École le Petit d'Homme (School Visit)

École le Petit d'Homme translates to School for The Little Man. This is a Montesorri School in central Paris. The Montesorri approach is founded on Maria Montessori's educational philosophy. Her basic principle was to “follow the child”. A Montessori classroom is carefully prepared to allow the child to work independently and allow for the joy of self-discovery. This has similar aspects to that which is in operation at Hanover School.

The school was an extremely interesting place. It caters for kids from Nursery up to Year 10. The school is set in a converted building that was most likely used for office spaces. The classrooms reflect traditional aspects with layers of Montesorri woven over the top. The pictures below reflect this flavour.

I observed a teacher directed lesson regarding the structures of land and sea formations. This was extremely knowledge-based. All kids seemed attentive and firmly involved in the lesson sequence.

Kids were also learning about the cultures from around the world. I was provided with the opportunity to teach about Māori Marae and the kids seemed to enjoy this.

This visit was short in duration but it was quite interesting to see pockets of more flexible practice and warm environments than is commonly the norm in France. I would have enjoyed learning more about the pedagogy.

Ben Ward-Smith


Lytton Street School, Feilding

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