untitled-1-2At the Roche School, French is taught from Nursery to Year 6 with the aim of enabling the children to reach a useful level of competence and to promote their interest and curiosity about French culture in the world.

We want learning languages to be exciting and we stress the links between French and other areas of the curriculum. We aim to highlight this during our annual French Week, where the school immerses itself in French language and culture throughout the curriculum.

From Reception to Year 1, the children are taught with a focus on songs and games, where structures are reinforced through the use of mime and gestures to help retain high frequency words and phrases. From Year 2, they begin greater exposure to the written form although the emphasis is still on listening and speaking skills.

In the Upper School, the structures of the language are reinforced further and the children are exposed to some basic grammar rules alongside interactive language learning topics. They  start a verb book which allows them to build up a bank of verbs to help them develop their sentences. In Year 5 & 6, we continue to work on sentence building, using prepositions and simple present tense verbs in a variety of contexts. The children become familiar with using a dictionary.

French Week
During our annual French Week in March the whole school immerses itself in French language and culture across the curriculum. The school takes part in a delicious French breakfast and baguette lunch. After French assembly, organised by Year 6, all classes take part in French storytelling workshops with a French theatre group.

Year 6 travels to France for a 2 day trip to Boulogne-Sur-Mer. The visit includes a trip to a crêperie for lunch, a chocolate factory and  a traditional bakery where the children learn how to make croissants and bake traditional bread. We also visit local shops and do a fascinating Town Trail along the Medieval Ramparts.


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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