Menorah Primary School
Menorah Primary School was founded in 1944 to provide excellence in both Kodesh and Chol education for the children of the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash Congregation. The school’s history, ideology and purpose are intertwined with those of its founding community, whose ethos forms the driving force of the school. I n c l u d i n g t h e N u r s e r y, the school currently has 442 children on roll. Our pupils come entirely from the Orthodox Jewish Community, most of whom live in close proximity to the school. At Menorah we strive for excellence for all our pupils in a s a f e , c ar i ng a n d wa r m environment. When pupils move from the Nursery into the reception class, boys and girls are taught in separate classes.
Contents: Mission Statement
Curriculum – Chol
Curriculum - Kodesh
About our school
Menorah Primary School was founded in 1944 to provide excellence in both Kodesh and Chol education for the children of the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash Congregation. The school’s history, ideology and purpose are intertwined with those of its founding community, whose ethos forms the driving force of the school. Including the Nursery, the school currently has 442 children on roll. Our pupils come entirely from the Orthodox Jewish Community, most of whom live in close proximity to the school. At Menorah we strive for excellence for all our pupils in a safe, caring and warm environment. When pupils move from the Nursery into the reception class, boys and girls are taught in separate classes.
In partnership with parents, we aim to provide a warm and supportive environment in which all pupils flourish, feel safe and achieve their full potential. 2
Ahavas To r a h , Yi r a s Shomaim and Middos Tovos are the three pillars that underpin the ethos of our school and provide the foundation upon which all studies are taught.
♦ To instil in our pupils a firm foundation which will prepare them for a life of committed Torah Observance. ♦ To nurture our pupils in order that they can achieve their full potential through participation in all aspects of school life.
♦ To give all pupils the opportunity to achieve and to strive for independence in their learning.
♦ To teach the National Curriculum and Kodesh programme to every child irrespective of ability.
♦ To provide an environment which supports each child to develop spiritually, morally, intellectually and socially.
The Menorah Primary School was founded to provide a sound religious and secular education for the children of the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash Congregation although since its inception there have been places available at the school for Jewish children whose parents, whilst belonging to other synagogues, have a religious philosophy and observe a standard of orthodox Jewish religious practice in accordance with that set by the Rabbi of the GGBH. The school is provided primarily for children of Orthodox Jewish families who maintain strict observance of Orthodox Jewish religious and cultural norms and other children are admitted only if there are still places available after all such applicant children have been offered places. 3
At Menorah Primary School we follow the National Curriculum which sets out what children should be taught and what they should be able to achieve at each stage of their education. We recognise the importance of making learning meaningful and memorable and we involve children in their own learning by setting them challenging targets and encouraging them to be independent learners. This in turn, impacts directly on each child’s development and increases self esteem and confidence for all pupils. Teachers use a wide range of teaching styles and strategies depending on the activity and lesson objectives. Children are encouraged to work in groups or as individuals and to share their achievements and discoveries with their peers. We invite visitors to come to the school to speak and interact with children which expands the children’s experiences and broadens their view of the world around them. In the Early Years and Foundation Stage, the children follow an integrated curriculum (kodesh & chol) based on the seven areas of learning: Communication and language; Physical development; Personal, social and emotional development; Mathematics; Literacy; Understanding the world; Expressive arts and design.
From Year 1 to Year 6 our pupils’ programme of study is based on the National Curriculum – the four core subjects Literacy, Numeracy, Science and ICT and seven foundation subjects History, Geography, PE, Music, Art, Design and Technology and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education.
Teachers and Key Workers carry out focused observations of children in order to assess their progress and achievements. The results of these observations have a direct impact on the planning process.
The Kodesh Curriculum is designed to give our pupils the skills, knowledge and commitment to lead a life of Ahavas Torah and informed observance of Orthodox Judaism. It is continuously monitored and refined to ensure that there is coordinated progression and coverage as well as extension and full accessibility to all children of all abilities.
‘The quality of Limmudei Kodesh at Menorah Primary School, including the Early Years Foundation Stage, is outstanding. The school achieves its aim of instilling in its pupils a firm foundation which will prepare them for a life of religious observance.’ (Pikuach 2012)
By the end of KS1 pupils will be reading fluently, accurately translating familiar חומשand applying their vocabulary and basic skills of grammar to begin independent translation. They will have a general knowledge of weekly סדרותand the events of our calendar cycle. They will be fluent in selected .תפילה
KS2 children continue their חומשand begin רש"י. They learn the episodes from נביאיםand boys begin learning משנה. In Years 5 and 6, boys begin learning גמרא. Children have a widened and developed general knowledge and awareness of דיניםand their תפילה repertoire is broadened with added understanding. Throughout the school there is continual reinforcement of reading and skills. Methods of teaching include traditional rote-learning with visual reinforcement and written processing. Children are empowered to ‘learn themselves’ wherever suitable.