Teachers follow a carefully designed Spiral Curriculum, which builds on previous knowledge each year through formative assessment and clear new Learning Intentions for each lesson. The curriculum offers a range of appropriate activities for each topic using a variety of multi-sensory methods – balancing formal and informal teaching. Our teachers plan weekly engaging lessons tailored to the needs of their individual classes, developed within the overall curriculum framework.
A Typical Day
Torah / Parsha
Study of the weekly Torah portion focusing on practical lessons that apply to our daily lives.
Prayer and the Siddur
Learning to pray and the meaning of some prayers. Familiarity with the siddur and how to navigate the service.
Practicing Hebrew reading in small groups using our Aleph Champ programme. We aim for children to gain fluency and confidence in Hebrew reading.
Several times a term we offer special structured activities during break, with a choice of football skills, Israeli dancing or arts and crafts.
Thought for the day:
A short fun activity to start the day – looking at different Jewish values and practical application
General Topics/Project Work
Project work and hands-on activities based on the different general knowledge topics set for each year group.
Jewish History and Holidays
Learning about upcoming Festivals, Jewish history, traditions and their relevance. Focusing on different targets for each year group
Making Sunday morning Hebrew classes, exciting, engaging and educational!
Early Years Multi-Sensory Hebrew Reading
Hebrew Reading is a fundamental part of Jewish education, though not always easy to learn. Therefore, to engage and inspire, Hebrew letters are introduced to Reception children using a Montessori, multi-sensory approach where the children are taught through a range of practical, hands-on activities.
This engaging and interactive programme is an exciting way for children to start their journey of learning to read Hebrew and it ensures a solid foundation on which to build.
The Aleph Champ Programme
Following on from our Early Years Multi Sensory Programme, we have launched a new reading system known as “Aleph Champ”, which is based on the martial arts motivational philosophy of colour-coded levels and testing. This popular programme which has been developed in the United States and brought to the UK by Tribe is being used in Hebrew schools worldwide.
The Hebrew alphabet, vowels and word formations are divided into 8 coloured levels. Students start out as ‘White Aleph Champs’ working their way up to become a ‘Brown Aleph Champ’.
White Aleph Champion – Master the first 18 letters of the Aleph-Bet
Red Aleph Champion – Master all 31 letters of the Aleph-Bet
Orange Aleph Champion – Master the first 4 vowels with letter combinations
Yellow Aleph Champion – Master the first 5 vowels with letter combinations
Green Aleph Champion – Master the first 9 vowels with letter combinations
Dark Blue Aleph Champion – Master all the vowels and exceptions to the rules
Purple Aleph Champion – Master reading familiar Prayers and Brachot
Brown Aleph Champion – Master reading important Prayers
We offer one to one and small group Hebrew Reading practice sessions every Sunday morning. We have a team of trained assistants who teach Hebrew reading using our Aleph Champ Programme, spending half an hour in every class. We aim that, with regular practice, all children will be able to read Hebrew confidently and fluently, eventually acquire a general understanding of the prayers.
Extra practise sheets are available for download below.