Jewish Studies at JFS is an inclusive, dynamic and though provoking part of school life. The Jewish Studies Department and JiEP (Jewish Informal Education Programmes) very much look forward to welcoming our new Year 7 students to JFS and getting to know the children.
All students will benefit from a new and updated Jewish Studies programme which sets out to provide courses that are rich in knowledge, skill and passion.
There will be two formal Jewish Studies options for students which will run concurrently during the regular school day. We invite you to select the option that you think is most suitable for your child.
1) REGULAR JEWISH STUDIES CLASSES – NEW PROGRAMME FOR SEPTEMBER 2017 (with a focus on developing basic textual skills as well as building knowledge of Judaism and experience of Jewish life and values).
- Jewish History
- Tanach (Biblical study)
- Basic Jewish knowledge
Please note, there is no requirement to be proficient in Hebrew reading or other related textual skills/Jewish knowledge on entry. We will help your child/ren to develop the necessary textual skills and knowledge at the right pace and appropriate level. Students choosing this option will take a short test during their induction day on 13 July 2017. We appreciate that a number of the students will have little or no background in Jewish knowledge. Please assure your children that they need not worry about this, it is simply to help us to ascertain their level so that we can best cater for them over the coming months and years.
2) JEWISH STUDIES ‘IYUN’ TRACK (NEW PROGRAMME FOR SEPTEMBER 2017 – FORMERLY KNOWN AS ‘TEXT PROGRAMME’)
- Advanced Tanach
- Advanced Talmud
- Jewish History
Students must be proficient in Hebrew reading and have some related textual skills in order to join the ‘Iyun’ track. The focus is on learning from original Jewish religious texts. Students opting for ‘Iyun’ track will be required to sit a short test to assess their suitability and levels. This will take place on Wednesday 24 May and you will be contacted with further details nearer the time.
In addition, for those families choosing option 2, there is an opportunity for additional Jewish Studies after school, known as Enhnaced Jewish Studies (EJS). Students who participate in EJS are placed into specific Tutor Groups alongside other EJS participants who make up approximately 50% of the assigned Tutor Group.
ENHANCED JEWISH STUDIES AFTER SCHOOL TEXTUAL STUDY (EJS)
- Takes place after school, between 4.00 pm and 5.30 pm.
- These sessions will take place twice a week.
- They supplement and build on the Jewish textual learning of the students.
- Students will also need to have been accepted into the ''Iyun' Track.
- The programme runs in conjunction with Extended Services, ensuring that there are refreshments available to purchase and that there is transport home on most of the school bus routes.
At JFS we teach Ivrit to all students in KS3. There is also the option to take the Ivrit GCSE, either at the end of KS3 or at the end of KS4, depending on each student’s ability.
To make the setting process more accurate we require students to sit one of two tests of varying degrees of difficulty. As a parent you need to select which test you think would be the most appropriate for your child to sit, based on their knowledge of, and background in, Ivrit.
(1) Standard test
This test caters for all students whether they have learned some or no Ivrit. For those who have not studied any Ivrit before, there are questions about Israel to be answered in English. This test will take place on the Induction Day, Thursday 13 July 2017.
(2) Advanced GCSE test
This test assesses whether students have the potential to begin the GCSE course in Year 7. It is our hope that they will sit the Ivrit GCSE at the end of Year 9. However, this plan may be revised if necessary, due to upcoming changes in the national syllabus. The entrance exam involves listening to spoken Ivrit, as well as written exercises. Students may have reached the appropriate standard if they have:
- either attended a Jewish primary school where they have excelled in Ivrit
- or learned Ivrit in another context, such as by living in Israel or speaking Ivrit at home.
- Parents who feel that their child might have the potential to take the advanced Ivrit course at Key Stage 3 should not hesitate to enter them for the advanced Ivrit test.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THOSE STUDENTS WHO OPT FOR EJS AND/OR ADVANCED IVRIT WILL BE INVITED INTO JFS FOR TESTING IN MAY 2017.