Early Years


Our stimulating, purpose-built nursery offers a daily morning or full-time session The morning session runs from 8.30am to11.30am and the full time session runs from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

Children in the Nursery are often learning how to be apart from their parents for the first time. We teach them the skills and understanding to help them to learn independently, communicate effectively and work with other. Children in Nursery learn through play, which is why our timetable allows for extended periods of “Discover and Do” exploration time.

Adults work closely with key children throughout the term, ensuring that all children are challenged in their play. Short, adult-led carpet sessions in maths, phonics and literacy enable children to learn the specific skills required when they move into the Reception year.

Although we are one academy, to move into our Reception you must apply online through the Southwark Admissions website.


In Reception, children begin to move from play-based learning activities to more structured practical activities. They receive adult-led carpet sessions and close focus group work in the morning, followed by an extended period of “Discover and Do” exploration time to allow children to embed new learning through their play.

We offer full-time places for 60 children in one intake – 30 pupils in each class.

The Curriculum 

The EYFS Framework covers the development and learning of children from birth to the end of their reception year in school.  We aim to build on children's previous experiences as they enter our school to ensure a happy and purposeful year in Nursery or Reception. This enables our children to be ready and confident for Key Stage 1. 

Our EYFS curriculum based on Ark's principles has been devised to specifically meet the needs of young children and all statutory requirements. At Ark Globe Academy Primary, our mathematics curriculum has been tailored to adhere to the EYFS statutory framework. We aim to promote a love of reading from an early age through shared story times throughout the day, the availability of appealing books in all areas of the classroom, as well as through sending home books every week for children to share with their families. For phonics and reading we follow the Read, Write, Inc. programme. 

The curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning; three of which are prime: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development.  These prime areas of learning are integrally connected and are respected as transcending cultural differences, reflect the beginnings of child development, are critical for influencing later success in learning and emerge as an outcome of early experience. The specific areas of learning are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

The Early Years team's approach to curriculum delivery is through planning teaching activities and experiences in a way which facilitates progress in learning. These activities are carefully selected based on the children’s interests and individualised next steps, using EExAT to support the assessment process.

We aspire to ensure a breadth of balance in the curriculum through carefully planned adult input and sensitive interaction using the EYFS framework whilst also having regard for the skills, knowledge and attitudes the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum demands. We strive for all pupils to meet and exceed expected national levels of progress in English and mathematics as the foundation for academic success.

Appropriate intervention can help children to become more involved in the learning process and provide opportunities for new learning and development, so that they can make progress.  Early intervention is a feature of our teaching and learning practice.

Taking the curriculum outside – Discover and Do

Children in the Early Years at Ark Globe Academy also have lots of opportunities for learning in our outdoor environment. The outdoor learning opportunities we provide help children to:

  • provide opportunities to improve physical fitness and gross motor skills
  • participate in large play which is not possible indoors
  • encourage more active children to practice literacy and maths skills in an engaging way
  • take risks
  • foster a love of nature and the environment

It is also important to take into consideration the social world we live in which can confine the opportunities that children have to play outside either from a safety point of view or lack of space. We aim to provide an outdoor curriculum, which compliments and is an extension of the indoor curriculum.  It is ever changing as it reflects the children's interests and needs as they progress through the foundation stage.