CHOIR RRThe Roche School encourages a love of music by developing regular opportunities for singing, performing, listening to and creating music. Children develop in confidence, self-discipline and communication through a wide range of musical stimuli.

Our school has a very high standard of singing. Each class has a weekly singing lesson in which a vast repertoire is taught with progressive vocal techniques and a variety of styles. This culminates with multi-part singing, frequently with the whole school, of truly exceptional quality and energy. Every class also has a general music lesson each week which includes the use of instruments and movement in the Lower School and notation and composition in the Upper School.

Each term concludes with a concert in which our  choirs, classes, orchestra and soloists perform. The Summer Term includes an Eisteddfod music competition which the children love and is growing each year.

Key Stage 1: We aim to foster each child’s enthusiasm and enjoyment with elements of Kodaly methodology. The Kodaly method is about musicianship.  It uses a child developmental approach to sequence and introduces new skills at the child’s pace with singing and movement.  By year 2 it uses specific symbols for note values to express their duration and introduces the basics of rhythm, pulse and pitch using solfa. We introduce the children to the instruments of the orchestra and this is a good age to start instrumental lessons that are on offer at The Roche School.

Key Stage 2: In years 3 and 4 the children learn the recorder whilst learning about music notation. Years 5 and 6 learn the ukulele and understanding chords and basic harmony. This often results in a class band with other instruments some children have learnt with the individual instrumental tuition. Throughout their time at The Roche the children are progressively introduced to new techniques vocally and instrumentally to attain quality and emotional responses. They are exposed to music from many cultures and time periods developing their listening and appreciation skills whilst beginning to understand how music is created.

Peripatetic Music: Individual tuition is available in piano, drums, cello, djembe, violin, guitar, voice, trumpet, cornet,clarinet, bassoon and saxophone.




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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