Limmudei Kodesh Syllabus

The Limmudei Kodesh programme at Beis Yaakov is designed to support the ethos and mission statement of the school in ensuring that the students are enriched in their Torah heritage whilst at the same time having an awareness of their roles in society.

To this extent, the Kodesh provision of the school is supported by a programme of informal education to give our students a balanced syllabus and curriculum during their 5 years in the school.

The Kodesh provision comprises:

  • Chumash and Rashi [& Parsha]: focusing on student’s reading and translation skills, giving them the abilities to learn Chumash and other Meforshim. The syllabus focuses on the current week’s Sedrah so that students are able to come home with a topical D’var Torah. The Rashi curriculum in years 7-10, is an evolving syllabus that is run vertically. Each week all  students in years 7-10 learn a section of the weekly Parsha with Rashi and other relevant commentaries, as age appropriate. All year groups study the same basic text;lessons are then differentiated according to student ability and maturity. This allows pupils to build up their knowledge skills and understanding across the breadth of the first 4 books of the Torah, whilst emphasising the salient hashkafa points. Rashi teachers eagerly support each other by sharing resources and discussing methodology. We often organise supporting activities and programmes to support the particular week’s learning unit, as well as end of term whole school exams, celebrations and projects.

  • Nach & Biblical Hebrew: The Nach programme is linked to the Biblical Hebrew GCSE, giving our students a historical overview of Sefer Yehoshua, Shoftim and Melochim, combined with the grammatical skills to a GCSE standard.

  • Dinim / Bas Mitzva programme:  Both these programmes are interlinked in Year 7 and 8 when most girls become Bas Mitzva, with Halochos of Kashrus and Halochos of Shabbos in Year 9 to 11. The Dinim syllabus is designed to give students the exposure to the Halochos the girls will need for their future lives.By the time the girls are Bas Mitzva (have reached twelve years of age) they will have covered a wide variety of topics including:

    • Kashrus in the home including ‘Hafroshas Challoh’ and the special Tefillah which accompanies it.

    • Hadlokas Neiros – the mother’s role in this special moment

    • Researching who they are  named after as part of a  family project

    • Hilchos Loshon Horah

    The course ends with a grand Bas  Mitzva ‘event’ where the mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers can come and share in the Nachas!

  • Pirkei Avos & Hashkofoh: this strand of the syllabus is designed to give students an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into our rich heritage using Pirkei Avos as the springboard for further discussion.The Pirkei Ovos we teach in School is an inspiring, fun and practical lesson.In Forms 1-3 we cover the first 3 Perokim of Ovos, 1 Perek in each form.The teachers aim to do this in an exciting way, including activities and plenty of discussion, and help the girls apply these lessons to their own life. There is also some focus on the actual text and its translation.We are aiming to join the Mesila programme which is based in Stamford Hill. This encourage the girls to work towards a final exam in Year 11. The exam tests their translation and understanding of the Mishnas, as well as information about the Tano’im who wrote. It includes thinking questions and essays too. Our hope is that the current Year 8/9 will take the examination in the Spring of 2018.

  • Jewish History: this is a recent addition to the Kodesh syllabus and is designed to give students an overview and appreciation of our history from the Bayis Rishon to more recent times, focusing on the leading personalities in each era.

With the restructuring of the Kodesh Department, we now have an opportunity to review the Kodesh syllabus with any changes being implemented in September 2017.