Click on each of the tabs below to learn more about what makes each of our classes so special. Our class sizes have a maximum between 11 and 22 children through the age groups, and there are an additional 1 – 3 teaching assistants across the classes.
In Lower Deck we offer a safe and loving environment for the youngest group in our school. The children are two already in the January and turning three years old before the end of the year. They enter this class as babies in nappies and leave us potty trained. It is important that in this class they are taught their first rhymes and songs and are introduced to various forms of art. Lower Deck is special because we aim to be home from home. We teach them the basics of social skills such as taking turns and sharing. This class is the entry level of inclusion for our special needs children. Despite being so young, we see the benefits of the school routine emerging in our little ones through creative activities, music, play etc. forming their first friendships and love for learning.
In Middle Deck we strive to instil loving kindness, good manners, classroom routine and introduce table top activities for fine-motor development. We make sure that the Middle Deck children are exposed to indoor exercises that develop their laterality, balance and posture. A good body image helps us to understand who we are and helps us to understand where we fit in space and time. The children have emerging curiosity and we use messy play to develop their skills by experimenting with different mediums like art, pottery or gym. It is important that our children play indoors and outdoors stretching and growing muscle memory both physically and mentally. We see our Middle Deck children learn to cooperate with each other and with their teachers in a fun filled loving class setting.
In Upper Deck we develop the whole child as it is a vibrant and fun class with a spiritual emphasis. We teach each child about God and his love for them and try to teach the gospel message simply at a level they can understand. Physical goals are met through gymnastics, movement rings and outdoor play activities. Fine motor skills are honed through art classes, cutting, lego, pegboards and puzzles. We see growth and maturity as our children grow individually, respecting themselves and others, which leads to independence and confidence. In Upper Deck we make sure that children feel secure and are contained within loving boundaries.
We are also a class which loves singing and music and we often sing songs to learn new concepts. We use the Kiddibeat Programme to teach musical concepts like tempo, pitch, dynamics, etc through music rings. We also stimulate creativity through art. Children express themselves freely through various media and we teach them to really enjoy the process of art. The Upper Deck children are introduced to Letter-land through songs, lively discussion and competition. Upper Deck is special because it is the class where more formal education begins to emerge.
Our holistic approach continues in Grade R and culminates in preparing the children for Big School. In Grade R we try to give our learners the best start to their foundation phase school career covering the three main learning areas Literacy, Numeracy and Life skills.
We make sure that there is a stimulating environment inside and outside the classroom where the learners can develop to their full potential. The children are empowered and nurtured daily. It is important that each child feels loved, safe and can learn while having fun, experimenting and problem solving. Grade R is special because academic development, social skills, and arts and crafts all come together to create a great learning experience where we see growth and maturity as the last pre-primary building block is placed in their journey. This is a very important year for not only our neurotypical children but also our special needs children as this is our launching pad into the BIG world of Primary school education.
Early Impact is a project created with the purpose of including special needs children into a regular school environment. We strive to see the growth and development of each individual child despite their learning difficulties and challenges. We make sure that each child is treated as a unique individual with their own rights and needs and the children are offered opportunities, social interaction and acceptance.
It is important that the children are loved and accepted for their individuality.
To achieve this we offer an individual education plan tailor-made to meet the need of each child in a loving and safe environment where we see an awareness and growth in the social development, not only in the special needs children, but also in the neurotypical children who embrace the diversity of their classmates.
An important practicality for school going families is making sure that there is care for children who need it before or after school hours, and during the holidays.
Before school starts we offer Early Bird care for children who need to arrive at school earlier than 08:00am. It is open from 07:30am and children have the opportunity to play and socialise before school starts.
Safety Net is available after school, from 12:30pm to 17:00pm and ensures that our learners are cared for, supervised and engaged in a range of activities that reinforce the growth and input they receive in the classroom.
During the holidays a Holiday Care programme is run during school hours. Children can expect a different day to their school routine when they join in the fun of each day’s theme. Creative art, adventures, group games, story time and a daily baking treat are some of the activities that fill the holidays with fun. Early Bird is not available during holidays, but Safety Net continues, between 12:30pm and 16:00pm.
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Today Alex and Connor excel at school We thank God for Sandie and the team at Noah’s Ark for the foundation’s laid and the role they played in shaping them to become who they are today – well adjusted, respectful children who love God.
The teachers and staff were amazing! They became more like family . During a very challenging time for our family – they encouraged, supported and prayed for us. The extent of their care didn’t end with Alex and Connor – they took an interest in our family as a whole.
We were both so excited! We knew without a doubt that God had directed our steps. A priority for us was to find a Bible-based Christian school that focused on spiritual growth as well as other areas of education.
We stopped outside Noah’s Ark without an appointment, asked whether we could meet the Principal and take a look around. When we met Sandie, we were so impressed – she warmly welcomed us and showed us around. That was a God moment.