Kodesh Curriculum

For the Broughton Jewish pupil, Kodesh forms a substantial and important part of the School programme, representing approximately 50% of the week.  Sunday morning classes (for Year 1 upwards) are exclusively dedicated to Jewish learning and activities.

The Ideal Graduate Document was created in consultation with the school’s trustees and foundation governors to guide the ambitious revamping of our Kodesh Curriculum.

The Ideal Graduate of BJPS 

 Values Beliefs /Philosophies

  1. Has a strong connection to Hashem as the creator of the world and a belief in His involvement in it
  2. Values the Torah as divinely revealed, and its practices as a guide to living a Torah life in a modern world
  3. Sees herself /himself in a crucial role as a future transmitter of the Jewish heritage
  4. Believes in the inherent value of every human being as being created in the image of G-d
  5. Appreciates the religious significance of Eretz Yisrael and the importance of the State of Israel and its institutions

Behavioural Characteristics

  1. Has a pride in her/his Jewish identity and in its practices
  2. Demonstrates a respect for other approaches within orthodoxy
  3. Demonstrates arevut for all Jews and Derech Eretz for all human beings
  4. Is  engaged in ongoing Jewish learning and committed to life long learning
  5. Displays a healthy self confidence that inspires others
  6. Is able to and interested in actively promoting kindness within her/his community and beyond
  7. Demonstrates a respect for Gedolei Yisrael as the transmitters of our Mesorah and the interpreters of Torah SheBal Peh.

Jewish Life Skills

  1. Can read Hebrew accurately and fluently
  2. Can independently engage with a Torah text and analyse a variety of sources
  3. Can accurately learn selections from Chumash, Navi and basic selected texts of Torah Sheb’al Peh and Halacha  to inform religious practice and infer relevance to her/his daily life
  4. Can identify different elements of mishna structure and terminology
  5. Can identify main structures and workings of Talmud
  6. Is familiar with Rashi script, and is able to learn basic selections from Rashi independently
  7. Can navigate accurately her/his way around a siddur
  8. Is able to perform the Mitzvos and minhagim associated with life cycle, daily practice, Shabbos and Yom Tov, kashrus and other Jewish practices of the Jewish home
  9. Can utilise Jewish ethics and sensibilities when making value judgements and moral decisions

Jewish Knowledge

  1. Knows the structure and order of Tanach and Torah SheBal Peh
  2. Is familiar with lives of key Biblical and Rabbinical personalities
  3. Is familiar with relevant areas of Jewish practice and how to learn accurately about their observance
  4. Knows a significant amount of Hebrew vocabulary to enable her/him to translate significant sections of Chumash and siddur
  5. Is familiar with the major milestones in Jewish history and its personalities
  6. Knows laws, themes and key texts pertaining to Shabbos and Jewish festivals
  7. Knows the order of tradition of Torah SheBal Peh from Sinai to Closing of Talmud
  8. Can recite selection of Mishnayos by heart and explain their meaning

At BJPS we aspire to educate our pupils in a way that they see themselves as an integral part of our ongoing Tradition. By helping them become engaged in the process of Torah learning and not just on its Knowledge outcomes, we believe our pupils will be in well positioned to become life - long committed Torah Jews. 

 Torah SheBaal Peh lies at the heart of our Kodesh provision as reflected in our new trailblazing Halacha and Minhag Curriculum. Running alongside the Bonayich program delivered to the Boys in Key Stage 2, this new curriculum being launched in September 2016, aims to ensure that knowledge of Jewish practice is anchored in the learning, in an age appropriate manner, to the  textual sources.

The Chumash curriculum provides the core knowledge, skill and understanding base for the learning of Torah Shebiksav and is complemented by a broad General Knowledge program.

Parsha is the vehicle through which middos and values are discussed and absorbed as mapped out in our Parsha Values document and dedicated Tefila lessons ensure pupils have a solid grounding in the meaning and themes of their Tefilot.

Our Kodesh staff blend traditional teaching methods with a range of technology to captivate the children, and maintain their interest.  The School continually supports the professional development of staff and is keen to promote its teacher training program to ensure that all staff are at the cutting edge of education development and change.

As well as applying our guiding principles, we pursue our ethos vigorously and enthusiastically.  When the children reach Key Stage 2, the Kodesh lessons are conducted separately so as to enable both boys and girls to pursue the appropriate study programmes to ultimately enable them to succeed within corresponding Jewish secondary schools.

Our School seeks to nurture and encourage a sense of Achdus (unity) with Klal Yisroel (Jewish People) together with love for Eretz Yisroel (the Land of Israel).  This close association with Israel is recognised through special Assemblies and events to commemorate Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day).

Throughout the year various charitable and other focused activities such as visiting local old age homes, model Sedorim, Tu B’Shevat tree planting, Shofar practice, Succah building and Menorah lighting are undertaken to actualise these ideas and visions.

From the earliest years in Kindergarten and Nursery, children are exposed to informal learning experiences in order to build a solid foundation.  By the Reception year they are familiar with the Hebrew alphabet, basic Tefillah (prayer) and a comprehension of the Yomim Tovim (Festivals) throughout the year.