Reading and Writing in Hebrew & Ivrit
The children begin to recognise Hebrew letter sounds and vowel sounds from the moment they begin the Nursery.
When they start Reception, the children begin to build their knowledge, skills and understanding of how to blend letters and vowels in to words.
As the children progress through the school, they will be able to read Hebrew accurately, fluently and with confidence from a variety of Hebrew texts (Chumash, Siddur, Navi, Haggadah, Megillah) and this includes both script Hebrew/K’tiv and Rashi.
Furthermore, each Year group has a special reading programme for all levels and abilities of children. In a similar way, the children are introduced to Hebrew writing in Reception and this reinforces the children’s Hebrew reading, which includes script handwriting, introduced to the children in Year 2.
Ivrit is taught as a Modern Foreign Language in conjunction with Jewish Studies links ( ie Chumash, Chaggim and Tefillah). We work according to the National Framework l for Modern Languages looking at the four strands; Listening, Speaking, reading and Writing. In Early Years and Key Stage 1 the programme Chalav UD’vash focuses on Listening, Speaking and Reading.
In Key Stage 2 Ivrit B’Click is the core programme used. This programme is devised in Israel for children living in the UK and enhances all four strands of the Hebrew Languages Ladder. By the end of Key Stage 2 the children can express an opinion in Ivrit on a particular topic, can answer questions on seen and unseen text and write a short paragraph or story on the topics covered. Our strong bond and connection to Israel is expressed through the Ivrit Curriculum via song, dance and inter-cultural links with Israel.