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  • Welcome to the Guest Course

    Welcome to our Guest Course. This will give you a sample of what we offer you as a student as part of the ‘connected learning’ aspect of your course.

    Contact for more information and to start your course application. 

    What is ‘Connected Learning’?

    Connected Learning describes your experience as a student with us. We connect you with great tutors and a wealth of resources to help your studies, a wide choice of courses and qualifications, and to other students – together we are building a community of inspired educators.

    What is this a sample of?

    This is a sample of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Once you are studying with us, you will be able to log-on to the VLE to access your course from wherever you are in the world – as long as you have an internet connection!
    Depending on the course you are studying, you will be able to read course materials, watch videos, join interactive webinars, ask your tutor questions, chat with other students on your course, submit assignment and receive feedback, and keep track of your studies.
    Below, we have made part of ‘Knowledge & Understanding of the World’ available for this Guest Course, to provide a content taster and enable you to understand how the course will work when you study online with us. Scroll down to find the ‘Session 2 Workbook’ – we have granted access to explore the interactive games and tasks on each page. Navigate the Workbook by using the ‘Table of contents’ links on the left hand side.

    What is Blended Learning?

    Many of our courses offer Blended Learning. This means that part of the course will be studied online, through this site, and part will be taught through face-to-face sessions. Studying online does not mean studying alone though, as you will be able to connect with students and tutors through the site.

    So what is it like to study through this Virtual Learning Environment?

    Our students have described their experience as inspiring, interactive, and hugely impressive. What we say is that you will have access to a wide range of resources, be able to access them at any time, be part of a community of like-minded students, and be in control of your learning as you progress through your course.

    As you explore the course unit, you will notice some links and buttons do not work or download, this is due to the Guest Course having restricted access.

    Enrolled students have full access to every aspect of the course.


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      Example Unit Introduction - Knowledge and Understanding of the World

      This unit explores the Montessori approach to developing the child’s knowledge and understanding of the world. This includes consideration of the principle of Cosmic Education and how this is embedded in the daily life of children in a Montessori educational setting and what it means in the context of the lives of children, the Montessori setting and the wider community. The unit introduces a range of practical activities and experiences in this area and explores how these activities can be presented inside and outside the classroom.
      This unit aims to provide the learner with the principles of the Montessori approach to engaging children in developing their knowledge and understanding of the world. Cosmic Education is a key concept in the Montessori approach, which is fundamental to a child’s understanding of both their immediate and wider environment. This principle indicates that a child’s understanding of the world should integrate first hand sensory experiences of the world and its richness to encourage enthusiasm, respect and responsibility for their immediate and wider environment. 
      Across many areas, developing knowledge and understanding of the world is approached form the starting point of direct, lived, first-hand experiences of the child. This is the starting point and foundation for nurturing the child’s attitudes towards being a ‘citizen of the world’. This unit should also enable learners to make links between Montessori knowledge and understanding of the world activities, and the Early Years Foundation Stage.