Jewish Learning at Alma
Jewish Learning is a cornerstone of education at Alma Primary. Ivrit and Jewish learning permeate all that we do from morning t’fillah (prayers), to understanding the importance of treating others with respect and living up to our school motto: 'A world built on kindness'. We celebrate festivals together and learn about the similarities and differences between Judaism and other faiths.
Our students begin their day with morning t’fillot (prayers). Children are encouraged to ask questions and explore the meaning and purpose of expressing thanks and gratitude for all that is theirs. The oldest children in the school learn how to lead t’fillot and then are responsible for mentoring the younger years in the school.
Each week the children engage in a lively discussion of the Parasha (portion of the Torah) using the Torah, Wellbeing and Me curriculum. This integrates the national wellbeing curriculum with the middot (values) found in the Torah. Meals begin and conclude with benedictions of blessing and gratitude sung with joy.
The Alma community welcomes inspirational speakers including Rabbis from across the community, as well as spiritual leaders from all faiths to engage our children in a range of ideas and expose them to the beauty of diverse beliefs. In addition, we celebrate and learn about our festivals on local trips to museums and parks. We erect a Sukkah (a hut) for the holiday of Sukkot where the children eat their snacks and also learn. Additionally, we go on school trips to museums to deepen our knowledge of our festivals, for example our Year 3 children visit the Egyptian rooms at the British Museum before the holiday of Pesah (Passover). The festivals are also incentives to create art, to sing and to dance.
Classes each have lessons in Jewish learning that link in to the topic that they are learning about as part of their curriculum. Lessons are creative and interactive, including activities which give space for discussion and debate, to ensure that the children are engaged and are intellectually stimulated.
You can find out about Ivrit (modern Hebrew) at Alma, here.