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As part of Year 6's thinking about growing up and maturity, and transition to secndary school, we are learning about b'nei mitzvah. We wrote an imaginary diary entry pretending that it had just been our bat or bar mitzvah, which really captured the class' imagination - here are some of the entries:

In Year 5 we are looking at a synagogue service. We started off with thinking about what different prayers mean and what prayers are for, and we all got out our siddurim to help us with the matching task!

This half-term in Year 4 we are learning about the Messiah (Mashiach) and the Messianic Age. We considered the traditional idea of a single person being the Messiah and the Progressive Jewish idea that there would be a Messianic Age. To help us think about the difference, the children drew two scenarios: one of a difficult situation in which the people waited for someone to come and help, and the other of the same situation where the people helped themselves. Here are some of the pictures:

In Year 3 we are learning about Early Zionism. We started off by thinking up our own "pros" and "cons" of having a Jewish country:

In Year 1, we celebrated the end of our unit on Modern Israeli Culture by making an Israeli salad. We included parsley picked from Clore Shalom's very own herb garden!

In Year 2 we are at the end of our unit on Jewish communities through history. Earlier, we learnt about Jewish comic book writed Stan Lee inventing Jewish superheroes like Green Lantern, Magneto, and Scarlet Witch, so today we invented Jewish superheroes who could help or represent our own Jewish communities. We had some very creative ideas!

In Year 3 at the end of our unit about blessings we composed our own blessings about things we are thankful for.

In Year 4 at the end of our unit on Birth and Death we thought about different religion's views of the afterlife and different views within Judaism. We acted out the Parable of the Long Spoons (or as we told it, the Parable of No Elbows) and then wrote a paragraph about the story.

In Year 5 to conclude our learning about modern Israeli history we thought about social issues. We thought of global or British social issues such as homelessness and global warming, and then used the website of an Israel-based charity to research modern Israeli social issues such as civil rights and social integration. We made notes on our research.

In Year 6 to conclude our learning about the Holocaust we looked at heroes who helped Jewish children leave on the Kindertransport. We watched a video about Sir Nicholas Winton and used Holocaust Education Trust materials to learn about other heroes such as local refugee committees and foster parents, as well as the parents who sent their children onto the Kindertransport.

In Year 1 we have learnt how to find Israel on a map.

In Year 3 we learnt about food blessings, and matched up different blessings to the types of food they belong to.

In Year 2 we learnt about Jewish Golden Ages such as those in the Netherlands from 1600 to 1900. We thought about how Jews had lived in the same place for such a long time because it was welcoming, and drew pictures of what makes a "house" into a "home".

Year 1 are looking ahead to Chagigat haSiddur, their ceremony of receiving their very own prayer books, which will be in the summer. We prepared for this by starting to learn Modeh Ani, the very first prayer in the prayer book.

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In Year 2 we created some excellent story maps of the story of the Golem as part of our learning about a Golden Age of Jews in Prague.

In Year 5 we have been thinking about the geography of Israel and how that affects both where people want to live and how battles are fought. We looked at a map of the physical geography of Israel (showing seas, mountains, deserts, and so on) and chose which place we would like to live if we were going to live in Israel. We added how this place might be vulnerable to or protected from attack.

In Year 4 we have been learning about life cycle ceremonies in Judaism. We had a sensitive and mature discussion about some features of funerals.

In Year 5 we are learning about modern Israeli history -- this week we focused on the Six Day War and its key events. Along with the Jewish Studies learning we used our map-reading skills and our Maths to calculate lengths of time from dates!

Year 6 have been learning about the Holocaust this unit, with this week being on Jewish refugees to England, and the Kindertransport.

In Year 1 we learnt some Hebrew words as part of our unit on Modern Israel. We learnt to say "Hello" (shalom), "Water" (mayim), "Flower" (perach), and "Shirt" (chultza). We listened to a Hebrew song!

In Year 2 we learnt about types of Jews. We learnt about Ashkenazi (Eastern European heritage), Mizrachi (Middle Eastern and North African heritage), and Sefardi (Spanish and Portuguese heritage) Jews. We looked at pictures of different objects and people and guessed whether they were Ashkenazi, Mizrachi, or Sefardi.

In Year 3 we are learning about blessings at the moment. We coloured in some pictures of special parts of nature which some Jews make blessings on, such as:

  • seeing a rainbow
  • seeing a thunderstorm
  • seeing a shooting star
  • smelling a flower
  • seeing the sea
  • seeing blossom in spring 

We wrote a little about the link between the blessing and the natural thing.

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