New cur­ricu­lum launched for plu­ral­ist schools

The Jewish Chronicle - - CommunityNews -

A NEW CUR­RICU­LUM has been launched to pro­vide a frame­work for teach­ing Ju­daism at plu­ral­ist Jewish pri­mary schools.

Called Kivunim — mean­ing “di­rec­tions” in He­brew — the new Jewish-stud­ies cur­ricu­lum was un­veiled at Clore Shalom Pri­mary in Shen­ley, Hert­ford­shire, in the pres­ence of com­mu­nal fig­ures, ed­u­ca­tion­al­ists, gov­er­nors and staff.

Head teacher Irene Kaye said: “We are very proud of this great achieve­ment. We are hop­ing that other schools will use th­ese ma­te­ri­als to en­hance the Jewish learn­ing of their pupils.”

The cur­ricu­lum has been de­vised and writ­ten by the school’s as­sis­tant head, Marc Shof­fren, and pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive method­ol­ogy and philo­soph­i­cal approach to Jewish learn­ing and teach­ing plans for all classes. It en­com­passes Jewish rit­ual, his­tory, To­rah and Bi­ble, and Is­rael and the fes­ti­vals, and will be di­vided into four main ar­eas: texts, his­tory, be­liefs and prac­tices. As well as prais­ing Mr Shof­fren for his work, Mrs Kaye also paid trib­ute to the LA Pin­cus Fund in Jerusalem and the

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S Y Pro­gres­sive move­ment’s Leo Baeck Col­lege in Finch­ley, North-West Lon­don, which have backed the project, mak­ing it pos­si­ble for Mr Shof­fren to take time out cre­ate it.

It is hoped the cur­ricu­lum will also be used to com­ple­ment Jewish stud­ies work at Clore Tikva in Red­bridge, North-East Lon­don, and Akiva Pri­mary in Finch­ley.

Dr Helena Miller, di­rec­tor of the de­part­ment of ed­u­ca­tion at the Cen­tre for Jewish Ed­u­ca­tion-Leo Baeck Col­lege, com­mented: “This is a com­pre­hen­sive, well-thought-out cur­ricu­lum that meets the needs of the plu­ral­ist Jewish pri­mary schools. It is ex­cel­lent and has great po­ten­tial.”

Also at the launch were Peter Levy, hon­orary vice-pres­i­dent of Re­form Ju­daism and pres­i­dent of Akiva Pri­mary, and Peter Brown­ing of Hert­ford­shire County Coun­cil. Mr Levy, who is also chair­man of the JC, ded­i­cated a new school li­brary.

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