IMG_6577 ROur dynamic English curriculum provides pupils with transferable skills and fosters a love of literature from an early age.


The library sits at the heart of the school and we believe that reading is the foundation of all learning. The children are exposed to a wide range of authors and are encouraged to read regularly, both in school and at home, to stimulate their imagination and expand their vocabulary. We recognise the centrality of the English language across the curriculum and the importance of pupils being able to write and express themselves fluently, gradually becoming attentive to nuances and tone in both written and spoken communication.


In Lower School, a range of short stories, picture books, poetry and role-play are used to engage and facilitate the emergence of early writers. English teachers seek to harness the creativity of their pupils and develop a deep love of literature, whilst providing the necessary foundations for success in Upper School. Phonics, handwriting and spelling are also taught as distinct lessons.

In Upper School, the children study a carefully selected novel each term, using a range of techniques including the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘drama for writing’ model. The novel acts as both a stimulus and high-quality model from which creative writing and comprehension are taught. Emphasis is placed on each child developing coherence and vivacity in their writing, whilst still improving their syntax, punctuation and spelling.

11+ Examinations

Detailed preparation for 11+ English examinations is begun in Year 5, with gentle preparation in Years 3 and 4. By the end of January of Year 6, the children are confident with the requirements of the creative writing and comprehension papers and with a range of examination techniques.

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Second Hand Uniform Sale Friday 14th October

Upper School Parents Meetings 18th/19th October

Lower School Parents Evenings 11th/12th October

STEM Week – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at The Roche School

The week commencing 3rd October will be STEM Week at The Roche School, based around the theme of Water. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, so the week will involve many exciting experiments, challenges and construction activities. On  Monday 3rd October, STEM Week will be kicked off by a special whole school assembly centred on the theme of ‘Water’, led by a special guest…Science Man. Throughout the day every class will have a workshop looking at the importance of water, uses of water and water experiments. On Tuesday 4th October we will be holding a whole school ‘Times Tables Challenge’, where every child will compete (with differentiated tables) to gain as many points for their house as possible. Good luck! On Thursday 6th October, The STEM team at school will lead an interactive assembly and award prizes won during the weeks’ challenges.