A Lower Elementary classroom is different from a Primary classroom in several ways.
The Elementary classroom is geared toward 2nd plane children who are learning how to balance their growing need for peer interaction with the responsibility of academic work. The classroom is much more collaborative and social, with small and whole group lessons and community building activities.
Dr. Montessori described the volume of the classroom as being like the buzzing of bees in a hive. While the classroom volume is sometimes louder than a buzz, it is becoming less so each day as the children are finding that balance.
Although many of the students have been in the Elementary program for a year or two, the community becomes more diverse each year which requires all the students to be flexible and patient while members of the community work through the transition of a new school year. It also allows the children an opportunity to take on new leadership roles, to become more effective communicators, to become more compassionate toward other children, and to become better skilled at self-regulating their emotions and ability to focus on their work. This is the BIG work of a Lower Elementary classroom.