The school is focussed on delivering a broad and balanced curriculum, which fosters pupils’ enthusiasm for a subject with enriching and engaging learning. Our aim is to produce a love of learning and challenge for its own sake and as a result produce happy, confident children who can live fulfilling lives.
The Roche School is divided academically into three sections:
1) The Early Years which comprises of Nursery (ages 2.5 to 4) and Reception ( 4 to 5 years).
2) The Lower School – Years 1 and 2 (Key Stage 1) – ages 5-7.
3) The Upper School- Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (Key Stage 2) – ages 7-11.
THE GENERAL CURRICULUM seeks to develop and encourage the children’s understanding and interest in a wide range of studies – human, scientific and artistic. Children are warmly encouraged to research their own particular interests and teachers emphasise themes which apply to several different subjects. Educational visits, residential trips and cross curricular clubs add further interest to the learning process throughout the school.
SETS. Literacy and Mathematics for each year group are taught in “sets”. The children in each set are closely matched in their level of attainment, so that teaching can be properly adapted to the pupils’ needs. Pupils at The Roche School take pride and pleasure in their own secure progress and achievement.
ASSESSMENT. Throughout the year teachers use formative assessment to gain an ongoing picture of children’s understanding in class. This is done through marking, pupil feedback and observation. Marks and levels of assessment tests are sent to parents as part of that term’s written report together with the average marks for the child’s year-group. The subject-matter of each test is closely related to classwork which is already familiar to the child.
SPECIALIST TEACHERS. The classes have specialist teachers for French, Music, PE and Sport. There is a specialist Art teacher for Years 4, 5 and 6 and for the extra-curricular art clubs which are popular with many pupils. Dance is also taught to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 by an RAD-trained specialist.
HOMEWORK is regularly set in each Year Group. It is designed to reinforce the points and skills developed in class.