Our EYFS Aim 

Our aim at Cobham is that all children are happy, confident and independent learners, this starts in the EYFS. Through being happy, confident and independent we know the children will build positive relationships both with adults and peers. We aim to provide high quality education, tailored to each child’s needs. 
We encourage parents to be partners in their children’s learning, they may be at school full-time, but we still value the support, knowledge and continued learning at home, as this is still a huge part of developing rounded children. 
Above everything else we want the EYFS to inspire a love of learning from a young age and begin to learn the key skills required for the future, not only academically but personal and social, listening and attention, communication and self-care skills. 

Characteristics of Effective Learning 

Playing and Exploring 

Children are encouraged to play with what they know and to develop the confidence to 
“have a go.” 
We are committed to offering children an experience that will foster a love of learning within a safe and stimulating environment. 
We build secure and trusting relationships which allow our children to flourish. 

Active Learning 

The indoor and outdoor environment is carefully resourced so that children become motivated to be independent learners. 
Children are supported to become more resilient: to keep on trying and achieve what they set out to do. 
Children become more engaged; showing high levels of energy and fascination. 

Creating and Thinking Critically 

As children engage in a broad range of activities in Early Years, they begin to actively think about the meaning of what they are doing. 
Children will begin to generate new ideas, make links between experiences and learning and become problem solvers. 


The curriculum in the Foundation Stage is taught through the Early Learning Goals. Our EYFS area is a carefully planned and well-resourced environment that caters for the various needs of a young child. We offer a broad range of experiences for the early years, both indoors and outdoors. We plan a range of purposeful activities which inspire and engage children as well as match the different levels of need. 
There are seven areas of learning that shape our educational programmes. 
The 3 prime areas are: 
Communication and Language 
Physical Development 
Personal, social and emotional development 
Children are also supported within the 4 specific areas of: 
Understanding the World 
Expressive Arts and Design 

Play Based Approach to Learning 

The children will have the opportunity throughout their day to engage in play-based activities indoors and outdoors. They will have access to a variety of areas within the classroom where they can independently choose and lead their own learning. Play-based learning provides opportunities for children to actively and imaginatively engage with people, objects and the environment. Children are naturally motivated to play. Our play based curriculum builds on this motivation, using play as a context for learning. In this context, children can explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in an imaginative way. 
Our play-based approach involves both child-initiated and teacher-supported learning. At Cobham Primary, we encourage children’s learning and inquiry through interactions that aim to stretch their thinking to higher levels. Our aim is to have an environment that is welcoming, friendly, supportive and challenging. We wish for both you and your child to have a happy and confident beginning to their school life at Cobham Primary School. 
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