Birds of Prey at The Roche School

Some of the children in Year 3  have written some lovely poems inspired by the birds of prey that visited us for Science week. After  reading “The Eagle” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, they noticed how he used descriptive language to bring the birds to life. “The Eagle” was inspired by Tennyson’s frequent travels to the Pyrenees. He frequently saw eagles, raptors, and other birds of prey circling above him. In the poem however, Tennyson opted to create an imaginary setting of cliffs by the sea, instead of the mountainside. The Year 3 children then looked at photos of other birds, including Snowy Owls, and  worked in pairs to write descriptive poems of the animals. Here are just three samples:

Perching proudly, the owl was gazing across the icy lonely land,

Flying swiftly in the azure world, he was like a speedy rocket,

Delicate feathers covered his snowy white wings like a warm, cosy quilt,

Hauntingly, the owl’s golden blinking eyes were hunting for his prey.

By Ruby and Hanseung

Perching majestically on a fragile, wooden post the owl was searching for his prey,

Swooping swiftly and stealthily, he listened for his prey while watching a mouse hole like a security guard,

Hooting hauntingly, he called the other snowy owls like a ghostly wolf in the night.

By Max and Oscar

Swooping, the spectacular snowy owl searched for his prey in the sparkling snow,

Landing on his jagged pole in the middle of the fluffy soft snow like a wispy cloud,

Hauntingly, the mysterious snowy owl stared at the tiny dark black mouse running swiftly across the freezing, glittering snow.

By Robyn and Rachel.

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Ditch the Stabilisers Thursday 12th May

This workshop is for parents and children in the Lower School.  If you would like to encourage your child to ride their bicycle without stabilisers, please contact for further details. A few places are still available.

Biker’s Breakfast and Bling Your Bike Day Tuesday 10th May

Anybody who cycles to school next Tuesday will get a free, healthy Biker's Breakfast, including a tasty drink from our very own smoothie bike. Also , children are encouraged to Bling their bike and decorate it in a Wildlife theme , maybe of an animal or plant. There will be prizes for the most creative designs.

Maths Evening for Parents Thursday 5th May, 6.30 pm.

The Maths Evening will run from 6.30-7.30 pm on Thursday 5th May. Miss Charlotte from the Upper School will lead alongside Miss Olga, who will focus on Maths in The Lower School. The aims of the evening are to highlight and explain the calculation strategies taught at The Roche School, and introduce the new National Curriculum objectives of fluency, reasoning and problem solving. The aim is to help parents understand how they can support their children at home in Maths , and there will be a chance for parents to ask specific questions, particular if they are unclear on the methods that we teach. (more…)

Run For Us - Friday 13th May

I am pleased to inform you that The Roche School will be holding its annual Cross Country event on Friday 13 th May 2016 in Wandsworth Park. The arrangement this year, however, will be a little different since I would like to try out a format which has worked well for me in previous years. What is a 6 hour Run for Us event? The event will start at 9am and will run until 3pm. The rules are simple: every class will have at least one member from their class (or a representative such as a parent) on the track at all times of the day. The children will be scheduled for 30-minute slots where they can run, walk or skip around the course aiming to complete as many laps as they possible. Classes will also have the chance to come and run as a whole class during the day. The main aim of this event, as in previous years, is for the children to raise as much money through sponsorship as possible. All the money raised will go towards our school charity, Doctors Without Borders UK or to Vulindlela Guardians - the chosen charity of St Mary’s Church in Putney. Sponsorship: A sponsorship form is on the rear of this letter. Once sponsorship money is collected please return it to your class teacher. Sports prefects will also be collecting for the charity on the day. There are two ways of getting sponsorship! The first is an amount per lap that your child completes, EG £1.00 per lap. Every child will have a run card attached to them during the day. Every time they come through the starting line, their run card will be stamped by an adult. This will be the evidence to show those who sponsor per lap as the children will not be able to collect the money from these sponsors until after the day. The second way is a set amount for the whole day/taking part, EG £30.00 total. Parents are more than welcome to come and join in and run a lap or two in support of the children. A copy of your child’s class run roster will be sent home so you know what time they will be running. On the day itself, the children may come to school in sporting kit. This could be the school sports kit but we will allow other team kits (Chelsea football kit/rugby tops/ weekend sport kit, karate kit etc... anything to do with sports). Please remember that they still need to be able to run the course so trainers are essential. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. Kind regards Mr Pete Clark Deputy Head of Sport