Learning & Developing

Learning and Development – all children learn and achieve in different ways and at different rates.

There are seven areas of learning and development each with ‘development matters’ to support progress towards the early learning goals which children are expected to achieve at the age of five or by the end of their reception year. These areas are divided into three prime areas first.
Prime areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Personal, social and emotional
  • Physical development

Specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Regular circle times or small group activities provide opportunities to focus on targeted learning for example children recognising their own name, learning and using numbers, phonics or discussing emotions. There is also time to chat about the children’s news and anything else the children wish to discuss.

We value and respect diversity and plan a range of activities to celebrate this. Further information about planned activities are displayed in our main classroom.
We look forward to working in partnership with you and sharing your child’s learning journey. If you have any queries, suggestions or feedback at any time then please feel free to get in touch with us.


The foundations in early childhood are key to a child’s development and at Noah’s Ark we are committed to ensuring that these foundations are as strong and positive as possible. We want all children to have the best possible chances in life, reach their greatest potential and most importantly be happy in everything they do.

The EYFS set out the legal welfare requirements which we must follow to keep your children safe and to promote their welfare.  There are principles grouped into four themes which are embedded into our policies and practice to make sure that the whole team at Noah’s Ark are consistently striving to achieve the best for the children and their families.

Four EYFS themes:

A Unique Child – every child is a competent learner who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.

Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a keycarer.

Learning and Development – all children learn and achieve in different ways and at different rates.