The Great Lessons


Great Lessons are an important and unique part of the Montessori curriculum. They are bold and exciting and are designed to awaken a child’s imagination and curiosity. The child should be struck by the wonder of creation, thrilled with new ideas and awed by the inventiveness and innovation of the human spirit.

The Five Great Lessons are traditionally presented in lower primary (Years 1-3) and are offered every year so that children see them more than one time. Unlike the Year 3-6 environment, where the child is introduced first to “small” ideas that gradually widen into larger concepts, the child is introduced right away to larger concepts – the largest of all being the beginning of the universe. They can then be shown how all the smaller ideas fit into the larger framework.

Traditionally, there are Five Great Lessons that are used to paint a broad picture before moving to more specific study. They consist of:

  • First Great Lesson – Coming of the Universe and the Earth
  • Second Great Lesson – Coming of Life
  • Third Great Lesson – Coming of Human Beings
  • Fourth Great Lesson – Communication in Signs
  • Fifth Great Lesson – The Story of Numbers

You can find more detailed information about ‘Montessori for Everyone – The Five Great Lessons‘ here

Come and visit us!
  • Messy play for HoliCome and visit our ‘Outstanding’ Montessori Nursery  in person for an individual tour – please visit our Nursery Open Days page for more details and to book your visit
  • Holiday Fun Club – summer programme of activities available NOW
  • Forest School and Outdoor Nursery Classes – every Thursday afternoon – please see more information and booking details here
  • Primary Taster Day Autumn 2021 – Saturday 9th October – book a Taster Day session for your child or an Open House tour for yourself (or both!), please see more details and how to book your place here

We look forward to welcoming you to The Gower School!