Jewish studies is a core subject up to GCSE. Our main school curriculum considers the diverse background of our students and is sufficiently robust to be relevant to everyone. The curriculum at KS3 is built around a number of fundamental questions:
Students will cover key Biblical narratives with modern and classical commentators.
A study of the Torah narrative. The course builds analytical, textual, reading and comprehension skills. Students are challenged to apply Biblical narrative to their lives based on an analysis of the ethical concerns that emerge from the Torah. There are opportunities to develop enhanced Hebrew reading skills and to build up a working knowledge of key phrases from the Hebrew text.
From year 7 students are introduced to the style of questions that they will face at GCSE and skills are developed through to the end of KS4. Students study a short course on Christianity and Sikhism as part of a carousel.
There are further opportunities for interfaith study and activities throughout the 5 years.
Curriculum: KS4 - AQA Religious Studies (8062)
At KS4 we study the AQA Religious Studies GCSE Scheme. The topics we study are:
Students have the opportunity to explore key ethical themes alongside key religious philosophical questions.
Both Islam and Judaism are taught exploring Religious Beliefs and Practices.
The schemes of work promote an active sense of citizenship and regard for the common good. Students are taught to demonstrate respect and reverence towards others in the school community, the wider Jewish community and towards the outside world.
An appreciation of the State and the people of Israel is developed through studying its’ history and culture and celebrating Israel’s achievements throughout the year.
Curriculum: KS5 A-Level - AQA Religious Studies (7062)
At KS5 we study the AQA Religious Studies Course. This course is very challenging and rewarding. Students will study:
Alongside the formal teaching of Jewish Studies , we run an informal programme. Our formal educators provide a rich and varied informal programme. There are opportunities for students to extend their knowledge through lunch and learn sessions, take part in Chessed activities, celebrate festivals as well as overseas trips to Poland and Israel. The Jewish Studies department also coordinates cross curricular activities enabling the entire school to promote key Jewish festivals and values.
KS3: Year 7-9