Prospective Parents

The Noah’s Ark philosophy

First steps are so important. We offer a high standard of education in a stimulating environment, where all children thrive because they know that they are loved and valued for who they are. We seek especially to support, nurture and encourage the special partnership between school and home.

Say hello…

First days are daunting! The children’s early days at Noah’s Ark may be their first experience of separating from the most important people in their short lives. We seek to make this transition as smooth as possible, both for child and adult. A flexible approach enables us to cater for each child and family individually, as we work together to ensure that children feel secure and happy. They are divided into small classes according to their age, each with their own teacher.

Settle in…

As the children start to settle, we help each one to feel that he/she belongs and is important. We listen to the children and respect their thoughts, ideas and views. Children thrive on structure and routines, and, as each child becomes more confident and independent, they start to explore, venturing further from the safe haven of their small class to mix with others in the nursery school.

Take time…

All children have a natural desire to learn – they just do so at their own individual pace. As we provide the right environment, the children start to develop their own relationships, to learn new skills, to write, draw, read, hop, skip and keep a rhythm – but in their own time and their own way. We recognise that all children are different and, as we get to know each child closely, we monitor and plan for each one’s individual development and progress. No two three year-old children are the same: we nurture and celebrate their special character, strengths and skills.

Try things out…

We encourage all children to have a go at the full range of activities we provide. In addition to our normal day-to-day learning, every week we provide specialist teaching in music and dance, enjoy cooking as a class, carry out a hands-on practical science activity and enjoy a PE session. French lessons are also offered.

Experiment…

Our aim is that all children will fulfil their potential. We encourage children to become active learners who, by asking questions, gain confidence as they explore the world around them. Children are naturally curious; we aim to foster that curiosity through well-planned and well-resourced activities in a stimulating environment.

Enjoy…

At Noaha’s Ark we offer a huge variety of trips and events for the the children to enjoy. We have a whole-school outing once a term, visiting places like Bocketts Farm, The Horniman Museum, Kew Gardens, Syon House and the Science Museum. Special visitors may come to share their expertise: a fire fighter, a flight stewardess, a doctor or a policeman. Each term a guest is invited to come and enjoy a Noaha’s Ark activity followed by coffee and cake: grandparents one term, mothers (godmothers or aunties) the next and finally fathers (godfathers or uncles). In the Autumn Term we perform a Nativity Play in front of an audience of family, friends and fans, and, in the Summer Term, we have a Sports Day and celebrate the end of the year with a Graduation Ceremony and Tea Party!

Play…

We value and promote play as a meaningful method of learning. Every day is different! Throughout the morning, the children will be engrossed in a variety of activities, both adult-led and child-initiated. During free play, they may choose from indoor or outdoor activities, including creative / messy play, construction, small world, role play, sand, water, play dough or the more contemplative book corner.

Ponder…

We aim to help children develop responsibility for themselves and their actions, and to become competent, independent and co-operative individuals. Many opportunities arise to encourage the children to think how their behaviour affects others. We believe discipline to be important and we approach this with love, fairness and firmness, encouraging children to make right choices and to live within the boundaries set for them. We want all children to have respect both for themselves and other people.

Step out…

By the time children leave Noah’s Ark, we hope that they will be secure, confident and well rounded little people who are ready to move on to their next schools. We are always thrilled to hear that their new teachers are impressed by their confidence and eagerness to learn. Noah’s Ark children progress to our own primary school, Dolphin School, and a variety of others in the maintained and independent sector. We are, of course, happy to chat about the choice of schools available, and which one might suit your child as he or she steps out into the big wide world.