Early Years (EYFS)


IMG_4049 RRThe Roche follows the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS); this uses skills from all areas of learning, and develops the children’s written, mathematical, investigative and creative skills. 


Literacy involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. We follow a sound-based system where children initially develop their listening skills. They play listening games, first to help them recognise first, middle and end sounds in a sequence, and then to identify the component sounds of a word. Later they learn the letters that represent these sounds and how to blend them into words.
When the children are confident with the letter sounds and can break down words into sound segments, they can start to read. Picture books are valuable in encouraging children to talk about what is going on in the story and what might happen next.


Core concepts in Mathematics are presented to the children with a great deal of hands-on experience. These are solidified with practice using a variety of multisensory approaches. In the first term, the focus is on number quantities and the symbols for 1-20. We also explore 2D and 3D shapes and patterns. We then move onto addition and subtraction, non-uniform measurements and begin work on time. In the third term, the children develop their adding and subtracting skills and develop their understanding of time. They start to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Topic Work

Through Topic Work, the children gain an insight into Science and the Humanities, and begin to appreciate and learn about the world around them. The children are guided to make sense of their physical world and community by exploring, observing and finding out about people, places, technology and the environment. Topics include Travel, Transport, All About Me, Colour and Light and People Who Help Us.

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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.