Early Years


Please visit the Nursery sections of the website for more information on the current curriculum.


The Roche School has three reception classes taught by qualified teachers and supported by teaching assistants.

During Reception the children spend most of the day with their class teacher who provides a varied curriculum based on the new Early Years Foundation Stage (‘EYFS’). This framework has three prime areas and four specific areas, which guide the teaching, learning and assessment.

Prime Areas:

The three prime areas as set out in the New EYFS framework are:

  1. Communication and Language - aims to develop children’s confidence and skills in expressing themselves and the ability to learn to speak and listen in varied situations.
  2. Physical Development - aims to provide opportunities for children to be active and interactive and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement skills.
  3. Personal, Social and Emotional Development - aims to encourage pupils to develop a positive sense of themselves and others, to form constructive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; and to understand appropriate behaviour towards other members of a group and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Specific Areas:

The four specific areas as set out in the New EYFS framework are:

  1. Literacy - encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.
  2. Mathematics - providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, solving simple addition and subtraction problems and describing shapes, spaces, and measures.
  3. Understanding the world: helping children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  4. Expressive Arts & Design - enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

The children cover aspects of Language, Mathematics, Geography, History and Science helped by their own project work, and also Drama, Computer Skills, Dance and Games. The teacher encourages them to take an adventurous pride in their developing skills and understanding and to build up their confidence through constructive and enjoyable relations with other children and with adults.

In addition to their class teacher the children are taught by specialists for French, Music, Dance, Gym, Singing and Sport.

  • French work includes key words, phrases and songs about familiar topics. Click here to view the French Schemes of Work
  • Music aims to encourage pupils understanding and enjoyment of instruments, rhythm, patterns and the use of percussion instruments.

 Click here to view the Music Schemes of Work
  • Dance aims to help develop each child’s gross motor skills and their imagination and confidence.
  • Gym and Sport focus on developing children’s strength, stamina and ball skills and on establishing the essentials of sportsmanship in team games.
  • Singing focuses on learning new and familiar songs and rhymes and on preparing for the annual Reception Nativity Productions.

Entry Procedures

Entry Procedures for The Reception classes are available from the following link: 
Entry Procedures


More information about the EYFS can be found on the Department for Education website. Here are some links you may find useful:

For more information regarding the EYFS framework, click here.

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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 j.clacher@therocheschool.com 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 p.clark@therocheschool.com