Hebrew is taught from Reception as a modern foreign language. We use two schemes; Chalav u’Dvash and Chaverim B’Ivrit, both of which focus on speaking and listening. The lessons are conducted in Hebrew, using a range of lively approaches including games, role play, songs, flashcards, puppets and interactive whiteboard resources.
As they progress, the children are taught to read simple stories and to write their own sentences and later compositions and stories, using block then script letters. The learning is differentiated for the range of abilities in each class and the needs of Hebrew speakers are met through a specific programme.
The use of Hebrew words and phrases is in evidence throughout the school and Hebrew language learning is reinforced through the teaching of Hebrew songs and Israeli dance, daily prayer and learning Torah through the study of Hebrew text.
The Shtilim Breakfast Club, organised by a group of parents, offers the Tal Am programme four mornings a week for children in Y1 to Y3.