Jewish Learning

At Mosaic, we pride ourselves on Jewish Studies being at the heart of our curriculum. Our class teachers deliver the Jewish Studies curriculum with the support of Miss Cohen (Jewish Studies Lead) and Mrs Gleason (Ivrit Teacher).  As an inclusive Progressive Jewish school our curriculum and our approach to Judaism reflects our values.

Opportunities are taken wherever possible to integrate aspects of Jewish studies with other areas of the curriculum and the links made are both strong and meaningful. It is of great importance at Mosaic that all years collaboratively learn.

We share our learning and celebrations with parents, local Rabbis and children of other faiths from our local schools.  Parents participate in learning activities with their children and celebrate together.

For most Jewish festivals we come together as a school community to learn and share with each other. For example, during Mitzvah day we come together to work on projects for many Jewish and non-Jewish charities and take a whole school walk for Tashlich.  Year groups take it in turn to pick themes for the different Jewish festivals to create their own prayers which they share with the school.

Jewish learning is taught both as weekly sessions but also part of their core subject learning. We feel Jewish learning can be integrated into all areas of learning. Israel is a big focus at Mosaic and during the Yom Ha’atzmaut period the children are immersing themselves into understanding the history and beauty of the country. Whether it be year 2 focussing on food and culture and researching ingredients or Year 3 looking at the services in Israel who help to keep people safe. The annual Israel independence street party enables every year group to bring all their knowledge of Israel to share with one another and see how their learning has progressed through the years.

 

With the help of our community, rabbis & a broad range of Jewish knowledge, the children get a progressive style of learning where each year builds on the previous to enable them to leave Mosaic with a broad and meaningful idea of Judaism regardless of their own religion.

In the coming weeks we will be publishing our integrated curriculum maps which will show how Jewish Studies is embedded into the learning at Mosaic.

 

Early Years & KS1

 

Early Years & KS1 have many occasions to broaden their Jewish knowledge such as trips to synagogues, Matzah workshops and frequent visits from local Rabbis for shofar blowing and Pesach Sederim. Other examples of the learning are:

  • Reception practise counting through counting the Omer. 

  • Year 1 create diary entries from the infamous Queen Esther

KS2

KS2 children use their years of knowledge to educate younger children in many aspects of Jewish learning such as morning prayers and preparing themselves to lead events like Tu’Bishvat Sederim. Other examples of the learning are: 

  • Year 4 have a wonderful time creating a Polar Sukkah relating to their Shackleton topic!  

  • Year 5 are picking apart the Haggadah whilst zooming in on Egyptian life.  

  • Year 5 think about what ‘reflection’ means in Science as well as on Yom Kippur.  

  • Year 6 dive into fascinating concepts such as women in the Torah and Zionism. 

Questioning

Questioning is vital in all areas of learning and year groups tend to focus on a starting question for the term such as Year 5 thinking about what would happen if someone didn’t want to follow a ten commandment or Year 2 thinking about what rights people had in the events of the Torah and Year 6 questioning how Shabbat might happen in space! 

Torah Team

 

Our Torah team play a vital role in the day-to-day running of the school and supporting children through their learning of the Torah. They recite the Shema over the tannoy each morning and make it their mission to go around to the classes to ensure the children know the prayers. They work very hard behind the scenes planning the different charity events for the school such as Hammantaschen bake sales & taking part in interfaith events where they invite other faith schools to join them for discussion time.  

With the help of our community, rabbis & a broad range of Jewish knowledge, the children get a progressive style of learning where each year builds on the previous to enable them to leave Mosaic with a broad and meaningful idea of Judaism regardless of their own religion.  

In the coming weeks we will be publishing our integrated curriculum maps which will show how Jewish Studies is embedded into the learning at Mosaic.

 
 
 
 

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If there is anything you cannot find or have a query, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Email: admin@mjps.org.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 8944 8731