The curriculum is based on areas of knowledge and enquiry that form the basis of education at every stage. The LA lists these as:

  • Personal and Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication & Language
  • Literacy
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Mathematics
  • Knowledge and Understanding
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Physical Development

Although these play an important part in planning they are not presented to the children as discrete school subjects. Teaching in the Ark does not take the form of instruction. Rather, the children are presented with a range of activities from which they can make their own choices. The following gives an indication of the range of provision in the Ark.

Integral to everything provided is the aim to develop certain personal qualities. These are interlinked and fundamental to success at every level.

In this context it might be appropriate to stress that all the staff are committed to the Authority’s policies on Equality. It is our aim that what we offer should reflect the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural nature of our society. Every effort is made to provide girls and boys with equal opportunities in all areas of the curriculum.
Liaison with schools and reception classes enables staff to prepare the children for the varied demands of the school day, teaching children to look after themselves and be aware of the needs of others around them, to concentrate and be comfortable in a busy and larger environment; to interact with other children and deal with a structured day.

There may be times when your child won’t feel like painting or making a model so please don’t expect them to bring something home after every session. It is the doing and taking part that is important to them at this early stage.

Children from birth are involved and assessed within the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.  Children learn and develop through play activities within the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Try not to compare what your child can do with the achievements of others in the group. Children all develop at different rates and you might depress yourself if your child does not appear to, for example, paint as well as the child down the road.

Ofsted recommends a proportion of each nursery session to take place outdoors.  It is strongly believed that children learn through playing in large stimulating space.  Staff plan the outdoor area carefully so that we offer all experiences necessary for educational development.  Through monitoring the activities, children and ourselves and by involving you the parents we ensure that each child is making the most of their nursery experience.
Progression to the Next Stage?

“Research points to the importance of a broad range of experiences in developing young children’s basic abilities. We believe that, in fulfilling the task for the under 5s, educators should guard against pressures which might lead them to over-concentrate on formal teaching”

From “Starting with Quality” The Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Quality of Educational Experience offered to 3 &4 year olds. DES 1990: Rumbold Report.

Liaison with local schools and reception classes enables staff to ensure that the transition to school goes as smoothly as possible. Feedback from schools is always very positive and continued communication will maintain the standard.