Nursery School Prospectus

keswick ad photo rrThe Roche Nursery Schools offer a Montessori-based education to children between 2 and 5 years of age. The schools have well-equipped and spacious classrooms with easy access to large outdoor playgrounds offering the children a safe and pleasant area in which to play. Play-based activity is a key part of children’s learning and the outdoor spaces offer many such opportunities. 

In addition to the Montessori syllabus, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage, which sets out the standards for Learning, Development and Care and supports our work in the Nursery. The EYFS is made up of seven areas of learning and development:

Three prime areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

The curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage should underpin all future learning by supporting, fostering, promoting and developing the seven areas of learning. None of these areas can be delivered in isolation from each other. They are equally important and depend on each other. All areas are delivered through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. In each area there are Early Learning Goals (ELGs) that define the expectations for most children to reach by the end of the EYFS.

The classrooms are carefully organised in accordance with the aim of learning through work and play. A wide range of activities has been selected to stimulate and nurture in each child the interest and desire to discover and learn. The learning materials are designed to improve the child’s sensory ability, awareness of detail, co-ordination, concentration, confidence, exploratory impulse and above all independence. Each child is treated as an individual and is encouraged to progress at his/her own pace. Our aim is to provide a happy and purposeful environment in which the child can achieve his/her own potential.

Our curriculum covers a broad range of subjects. Children have a strong desire to explore their environment by using all their senses. We encourage them to learn from their experiences both independently and by profiting from guidance and we seek to balance these two. Please see our Nursery Curriculum page for further details.

Outings: The children are regularly taken on informative and enjoyable outings to places such as London Zoo, Syon Park, Legoland and Bockett’s farm and parental involvement on these trips is always appreciated.

Lunches: Children bring their own packed lunches; the School provides drinks and milk, biscuits and fruit for morning break although children are welcome to bring their own juice and snack if they wish or if they have particular dietary needs.

General: People whose work and experience will appeal to the children are invited to come and talk to them – the local librarian for example. Parents who are willing to help or to describe and discuss their own work experiences with the children are always much appreciated.

The School values a good and open rapport between parents and teachers and parents can discuss their child’s progress at the twice-yearly meetings with teachers or at other times by arrangement. Each term parents receive a written report on their child’s progress and attainment. They can see the list of the children’s weekly activities on our noticeboards and on our website.

The Roche Nursery Schools are staffed by qualified teachers and in addition some of our assistants are student-teachers seconded to us by the Montessori College to gain experience with us.

Parents are warmly invited to visit our Nursery Schools by appointment, preferably at times when they can see the classes in progress.

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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

Finishing Times - 23rd March 2016

Please see Parents Page for details of finishing times.

Parent Survey - Please respond

In order to receive parent views on the school, we have produced an online survey. We would be grateful if as many parents as possible could complete it. Further details will come home with your child. The information will be analysed by the senior management team and will inform the school development plan. Thank you for your time on this. Kind regards Jonny Gilbert Deputy Head Teacher The Roche School