Curriculum information

At BSS Cheder, we are keen for our pupils to learn Hebrew and Jewish Studies so that they are fully prepared to take on the B’nei Mitzvah program when they reach School Year 7.

Our Jewish Studies curriculum has been written for Years 1 to 8 by our Head Teacher, Caroline Loison, and offers lessons on both Chagim (Festivals) as we move through the Jewish year as well as various projects that are taught age appropriately and aim to offer pupils some Jewish history, some Belsize liturgy and some Jewish general knowledge as well as teaching them about Israel and Israeli culture.

Years 1 & 2Succot/Autumn 1Succot/Autumn 2Pesach/Spring 1
Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succot and Simchat Torah
The story of Creation project
Chanukah
The story of Creation project
Tu b’Shevat
Shabbat project
Pesach/Spring 2Shavuot/Summer 1Shavuot/Summer 2
Purim and Pesach
Shabbat project
Yom Ha’atzmaut, Yom Yerushalayim and Lag b’Omer

Shavuot
Jewish symbols project

Years 3 & 4Succot/Autumn 1Succot/Autumn 2Pesach/Spring 1
Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succot and Simchat Torah
My Jewish identity project
Chanukah
My Jewish identity project
Tu b’Shevat
A Jewish home project
Pesach/Spring 2Shavuot/Summer 1Shavuot/Summer 2
Purim and Pesach
A Jewish home project
Yom Ha’atzmaut, Yom Yerushalayim and Lag b’Omer

Shavuot
Brachot project

Years 5 & 6Succot/Autumn 1Succot/Autumn 2Pesach/Spring 1
Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succot and Simchat Torah
Biblical characters project
Chanukah
Biblical characters project
Tu b’Shevat
Tefillah project
Pesach/Spring 2Shavuot/Summer 1Shavuot/Summer 2
Purim and Pesach
Tefillah project
Yom Ha’atzmaut, Yom Yerushalayim and Lag b’Omer

Shavuot
Kashrut project

Years 7 & 8Succot/Autumn 1Succot/Autumn 2Pesach/Spring 1
Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Succot and Simchat Torah
Synagogue project
Chanukah
Synagogue
Tu b’Shevat
Israel
Pesach/Spring 2Shavuot/Summer 1Shavuot/Summer 2
Purim and Pesach
Israel project
Yom Ha’atzmaut, Yom Yerushalayim and Lag b’Omer

Shavuot
Shabbat project

“BSS Cheder means fun activities like cooking and Aleph Champ!” Sam, 9 years old