“The purpose of learning is repentance and good deeds.

— Sage Rava in Berakhot.

BWJPS Approach to Kodesh

The Jewish ethos underpins all aspects of school life at Bury and Whitefield. Children have a Jewish Studies lesson every day and subjects covered include: Hebrew reading and writing, Chumash, Jewish History, Jewish general knowledge, the Jewish year, Jewish laws and customs and morals and ethics. Under the guidance of the Head of Jewish Studies, our team of Kodesh teachers are highly committed to providing a programme of creative and innovative learning.

There is an integrated policy where the secular teaching department and the Jewish Studies department work closely together on planning and delivering the curriculum; especially in art, music and cross curricular topics (e.g. moral, historical and environmental themes). In KS2, children have the opportunity to learn some Ivrit and are given an insight into Israeli life and culture.

Kodesh Lead: Mrs Louise Lewis

Every festival throughout the Jewish calendar has its own celebration. We have special assemblies, events, competitions and other specific activities which bring the festivals to life for the children and which enhance the Jewish ethos and community spirit of the school.

The ‘Curriculum Overview’ gives an overview of the units/ topics being covered within the subject. It shows you the year at a glance before describing each unit further (detailing the skills/ knowledge covered in each unit).

The ‘Progression Map’ details the skills and knowledge acquired in each year; highlighting how these progress from Nursery through to Year 6. This document includes a progression of key vocabulary.