IMG_0264 RThe Science Curriculum at The Roche School is based on the Programmes of Study, initially set by the Department for Education. The programme develops the ‘big ideas in science’ which, in turn, are used to structure content within each topic and identify conceptual gaps. Pupils build continually on prior learning as they develop their understanding of key ideas.

In The Early Years, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). Through ‘Understanding the World’, children make sense of their physical world and community by exploring, observing and discovering people, places, technology and the environment.

In Key Stage One, the focus is on Our Changing World, including the Seasons, Plants and Animals. Pupils understand how our senses are used to perceive the world around us and the children investigate Materials through identification and classification.

In Key StageIMG_0300 R Two, we continue to focus on Plants and Animals through scientific enquiry and knowledge. Pupils study Rocks, Light and Sound, Forces and Magnets. In Years 5 and 6 continued enq
uiry focusses on Living Things and there is a  closer look at how materials change. New topics include Earth and Space as well as Electricity – in readiness for KS3.

Assessment is an essential part of children having the tools to improve and extend their understanding and achievement. Learning intentions are “set” which children achieve or exceed, while “success criteria” outline goals. Every child has the opportunity to achieve in every lesson: individual feedback allows pupils to assume responsibility for their own learning, set goals and become independent learners.

Enrichment: Each year, teachers are keen to find new and established external challenges for our pupils. Perhaps they will learn to build shelters in the great outdoors,  get close to birds of prey or visit The Royal Institute of Science. Science week brings scientific enquiry to life through a range of topics, Flight, for example, or a Crime Scene Investigation.  Science Clubs run after school and visitors working in the world of Science come to talk about their jobs. All these events have a great impact on the enjoyment of Science throughout the school as well as levels of achievement.


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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