Our Curriculum


The EYFS Framework

At The Ark we follow the EYFS framework. This framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.

Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.

  • Communication and language;

  • Physical development;

  • Personal, social and emotional development.

  • Literacy;

  • Mathematics;

  • Understanding the world;

  • Expressive arts and design.

These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. Our teachers will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is a little bit like the curriculum in the main school, but it's suitable for very young children, and it's designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child's unique needs and interests.


What makes us special?

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Our Curriculum - Child-Initiated Learning

At the Ark, we recognise that children learn in different ways. We provide an environment that supports each individual child. We use the Characteristics of Early Learning to observe and assess each child to determine their individual style of learning. We then use this knowledge to support their next steps of development.

In the Ark, we support the children to express their own interests and preferences, rather than stick rigidly to our topic. The more interested and involved a child is, the happier they will be and the more they will learn.

It is then the responsibility of the class teacher to spot those 'teachable' moments and extend the children's learning whilst they play with their chosen activity or resource.

In order to make our curriculum as exciting as possible we use different themes of study, for example: The Importance of Being Me. This allows our teachers to cover all of the areas mentioned above through creative and fun topics.

Busy days

At The Ark every day is a busy day! We pack our days full of adventure and excitement. Here are just a few of the wonderful activities that are regularly on offer (click the underlined words for more details):


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Our amazing curriculum