuss or issues. It is a wonderful school community and I would recommend you visit, experience and understand the benefits a Montessori education can provide at this school.”

Andrew Duff

Prepared Environment

All Montessori materials are developmentally appropriate for the children in each age group and have been designed to meet the intellectual and social needs of children in the Stage age group, in this case children between 3 – 6 years of age.

Two adults are available to support the child’s learning. One Director (a trained teacher) delivers presentations, while the Assistant (a second adult) acts as a support to the Director and the children.

Program Timing

Stage 1 children attend a half day morning session for approximately the first two years which allows for the development of regular learning patterns at a time when young children are most alert.

During the final year of Stage 1, the child spends the full day at school (8.30am to 3:00pm). This is known as the ‘Extended Day’ year and equates to the Kindergarten year in non-Montessori Primary schools in New South Wales.

All Stage 1 students are invited to join our Before and After School care.

Learning Spaces

Are arranged to allow children to move freely within the room, selecting materials and work spaces to suit their needs.

Offer a variety of areas enabling children to work at individual desks, in pairs, in small groups or on mats on the floor to suit their physical needs.


Language materials are always included but specific materials increase vocabulary and explore both written and aural/oral language. Children are introduced to letters using the sense of touch, sight and hearing. They progress using concrete materials to compose their own written works and to read the work of others.


Mathematical concepts are introduced using Montessori concrete materials. Initial work with the sensorial materials prepares the child for a more formal introduction to mathematics through working with geometric shapes and triangles. Through the sensory work, the child understands concepts in arithmetic and geometry. The hands-on materials stimulate absorption of the decimal system and the four mathematical operations. Standing on this firm foundation, the child is later able to understand abstract concepts and more advanced operations.


Cultural materials lead a child to experience geography, natural science, history, music, religion and art. Again, all such experiences are intially in a concrete form. For example, the world is presented as a sandpaper globe allowing the child to feel the ratio of land to water. Experiments allow the child to arrive at scientific concepts for themselves. Visitors in the classroom share experiences and aspects of their cultures and traditions.

Children in Extended Day begin to learn Spanish as a second language. Spanish comes alive for them as they discover the games, songs, traditions and crafts of Spanish language cultures. 

Two infant community children sitting at lunch table.

Before and After school care

ISMS offers a range of co-curricular activities that happen before school, during lunch times and after-school.

These include Art club, junior and senior choir, training and concert band, Drama, Robotics and Mandarin. The school also allows its facilities to be used after school by music tutors offering lessons on a wide range of instruments.

Extra Curricular

“We love this school, and the warm supportive environment which nurtures our girls and focuses on building good humans who care about others and their environment. The teachers are absolutely brilliant, so dedicated and thoughtful about their work and really devoted to the children. I would highly recommend the Montessori system to anyone considering it for their children.

Laura Duesbury

Whats Next?

Learn how our we transition our students seamlessly into their Primary education.

Transition to Primary School

Montessori Materials in Stage 1

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