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23.05.2022

Happy Birthday to:

Dylan who turns 4 this week.

Zachary who turns 5 this week.

Joshua who turns 7 this week.

Charlie who turns 9 this week.

Adele who turns 9 this week.

Hillel who turns 11 this week.

Mila who turns 4 in the holiday.

Ruby who turns 5 in the holiday.

Ari who turns 9 in the holiday.


 

20.5.2022

 

What an amazing week we have had! This week we held our It’s Great to be British week. One of the nicest things about the week was the amount of time that children from all year groups were together. Each of the children from Year 1-6 spent some time at the EYU making decorations for our street party. Coming together on Wednesday for the party was very special. Having all of the children together for singing and eating was wonderful. We were joined by Jenny Rodin who is one of our governors which was lovely although I had to disappoint the younger children and tell them that the Queen had not come to visit! On Thursday, all of the children enjoyed a dance session where they learned a traditional dance from either England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales. In addition to that, Year 6 ran a wonderful fair, taking responsibility for all of the stalls. The rest of the school really enjoyed it and the Year 6 children demonstrated a wonderful example of leadership. 

 

Weeks like this do not happen without a great deal of planning or preparation and I want to thank all of the teachers who worked so hard to make it happen. 

 

This morning we enjoyed a pre-Shavuot learning session. It was wonderful to have parents in the synagogue with us and we hope you enjoyed it too. 

 

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to visit North London Collegiate School to meet with the Head Teacher and the Head of Pastoral Care. It gave them an opportunity to talk to me about what it is that North London offers its pupils, its aims and its vision for young women of the future. I was then given a tour of the school by two Year 9 pupils, one of whom was a former Kerem pupil. She is someone that I taught in Year 4 during my first year here at Kerem and it was very special to see her thriving and loving everything that the school has to offer. 

 

Next week will be another quiet week in school as our Year 6’s will be off on their residential. They are leaving early on Sunday morning and are going on a multi-stop adventure taking them from Kerem to Nottingham, Lincoln, Leeds, York and Leicester before heading home on Thursday. This is a new trip which we are sure will be a wonderful opportunity for the children. As with the Year 5 trip, I feel blessed to have a team of staff who are happy to leave the comforts of their own homes, their families and their quiet evenings in order to offer our children such great experiences.

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for wonderful middot such as showing kindness to others by helping them without being asked.

Year 2 – for showing persistence and reflective learning in JS.

Year 3 – For demonstrating resilience by starting a new school and making excellent contributions in class.

Year 4 – For pushing herself to take risks in her written description of Kaspar, resulting in fantastic writing.

Year 5 – for having an excellent attitude during all activities and pushing himself to try new things and taking risks.

Year 6 – for demonstrating excellent initiative by offering to help set up and clear away activities for It's Great to be British Week without being asked!

 

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

"I enjoyed the jubilee tea party because I liked the biscuits". Lexi, Year 1.

"I enjoyed going to nursery because it was fun to do art with younger classes". Raphael. Year 2

"I enjoyed the Jubilee fair, I enjoyed the ducks the most because I fished out the queen". Jasmine, Year 3.

"I enjoyed making a poster about the queen because it was interesting to learn about her". Emmi, Year 4.

"I enjoyed the Jubilee tea party because the scones were very good". Amelie, Year 5.

"I enjoyed practicing the Year 6 play because I had a lot of fun acting out my scenes. I also enjoyed preparing for the Jubilee fair".  Ari, Year 6.

 

Well done to the children who earnt Aleph Champ certificates this week.

 

 

Shabbat Shalom.

16.05.2022

 

Happy Birthday to:

Gabriel who turns 4 this week.

Emma who turns 4 this week.

Scarlett who turns 11 this week.

 

13.05.2022

 

It has been a wonderful week this week, albeit it a little quiet as our Year 5s were away. They had a fabulous week at Kingswood, spending 4 days challenging themselves on a range of high adrenaline activities as well as ones which would test their initiative. To see what they have been doing, do check out their blog https://www.keremschool.co.uk/year-5-4/

 

Back in school, it has been as non-stop as ever. On Tuesday we held the first of our mini first aid lessons, with the rest of the classes having them next week. We hope that the children enjoyed the session but also that they left it feeling confident with the skills that they learnt. As part of their transition to secondary school programme, Year 6 have been developing their road cycling skills. They were also visited by Rabbi Zeidman from GIFT who runs a series of sessions in which the children focus on middot and how they can apply them to help others. 

 

Some of our Year 3 and 4 children went to compete in the Maccabi football tournament on Wednesday. Although they did not win, their spirits were high which was impressive as the weather was enough to dampen anyone's spirits. 

 

Well done to the children who earnt Aleph Champ certificates this week.

 

Next week we are looking forward to celebrating all things British as we celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Please make sure you have read the email from Mrs Sharman with drop off and collection locations for different classes. 

 

Wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom.

 

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for persisting with his artwork by trialling different strategies in order to get his paper toy to work.

Year 2 - for showing persistence in your descriptive writing to produce work to be proud of.

Year 3 – for showing initiative by completing her tasks independently and trying extremely hard in all her lessons.

Year 4 – for showing persistence and resilience at the football tournament.

Year 6 – for developing his flexibility of mind when researching for the debate.

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

“I enjoyed singing in music.” Rafael, Year 1.

“I enjoyed science because we learned about nature and I really like nature”. Olivia, Year 2.

“It was such fun going to nursery and planting flowers because we got to see all the nursery children.” Ofri, Year 3. 

“I enjoyed English because we read Casper and we did a fun activity about it.” Hannah, Year 4.

“I enjoyed doing first aid because we got to perform all of the stuff on a first aid manikin.” Isobel, Year 6.

09.05.2022

Happy Birthday to:

Jessica who turns 6 this week.

Roy who turns 8 this week.

Jasmine who turns 8 this week.

06.05.2022

 

Kerem’s week began on Sunday with children competing in an U9 chess tournament. Over 100 children entered the tournament. The A team won the tournament with quite a strong margin and has been sent through to the semi-final.

 

This week we welcomed Heads of Admissions from a range of independent schools to talk to Year 4 and 5 parents about their school. We have worked hard to develop strong relationships with these schools and them coming to a small school during an evening is testament to that. We are sure that the parents that joined us found it a useful experience. 

 

On Wednesday, Year 6 led us in a Yom Hazikaron Tekes (ceremony). It was lovely to see the number of parents who joined us for this, especially those parents who do not have children in Year 6. The children read and sang beautifully, showing a real understanding of the nature of the tekes. 

 

Yesterday, we all enjoyed a wonderful day celebrating Yom Haatzmaut. The Ivrit teachers had worked hard to plan a full day of events. We were joined by the Israeli Dance Institute in the morning and Years 1-6 all learned a range of dances. The morning ended with those classes joining together for a dance session. In the afternoon we were joined by the Bet Tsvi Performers who sang for them. There was a wonderful atmosphere and it was especially lovely to be joined by Nursery and Reception. 

 

Looking ahead to next week, our Year 5s are off to Kingswood for the week. It will seem very strange without them but we are sure they will have a wonderful time. Keep an eye on Facebook, Instagram and their blog for updates.

 

It looks like the weather is going to be good this weekend so I hope everyone enjoys the sunshine.

 

Shabbat Shalom.

 

 

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for collaborating by listening and sharing his own ideas during partner work.

Year 2 – for showing persistence in maths when partitioning to add numbers

Year 3 – for taking risks by sharing his fantastic vocabulary and knowledge of shapes.

Year 4 – for showing collaboration in art, when he helped those around him find colours that they needed for their collage.

Year 5 – for asking pertinent and reflective questions and showing maturity during our RSE lessons this week.

Year 6 – demonstrating reflectiveness during our RSE and wellbeing sessions, listening carefully and offering helpful suggestions.

Well done to the children who earnt Aleph Champ certificates this week.

4.5.22

Happy Birthday to:

Lyla who turns 8 this week.

Layla who turns 8 this week.

Friday 29th April 2022

 

It was lovely to welcome the children back on Monday. It is always lovely to see sunkissed faces, new hair cuts and shiny shoes. It was disappointing that 27% of the school were still absent on Monday and as I mentioned in my end of term newsletter, it is difficult for everyone when children miss school due to being on holiday. I again ask that you check next year’s term dates to ensure that they are in your diary ahead of booking any holidays.

 

The week itself seems to have flown by. Year 6 held a Newsday today where they had just one day to produce newspapers in groups. I have just been given the four finished papers which I am looking forward to reading over the long weekend. 

 

As part of my visits to secondary schools, this week saw me at South Hampstead High School, talking to Mrs Bingham about what they are looking for from Year 6 pupils as they apply for a place at their school. It was lovely to spend time with her, to see the school and to hear about how well our former pupils are doing. 

 

Next week is a short but busy week. On Wednesday the Year 6 children will be leading a Yom HaZikaron tekes which all parents (any year group) are welcome to attend. If you wish to attend, please be at Norrice Lea by 8.40am.

 

On Thursday we will be celebrating Yom Ha Atzmaut and the Ivrit teachers have worked hard to arrange wonderful activities. The children can come to school wearing blue and white (girls need to wear skirts). 

 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend.

 

29.04.2022

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party with Mrs Sharman this morning - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for taking risks in his learning and always looking for ways to challenge himself.

Year 2 – for showing persistence in her English work and writing detailed speech bubbles for her own version of a story.

Year 3 – for showing initiative by completing his tasks independently and for always putting maximum effort into his work.

Year 4 – for persisting in trying to improve the presentation of his work, especially in maths.

Year 5 – for having an excellent attitude and perseverance during lessons and stretching herself to attempt challenges.

Year 6 - developing his understanding in maths, listening to and considering the ideas made by others.

 

26.4.2022

 

Happy Birthday to:

Chloe who turns 4 this week.

Isabella who turns 4 this week.

Sophie who turns 6 this week.

Mia who turns 7 this week.

Eli who turns 7 this week.

Noah who turns 9 this week.

 

04.04.2022

 

Happy Birthday to:

Lexi who turns 11 this week.

Henry who turns 6 this week.

Olivia who turns 7 in the holiday.

Rafael who turns 7 in the holiday.

Anoushka who turns 9 in the holiday.

Bella who turns 10 in the holiday.

Mia who turns 10 in the holiday.

 

 

1st April 2022

 

It was a pleasure to again welcome parents to hear about maths at Kerem. It was great that so many parents came and I hope that those who came found it insightful. As Mrs Collins mentioned, the maths vision statement and resources will be added to the website for your reference.  

 

There was lots of fun today with a variety of April Fools tricks being played by children and teachers alike and it is lovely to see an atmosphere where the children know they can play tricks. 

 

There was more netball success this week and it was wonderful to see both teams doing so well. 

 

 

Well done to the children who earnt Aleph Champ certificates this week.

 

 

As mentioned on Facebook on Monday, it was wonderful for me to start my week visiting the two Habs schools and I am looking forward to the other visits that I have lined up after Pesach. I will be visiting the two City of London Schools, NLCS, South Hampstead, Belmont and Channing, all with a view to get a greater insight into what they are looking for from pupils who apply to them. 

 

It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the term and heading into the last term of the year. The staff have been busy planning an exciting summer term of events so keep an eye out next week for a letter with lots of dates for your diaries. 

 

Wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom.

 

 

01.04.2022

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for showing flexibility of mind when editing instructions in English.

Year 2 – for showing risk-taking in Ivrit when answering questions and completing work.

Year 3 – for showing persistence when learning about fractions and for always trying her best.

Year 4 – for showing enthusiasm and persistence with her work even when there are set backs.

Year 5 – for approaching every task with a positive attitude and showing the resilience to persevere during maths lessons.

Year 6 - for demonstrating persistence when tackling a challenging piece of work.

 

 

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to.  Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

Y1 - "We enjoyed making Haggadot in JS". Jessica & Lianne.

Y2 - "We enjoyed writing about pictures in English and making clay sculptures in art". Mia & Rafi.

Y3 - "I enjoyed writing my shape poem and making my pointillism picture in art". Rosie.

Y4 - "We made and presented posters about endangered animals to our class". Ari

Y5 -"I enjoyed the Maccabi netball tournament as we worked really well as a team and won the tournament (the final was Kerem vs Kerem)". Naomi.

Y6 - "I enjoyed learning about D-Day and designing our own D-Day medals". Ari.

"I enjoyed playing with the children in the playground". Pepsi

 

 

28.03.2022

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Talya who turns 4 this week.

Zachary who turns 5 this week.

Daniel who turns 11 this week.

25th March 2022

The week after Purim always feels like a quiet week but it doesn’t make it any less busy. Whilst there have been no trips this week, there have still been exciting activities. 

 

Years 5 and 6 were visited by The Young Shakespeare Company who put on an interactive performance of A Midsummer’s Nights Dream. The show was captivating, leaving the children enthralled; we certainly have some budding actors in years 5 and 6. Later in the week, the children took part in three different workshops with materials provided by The Young Shakespeare Company.

 

Year 5 also had the privilege of attending a virtual tour of the tunnels under the Kotel in Yerushalayim. This was possible because Year 5 is now part of the twinning program with the school 'Moreshet' in the Galil in Northern Israel. The tour was organised by the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Education in Israel. Once again, the creative thinking of our teachers means our children are being offered wonderful opportunities. 

 

This week I spent time with Mrs Craig, Mrs Collier and Miss Cowen in the Nursery and Reception pupil progress meetings. It was lovely to have the opportunity to hear about how each of the children are progressing. 

 

We also had the first of our two parent consultation meetings this week and Mrs Sharman and class teachers have been meeting with parents of the children who have individual learning plans. We really value the opportunity to talk to parents about their children and teachers are looking forward to the remaining meetings next week. 

 

Unfortunately, we had to postpone the maths workshop for Year 3 and 4 parents but we look forward to welcoming you all next week. 

 

We have counted the generous donations that you made on Purim and I am thrilled to announce that a grand total of £1668.55 was raised. We will be donating £834.27 to Jewish Care and £417.13 to both Shalva and World Jewish Relief. I am also delighted to say that the money being donated to Jewish Care is being matched by the employer of one of our parents. If you work for an organisation that is able to match-fund charitable donations and you are interested in match-funding the amount for Shalva or World Jewish Relief then please do let us know so that we can give even more generously than we are already able to do.

 

It has been lovely enjoying the sunshine this week, seeing children without coats and even in short-sleeved shirts. It looks like we might even be blessed with another week of sunshine before the rain returns. Please can we ask that you check the forecast so that your children come to school with the correct clothing. 

 

Wishing you Shabbat Shalom.

 

25.03.2022

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for showing persistence in her work by always having a go and asking for help when she needs it.

Year 2 – for showing persistence and joining well in lessons, particularly in English and Ivrit.

Year 3 – for showing initiative by completing her tasks independently and for trying really hard in all her lessons recently and concentrating on her work.

Year 4 – for always showing curiosity during lessons and asking interesting and relevant questions.

Year 5 – for showing perseverance and curiosity to produce an imaginative newspaper article.

Year 6 - demonstrating excellent middot, listening to others and being a good friend.

 

 

 

More Aleph Champ success

21.3.2022

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Erin who turns 5 this week.

Isabella who turns 5 this week.

Scarlett who turns 5 this week.

Jethro who turns 5 this week.

Raymond who turns 6 this week.

Jemima who turns 9 this week.

Ollie who turns 10 this week.

 

18th March 2022

 

The highlight of this week was of course Purim. The children’s costumes were amazing and the atmosphere in school was wonderful. It was great for Years 1-6 to be back in the synagogue and to have parents join us to hear the megillah whilst Nursery and Reception were joined by Rabbi Hertz for their megillah reading. There were lots of other activities during the day including Zumba, a Purim fair, the giving of mishloach manot and of course the fancy dress parades. There are plenty of photos to see on Facebook. A huge thank you to you for your generous tzedakah donations and to the staff teams who organised the events on both sites. 

 

This morning we welcomed parents from Year 1 and 2 to the first of 3 maths workshops. It was such a pleasure to have parents in school again and to be able to share the work that we have been doing over the last two years. Mrs Collins and Sami Miller ran an excellent session which was attended by approximately 50 parents. The session was split into two sections. The first half was adults only, hearing about the philosophy behind what we are doing in maths with the second half being a short activity with the children. If you have a child in Year 3,4,5 or 6 then there is still time for you to sign up to attend either next Friday or the following week. If you are a parent of Year 1 or 2 who could not attend today then you are welcome to join us for the first session on one of the other weeks. If you still want to sign up then you can do so by clicking here.

 

 

 

More children earnt Aleph Champ certificates this week. Well done to all of them. 

 

18.03.2022

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for taking initiative and working hard in all her lessons.

Year 2 – for showing persistence and hard work in phonics lessons.

Year 3 – for showing persistence by completing a task even when it is challenging and not giving up.

Year 4 – for persevering in forest school and showing curiosity in the science lesson.

Year 5 – for reflecting on feedback and improving her writing.

Year 6 - for persisting with his joined handwriting in most subjects.

 

 

 

14.3.2022

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Jacob who turns 4 this week.

Daliyah who turns 7 this week.

Yasmin who turns 10 this week.

Max who turns 11 this week.

11th March 2022

 

What a week!

 

Book week has been quite extraordinary with children enjoying a range of activities. The week started with a visit from author Gareth P. Jones, who shared his music and stories with the children. Since then the children in the EYU have had a workshop from ‘Perform’, parents have come in to do reading sessions, spoons have been decorated to look like book characters, stories have been read in Ivrit, books have been made and quizzes have been completed. The aim of the week was to enthuse children about reading and widen their exposure to new texts and that really did happen. Many thanks to all of the teachers who put so much time and effort into making it a success. 

 

Whilst all that was happening, Year 6 went on a trip to Bletchley Park to enhance the learning that they are doing in History. They had a wonderful time and really enjoyed learning about coding. 

 

On Wednesday, two netball teams went to play in the Maccabi tournament. Both teams did fantastically well with the B team winning the whole event and the A team losing narrowly in the final. Congratulations to all of the girls and a huge thank you to the parents who are supporting the transportation of children to tournaments.

 

On Thursday, we entered 3 teams in the regional heats of the ‘Quiz Club’ General Knowledge Quiz. There were 107 teams in the heat and I am thrilled to tell you that the 3 Kerem teams came in 1st, 2nd and joint 3rd place. They will all now be competing in the semi-finals. Well done to all of the children and a big thank you to Miss Wiener who spent lunch times prepping them.

And of course, there were more children reaching milestones in their Hebrew Reading.

All of these events and more can be seen on the school Facebook page so if you have not already then please follow the page so that you can see what is happening in all classes, not just those whose blogs you read. 

 

I am sure you will want to join me in wishing Mazel Tov to Mr Salter who is getting married on Monday.

 

As we look ahead to next week, we are excited to celebrate Purim, information about the day has been sent out by Mrs Hill.

 

11.03.2022

 

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who joined Mrs Sharman at the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for persisting in his learning and always putting his best effort into his work.

Year 2 – for showing reflectiveness in her answers to our PSHE and English lesson about feelings.

Year 3 – for showing initiative by completing her tasks independently and persevering even if it was challenging.

Year 4 – showing reflectiveness and working hard to maintain concentration in lessons.

Year 5 – for working hard across all subjects taking more risks and using his initiative to solve maths problems.

Year 6 - for displaying excellent engagement and reflectiveness during English lessons.

 

 

This week, 2 sisters decided to raise money for Ukrainian relief charities and they held a cake sale yesterday after school. The cakes all looked delicious and they raised £245 - well done girls!

 

7.3.2022

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Zachary who turns 7 this week.

Friday 4th March

 

This week saw many exciting activities. Year 2 and Year 4 went off on their school trips to the Florence Nightingale Museum and London Zoo respectively. Both classes had a wonderful time and were blessed that the rain held off. 

 

On Tuesday the Ivrit team organised for the travelling theatre to come to school and children from Years 1-6 were immersed in a Hebrew language performance which was wonderful. Morah Sharon and Morah Neta had worked through materials in order to give the children the relevant vocabulary ahead of the show. 

 

On Wednesday there was further excitement when The Chief Rabbi made a visit to Kerem. The children had worked so hard to learn the words of the song and it really did sound beautiful. If you have not heard it then head over to the Kerem Facebook page where there is a video of the singing. The filming will be put together with videos taken in other schools to create a video for ShabbatUK.

 

Looking ahead to next week, all children will be celebrating book week. Book week gives us an opportunity to spend time appreciating books and working to further develop a love of reading. We are all very excited about starting the week with a visit from the author Gareth P. Jones. Each class will be having their own activities, some of the classes will be focusing on one story while other classes will be focusing on a range of stories. They will be sharing everything that they have done during the week in their blogs next week. I will be running a book quiz with the children in Years 1-6 and reading with children in the EYU. 

 

Please may I remind everyone of the importance we place on children wearing the correct uniform. If it is a school uniform day, they should be wearing black school shoes and not trainers or shoes of another colour. If they have a medical issue with their feet then in order to be wearing trainers, we need to have a letter of explanation from a medical professional and we would ask that the trainers are totally black. Children should not have nail varnish or jewellery on when they are in school. Children with their ears pierced should only be wearing stud earrings. Boys should be wearing a tzitzit and school kippah. It would be helpful if the younger boys had clips to help it stay on.

 

4.3.22

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

‘I liked wearing my own clothes on my birthday and when they sang happy birthday to me’. AJ Year 1.

Sima said ‘It’s cupcakes today. YAY, they are my favourite’. Ethan Year 2.

‘I wrote a story about a doll that came alive’. Rosie Year 3.

‘I enjoyed jumping in muddy puddles at forest school’. Zach Year 4.

‘I enjoyed running around and having a break in the playground’. Ori Year 5.

I enjoyed going a bit crazy whilst singing and filming for ShabbatUK’. Reuben Year 6.

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for persisting in his learning and always putting his best effort into his work.

Year 2 – for showing persistence and enthusiasm in all lessons.

Year 3 – for demonstrating initiative by always getting on with her work independently and for always doing what is expected of her.

Year 4 – for showing initiative in our workshop on our outing to the zoo.

Year 5 – for having an excellent attitude in every lesson. Challenging herself and reflecting on her mistakes to learn from them.

Year 6 - for demonstrating curiosity during the Israeli theatre and in French lessons.

 

28.02.2022

 

Happy Birthday to:

Jesse who turns 6 this week.

Amelie who turns 10 this week.

 Friday 25th February 2022

Our return to school on Monday saw new shoes, smart haircuts, sunkissed cheeks and, for the first time in a long while, no children or staff with Covid. Plenty to be grateful for. 

 

At Norrice Lea, we started the week with a singing performance by children in Year 6. The children had been due to perform at a concert supporting the charity Boys Town. The concert was unfortunately cancelled but not wanting the children to miss out on performing, they did so for those of us who were lucky enough to hear them.

 

On Wednesday evening, governors attended a workshop about the vision and values of the school. This was the same session that was run for staff earlier in the term and it was wonderful to add their input to the data that we hold on these themes. 

 

Two classes went on trips this week with Year 1 going to the London Transport Museum and Year 3 going to Celtic Harmony. Lots of fun was had by everyone and both trips consolidated knowledge that the children had built up during their lessons in school. Next week sees Year 2 and 4 off on their trips. 

 

This week we also put the finishing touches to the Year 5 and 6 residential trips which will take place in the summer term. The children in Year 5 are going on an outward bound and adventure trip at Kingswood and Year 6 will be going on a two-centre trip to the Midlands and the North of England. Their trip will be looking at the History of the Jewish people in England as well as incorporating other activities along the way. They will also be linking with one of the Jewish primary schools in the north of the country, a link we hope to grow going forward. Both of these are new trips and everyone is very excited about them. 

 

Before the half-term break, children in Year 6 received news about their secondary school applications. We are so proud of each of their achievements as well as the work ethic and determination they all showed during the process. Next week I will be sharing a breakdown of the results with you.

 

This is the last weekend to enter the writing competition that I let parents know about earlier in the term. I am posting the information again and hope that many of the children will enter.

 

Writing competition - open to all children Years 1-6                                                                                                    

 

Do you have a great imagination?

Do you love writing?

Would you like it if your writing inspired other children to read and write?

Would you like to see your writing in print?

Are you in Years 1,2,3,4,5 or 6?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions then we have the perfect activity for you.

 

Read Foundation is holding a writing competition and we think it would be great if you wanted to enter. This year it is on the theme of friendship. It can be a short story, a poem or a newspaper/magazine article.

 

There is lots of information on their website with a fiction and nonfiction option for each age group.

 

Years 1, 2 and 3 - here is the information about the task for you

 

Years 4, 5 and 6 - here is the information about the task for you

 

Once you are ready to submit your writing you need to do it via this link but make sure that you or a grown up read the instructions carefully otherwise they will not accept your entry. There is a prize for the school that has the most entries so be sure to say that you go to Kerem if you enter. If we win, we can use the money to buy new books for the library. The deadline for entries is Monday 28th February which means you have time to plan, write, edit, re-write ahead of entering your final draft. 

 

If you do enter, we would love to see a copy of your entry so please bring a copy to school. We will make a book with all of the entries which we will then add to the library. 

 

Good luck! 

 

25.2.2022

 

Celebration tea party

 

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for taking risks in her learning by incorporating her creativity into her work.

Year 2 – for showing persistence in English, phonics and maths and showing independence in his writing.

Year 3 – for demonstrating curiosity by asking questions when reading to understand the text on a deeper level.

Year 4 – for fantastic persistence in her learning and risk-taking in contributing more in lessons.

Year 5 –for showing perseverance and independence in all subjects this week.

Year 6 - for displaying excellent perseverance and reflectiveness during the maths lessons.

 

 

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

"I enjoyed going on our school trip because in history we were learning about vehicles so we went to the London Transport Museum". Sophie Y1.

"I enjoyed English this week because we got to see a picture and carry on a story that my teacher started that would connect to the story". Maya Y2.

"I enjoyed going on a school trip to Celtic Harmony because we got to learn about people in the Iron Age." Sophia Y3.

"In art because we are learning about textures of different animal skins." Jemima, Y4.

"In our robotics lesson because we learned how to build active and interesting things." Amelie Y5.

In Ivrit we created an Israeli shuk. We went shopping and learned how to speak with important phrases." Amelie Y6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Hebrew Reading certificate to add to the growing collection

21.02.2022

 

Happy Birthday to:

Mia who turns 4 this week.

Liam who turns 4 this week.

AJ who turns 6 this week.

Leo who turns 9 this week.

11th February 2022

 

This week we have marked children’s mental health awareness week. The children have participated in a range of activities to focus attention on the importance of being aware of their feelings. We also talked to them about the fact that feelings can change, what we can do and who we can turn to when we need support. It was great seeing the children in their ‘express yourself’ t-shirts and lovely to hear why they had chosen their individual designs.

Today is the day that the independent secondary schools announce the outcome of the 11+ process. We are so proud of the way in which the children have conducted themselves during this arduous process. They worked hard in their lessons, focused on developing their exam preparation skills, did mock interviews and as a cohort took great care of each other during this very stressful time. In the fullness of time we will share the results with all parents but I could not let today’s blog be written without acknowledging them. They have made us very proud.

 

More Aleph Champ certificates were earnt this week and I also managed to catch up this week with more of the children who had been successful in the Primary Maths Challenge. Again, well done to all of them.

 

The second half term is action packed with Purim, Pesach, Book Week, parent consultations and much more so I hope that everyone has a good rest before the return. 

 

A huge thank you to all of the staff for all of their hard work since returning to school in January and to all of you for your continued support.

 

11.2.2022

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for showing curiosity towards all of his learning and always working hard.

Year 2 – for demonstrating curiosity and being able to ask and answer questions in different subjects.

Year 3 – for demonstrating curiosity by always asking questions to further his knowledge. He also always takes great care in his work and demonstrates excellent middot.

Year 4 – for amazing persistence and top quality work in maths, making a whole using tenths and hundredths.

Year 5 – for reflecting on his work and making suggestions on how to improve it.

Year 6 - for demonstrating excellent initiative when completing any task.

 

9.2.2022

 

Now in its fourth year, the Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for students aged

5 - 19 studying in the UK and British schools overseas. Artworks are judged by artists and arts professionals with selected artworks displayed online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts.

 

Here are Oliver and Mila's entries.

   

7.2.2022

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Raphy who turns 11 this week.

Alex who turns 5 this week.

Ariella who turns 7 this week.

Freddie who turns 9 this week.

Emma who turns 4 in half term.

Emily who turns 7 in half term.

Ethan who turns 7 in half term.

Shai who turns 11 in half term.

4th February 2022

 

This week has epitomised the value of teamwork, collaboration, resilience and flexibility of mind. The staff have all pulled together to support each other during this time when there were so few of us here. A huge thank you to all of them for everything extra they have taken on this week. More importantly than that, the children have been amazing, managing the staffing changes brilliantly, demonstrating to all staff who have been with them, how well they work. As with last week, I have enjoyed my time in the classroom with additional teaching in Year 2 and Year 3. I also wanted to thank parents for their kind words of support for those staff who have been ill as well as those who have been in school. Please never underestimate the impact of that support.  

 

Children have continued to move up the Aleph Champ levels and a number of children earned certificates in the Primary Maths Challenge. We are very proud of all of their achievements. The photo below shows some of the award winners.

 

Netball and Football tournaments also took place this week and I want to give a special mention to our Year 5 and 6 girls who attended the Maccabi Football Tournament. They had a wonderful time, winning one game and drawing another demonstrating huge progress in their skills and teamwork from the last term they attended a tournament. I talked with them about setting up a girls’ football club to support the development of their skills and they were really excited about this.

As well as reading the class blogs, don’t forget to keep an eye on the school Facebook page as there are always lots of exciting posts on there too. This week you will be able to see Year 4’s Rainforest poems, sports reports, posts about STEM club, drama club, Forest School and a post about The Great Victorian Bake Off.

 

Wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom

 

4.2.2022

 

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for wonderful middot, such as helping others in robotics.

Year 2 – for always demonstrating excellent middot and collaborating well with others.

Year 3 - for showing initiative in Ivrit and for always challenging herself to do harder work in maths in Ivrit!

Year 4 – collaborating well in robotics and helping others when they need it.

Year 5 – for working independently and showing perseverance during Ivrit lessons.

Year 6 - for showing perseverance and working hard in Ivrit written work.

 

1.2.2022

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Shachar who turns 10 this week.

Raphy who turns 11 this week.

28th January 2022

 

I have spent a great amount of time this week in class and it has been so lovely seeing the children thriving in their classes. 

 

I started in Year 5 on Monday when I was asked to judge their Great Victorian Bake Off, which was an impossible task. The children had all worked so hard to create bakes from the Victorian era with many of them mixing them by hand rather than using a modern food processor. As there was such variety in the dishes, it was not possible to single anyone out but it was great to be a part of this learning experience. To see their wonderful creations, head over the to Year 5 class page.

 

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, I did some teaching in Year 2 to help cover Miss Mansoor’s absence. Year 2 is where I spent the majority of my class teaching days and it was a real treat to be back there. There was of course also my day in Year 4 which is a highlight of my week every week. 

 

This week saw the Nursery and Reception zoomed Shabbat parties. Although I could not be at the Reception one, it was lovely to be at the Nursery one. Thank you to the parents who were able to join us, we hope that you enjoyed it.

 

Progression through Aleph Champ is still going strong with another certificate to hand out this week.

This week also saw the finishing touches being put to a project that we are running for the Year 6 pupils which we are launching next week. You will all hear more about it next week so watch this space!

 

A few children have told me that they have entered the writing competition but there is still time if others want to. Information about it can be found here.

 

Wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom.

 

28.1.2022

 

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for taking initiative and using creativity in his learning.

Year 2 – for demonstrating resilience since returning to school and putting great effort into all subjects.

Year 3 - for always demonstrating flexibility of mind when learning a new topic and persisting in every task that she does.

Year 4 – for working hard when collaborating with others and persisting to produce his best work.

Year 5 – for working collaboratively with his friends across the week, from the Victorian bake-off to Robotics.

Year 6 - for showing persistence and initiative in her lessons, particularly in English.

 

27.1.2022

 

 

Mazel tov to:

Sophia and Scarlett on the occasion of Amelie's Batmitzvah.

Gabriella on the occasion of Alex's Barmitzvah.

24.1.2022

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Maya who turns 7 this week.

Emmi who turns 9 this week.

Sam who turns 9 this week.

Naomi who turns 10 this week.

21st January 2022

 

There are no two days the same in a school and certainly no two weeks. The week started with everyone in tree colours and us celebrating Tu B'shvat. During the day the children ate different fruits and thought about how we can work together to make the world a better place. At the EYU, children made tree collages and had a fruit party. This week also saw some of the older children competing in netball matches and I felt so proud when I heard that the teacher from St Margaret’s School commented on how lovely our girls were and what a credit to the school they are.

This week we needed to focus on the Kerem Characteristic of flexibility of mind and it was great to see this demonstrated by all of the staff as JS and Forest School lessons needed to be rearranged at the last minute. It is always good for us to be able to show the children that the characteristics are important for us as adults as well as for them as children.

 

Following on from my email yesterday about the gentleman in Finchley, should there ever be an issue concerning anyone about something that is happening in the community, please do get in touch with Mrs Sharman in order that we can understand and address the matter in order to ensure that we can look after all of our children and the whole community. I have close relationships with other headteachers meaning that if there is an issue that affects more than one school community, we can work together to support each other.

 

You may remember that last year we sent you information about a campaign being run where thank you cards could be sent to school staff to thank them for their efforts over the past year. Many of our teachers and assistants received cards and I know they were appreciative of the thought that had gone into writing them.

 

This year’s campaign has just been launched so if there is a member of staff at Kerem that you would like to thank, you can do so via the link.

 

Last night the PTA organised a challah bake with the JC writer, Victoria Prever, which it was lovely to be a part of. Victoria talked through and demonstrated making the dough and then in a second session, demonstrated plaiting the dough. It was lovely to see families preparing for Shabbat together. The photos of the finished products look fantastic.

It was lovely to be joined by parents of children in Years 1-6 for Kabbalat Shabbat today. We hope that you enjoyed the ruach that you experienced. It was particularly lovely to see some of the children who have not been able to be at school this week. We were all disappointed that we have had to postpone the EYU Zoom but look forward to sharing it with you next week.

 

Wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom.

 

 

 

21.1.2022

 

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for taking initiative in his learning and taking care over the presentation of his work.

Year 2 – for showing persistence in English, phonics and maths and showing independence in her writing.

Year 3 - for always demonstrating curiosity and wanting to further his knowledge and for persisting in every task that he does.

Year 4 – for consistently pushing herself to take risks in her learning and try out new things, and persisting when these don't go to plan.

Year 5 – for using her own initiative and writing an imaginative recount of a story.

Year 6 - for demonstrating perseverance when learning his spelling list for Ivrit and trying his best in all lessons.

 

Writing competition - open to all children Years 1-6                                                                                                    

 

Do you have a great imagination?

Do you love writing?

Would you like it if your writing inspired other children to read and write?

Would you like to see your writing in print?

Are you in Years 1,2,3,4,5 or 6?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions then we have the perfect activity for you.

 

Read Foundation is holding a writing competition and we think it would be great if you wanted to enter. This year it is on the theme of friendship. It can be a short story, a poem or a newspaper/magazine article.

 

There is lots of information on their website with a fiction and nonfiction option for each age group.

 

Years 1, 2 and 3 - here is the information about the task for you

 

Years 4, 5 and 6 - here is the information about the task for you

 

Once you are ready to submit your writing you need to do it via this link but make sure that you or a grown up read the instructions carefully otherwise they will not accept your entry. There is a prize for the school that has the most entries so be sure to say that you go to Kerem if you enter. If we win, we can use the money to buy new books for the library. The deadline for entries is Monday 28th February which means you have time to plan, write, edit, re-write ahead of entering your final draft. 

 

If you do enter, we would love to see a copy of your entry so please bring a copy to school. We will make a book with all of the entries which we will then add to the library. 

 

Good luck!

 

17.1.2022

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Joshua who turns 10 this week.

 

 

Well done on completing your 100 day maths streak.

14th January 2022

 

Following on from the staff’s robotic session last week, the children in Years 1-6 all got to experience their first session this week and it was lovely watching them enjoying their session. Some of the comments that children made were:

 

I found it challenging but fun! Scarlett Year 6

It was really fun learning new skills and it was good to collaborate with friends. Ari Year 6

I found it very interesting and it was fun to play with the bricks. Ariella Year 2

It was really fun because we got to make things that were really hard. Sophie Year 1

It was complicated and I enjoyed it because it was a challenge. Issac Year 1
 

Mr Dixit, the facilitator, was really impressed with the way in which the children collaborated with each other to create their models.

 

This week also saw the long-awaited return to gym and swimming. It is hard to believe that it has been nearly two years since we were last there, one of many signs that we are returning to a full range of school activities. In addition to this, behind the scenes teachers have been working to plan exciting off-site activities to enhance the children’s learning experiences.

The children are continuing to work hard on their Hebrew reading with three more moving onto the next Aleph Champ level this week. Well done to everyone for all of their hard work both at school and at home. 

Next week we will be celebrating Tu B’Shevat, another checkpoint in our Jewish calendar that affords us some time to be grateful for all we have around us, reminding us of the need to take care of the world. I am looking forward to reading the pledges that will be hung on the branches of our Tikkun Tree.

 

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom.

 

13.1.2022

 

Celebration tea party

 

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for showing curiosity in his learning by asking insightful questions.

Year 2 – for participating and sharing his general knowledge in different subjects.

Year 3 - for showing initiative in English and maths and getting on with her work independently and for demonstrating a positive attitude in all her work.

Year 4 - for always demonstrating excellent middot, which really showed especially in our swimming session and maths lesson.

Year 5 - for displaying excellent perseverance and reflectiveness during comprehension lessons.

Year 6 - for using her initiative in maths when plotting coordinates across different axis.

 

10.1.2022

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Hannah who turns 9 this week.

Eliana who turns 10 this week.

Bella who turns 10 this week.

 

Friday 7th January 2022

 

It has been wonderful to see the children back in school this week and to have heard about what they have been up to in the last couple of weeks. It has been a pleasure to welcome two new families to the Kerem community and I know that they have already been made to feel very welcome by their classes. 

 

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the staff had two training days. The school is in its 73rd year and as we move towards thinking about celebrating 75 years, it is important to think about a school that is ready for the next 75! The first day was split into a number of sessions where we thought about the vision we have for the school as we move forward. Mrs Hill led an excellent session on EdTech; hardware and software designed to enhance teacher-led learning in classrooms and improve students’ educational outcomes. She showed staff a variety of programmes that they can use in their lessons. We also spent time thinking about the vision and the values of the school, something that we will be working on over the next term. I look forward to communicating with you more about this in the coming months. 

 

As she does each term, Mrs Sharman ran a safeguarding session which gave everyone an opportunity to review best practice regarding safeguarding. 

 

The last session of the day was spent trying our hand at the robotics that the children will be starting next week. It was great for us to experience what they will and to try to be a step ahead of them in order to be able to support them. It was great fun and we managed to build animals and suspension vehicles. 

 

In addition to this, the Early Years team had a morning with Sami Miller, the maths consultant that we have been working with, to begin their journey of developing maths in the early years. 

 

Class teachers and assistants also met with Mrs Sharman to discuss all of the inventions that will be taking place this term. If your child is going to be offered an intervention then the class teacher will be in touch with you directly. 

 

Even though we have only had 2 pupil days, there have already been more aleph champ certificates awarded. Well done to all of the children for working hard to improve their reading. 

 

For those people who had cancelled flights and required isolations, we are looking forward to seeing you next week and having a full house.

 

Wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom

4.1.2022

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Joey who turns 8 this week.

Judah who turns 4 this week.

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a wonderful break, we look forward to seeing everyone in the new year!

You will have seen that term dates for 2022/23 have been sent out. Please may I ask that you look at them carefully before booking any holidays that will take place during next academic year. Please note that we are not at school during Succot and that the winter term finishes on a Wednesday and not a Friday. 

Even as the term comes to a close we are celebrating more Aleph Champ success

13.12.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Eden who turns 4 this week.

Lianne who turns 6 this week.

Freya who turns 7 this week.

Ofri who turns 8 this week.

James who turns 9 this week.

Annabelle who turns 4 in the holiday.

Darcey who turns 4 in the holiday.

Mila who turns 6 in the holiday.

Samuel who turns 6 in the holiday.

Joey who turns 6 in the holiday.

Jordan who turns 6 in the holiday.

Jonathan who turns 7 in the holiday.

Nili who turns 7 in the holiday.

Annabelle who turns 8 in the holiday.

 

 

 

  

 

 

10th December 2021

 

It is hard to believe that we have just had the last full week of school before the end of the term, though from the work happening in the classrooms it is clear that no one is winding down quite yet. There is still such a purposeful atmosphere in the classrooms and new and beautiful displays are adorning the walls. 

 

The teachers enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to parents at the consultation meetings earlier in the week and we hope that you found them to be useful and informative. 

 

Following on from our pupil progress meetings and ILP meetings, this week we had our ECM meetings. ECM stands for every child matters and these meetings are held between the class teacher, the JS team, the Ivrit team, Mrs Sharman, and myself. This gives everyone an opportunity to talk about each child, their learning behaviours, and any social or emotional matters that may be impacting their learning. It is a really important opportunity for everyone to be able to talk together about each child to ensure that we are all working together to ensure the best for each individual child. 

 

You will have seen the Aleph Champ superstars display, well here are more children who have made great progress with their hebrew reading.

 

You may remember that in the year leading up to having the library, many of you filled tubes of smarties with 20ps as donations which helped to start our fundraising drive. We were also lucky enough to receive a donation from a family with long connections to the school which helped us to purchase seating for the library and today we welcomed members of the family to school to see the library. We invited members of the Kerem Cares: Kehilla council to the library and our library prefects gave a short speech about why the new library was important to them which you can listen to below. It really has been wonderful to watch children enjoying the space over the past 12 weeks. I hope that it won’t be too long before we can have more parents in school and you will all be able to see the library for yourselves. 

As many people in our community are getting their booster jabs, my tzedakah thought for the week turns to those people who live in countries where vaccines are not as readily available. Unicef are working hard to get as many vaccines to as many people as possible and this is something that we can all support. For more information about how to get involved, click here.

 

Wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom.

 

10.12.2021

 

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for being resilient in her learning and working hard in all subjects.

Year 2 – for being curious and taking the time to read up in depth about a wide range of topics and sharing relevant knowledge to the class, in order to aid discussion.

Year 3 -.for persisting in all her work and trying really hard in her lessons. She has also shown initiative by getting on with her tasks independently.

Year 4 – for being reflective about his newspaper article and considering what he would do differently next time.

Year 5 - for displaying resilience and writing an amazing poem during creative writing.

Year 6 - for displaying enthusiastic engagement in all lessons and for continuing to develop curiosity.

 

6.12.2021

 

Happy Birthday to:

Chloe who turns 11 this week.

Ari who turns 1 this week.

Oliver who turns 7 this week.

Maya who turns 7 this week.

Lexi who turns 6 this week.

 

3rd December 2021
 

There have been many different activities in school this week and it is hard to believe how much we manage to squeeze into 5 days. 

 

On Monday the PTA put on a great Chanukah fair for the whole school which was followed by candle lighting. It was very special to have the whole school together and children with siblings in Nursery and Reception particularly enjoyed seeing their siblings. 

 

On Tuesday morning we held a maths morning with lots of planning for our end of term party. Having visited all of the classes, I know it is going to be a fantastic celebration that we will be holding. In the afternoon we held a Chanukah singalong which was compered by Year 6 pupils. Mr Fingerhut and the JS and Ivrit teams had worked hard with all of the children to teach them songs and there was a wonderful atmosphere. It was all captured on video and will be shared with parents next week.

 

On Wednesday we welcomed Heather from ECP Limited to talk to the children about e-safety. We hope that the children will take many messages from the event. She was quite surprised as to the number of children in the younger classes who had access to and had appeared on Tik Tok videos and we would urge you to check the suitability of the apps that your children have access to. It was lovely to be joined by some parents from Year 4,5 and 6 and hope that when we run the event again next year, more of you will be able to join us. One of the key messages for the children was that adults at home and at school are here to help them and if they are worried about anything that happens online, they should talk to an adult about it.

 

Having fitted all of that in by Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were relatively quiet days although we did enjoy candle lighting together for one last time on Thursday. On Friday it was done ahead of Kabbalat Shabbat at the EYU and upper and lower school.

 

Following on from last week’s pupil progress meetings, this week, Mrs Sharman in her role as inclusion lead, met with all of the parents of children with special educational needs. This was to set new targets on children’s individual learning plans. These targets are set with the class teachers and are shared with all adults who work with the child in question, in order to help them get the most from their learning. Whilst it may be possible to meet these targets through small adjustments that take place in the classroom, many of them are supported by interventions that are run by our assistants. 

 

In the last 2 years, we have developed our special needs department to ensure that all of our teaching assistants have the appropriate training to be able to run interventions. Having interventions run by staff who are with the children throughout the day rather than those who move between classes, ensures that the children will be rigorously challenged in all sessions to achieve the same level in class as they were doing in the interventions. 

 

We have a wide range of interventions that are offered before and during the school day. These include interventions that focus on academic, physical and social and emotional development

 

Academic interventions

  • Maths pre-teach - introduce the topic for that week, looking at strategies and vocabulary
  • English pre-teach - introduce the topic for that week, looking at strategies and vocabulary
  • Reading comprehension sessions - additional opportunities to focus on specific comprehension skills 
  • End of week maths revision of topic covered that week
  • Phonic booster - different 'phases' for different classes to ensure no gaps in reading skills
  • Spelling booster - to fill gaps or support children with specific learning difficulties
  • Reading booster - extra opportunities to be heard to read, developing accuracy and fluency 
  • Maths Booster - an opportunity to close gaps in their learning identified in class

 

Physical interventions

  • Handwriting/fine motor skills
  • Gross motor skills/OT
  • Tracking skills

  

Social and emotional interventions

  • Lego Intervention - turn taking, listening and collaboration through building lego constructions.
  • Social skills (Board Games)
  • Listening skills
  • Zones of regulation
  • 1:1 Emotional support

 

Next week Years 1,2,3,4 and 6 will be having their parent consultation sessions. Please make sure that you check the time of your appointment so that you are ready for the start time as the teachers go from 1 meeting to the next with only two 5 minute breaks over the 3 hours so they can’t schedule in additional calls. 

 

As we reach the end of Chanukah, I thought I would share an opportunity for us all to think about one of the themes of Chanukah, the search for a light in dark times and more specifically to be the light during someone else's dark times. This link takes you to the Giving Tree webpage of a charity called Kids Out - the fun and happiness charity. The charity takes disadvantaged children across the UK on fun days out and helps them remember what it is like to just be children. Whether a trip to the theatre or a day at a theme park, Fun Days gives them something to look forward to and happy memories they can look back on. Due to Covid, days out have not been as easy to arrange so they decided to open a shop where people could choose a gift for a child as well. On the Giving Tree page you can donate a toy or a fun day out for a child in refuge. 

 

Wishing everyone shabbat Shalom and Chanukah Sameach



 

More Aleph Champ success

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 - for showing persistence by working hard and practicing his Hebrew reading.

Year 2 - for demonstrating resilience by working hard in his English reading and writing.

Year 3 - for showing great flexibility of mind in all her lessons and for always having good middot and helping her peers and teachers.

Year 4 - for demonstrating curiosity and showing an eagerness to ask questions and find out about rainforests.

Year 5 - for displaying perseverance and resilience whilst solving a maths challenge and eloquently explaining her solution.

Year 6 - for consistently demonstrating positive attitude to all his work showing excellent middot.

 

29.11.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Leah who turns 4 this week.

Joshua who turns 5 this week.

Zara who turns 9 this week.

Chanukah Sameach

26th November 2021

 

It has been another busy and varied week. I have spent time with children, teachers, governors, and prospective parents. Of course, I spend time with children and teachers each week but this week there were some differences. 

 

Teachers often send children to come and show me work that they are proud of which is enjoyed by both myself and the children in question. This week, Mrs Prais was so proud of the writing that Sophia and Rosie had done that she sent them to me with their books. However, once she had marked all of the books, she realised how wonderful all of the stories were so she sent all of those who wanted, to see me. The children had written stories imagining that they had gone back in time to the Stone Age. 

 

Time with teachers was spent in pupil progress meetings discussing how each pupil is progressing. These meetings include myself, the class teachers, and Mrs Sharman in her role as inclusion and pastoral lead. During these meetings we talk about each pupil, the amount of progress that they have made over the term and I hear from the teachers how they are going to continue to move them on. These rigorous discussions ensure that we are making sure that learning is targeted to each pupil’s needs and that there are clear strategies in place to enable this. From these discussions, we also plan interventions to support children who may need additional support as well as ensure the level of work that needs to be set for our most able pupils is clear. We also talk about the wellbeing of each pupil, how they are managing socially and emotionally, and again if there is anything we can do to support them. 

 

The education committee of the governing body met this week, giving me an opportunity to feedback to governors about a range of topics. At each meeting, a member of staff is invited to report on their subject and this term they welcomed Morah Sharon who enthusiastically reported about all of the exciting work and projects that the Ivrit team is working on.

 

I have also been meeting with prospective parents this week and it is lovely to think that these parents may soon be the next members of the Kerem community. Sharing with them the qualities that make Kerem such a special school always fills me with pride. Talking to them about the benefits of a small school and how it means that every teacher knows every pupil; how due to smaller class sizes we can target teaching and offer small group work reminds me how lucky the children are. 

 

It seemed very fitting that whilst I was talking to them about the love of Yiddishkeit that imbues the school, I could hear Chanukah songs being practised around the school. We are all excited about the Chanukah celebrations that we will be enjoying next week. 

 

Even talking to the parents of 2 year olds, the topic of 11+ comes up. Talking to them made me realise that whilst I have told parents of Year 5 and 6 about our new 11+ specialist teacher role, I have not shared the news with other parents. In order to give children the best opportunity to succeed in the 11+, this year we have introduced an 11+ specialist teacher and I am delighted that Mrs Sharman has taken on the role. She is going to be spending the spring and summer terms as a second teacher in Year 5, alongside the class teacher, working on preparing children for the exams that they may take at the end of the first term of Year 6. Having 2 teachers during these two terms will help focus the attention on exams and allow for groups to be set according to the schools they are going to be sitting. As the children move from Year 5 to 6, the 11+ teacher will move up with them, allowing work to continue from where it left off at the end of Year 5. This will again be alongside a second teacher. At the end of the autumn term, this teacher will then re-start the cycle in Year 5. 

 

Of course, the topic of sport came up with many parents already knowing of Kerem’s reputation as a force to be reckoned with! This week we sent 4 squads of netball players to the mixed Maccabi tournament and once again the children came back triumphant. We are currently working out if we need a new trophy cabinet to hold our ever-growing collection. A huge well done to all of the children who represented Kerem. 

 

With Chanukah just a couple of days away, alongside the thought of doughnuts and latkes, the children have been learning about Chanukah in their Jewish Studies and Ivrit lessons and I am sure that the children will bring home their knowledge and enthusiasm for the festival. Children have been continuing with their Hebrew reading and two more certificates were awarded today. 

 

The hair styles that the girls are modelling are not quite the usual for Kerem but we have all had fun celebrating mad hair day. Even the teachers wore interesting hairstyles although it would seem that there is no photographic evidence of this!

As well as Chanukah, you may have already seen the letter from Mrs Collins regarding the maths morning we are holding next week. Giving the children the opportunity to use their maths skills in the context of a real-life scenario is an example of the learning opportunities that teachers are giving the children. We are all looking forward to the real party that will be held at the end of the term. 

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and Chag Chanukah sameach.

 

26.11.2021

 

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for showing persistence in her work by always having a go and asking for help when she needs it.

Year 2 – for demonstrating curiosity in her learning, a positive attitude and collaboration with her peers.

Year 3 – for demonstrating exemplary middot. He is kind to others and collaborates with his peers. He has also demonstrated initiative to complete his work independently, to very high standards.

Year 4 – for fantastic collaboration with her group in English when making their chocolate bar advert.

Year 5 – for showing excellent middot and collaborative skills during maths by choosing to help other children struggling with a challenging activity.

Year 6 – for persevering and showing flexibility of mind in maths - tackling challenges before asking for support.

 

22.11.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Dylan who turns 5 this week.

Gabriella who turns 9 this week.

 

 

Well done for completing your 365 streak on doodle maths!

19th November 2021

It has been a very busy week at school and there are lots of exciting events coming up as we build up towards Chanukah. We started the week with an assembly based on the anti bullying theme of ‘One Kind Word’. During the week each class had a range of activities to look further into this topic. We have spent time stressing the importance of the children thinking not only about what they say but the way that they say it too. 

 

On Tuesday I spent the morning in each of the different classes from Years 1-6. When I was asked by one of the younger children why I was there, he seemed to love the fact that my answer was that classrooms are more fun than offices! It was lovely seeing what each class was up to and the purposeful learning atmosphere that there was across the whole school. 

 

When I have been in the office, I have been looking through the assessment data from this term. It has been great to see the achievements of all of our pupils from Nursery through to Year 6 and then hear from teachers how they are using this data to plan next steps for each child’s learning. Teachers are looking forward to sharing these achievements with you at the upcoming parent consultation meetings. 

 

On Wednesday, our Year 6 netballers played in the Maccabi netball tournament. We entered an A and B team and both were victorious. This is of course a great achievement that came about as a result of plenty of training. Thanks go to Shar and Mr Moses for the work that they do with the squads. It was lovely to see how proud the girls were of themselves as they wore their medals in school yesterday. 

 

Today, we all dressed in red to honour thousands of Jewish ex-servicemen and women. This year’s AJEX commemoration is particularly special since it marks the 100th anniversary of the first wreath laying by Jewish Veterans at the Cenotaph.

 

We celebrated more Aleph Champ success this week. Well done to all of the children who are working so hard to improve their Hebrew reading.

 

 

Over the next couple of weeks the children are going to be spending time thinking of others who are not as fortunate as we are and I know that parents have received lots of emails asking them for donations for different causes. Camp Simcha, GIFT, Selby’s Corner and the children at Great Ormond Street Hospital will, I am sure, all be grateful for the support we are giving them. It has been particularly lovely to see the JS prefects leading one of these initiatives and they themselves wanting to communicate directly with you about it. I can’t wait to see the Can-dukaih!

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom.

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for collaborating by listening to and working together with new children in Forest School.

Year 2 - for demonstrating curiosity and flexibility of mind in her Jewish Studies lessons by asking some interesting and insightful questions during our lessons about Chanukah.

Year 3 – for demonstrating resilience and flexibility of mind in her Chumash learning and for collaborating well with others and for also consistently working hard in her Jewish Studies and her English lessons.

Year 4 – for demonstrating consistent initiative and persistence, especially in maths lessons.

Year 5 – for collaborating with her friends during Forest school and having amazing ideas and the confidence to share them.

Year 6 – for demonstrating consistent initiative and flexibility of mind in all her lessons and in her role as wellbeing prefect.

 

 

Remember in Red

17.11.2021

 

Kerem entered two teams into the Y6 Maccabi Netball tournament. The B team won 3 and drew 1 game in the B league to get to the finals where they eventually beat Alma 3-2. The A team went through the whole A tournament without losing a game, winning the final 5-0!

16.11.21

 

Today I met with me Morah Sari who is our new Israel educator and I wanted to take the opportunity to share more with you about the role she will have at school.

 

Morah Sari has been working for JNF UK for the past three years, enhancing Israel education in London primary schools with an aim to increase the connection and love of Israel for our younger generation. 

 

She is delighted to be working with the Kerem staff and pupils in a school which she commented already has a strong zionist ethos which promotes Jewish identity and a love of Israel.

 

She has been enjoying playing games in the playground with the children and is introducing them to the playground games that the children in Israel play. 

 

She is working in every year group and has already introduced some of the classes in Key Stage 1 to Chezzie the Chilazon (snail) who comes out of his 'shell' only in the season of Stav (Autumn) in Israel. Chezzie speaks only Ivrit but he has successfully introduced himself to the children.

 

She has also worked with small groups in Year 5 and 6 on a typical Israeli reading book. The children have read together and learnt how to spot some familiar and also not so familiar words. She is hoping to instill a love of reading the modern Ivrit books that children use in Israeli schools. Kerem is lucky enough to have many similar books in its school library.

 

Morah Sari also supports Morah Sharon and Morah Neta and has enjoyed working with the native Ivrit speakers.     

 

In the run-up to Chanukah Morah Sari has planned to teach the typical Chanukha songs that Israeli children learn in Israel and to work with them on the meanings and relevance of the words.

 

She looking forward to getting to know all the children and becoming part of the Kerem School community.

 

Keep a lookout for further updates about Israel education on the Ivrit blogs.

15.11.2021

 

This week is Anti-Bullying week; this year's theme is 'One Kind Word'. During the week the children will be taking part in a number of exciting sessions discussing the importance of kindness and how our words and actions affect others. Today, is 'Odd Socks Day' (the children came to school wearing odd socks). This is to promote the idea that it is okay to be different.

 

 

As part of anti-bullying week, the children were asked to design a poster to promote kindness. Congratulations to our winners whose posters were chosen to be framed for display in the school. Our well-being prefects presented them with their prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Liya who turns 11 this week.
 

12th November 2021

In the same way that world leaders have been doing?, so to have Year 6 been doing their own work around COP26. They have heard from speakers and have written their own speeches about the importance of focusing on climate change. On Monday, the Kerem Cares: Tikkun Olam committee talked to Years 1-6 about the small changes we can make which collectively will make a big difference. We decided that using reusable snack pots and water bottles were a good target for us to have as well as trying to walk to school more. We did acknowledge that this is not always something that the children are in control of so if you are able to support this target it would be amazing. 

 

Yesterday, the Year 6 representatives of the Kerem Cares: Kehilla committee led a short assembly about Armistice Day. It is always lovely to see children take responsibility for assemblies but especially when it relates to such a serious subject. It was also lovely to see that many children took on the challenge of making their own poppy by re-using resources that they have at home. 

 

Although it is not quite mid-November, we are beginning to plan for Chanukah and have lots of exciting activities planned for each day/night that we are in school. It is lovely to already be hearing Chanukah songs as I walk around the school. Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to have parents in school for an end of term show but we will be doing a whole school Chanukah singalong which we will record and send to you.  

 

It is always lovely to be able to celebrate success which I was able to do today when awarding children certificates for reaching the end of a stage on the Aleph Champ reading scheme.

 

Having the new stationery shop is proving to be a real success. Year 6 monitors are enjoying the responsibility of running it and teachers are feeding back that children are not waiting until they are meant to be starting a piece of work to remember that they need a new pen. 

 

Next week is the PaJeS Head Teachers’ conference and although I have decided not to attend in person, I am looking forward to having the opportunity to zoom into sessions with the other Head Teachers and hear from the excellent speakers that they have managed to secure. 

 

I am also thrilled to be able to tell parents that Mrs Craig will be returning to work from next week. Her return will initially be a remote one but we are looking forward to having her back in the building in the new year. 

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom

 

12.11.2021

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party this morning - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for showing curiosity and engagement in all of his lessons.

Year 2 - for working well in groups and partners during the PE sessions.

Year 3 – for showing flexibility of mind in maths and showing initiative by using counters to help her work out the answer.

Year 4 – for risk-taking by going to the Shabbaton even though he did not feel comfortable doing so.

Year 5 - for demonstrating perseverance when faced with challenging math questions.

Year 6 – for taking the initiative to pick up coats in the corridors and to support any teacher when they ask for help.

 

11.11.2021

 

Today, on Remembrance Day, the children wore the poppies that they had designed themselves. We had an assembly this morning where we had a minute silence for all the soldiers who lost their lives.

10.11.2021

 

Kerem entered the Year 5 Maccabi Netball tournament. Our A team reached the final, not losing a single game throughout the group stages. It was a tight final and Kerem came out 3-2 winners against Akiva A.

Our B team also reached the final narrowly losing 1-0 to Akiva B.

Well done to all the girls for reaching the finals! 

8.11.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Max who turns 6 this week.

Reben who turns 4 this week.

Annabel who turns 10 this week.

Amelie who turns 11 this week.

Joe who turns 11 this week.

Elijah who turns 4 this week.

5th November 2021

 

I wanted to thank parents for the efficiency with which they facilitated and reported lateral flow tests on Sunday. These tests are a really good way of catching any asymptomatic cases of which we have had a few. We strongly recommend that parents make this part of their weekly routine with their children and do it once, if not twice, weekly.

 

Children from Year 2 and 3 went to a Maccabi football tournament. Whilst they did not win all of their games, they had a great time. 

 

One of the lovely things about the diverse backgrounds of our staff is that on top of learning about different cultures in lessons at school, the children get to meet people who can talk to them about real life experiences. As it is Diwali this week, I talked to the children at lunch time about Diwali and we talked about how Jyoti, one of our lunch time staff, celebrates this festival. I was really impressed by the amount of information the Year 3 children had remembered about Diwali from their Year 2 World Religion Programme. Children in Year 6 made cards for Jyoti with the special Rangoli pattern on them.

 

Wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom.

 

5.11.2021

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party with Mrs Sharman this morning - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for being resilient in his learning and using his mistakes to learn.

Year 2 - for asking interesting questions in lessons and participating well in discussion times.

Year 3 – for showing initiative in English and Maths by working things out by himself and for demonstrating a positive attitude to all his work.

Year 6 – for reflecting in her work and finding ways to improve.

 

01.11.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Ariella who turns 4 this week.

Ethan who turns 6 this week.

Ruby who turns 5 this week.

Jacob who turns 11 this week.

Reuben who turns 11 this week.

As we reach the end of the first half term of the academic year, it is amazing to look back and reflect on all that has happened during these past 7 weeks. 

 

We have welcomed new children and new staff to Kerem, all of whom have settled in brilliantly. We have also been able to begin to welcome parents back into the building for some events. This week I spent some time in each class and looked through a range of books and was so proud to see the work that the children have been doing. Even in a short period of time, it is clear to see where progress has been made in terms of the content and the presentation of children’s work. It is great to see the efforts of the children in this way. 

 

This week saw nominations for our 3 Kerem Cares committees, Kehilla (community) Tzedakah (charity) and Tikkun Olam (Eco). It was lovely to see how many children want to engage in making the school and the world a better place. Our committees are:


 

 

Kerem Cares: Kehilla

Kerem Cares: Tzedakah

Kerem Cares:Tikkun Olam

Year 1

Arya

Freddie

Isaac

Lexi

Joey

Mila

Year 2

Daliyah

Jonathan

Jesse

Maya S

Zachary

Ely

Year 3

Lyla

Chloe

Annabelle

Roy

Rosie

Jasmine

Year 4

Chloe 

Anoushka

Leo

Noah

Emmi

Adele

Year 5

Hillel

Eliana

Ollie

Sophie

Annabel

Amelie

Year 6

Isobel

Jonah

Jenna

Liya

Ari

Jacob

Rosie

Shai

Rafi 

 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful and healthy week away from school. As I mentioned in my email regarding Covid, regular lateral flow testing will help keep the whole community safe and I would strongly encourage people to test their children before returning to school on the 1st November. 


 

  

 

22.10.21

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for showing curiosity in her learning by asking thoughtful questions to further her understanding.

Year 2 - for showing initiative to ask sensible questions in class, in particular during JS.

Year 3 – for showing persistence by working hard in all her lessons and trying her best. Keep up the great work!

Year 4 – for risk taking by going to the Shabbaton even though he did not feel comfortable doing so.

Year 5 – for always demonstrating resilience and highlighting his excellent collaboration skills during Science experiments.

Year 6 – for consistently demonstrating his initiative by always knowing what tasks need to be carried out without asking.

 

18.10.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Benjamin who turns 8 this week.

Sarah who turns 11 this week.

Lia who turns 5 this week.

Levi who turns 9 this week.

Louis who turns 9 in half term.

Megan who turns 10 in half term.

15th October 2021

 

It has been an action-packed week and there is still a bonus day to come. It was so fantastic to have children attending a sports tournament for the second week in a row and such a pleasure to him them discussing it both before and after the event.

 

We invited prospective parents to join us on Wednesday night and it was lovely to have a room full of people who could soon be joining the Kerem family. Some of our Year 6 children gave tours of the school and listening to them talk about the school from their perspective was wonderful. The children of the school really are great ambassadors. Our head prefects, Chloe and Max, spoke to all of the parents and it was wonderful to see the confidence they had in addressing a room full of 36 strangers. As I said to the prospective parents, their confidence did not come from prepping for the evening but from addressing groups of people from as young as nursery right the way through to Year 6, with show and tell sessions, end of term shows, the sharing of book reviews, chaggigut siddur and Chumash ceremonies, poetry recitals, the Year 6 debate and so much more. 

 

This weekend I am lucky enough to be spending Shabbat with Year 4 at their Shabbaton. The Shabbaton is a wonderful opportunity for the children to spend Shabbat with their friends and teachers and to learn to be in an environment that isn't home. 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party with Mrs Sharman - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for working hard in all lessons and persisting with his work.

Year 2 - for fantastic maths work and showing flexibility of mind when using a new maths skill.

Year 3 – for persisting in all her work and showing flexibility of mind when learning a new addition method in maths.

Year 4 – for being reflective about his artwork and deciding what he would do differently next time.

Year 5 – for using her initiative and writing an imaginative piece of creative writing.

Year 6 – for developing good middot by engaging in each of his lessons.

 

13.10.2021

 

Kerem entered 3 teams into the Maccabi boys Y5/6 football tournament. Our A team reached the semi-finals after a dramatic penalty shootout in the quarter-finals. Well done to everyone who participated, a great afternoon was had by all.

12.10.2021

 

It was great to be back in sports tournaments after a long break! Kerem entered the Barnet primary cross country, a 1 mile run for years 4-6.

The pupils chosen were very proud to wear our brand new running kits, donated by grandparents of one of the squad members. 

Today was the first of two heats against schools across Barnet. There were 30-45 runners in each race. Kerem did extremely well, especially since this was the first time that most of the squad had attempted this course.

11.10.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Yonat who turns 8 this week.

Harry who turns 7 this week.

Jesse who turns 7 this week.

Chloe who turns 8 this week.

 

 

8.10.2021

 

It has been a busy and exciting week. Having a full week at school felt like such a joy and it was lovely to see children who have music on a Wednesday, enjoying their first lesson of the year. I was lucky enough to be invited to join Year 2 for an outdoor science lesson exploring microhabitats as well as to join Nursery and Reception for some time. It felt very special to be able to welcome so many parents to school on Monday evening. I hope that you enjoyed seeing the school and left feeling excited about the year ahead. 

 

October is Black History Month and we really wanted to take time to mark the month. We believe that as a school we have a responsibility to make children aware of the world around them; this includes the local community, the national community, and the world around them. Events in the summer after England's defeat in the final of the Euros were a clear indication that there is still great ignorance and prejudice towards black people. Whilst there are many groups who still suffer merely for who they are e.g. the disabled, LGBTQ+ community, and religious minorities, the internationally recognised black history month provides us with an opportunity to make our own small inroads into the discussion about the success and challenges for the black community.

 

Each of the classes from Years 1 - 6 are focusing on a person from a different area of life. These include a sports personality, a musician, and an activist. I am looking forward to seeing the work that the children produce about them at the end of the month. 

 

We also announced our prefects for this year, positions that are applied for and are chosen by a panel of staff. We are proud to announce that the following children have been selected. 

 

Head Prefects - Chloe and Max

JS prefects - Ari and Amelie

Library prefects - Sarah and Reuben

Technology prefects - Jacob and Raphy

Well-being prefects - Amelie and Ella

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.10.2021

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for always trying hard and a great attitude to learning.

Year 2 - for participating in lessons and showing resilience in her work.

Year 3 – for his excellent middot and for trying hard in all his lessons.

Year 4 – for demonstrating resilience in starting a new school in a new country, even when suffering a painful injury.

Year 5 – for a positive attitude to all his work and asking questions showing a curious mind

Year 5 – for showing brilliant initiative when solving a maths challenge.

Year 6 – for showing curiosity and engagement in all lessons and developing good middot!

 

On Tuesday some Year 5 children participated in an online forum about child mental health. This was a follow-up to the forum last term where the ideas discussed were fed into a governmental white paper. The forum was attended by Munira Wilson MP who discussed the next steps with the white paper and sought the children’s views and ideas on a number of mental health issues which will be fed back in Parliament.
Well done to the Kerem representatives- you did us proud!

 

          

 

4.10.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Isabel who turns 9 this week.

Lily who turns 5 this week.

Rosie who turns 8 this week.

1.10.2021

 

Although we were only in school for 2 and a half days, there was a purposeful buzz of learning in the building. Classes have been finishing the work that they have been doing on our shared text of What We’ll Build. I hope that you have heard about the book and the activities that the children have done from them. 

 

We are all looking forward to spending 5 days in school next week, giving us the first opportunity of the year to enjoy each lesson on the timetable. We are also looking forward to meeting with those of you who are coming to school on Monday evening as well as those who will be joining us via Google Classroom. 

 

We were joined in school this week by Morah Sari who will be supporting informal Israel education with our Ivrit team. This will be in a similar way that our Shinshin, Ella, did last year although we are fortunate enough that Sari will be joining us on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays she will be spending some time at the EYU. 

 

As we head further into the autumn, please make sure that your children come to school with coats. There were a great number who arrived when it was raining on Monday without one. As the synagogue still have the marquee outside, we want to be able to give the children a run around even if it is a little wet. 

 

I spent today on a training session with other head teachers so it was Mrs Sharman who was lucky enough to attend the tea party but I have spoken to her and know that she had a lovely time. 

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party with Mrs Sharman today - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 - for wonderful middot, such as thoughtful sharing and being kind to others.

Year 2 - for a positive attitude to all her work and asking questions showing a curious mind

 Year 3 - for a positive attitude to all her work and asking questions showing a curious mind

Year 4 - tor taking risks when answering a question at Forest School

Year 5 - for demonstrating good middot, always being polite and kind to others and persisting in any task she is doing.

Year 6 – for collaborating in all lessons by sharing her and developing flexibility when she is challenged.

 

27.09.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

JoJo who turns 10 this week.

Ella who turns 11 this week.

Jenna who turns 11 this week.

Yonatan who turns 6 this week.

24th September 2021

 

As we reach the end of another week it has been lovely to see the children from Years 1-6 all together for tefillah. As well as being a short week, it has also had other irregularities as the children have been eating lunch in the hall downstairs so that 1 class at each sitting can eat in the succah. Again, they have managed this change really well really demonstrating just how resilient children can be.

 

This afternoon I spent the afternoon with Nursery and Reception who were outside enjoying the sunshine. It was lovely to spend time with our newest Kerem pupils and great to see how the Reception children were playing together with them. As ever it was lovely to have tea this morning with those children who were chosen to attend the tea party, you can read below why they were chosen. 

 

It looks as if the final days of succot are going to be sunny which will make the last few days in the succah even more enjoyable. 

 

Wishing everyone shabbat shalom

24.9.2021

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for his fantastic positive attitude towards mistakes and being resilient in lessons.

Year 2 – for working hard and having a flexible attitude to solve a maths problem.

Year 3 – for her curiosity in all her lessons and for always asking excellent questions in order to learn more.

Year 4 – for demonstrating good middot by showing respect to the environment, peers and adults at Forest School

Year 5 – for demonstrating good middot, always being polite and kind to others and persisting in any task she is doing.

Year 6 – for true risk taking at Kingswood, attempting every task even when outside his comfort zone.

 

23.9.2021

 

This morning we held a full-school Tefillah so that we could daven Hallel all together. Many of our children brought in their own set of Arba'ah Minim (lulav and etrog).

 

                           

20.9.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Isaac who turns 6 this week.

17th September 2021

 

If you know what day of the week it is then you are certainly doing better than me! I have been so proud of the resilience that the children have shown to being in and out of school with breaks in between the days in. I walked around the school today, and in every class, the children had their heads down and were working with great intent. It is hard to believe that Shabbat has come around again and that we are fast-moving through the Yom Tovim. Next week we are looking forward to celebrating Succot and eating lunch in the Succah. Thank you to those people who have offered for us to visit their succah, we have taken the decision that for this year we are going to refrain from visiting, we hope that we will be able to bring this back next year. 

 

On Wednesday, teachers spent another busy day with our maths consultant Sami. During both sessions, we looked at a range of resources as well as ways to implement 'low threshold high ceiling activities'. As you can see from the photos, even Pepsi joined in! Mrs Collins will be in touch in the next couple of weeks to give you a more detailed overview and once we can hold whole parent body events, Sami will be running an interactive and engaging workshop for parents. 

 

 

13.9.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Louis who turns 10 this week.

Rosie who turns 11 this week.

Jonah who turns 11 this week.

Avia who turns 4 this week.

Joshua who turns 10 this week.

Ben who turns 5 this week.

 

10.9.2021

Today I enjoyed my first tea party of the term. This is one of my favourite times of the week as I get to talk to the children about the successes that they have had during the week. It is also a lovely opportunity to hear about what children from other year groups have been doing. 

 

 

 

I also spoke to the children in Year 6 today about applying for the role of prefects. They are poised and ready to take on the responsibility. They are also very much looking forward to their residential trip which is taking place on Sunday and Monday. Keep an eye on Facebook to see pictures of what they are up to. 

 

 

The Kerem Characteristics

 

I am sure that you know that we have spent some time over the last two years developing the Kerem Characteristics. I passionately believe that in addition to their academic success, it is these soft skills that will help us achieve our aims of making all children ready for the challenges that they will face both in and out of school. As such, we refer to them regularly throughout the day, picking up on them when we see them being demonstrated or in a given situation asking children how they could demonstrate them. Just today I talked to the Year 6 children about the resilience of Emma Raducanu in reaching the final of the US Open. Not only did she need to draw on her resilience during the match but also to have gone from leaving the court during Wimbledon and even getting to the US open would have required her to dig deep. 

 

Work that we were doing towards the end of last year included creating images to go with each of the characteristics and I am very excited to share these images with you. These images will be used to help bring these characteristics into our everyday classroom lives. They are now part of the tea party certificates and will, going forward be used to further enhance the work we are doing on these. The children enjoyed seeing them for the first time today as well. 

 

 

6.9.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Liba who turns 4 this week.

Dael who turns 7 this week.

Rafael who turns 6 this week.

 

3rd September 2021

 

The first week of term is always very special. I love seeing fresh new shoes, haircuts, and sunkissed faces looking excited about what lies ahead. A new beginning always presents an opportunity to think about what we want for ourselves for the future and the children have been talking with their teachers about goals that they want to set themselves for the new year. Our book What We'll Build also touches on these themes. If you are keen to know the story, you can access the text online.

 

It has been wonderful welcoming all of the new staff to school this week, and we wish them every happiness at Kerem. For those of you whose children are being taught by a new member of staff, please do introduce yourself as and when you see them at pick-ups.  

 

Although it is early in the year, the Jewish Studies team has done an excellent job of preparing the children for Rosh Hashana with them having an additional lesson today. It has been lovely listening to talk of apple and honey. 

 

As I mentioned in my email yesterday, we are all frustrated by remote learning being forced upon us next week as the synagogue prepares for Rosh Hashana and the following week for Yom Kippur but I hope that the children have a positive experience on these two half days which are in addition to the normal number of school days that we have. 

 

Looking ahead to Meet the Teacher evening, we will be making a final decision next week about whether we feel that this can take place as a face-to-face event or whether, as with last year, it will need to be remote. The date we have for this is the 4th of October.

 

I wish you and your families Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.9.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Ethan who turns 6 this week.

 School Year 2021/22

13.7.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Sophie who turns 9 this week.

Natalya who turns 7 in the holiday.

Isobel who turns 10 in the holiday.

Hollie who turns 11 in the holiday.

Adam who turns 9 in the holiday.

Eliya who turns 4 in the holiday.

Liv who turns 6 in the holiday.

Natalie who turns 9 in the holiday.

Ori who turns 9 in the holiday.

Ely who turns 6 in the holiday.

Sophia who turns 7 in the holiday.

Chloe who turns 8 in the holiday.

Liora who turns 4 in the holiday.

Sadie who turns 12 in the holiday.

Sienna who turns 4 in the holiday.

Joshua who turns 7 in the holiday.

Freddie who turns 5 in the holiday.

Jamie who turns 8 in the holiday.

 

 

Thank you for your generous donation to the class library - I hope you had a great birthday.

 

9.7.2021

 

What a week it has been!

 

The Year 1 children celebrated their chaggigut siddur, which was a very special occasion for them and their families. It really showed the hard work that Mrs Roodyn has put into working with them in the build up to the ceremony. 

 

Thursday was such a fun day with olympic dance workshops, the funfair and of course the ice cream van! There was such a lovely atmosphere in the school and it felt like a special way to begin the run in until the end of the term. A huge thank you to the PTA for enabling this to happen. 

 

I can’t quite believe that this time next week the academic year will have finished. On the one hand, it only seems like a short while since last year’s Year 6s left, yet, learning remotely feels like an age ago. 

 

There is still plenty to do before the end of the term. The school magazine will be distributed next week, the end of term shows will be sent to parents and the Year 6s will have their leaving assembly and prize giving.

 

Until then, I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

5.7.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Zac who turns 8 this week.

Jake who turns 10 this week.

Liora who turns 11 this week.

Levi who turns 6 this week.

Doron who turns 10 this week.
 

2.7.2021

 

Mazel Tov for completing level 21 of the times table challenge. You showed amazing resilience and perseverance throughout the process. We are very proud of you.

 

 

We also congratulate Joshua who was shortlisted for the Year 3 and 4 prize for his poem 'The Secret' in the writing wizardry competition.

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for persisting with all her work throughout the year and for excellent behaviour.

Year 1 - for persisting with learning the poem.

Year 2 - for working hard in all subject areas and showing good middot towards his peers and teachers

Year 3 – great collaboration in our drama work in English.

Year 4 – for showing a great deal of curiosity and initiative in her determination to learn more about the Tudors.

Year 5 – for having the flexibility of mind to think outside the box and working collaboratively to create a maths mystery.

Year 5 - for challenging herself and working collaboratively to make her STEM challenge.

Year 6 – collaborating well during STEM week to create a newspaper structure.

 

 

Heard in the corridor

 

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

 “This is the best forest that I ever went into in my life”. Eliya, Nursery (during Forest School).

 “I am excited about year one because I’m excited about the classroom. There is lots of new stuff in the year one classroom that isn’t in the reception classroom”. Mila, Reception.

“I liked making something out of newspaper in STEM week”. Freya, Year 1.

“I loved performing our Chagigat Chumash”. Lyla, Year 2.

“I enjoyed the newspaper challenge”. James, Year 3.

“I found learning about the Tudors really interesting”. Annabelle, Year 4.

“I had lots of fun making fires at Forest School”. Amelie, Year 5.

“I really enjoyed our last lesson with Rabbi Zeidman”. Zac, Year 6.

28.6.2021

 

Happy Birthday to:

Arya who turns 5 this week.

Eva who turns 4 this week.

Yanai who turns 4 this week.

25.6.2021

 

This week saw the second performance of the much anticipated Year 6 play. For a long time, we did not know if we were going to be able to perform a play or have an audience but in the end, the show did go on!

 

The play, which was written and directed by Mrs Sondhelm, was truly phenomenal, blending poetry, singing - in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish and dancing (but no feet) whilst weaving the children’s interests and personalities into it. It was totally uplifting to be able to see it and, as you can see from this short video clip, the children were quite outstanding. 

 

Writing and directing a play takes hard work, dedication, patience, and vision, all traits that Mrs Sondhelm demonstrates in abundance. She and the children put many additional hours into the play and I thank her for this. Miss Weiner also played a huge part in preparing the children and she used her technological skills to enhance the play. A big thanks goes to her too. The play was accompanied by many original songs and interludes which were written and performed by Mr Fingerhut. He too put in many additional hours and a big thanks also goes to him.

 

 

 

This week I have read all of the children’s school reports which you will be receiving during the week of the 5th July. It has been wonderful to read about the children’s achievements, which would be impressive in a normal year but when we remember that they spent 10 weeks learning from home, it leaves me feeling even more proud. 

 

The other exciting development which happened this week was that we had the final assessment for the Wellbeing For Schools Award, which is a National standard for Positive Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing. I am thrilled to say that we passed with flying colours. The reward recognises the emphasis the school places on wellbeing and we are delighted to be in receipt of it. Thank you to the parents who filled in surveys for us. Receiving it does not mean that we will stop working hard to ensure the wellbeing of our children, staff, or parents.  

 

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week: 

 

“When I am big, my dad is going to find me a boy to marry!” Lia, Nursery.

This week we found a few dead white-tailed bumblebees in the playground for some reason. We also found some which were still alive but could not fly. We talked about how some people may not like bugs on their plants and have put poison out and the bees have become ill. We gave some sugar water to the bees which were still alive and they then flew away happily once they had regained their strength. Joey told me "Hashem would be very sad if people wanted to kill his bees but I think he would be very happy with us for giving them sugar water and making them better again".  

“I enjoyed learning about time in maths”. Zachary, Year 1.

“I enjoyed learning about the author, Katie Morag”. Ariel, Year 2.

“I had fun learning about equality”. Zara, Year 3.

“In creative writing, I enjoyed writing our book”. Natalie, Year 4.

“It was so much fun making a swing at Forest School”. Amelie, Year 5.

“I liked practising cross-country running in PE”. Zak, Year 6.

NATIONAL WINNERS, NATIONAL WINNERS, NATIONAL WINNERS!!

General Knowledge Quiz Club

 

Year 5 have worked incredibly hard over the past 6 months to attend and take part in this year's General Knowledge Quiz Club. They managed to reach the finals by coming first in the earlier rounds and have now managed to achieve first place once again in the finals!

We are all very proud of the general knowledge quizzers who took part. Very well done again to the winners!

 

Today, JNF UK theatre company came to Kerem School. They performed different plays at the schools, chosen according to age group and level of spoken Hebrew. Y1-4 had the pleasure of watching 'The Ugly Duckling' and Y5-6 watched 'The Track' which was a play telling the story of the hopes and dreams of a Jewish Olympic swimmer. Both plays were in Hebrew - the children had a great time watching their play.

Etgar

Etgar is a Jewish education program that inspires a love of learning among children in Jewish primary schools through an exciting, team-based inter-school quiz for pupils in Year 5. This year's quiz was once again held remotely with over 170 teams from across the country competing. 

 

I am so proud to say that Kerem came 3rd out of the 170 schools. A huge well done to the Year 5 children who have studied hard for the challenge, to Rabbi Ford who has taught them this year and to Mrs Hill who has inspired a love of Jewish Learning in all of our pupils. 

 

Mazel tov to Zac and his family on the occasion of Maya's Batmitzvah.

This year we have introduced a World Religion Programme which will allow children from Years 1-5 to learn about a different religion over the course of the year. In Year 6 the children review their learning about all of the topics. We feel that this programme is a really important way of developing the children's awareness of the world around them.

 

Each class covers 1 religion for the whole year with the whole school covering the same topics over the year. These include religious leaders, places of worship, and holy books. This means that when the children leave school they will have a good understanding of 5 different religions. 

 

Last week the children had their final lessons of the year, producing some wonderful work about their religion. It was lovely to see how interested they were when learning about the different festivals, symbols, and artefacts relating to the religions. 

21.6.2021

 

Happy Birthday to:

Joshua who turns 10 this week.

AJ who turns 5 this week.

Ariel who turns 7 this week.

Joshua who turns 5 this week.

Blake who turns 9 this week.

 

The new birthday card competition ended earlier this week and we had some really excellent entries. Judging was done by myself, Mrs Sharman, and the two head prefects. We each decided privately and then gave our choice and although it was not an easy decision, the result was unanimous. I am sure that it is a card that children will be all be happy to receive on their next birthday. 

 

Below you can see the head prefects with all of the designs and then the winning design. A huge congratulations to the artist who designed this fabulous card. Thank you to everyone who entered. 

18.6.2021

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for knowing 92 of the first 100 high frequency work and for showing persistence in all of his work.

Year 2 - for displaying excellent middot towards her peers and teachers and showing curiosity when learning new topics.

Year 3 – for being curious about vocabulary that is unfamiliar to him and asking for their meanings.

Year 4 – for showing flexibility of mind when faced with difficult situations.

Year 5 – for showing excellent collaboration skills and perseverance during mathematics.

Year 6 – working hard in the school play by taking risks and demonstrating persistence with his solos.

 

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:

  

"We need to use less paper towels to look after our trees". Lily, Nursery.
After visiting the main school on Monday, Mrs Collier asked the children what was the best thing about their visit and Joshua G told her "I liked the main school because I got to see my big brother Ben". Joshua, Reception.

“I liked making instructions on how to make a puppet sock”. Olivia, Year 1.

“I really liked watching the school play”. Natalya, Year 2.

“I had fun doing laps in PE”. Zac, Year 3.

“I loved learning about symmetry in maths”. Sophie, Year 4.

“I enjoyed watching the Year 6 play, it was so good”. Jake, Year 5.

“I really enjoyed doing our performance of the Year 6 play”. Hollie, Year 6.

 

Mazel tov to Louis and his family on the occasion of Lily's Batmitzvah.

With curiosity being one of our Kerem Characteristics, I was delighted to know that two of our Year 4 children took it upon themselves to do some extra research around their history topic about Henry VIII. They created an informative powerpoint presentation about his wives which they shared with me. 

 

Thank you for these fabulous books - I hope you have a great birthday.

The votes have been counted and the results are in!

 

After a closely fought battle The Progress Party have been voted in as the party to lead the school. Here I can be seen congratulating their leader and our new Prime Minister. 

14.6.2021

Happy birthday to:

Daniel who turns 8 this week.

11.6.2021

 

Year 5 has been busy this week preparing for an election campaign. The class has been split into 3 political parties - Vision, Transform and Progress. They have needed to write manifestos and think about how they are going to persuade other children in the school to vote for them. This work is an excellent example of innovative and exciting teaching which covers many areas of the curriculum as well as life beyond the curriculum in an exciting and engaging way. Here are our party leaders.

One of the highlights of my day is when children come and see me, either just to talk to me about their day or to show me work that they have been doing. This week, a couple of children from Year 1 came to show me the snails that they had made. We talked about Julia Donaldson's book The Snail and the Whale and whether their snails would make trails like the one in the story. We decided that it probably couldn't!

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for her curiosity and contribution to class discussions.

Year 2 - for her persistence in her writing and for her positive attitude and contribution when collaborating with her peers.

Year 3 – for making a huge effort with his handwriting and persevering with joining his letters.

Year 4 – for persevering with her work and showing true resilience in her learning

Year 5 - for creating a great Prime Minister campaign and working collaboratively with his party.

Year 6 – for displaying persistence in lessons to listen to all instructions before beginning a task.

 

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:

  

“We found caterpillars in the leaves. Bella found 5 and Erin found 3". When asked how many altogether they said 8. Erin and Bella, Nursery.

 "I'm five but I'm only a little bit five. I've turned five but I'm still only a little five because I'm still only little". Joshua L, Reception.

“I enjoyed learning about the Parasha”. Oliver, Year 1.

“I liked doing scales in maths”. Chloe, Year 2.

“I really enjoyed using more advanced descriptions in creative writing”. Chloe, Year 3.

“I had fun learning about angles in maths”. Bella, Year 4.

“I had fun being back at Forest School”. Joe, Year 5.

“I liked our session with Rabbi Zeidman – it was all about giving to others”. Amelie, Year 6.

PaJeS, the go-to organisation in the community for supporting Jewish Schools, is launching their Power of Partnerships Matched Funding campaign. PaJeS works very closely with our school and we are happy to endorse this campaign.  

 

Around 60% of children in our community attend Jewish Day Schools. PaJeS plays a critical role in representing our schools at government level and meeting the range of needs of the Headteachers, teachers and governors who lead Jewish schools. PaJeS has been at the forefront of developing our best school leaders, helping our children face the challenges of this past year, and been a powerful advocate for Jewish schools at local and national government level. A partnership with PaJeS means greater collaboration between schools, excellence in school leadership and schools being more financially efficient and sustainable. 

 

Please help to raise much needed funds and help ensure that Jewish schools continue to provide the best possible education for our children. Every donation is doubled so whatever you can give will have twice the impact.  Please click here to donate

 

7.6.2021

Happy Birthday to:

Mimi who turns 6 this week.

Joseph who turns 11 this week

Rachel who turns 4 this week.

 

Design a card competition.

 

 

Has your child received a birthday card from me this year? If they have not had their birthday yet, don’t worry, I won’t forget!

 

As so many children have had birthdays, I am running out of cards! I was thinking that it would be nice to have a different design for next year’s cards and am inviting you to enter a design a card competition. 

 

You can be as creative as you would like but the Kerem logo needs to be somewhere in the design.

 

Entries must be posted through the red letterbox outside mine and Mrs Sharman’s office by Monday 14th June. All entries should be on a piece of card that measures 15cm x 15cm.

 

Please note that the sizing is really important as this is the sizing for the printing company.

 

 

As we head towards the last half term of the year, it is time for us to start thinking about transitions. After the break, the Reception class will be spending Monday afternoons at the main school in order to help them become familiar with the building and being around a larger number of children. Another transition that is being prepared for is Year 5 to Year 6 with the Year 5s thinking about the prefect roles that they might want to take on. Year 6 pupils apply to be a prefect so to help them with this application, after the half-term break they will be keeping record cards where staff can record when they have seen the children demonstrating the attributes we would want to see in a prefect. We are excited to see how this new initiative will help the children in September. 

28.5.2021

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for showing initiative and working well in Ivrit.

Year 2 - for working hard, showing persistence in his handwriting and presenting a fantastic ‘Teach and Tell’.

Year 3 – reflecting on how capital letters are used and persisting in his efforts to make progress in using them correctly.

Year 4 – for settling down to start his work immediately and participating in the solar power activity.

Year 5 – for showing your initiative and creativity to create an amazing creative writing piece.

Year 6 – for collaborating well during product design week to come up with initial ideas for the logo and branding.

 

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

Nursery were learning the letter sounds c, k  and the children brought in different objects. “ck sounds are friends together”. Lia, Nursery.

Mrs Collier folded some zigzag books for the writing table. The children were really enjoying them and suddenly there were none left.  Sammy came and said "Mrs Collier, there are no wiggy waggy books left".  

“I enjoyed playing in the playground with all the new toys”. Rafael, Year 1.

“I enjoyed learning about time in Maths”. Roy, Year 2.

“In Ivrit I enjoyed playing games on JI tap”. Daniel, Year 3.

“At Forest School I enjoyed making dens with wood and rope”. Bella E, Year 4.

“I enjoyed making videos about Etgar”. Sarah, Year 5.

“I enjoyed working together as a team during Project Design week”. Joseph, Year 6.

 


 

 

Mazel tov to Ollie, Jake and their family on the occasion of Chloe's Batmitzvah.

Mazel tov to Joshua and his family on the occasion of Lila's Batmitzvah.

Mazel tov to Rafael and his family on the occasion of Daniel's Barmitzvah.

A special science lesson in Nursery

 

One of the amazing assets that we have at Kerem is our staff team. Following on from Nursery’s topic on people who help them and a child’s interest in learning more about germs, Miss Cowen invited Ms Dalwai who has a background in Science came to talk to the children. Ms Dalwai talked to the children about germs, immunity, and vaccines. She introduced the children to some friendly and unfriendly germ characters and the children had the option to create their own germ representations. The children also had the opportunity to use some handheld microscopes to examine slides. It was wonderful to see our staff expertise being used in this way. 

24.5.2021

Happy Birthday to:

Lielle who turns 11 this week.

Adele who turns 8 this week.

Zachary who turns 4 this week.

Joshua who turns 6 this week.

Ruby who turns 4 next week.

Ari who turns 8 mext week.

We were very lucky to have one of the parents come in today to teach the children about solar energy. He spent some time discussing the pros and cons of different types of energy and about solar panels. The child built their own solar-powered toys and really enjoyed testing them.

21.5.2021

 

A short week always feels strange; you are never quite sure what day it is and there is still so much to fit into the week. Whilst much thought outside of the classroom has been on the security situation, I am pleased to say that the children have carried on as normal. 

 

Following on from an evaluation of the curriculum last year, we were due to have a local geography week next week with a focus on fieldwork. This would have meant children carrying out field work in the local area. Ms Rose and Miss Weiner had put together an exciting and engaging plan for the week which would have ensured that the children were developing the skills set out in the curriculum. Although a ceasefire was announced yesterday, which of course we pray unfolds, leading to a calming of the situation here in the UK, we have taken the decision to postpone the week until later in the term.

 

 

Mazel tov to Naomi and to her family on the occasion of Odelya's Batmitzvah.

 

 

This afternoon, our head prefects joined a zoom call with pupils from other schools. The zoom was being led by an organisation called iSpace Wellbeing who are conducting research on wellbeing during lockdown, the use of mobile phones in schools and Instagram for children. Hollie said ‘ An Instagram for children would be no different from regular Instagram unless there are additional safety measures. Anyone could hack in’. Amelie said ‘ Mobile phones at school are good if you have to contact your parents if you are going somewhere from school but bad because they could be a distraction'.

The information that is being collected by iSpace Wellbeing will be fed into a government whitepaper on wellbeing in young people. 

 

 

Today I received a call from the mother of an alumni, telling me the exciting news that her daughter had just been made head girl of Haberdashers. Being head girl is a real honour for any girl and her family and I and the other staff were touched that she wanted us to know. I am sure you will join me in wishing Hannah Moshal and her family a hearty mazel tov. 

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:

  

I found a caterpillar on a stick on the track. It stuck to my jumper and dress. It liked to crawl on my arm. It likes to eat lots of leaves”. Lily, Nursery.

In Forest School the children whittled some willow sticks to make magic wands. Back at school and playing in the playground, we heard "This is my stick from when I did whittling. I did a great job whittling as my stick is all white. I'm awesome at whittling". Jordan, Reception.

“I enjoyed playing snakes and ladders in Maths”. Emily, Year 1.

“I enjoyed learning my spelling words”. Jasmine, Year 2.

“I had so much fun learning about different leaves in Science with Ms Simon”. Adele, Year 3.

“I really liked learning to tell the time in Maths”. Sophie, Year 4.

“I enjoyed celebrating my birthday with my class because I couldn’t do that last year”. Scarlett, Year 5.

“I liked making a Mr Man in Science”. Ella, Year 6.

20.5.2021

Happy Birthday to:

Zac who turned 11 this week.

Scarlett who turned 10 this week.

Charlie who turns 8 this week.

Hillel who turns 10 this week.

14.5.2021

 

  

 

 

This week is the week that, at the upper end of the school, has fondly been named ‘Skeet Week’. This is because in the past, children in Year 6 have spent the week away at Skeet House, as part of their end-of-year activities. Whilst a residential was not possible this year, we were determined to ensure that the Year 6s still had a wonderful week. If you follow the Kerem Facebook page (which if you don’t I highly recommend) then you will have seen photos of them enjoying the many activities that they have done. 

 

They spent a day in London where they enjoyed a speed boat ride, taking in the sites as well as completing a scavenger hunt. They went kayaking and built rafts and conquered their fears with a day on high ropes. Evenings were also spent at school and the children enjoyed a comedy workshop, a circus skills workshop and a movie night. There was one other day of activities and it is this one that fills me with the most pride. On Wednesday, the children spent the day thinking about others in the community. They worked with David Sagal from Goods for Goods to pack toiletry parcels for NHS workers and local refugees. They then went onto Lyttelton Playing Fields to collect litter before heading off to JW3 where they baked cookies which were added to food parcels that will be given out at their food bank. 

 

The Year 6s might be a small class but school was still very quiet without them!

 

For those still in school, the week carried on as normal although the weather was a little disappointing for early May. Nevertheless, it gave an opportunity for those children who went to Forest School to demonstrate their resilience as they all came back wet, muddy but happy!

 

Wishing everyone Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach as we continue to pray for peace in Israel.

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for participating well and for persevering with all tasks.

Year 2 - for working hard in Maths and showing great persistence with telling the time.

Year 3 – taking initiative when planning her story in English and reflecting on changes she could make to improve it.

Year 4 – for perseverance in Maths leading to excellent work.

Year 5 - for continually persevering and challenging himself during all lessons.

 

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

“My mummy says I have to play with all my friends. Then all the other children at the table said, ”Because friends all play together”. Rachel, Nursery.

Reception released butterflies today. One butterfly sat on Sophie’s arm. She said, “It was soft and tickly and they are so pretty because they’ve got orange on their wings”. Sophie, Reception.

“I enjoyed doing my clubs this week. I love doing sport”. Harry, Year 1.

“I really enjoyed our Science experiment this week”. Ashton, Year 2.

“I loved doing our plant investigation”. Ari. Year 3.

“We have been doing a fun Maths investigation looking to see which months we have our birthdays in”. Hillel, Year 4.

“I really enjoyed our Creative Writing lessons as we have been writing our own plays”. Joe, Year 5.

Pepsi shares her 1st birthday with 2 other children at Kerem. Happy Birthday! I hope you all have a great day.

Happy Birthday to:

Jessica who turns 5 this week.

Roy who turns 7 this week.

Jasmine who turns 7 this week.

 

10.5.2021

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 – for persevering with his reading and for a beautiful giraffe collage.

Year 2 - for working hard in Maths and collaborating positively with his peers.

Year 3 – for reflecting on how to use joins more frequently in his writing and practising carefully.

Year 4 – for developing more of a growth mindset when faced with challenges.

Year 5 - for showing resilience and persevering when challenged in Maths.

 

7.5.2021

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

"Electricity is magic - I can turn my lights low and high". Ben, Nursery.

Reception made slime in the class and the children were asked to describe what it felt like. Jordan said, "It feels like a bouncy, hot, slimey gooey thing". Jordan, Reception

“I really enjoyed making friendship bracelets”. Mia, Year 1.

“I loved learning about positions and directions in Maths”. Ollie, Year 2.

“I had fun learning about the book we are reading.” Emmi, Year 3.

“In Science, I had fun doing an experiment on fizzy drinks”. Eliana, Year 4.

“I liked learning about averages in Maths”. Ella, Year 5.

“I had fun playing cricket in PE”. Lielle, Year 6.

 

The celebration tea party is being held on Monday.

6.5.2021

 

On Wednesday the 5th of May, the children in the EYU were visited by Mr Budwig, who has a keen interest in renewable energy solutions. 

 

He started off by introducing the concept of electricity and started to ask the children what makes lights shine bright when they wake up in the morning. The session moved onto a  discussion about how electricity is generated, including a demonstration of generating electricity with a dynamo powering a small light setup for the children to see.

 

The children broke off into groups and were able to play with a whole host of solar-powered toys, to better understand the concept of how the sun’s energy can be used to make things move, spin, or shine. Each child was given the opportunity to generate their own electricity with a dynamo. The children interacted with a larger solar panel, connected to lights and a switch to understand how when the solar panel was covered the lights would turn off. When the sun was shining the children were able to control the lights going on and off. 

 

Whilst this is only the beginning of the children’s journey into renewables, it was a good starting point, and if our planet is to succeed in the future, we will all have to adopt cleaner and greener ways of living.

 

I was not fortunate enough to attend this session but Mr Budwig is coming back to talk to the Kerem Cares: Tikkun Olam committee as well as the older children so I look forward to hearing him them.

 

For more information, you can check out Mr Budwig’s Youtube channel or by searching for ‘Next Day Solar’ online. 

 
   

4.5.2021

 

Happy Birthday to:

Lyla who turned 7 this week.

Layla who turned 7 this week.

30.4.2021

 

It has been another busy week with the second set of parent consultations taking place on Tuesday evening. It has been great for teachers to catch up with parents and discuss progress and areas of development. 

 

Nursery were lucky enough to be visited by Mrs Oshman this week who talked to them about being an author. I was lucky enough to listen to the talk and to have started to read the book that she has written, "What would you do if you weren’t afraid?"

 

                                                                                     
 

 

Everyone at school is really excited to be using the newly refurbished courts for PE lessons and sports club. A huge thank you to everyone in the community who supported this project. 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

 

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 - for a lovely story and showing persistence in all of her work.

Year 2 - for taking risks in her learning and persisting to work through challenging daily set tasks.

Year 3 – for reflecting on how to use joins more frequently in his writing and practising carefully.

Year 4 – for persevering with her work and showing true resilience in her learning.

Year 5 - for always displaying excellent middot and maturity.

Year 6 – for demonstrating a great attitude and showing true resilience in her learning.

 

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:

  

“On Shabbat, I went to my grandma. I ate challah and drank grape juice”. Rachel, Nursery.

“I had a really good day at Forest school today because Ethan was very kind and he gave me a forest friend to play with”. Isaac, Reception.

“I had fun playing basketball in PE”. Maya S, Year 1.

“I liked recreating one of Monet’s pictures using oil pastels”. Sophia, Year 2.

“I enjoyed sketching the two main characters from the book that we are reading”. Anoushka, Year 3.

“I liked making our money shop in Maths”. Amelie, Year 4.

“I really like reading our new class book, ‘The cloudbusting’, and writing poems about it”. Rosie, Year 5.

“I had fun rehearsing for our Year 6 play”. Sadie, Year 6.

 

 

28.4.2021

 

Mazel tov to Ashton and Blake and to their family on the occasion of Dylan's Barmitzvah.

 

 

27.4.2021

 

Thank you for donating a book to your class library - we hope you had a great birthday.


 

Thank you to Layla for donating a book to her class library - we hope you have a great birthday.

Happy Birthday to:

Noah who turns 8 this week.

Mia who turns 6 this week.

Sophie who turns 5 this week.

Ella who turns 11 this week.

Joshua who turns 5 this week.

Eli who turns 6 this week.

26.4.2021

 

Royal Academy of Art Young Artists' Summer Show

Now in its third year, the Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for students aged 5 - 19 studying in the UK and British schools overseas. Artworks are judged by artists and arts professionals with selected artworks displayed online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts.

 

Here are Annabelle's entries:

      

23.4.2021

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

 

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 - for showing initiative when helping in class and for being conscientious.

Year 2 - for taking risks in his learning and trying hard in all subject areas.

Year 3 - for taking initiative with his work and making some decisions for himself, while asking for help when he needs to.

Year 4 - for staying focused in lessons, persisting with her work and showing good middot.

Year 5 - for showing his initiative and creativity to create an excellent poem using similes.

Year 6 – for demonstrating initiative when completing tasks at school and at home.

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

"A Mitzvah is when I share my old toys so I have room for my new ones." Lily, Nursery.

The PE teacher asked, "How can I get more power in my throw"? "By eating more vegetables". Rafael, Reception.

“I enjoyed touching a turtle in Science”. Daliyah, Year 1.

“I enjoyed learning about Monet in Art”. Rosie, Year 2.

“I really love playing with the new playground toys”. Gabriella, Year 3.

“In Science, I liked experimenting with ice. We put ice cubes in different places and estimated which one would melt first”. Megan, Year 4.

“I enjoyed doing the space VR for Earth Day”. Isobel, Year 5.

“In Computing, I liked writing in Python”. Mia C, Year 6.

 

Hammerson Nightingale

 

      

 

This week I had the opportunity to visit the newly built Hammerson Nightingale on Bishops Ave. Whilst it would have been lovely if it were just a visit to this state-of-the-art new building, the purpose of my visit was also very exciting. We are looking to set up an intergenerational partnership with children from school and the residents in the care home. This model will be similar to the one at Nightingale House in South London and to others that are taking place across the country. 

 

Initially, as the home builds up its numbers and programming is starting, we will probably only send one class to share activities with the residents but as the home builds in the next 18 months - 2 years, we may see this extend to a wider group of children. 

 

During the time at the home, children may undertake art projects, music workshops, reading activities or gardening projects. Our aim will be to build meaningful relationships around purposeful projects and not just to take part in tokenistic activities. In addition to this, more mobile residents may visit us for plays and concerts or children from school may attend the home to put on these kinds of events. 

 

Research shows that intergenerational projects are beneficial to both the elderly and to children with benefits including:

 

  • Social awareness for communicating with older people
  • Positive attitudes toward aging and the elderly
  • Mentoring and positive role models
  • Someone to ‘play’ with
  • An experience of community belonging
  • Learning social skills in a nurturing environment

                                                                                                                  (Mary Dellman Jenkins, Donna Lambert and Dorothy Fruit)

 

It is likely that our formal work will not begin until after the Chaggim in October of this year but, it is exciting to plan ahead for such work. I look forward to updating you further later in the year or early next year.

    

 

Why are children asked to bring 50p to purchase new stationery?


 

The role of a school is multifaceted. We have lots of knowledge and skills that we want to impart to the children and we are always looking for creative ways to do so. 

 

We are living in a time where many purchases that adults make are contactless, not necessarily with a bank card anymore as smartphones can now do this. Although the use of coins is becoming less common, I still feel it is important to teach the children about using money to pay for an item and working out the change that they might need to be given.

 

In addition to this, we are trying to teach the children to take responsibility for their own items as well as to think ahead and plan past the moment that they are in. For example, if they know that their glue is running out, recognising this and taking responsibility for it by getting a new one just before it runs out (as we do with food shopping), is an important life skill. 

 

Asking children to bring 50p to school to purchase new stationery combines both of these objectives, going a small way to teach these two skills. 

 

If it is easier for you as parents to give your child some coins which they can leave in their bag then that would be an option. Not giving 50p pieces will help Karen to engage with them about the change needed however, please do not send in more than a £2 coin as we do not keep petty cash in school. 

 

A huge thank you to the PTA and to all parents for supporting their initiatives. As mentioned in my end of term newsletter, they helped us with the purchase of new playground equipment which the children started using this week. 

Thank you for your donations - I hope you both had a great birthday.

Royal Academy of Art Young Artists' Summer Show

Now in its third year, the Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for students aged 5 - 19 studying in the UK and British schools overseas. Artworks are judged by artists and arts professionals with selected artworks displayed online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts.

 

Here is Mia's entry. It is called 'Someday Soon'.

Congratulations on completing a 100 day streak on Doodle Maths.

Thank you for making a piece of art, from Pfizer bottles, for Kerem. This will be proudly displayed on our wall and will always be a reminder of the 2020/21 worldwide pandemic known as Covid-19.

19.4.2021

Happy Birthday to:

Anoushka who turns 8 this week.

Bella who turns 9 this week.

Joshua who turns 7 this week.

Mia who turns 9 this week.

 

16.4.2021

It has been lovely to be back at school this week. The children all settled back to their routines with ease.

 

On Wednesday, led by Year 6, we commemorated Yom Hazikaron with a moving tekes as a  mark of respect for Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. If you have not had a chance to watch the video yet, then I highly recommend it. 

On Thursday, the school was filled with joy as we celebrated Yom Haatzmaut. Having not sang in school for over a year it was very special to hear the words of Hatikva being sung by everyone as we brought the day to a close.

I wish you all Shabbat Shalom and hope that over the weekend your families benefit from the ease in lockdown restrictions.

 

School Shoes

When we came back to school on 8th March, many children were wearing trainers which was understandable as shops were not open. Now that shops have re-opened, please can I ask that all children are back in school shoes by Monday 26th April. If you are unable to get school shoes by this date, please send your child into school wearing completely black trainers.

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

 

 

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 - for a good start to the new term and for beautiful reading.

Year 2 – for showing excellent middot towards her peers and always trying her best!.

Year 3 – for incredible perseverance with his handwriting, and reflectiveness in his work helping him to be the best that he can be.

Year 4 – for showing excellent middot at all times and for having a growth mindset when faced with challenging questions.

Year 5 - for using his own initiative to create an excellent argumentative essay.

Year 6 - for showing flexibility of mind when forming opinions in the classroom.

 

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

“It is my birthday in three weeks. I am having a chocolate cake." Yanai, Nursery.

Our topic is Superheroes this term and Mrs Collier asked the children "What does it mean 'Not all superheroes wear capes"? To which Ethan Z replied "If some superheroes have capes they can share them with those who don't".

"I enjoyed writing about my holiday". Liv, Year 1.

"I enjoyed doing Israeli dancing with my friends". Sophia, Year 2.

"I had fun doing a comprehension about the book we reading in English". Leo, Year 3.

"I enjoyed making jewellery for Yom Ha'atzmaut". Hillel, Year 4.

"I had lots of fun demonstrating an Israeli dance with Mrs Sondhelm". Rosie, Year 5.

"I enjoyed learning about the Maya civilisation in History". Ella, Year 6.

14.4.2021

 


Happy Birthday to:

Olivia who turns 6 this week.

Raphael who turns 6 this week.

Ollie who turns 7 this week.

Congratulations to the children who have reached their new Aleph Champ reading level.

Pepsi saying goodbye to the pupils as they leave for the Pesach holidays.

22.3.2021


Happy Birthday to:

Jethro who turns 4 this week.

Jemima who turns 8 this week.

Scarlett who turns 4 this week.

Mia who turns 11 this week.

Ollie who turns 9 this week.

Erin who turns 4 this week.

Isabella who turns 4 this week.

Zach who turns 4 in the holiday.

Daniel who turns 10 in the holiday.

Lexi who turns 10 in the holiday.

Henry who turns 5 in the holiday.

18.3.2021

 

This week has felt very different to last. Whilst last week there was a definite buzz around the school as the children re-connected with their friends and got back into old routines, this week, the mood has been one of diligence and focus. The children have seemed quite tired which is not surprising as although they were all working hard at home, there is a different kind of intensity being at school. 

 

We are excited about preparing for Pesach next week. Whilst it is only a short week, we will still manage to fit in lots of activities to help the children prepare. 

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

 

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 - for persevering to produce beautiful cursive handwriting.

Year 2 - for collaborating well with his peers, reflecting on his work positively and always showing good middot.

Year 3 - for persevering when developing ideas for his shape poem.

Year 4 - for showing excellent middot at all times and showing great persistence and focus in class.

Year 5 - for showing initiative to try harder challenges in Maths.

Year 6 - for showing perseverance and flexibility of mind when creating her British values book for PSHE.

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week: 

 

“I went to the dentist. The dentist took my tooth out. The tooth fairy came and gave me 21 pounds”. Hanna, Nursery.

“I was very excited to come back to school and see all my friends and I really really enjoyed playing ‘tag’ in the playground with Lianne and Naveh”. Mila, Reception.

"I liked watching news bites". Olivia, Year 1.

"I enjoyed my Art lesson, we used tissue paper and black paper to make a picture and silhouette of the Great Fire of London". Layla, Year 2.

"I really enjoyed writing a poem about Pesach". Charlie, Year 3.

"I had fun learning about money in Maths". Mia, Year 4.

"Forest School was so much fun this week". Jacob, Year 5.

"I enjoyed making my 'Wassily Kandinsky' painting". Ella, Year 6.

 

 

 

15.3.2021

Happy Birthday to:

Daliyah who turns 6 this week.

Zak who turns 11 this week.

Yasmin who turns 9 this week.

Max who turns 10 this week.

 

Congratulations on completing a 100 day streak on Doodle Maths.

12.3.2021

 

Suddenly it feels as if we have never been away! The children have settled back brilliantly into the routines of being at school and we are so proud of all of them. They have loved being back with their friends and learning in the classroom and I have loved seeing them all and hearing them in their classrooms. 

 

Each class has started a ‘Back to School’ wellbeing programme which will continue into next week. The purpose of this programme is to reconnect the children with their friends and to address any emotions that they have, positive or negative about returning to school. If your child has found returning overwhelming in any way then please do not worry, it is natural after so long at home. Please do however let their class teacher know so that they are aware of what is happening at home. 

 

A huge thank you to all parents who have been collecting children from the Norrice Lea site. Having the two separate collection times has made a big difference to the number of adults on-site at one time which has increased the possibility of social distancing and eased feelings amongst the staff. In the mornings we have still had approximately 20 children arrive at school before 8.30am each morning. I want to say again that there is no adult supervision at this time meaning that should there be an accident no one would know. The security guard has no choice but to let the children in as they are a security risk waiting on the pavement but once inside, the guard is not focusing on them as he is focusing on the street. 

 

Staffing news

I am thrilled to let you know that Mr Moses’ wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Olivia Katie earlier this week and Mrs Kanzen’s baby had her baby naming this week and she is called Phoebe Diana. 

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

“When animals are ill, they go to a special hospital”. Ruby F, Nursery.

 "I was so excited to come back to school.  When I woke up on Monday I was worried it wasn’t the 8th of March yet". Yonatan, Reception.

“I love being back at school and with my friends in the playground”. Emily, Year 1.

“I have enjoyed learning about 3D shapes”. Joey, Year 2.

“I liked painting a silhouette of Stonehenge”. Isabel, Year 3.

“I had fun building a farmhouse in Maths”. Sophie, Year 4.

“I really enjoyed taking part in the Science Club quiz”. Jake, Year 5.

“I loved seeing all my friends after such a long time”. Sadie, Year 6.

 

Celebration tea party

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to celebrate their achievements in person.

 

Here are the nominations for this week:

Year 1 - for showing persistence in all of her work and for excellent progress in her reading.

Year 2 - for her resilience in Maths and for always displaying good middot.

Year 3 - for settling back into school well, working hard and showing good collaboration skills when working in a group.

Year 4 - for showing great persistence and focus in class and taking risks with her learning.

Year 5 -  for excellent work during Jewish Studies, always working hard and using his initiative.

Year 6 - for showing great humour towards lessons and consistently showing a great attitude.

Congratulations to the children who have reached their new Aleph Champ reading level.

8.3.2021

Happy Birthday to:

Zachary who turns 6 this week.
 

Ms Simon was delighted to welcome Y6 and all of the other children back to school this morning.

We're ready, we hope you are too. The staff can't wait to welcome everyone back tomorrow.

The time has come to start thinking about packing up my home office (kitchen table) and moving everything back to school. In many ways it feels like a mix of the end of term and moving house yet of course it is neither. Even through Google Classroom, it feels like there is an air of excitement and anticipation ahead of next week and we are so grateful that we have the next couple of weeks together, to reset. 

 

I want to thank everyone again for their support during this time at home. Your child/ren would not have achieved all that they have without you.

 

I also want to thank the staff for all that they have done to continue to provide excellent provision for the children during this time. As with those of you who are working from home, each of them has done it whilst managing their own personal situation which for many includes having small children at home. It has not always been easy but they have done it with enthusiasm and commitment. I am very lucky to have such a great staff team.

 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing you at school on Monday!

 

Shabbat Shalom.

Pepsi's last day working from home.

5.3.2021

 

Doodle Maths

 

 

We are always proud of the achievements of our pupils but we wanted to give a special ‘shout out’ to those children who are working hard at home to develop their Maths skills using Doodle Maths. In her role as Maths Lead, Mrs Collins is thrilled to know how many children are using the app to support their Maths learning. 

 

The class with the most stars this week was Year 1 with 947 stars. Well done Year 1. 

 

Congratulations to Joshua K who completed his 100 day streak.

 

Children who increased their DoodleMaths age this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4
Freya Chloe Charlie Hillel
Rafael Yonat Isabel  
Levi Annabelle Jamie  
Joshua K Ollie Freddie  
Olivia Layla Freddie  
Ariella   Hannah  
Maya S      
Oliver      

 

Children who reached their Green Zone this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4
Ariella Yonat Chloe Hillel
Joshua K Chloe Jamie  
Rafael Layla Freddie  
Oliver   Hannah  
Olivia   Anoushka  

 

4.3.2021

 

Heard in the classroom

 

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. 

However, at the moment there are no children going past my office, no children chatting away to each other and no children popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to.

I did not want to miss out on what the children were saying so the teachers have been listening out, whilst doing live lessons, for comments from the children. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

“I like lying on the floor, I was sunbathing“. Erin, Nursery.

 

“I'm excited to see all my friends. I'm excited to come back to school because I haven't been in school for a long time but I have been in school but only in Nursery. I'm excited to come back to Reception“. Lianne, Reception.

 

“I'm looking forward to coming back to school so that I don't have to print out my work“! Harry, Year 1.

 

“5 more children like hockey more than netball“. Sophia, Year 2 (said whilst looking at bar graphs).

 

“I think the funniest part in Prince Cinders is when he is turned into a big, hairy gorilla - he wanted to be big and hairy but not THAT hairy“! Ollie, Year 4.

 

Discussing the Budget "I think a budget is like making a plan about money. The Chancellor is in charge of it"! Ari, Year 5.

 

(Researching- history of transport) - “I found out that boats are used to transport cargo. Is that code for lots of amazon deliveries“? Zak, Year 6.

 

Celebration tea party

 

 

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

 

Here are the nominations for this week:

 

Year 1 - for writing an excellent Back to School potion and for persevering with all tasks.

Year 2 - for showing up with a smile, participating positively in all online lessons and always showing good middot.

Year 3 – for persistence, resilience and consistent hard work, even though it hasn't always been easy.

Year 4 – for his continued persistence and resilience even when he was finding lockdown challenging.

Year 5 – for working collaboratively with her friends and applying flexibility of mind to make a detailed and coherent budget proposal. 

Year 6 – for carefully reflecting on her Independent project this week and for really engaging with the feedback she has been given.

 

1.3.2021

 

Happy Birthday to:

Jesse who turns 5 this week.

Amelie who turns 9 this week.

Rafi who turns 9 this week.

1.3.2021

 

Staffing news

 

After 19 years at Kerem, Mrs Shannon is going to be stepping down at the end of the term, She is planning on spending time in Israel with close family members who have been unwell. 

 

During her time at the school, Mrs Shannon has worked with and supported many pupils, and in the last half term worked to support critical worker children at the EYU. 

Purim Sameach! Thank you to our wonderful PTA who have been delivering Mishloach Manot to the children and staff. Did anyone spot the Kerem characteristics on the apron?

26.2.2021

 

Doodle Maths

 

 

We are always proud of the achievements of our pupils but we wanted to give a special ‘shout out’ to those children who are working hard at home to develop their Maths skills using Doodle Maths. In her role as Maths Lead, Mrs Collins is thrilled to know how many children are using the app to support their Maths learning.

 

The class with the most stars this week was Year 1 with 1087 stars. Well done Year 1. 

 

Children who increased their DoodleMaths age this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5
Olivia Yonat Charlie Hillel Ella
Rafael Chloe Anoushka    
Freya Layla Isabel    
Joshua K Ariel Hannah    
Ariella        
Eli        
Jonathan        
Levi        

 

Children who reached their Green Zone this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y6
Ariella Yonat Hannah Hillel Mia B
Eli Chloe Chloe   Mia C
Levi Ollie Anoushka   Amelie
Joshua K Annabelle     Lielle
Jonathan       Liora

 

25.2.2021

 

Heard in the classroom

 

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. 

However, at the moment there are no children going past my office, no children chatting away to each other and no children popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to.

I did not want to miss out on what the children were saying so the teachers have been listening out, whilst doing live lessons, for comments from the children. Here are some of the comments heard this week: 

 

Joshua made a fire using twigs. He then lay on the tree trunk and said, “I am camping. I am just going to sleep”.

 

“My mummy made pancakes for pancake day and they were yummy“. Jordan, Reception.

 

“My dog looks like an oval head when she has a bath. She looks funny“, Maya S, Year 1.

 

Looking at tally charts - 5 people in the class liked ready salted, "A sixth of that class liked that flavour". Ben, Year 2.

 

(In Maths, when asked if a character's answer is correct) “No, Tiny isn't correct (why?) because he's always wrong“! Leo, Year 3.

 

“Talking about mummification: "When Egyptians died they didn't think the brain was important so they pulled it out with a hook and squished it up". Bella E, Year 4.

 

Discussing the topic ‘do walls divide us or protect us’ -  "I have an invisible wall in my room it separates me and my sister !" Ella Bracha , Year 5.

 

(Discussing a chapter about friendship) “The qualities I look for in friendships are humour and kindness so that we can always laugh together and make memories“. Sadie, Year 6.

 

Celebration tea party

 

 

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

 

Here are the nominations for this week:

 

Year 1 - for very good comprehension work and for persevering to improve his handwriting.

Year 2-  for working hard in all her subjects areas and for taking the initiative in completing extra work.

Year 3 - for always participating positively in online lessons and taking initiative with her work.

Year 4 - for displaying excellent middot and always using his initiative in his learning.

Year 5 - for having a great attitude and demonstrating perseverance in all lessons this week.

Year 6 - for always taking risks when pushing herself even when she feels unsure and for her positive collaboration in all online lessons.

22.2.2021

 

Happy Birthday to:

Leo who turns 8 this week.

 

Now in its third year, the Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for students aged 5 - 19 studying in the UK and British schools overseas. Artworks are judged by artists and arts professionals with selected artworks displayed online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts.

 

Sarah and Jasmine have both entered their artwork into the exhibition.

 

Here are Sarah's entries: 'Love 242' and '300 hopes'.

 

 

Love 242:

My dad is a GP. He used these vaccine vials in January 2021 to vaccinate patients against Covid-19. After a year we all want to forget hopefully we will learn to love each other more in 2021. The vials in this piece were used to vaccinate 242 people.

 

 

300 hopes:

My dad was vaccinating patients in their 80s on 31.12.20 and 1.1.21 using these vials which will hopefully allow us all to have a better year! 2021 should be a year of hope because of the vaccine in these vials. The vials in this piece vaccinated 300 people.

 

Here is Jasmine's entry.

 

 

Graffiti started in the 1960's. I love graffiti because I really like the colours and when I am older I want to be a graffiti artist. 

 

I took these pictures when I was in Hackney Wick, they had loads of graffiti pictures, it was on a sign, on some trees and especially on the walls! 

 

12.2.2021

 

Doodle Maths

 

 

 

We are always proud of the achievements of our pupils but we wanted to give a special ‘shout out’ to those children who are working hard at home to develop their Maths skills using Doodle Maths. In her role as Maths Lead, Mrs Collins is thrilled to know how many children are using the app to support their Maths learning. 

The class with the most stars this week was Year 1 with 1322 stars. Well done Year 1. 

 

Children who received a 3 day or more streak this week are:

 Y1
Emily (7 days)

 

Children who increased their DoodleMaths age this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5
Ariella Chloe Louis Hillel Ella
Joshua K Joey Charlie    
Emily Yonat Hannah    
Freya Layla Isabel    
Eli Anoushka Chloe    
Ely        
Olivia        
Levi        

 

Children who reached their Green Zone this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4
Emily Joey Levi Hillel
Eli Yonat Isabel  
Olivia Ariel Jemima  
Rafael      
Levi      

Book Trailers

During Book Week, children and their families were asked to create a book trailer for their favourite book. Have a look at the video, it really is amazing!

Here is Layla's entry to the Young Artist Summer Show - she has called it 'Rainbow Bubbles'.

11.2.2021

 

Celebration tea party

 

Well done to all the children who came to the celebration tea party - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

 

Here are the nominations for this week:

 

Year 1 - for extending himself in his writing and persevering in improving his presentation.

Year 2 – for always participating positively in online lessons and taking initiative with his English work and creative writing

Year 3 – for always giving her remote learning her best effort and showing curiosity and humour. 

Year 4 – for persevering with her work and showing true resilience in her learning.

Year 5 – for persevering with her work and showing true resilience in her learning.

Year 6 - for showing enthusiasm and good humour during our live lessons.

 

 

Heard in the classroom

 

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. 

However, at the moment there are no children going past my office, no children chatting away to each other and no children popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to.

I did not want to miss out on what the children were saying so the teachers have been listening out, whilst doing live lessons, for comments from the children. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

"We have to wash our hands a lot because of the virus. It came a long time ago from a virus bat. Mummy told me". Scarlett, Nursery.

 

"I got a new puppy.  Her name is Bailey and she is very playful". Jessica, Reception.

 

"My mum once went diving with a whale shark - and it didn't even eat her"! Maya M, Year 1.

 

"I was sweeping the floor with my hair"! Annabelle, Year 2 (written during Creative Writing).

 

(When discussing what we love to read) "I love Beano, it even gave me the inspiration for the names of my tortoises, Dennis and Roger". Levi, Year 3.

 

Discussing the Y6 debate "I think it is better to be a pupil because we can relax whilst teachers are doing work". Hillel, Year 4.

 

"I have a Victorian penny that my grandfather gave me. Apparently 240 pennies used to make a pound, they used a different system"! Joe, Year 5.

 

"I really liked choosing a different book theme for when we made our own Maths puzzles and questions". Lielle, Year 6.

 

Tu B'Shevat Art Gallery

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Even though it is nearly Purim, we wanted to show you what the children produced for Tu B'Shevat. The children could create a fruity-themed hat, take a virtual tour to appreciate the trees or look at the work of Arcimboldo and create their own fruit portrait.
Take a tour of our virtual art gallery to see some of the amazing creations that the children made.

8.2.2021

 

Happy Birthday to:

Ariella who turns 6 this week

Freddie who turns 8 this week.

Amelie who turns 11 this week.

Emily who turns 6 in the holiday.

Ethan who turns 6 in the holiday.

Shai who turns 10 in the holiday.


 

5.2.2021

 

Doodle Maths

 

 

We are always proud of the achievements of our pupils but we wanted to give a special ‘shout out’ to those children who are working hard at home to develop their Maths skills using Doodle Maths. In her role as Maths Lead, Mrs Collins is thrilled to know how many children are using the app to support their Maths learning. 

 

The class with the most stars this week was Year 1 with 1151 stars. Well done Year 1. I wonder if anyone will be able to beat that next week.

 

Children who received a 3 day or more streak this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5
Ethan Chloe Louis Hillel Jake
Ely Natalya     Jenna
Freya (14 day) Rosie     Ella
Emily Layla      

 

Children who increased their DoodleMaths age this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5
Jonathan Chloe Jamie Joe Lexi
Ariella Layla Chloe Hillel Jenna
Joshua K Yonat Anoushka   Ella
Emily Rosie Samuel    
Freya Ollie Charlie    
Mia        
Ely        
Levi        
Oliver        
Eli        

 

Children who reached their Green Zone this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4
Jonathan Yonat Isabel Joe
Ethan Ariel Samuel  
Joshua K Natalya Anoushka  
Mia Annabelle Chloe  
Ely Chloe    
Will you get a ‘shout out’ next week?

4.2.2021

 

Heard in the classroom

 

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. 

However, at the moment there are no children going past my office, no children chatting away to each other and no children popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to.

I did not want to miss out on what the children were saying so the teachers have been listening out, whilst doing live lessons, for comments from the children. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

Whilst doing our grateful leaves, Ruby T said, 'I am so grateful that my mummy is so beautiful'. Ruby T, Nursery.

 

"We moved into our new house. It's so cool. I have a bed under my bunkbed so, when we are allowed to, AJ and Isaac can come and have a sleep over. But the garden isn't finished yet". Henry, Reception.

 

On finishing a lesson on instructions to make a jam sandwich, Mrs Rosenberg asked, "What shall I do now"? Expecting to hear "Eat it!", Dael immediately replied, "Say the Bracha"! Dael, Year 1.

 

"Dark winter skies shine". Written by Chloe, Year 2 when writing a winter Haiku poem.

 

"My pointillism artwork is taking a long time, but it looks amazing to see how the different coloured dots look together, and it's really relaxing". Chloe, Year 3.

 

When Daniel joined our Year 3 Ivrit group Adele said "Welcome to our group Daniel you're going to have so much fun here". Adele, Year 3.

 

"If you feel frustrated you just have to believe in yourself and keep trying" (said during Forest School). Naomi, Year 4.

 

Discussing a poem in Literacy "A refugee who has fled his country from danger .... a refugee has the same rights as us to be happy and safe". Max, Year 5.

 

Creating WW2 recipes - "I am so excited to make chocolate cake! I wonder if it will taste as good as the ones that we have today". Amelie, Year 6.

 

Celebration tea party

 

Well done to all the children who came to my celebration tea party today - it is so lovely to hear about all the fantastic work that they have been doing.

 

Here are the nominations for this week:

 

For trying hard in our online lessons and persisting in his written work.

For taking the initiative on self-correcting her work and always participating positively in all online lessons.

For showing good initiative in finding ways to submit her work through Google Classroom, and for her fabulous work in all subjects.

For showing persistence and initiative in all her learning.

For working more independently and persevering to produce a lovely poem during creative writing.

For developing curiosity in his writing, persevering with challenging concepts.

 


 

 

 

1.2.2021

 

Happy Birthday to:

Shachar who turns 9 this week.

Raphy who turns 10 this week.

Mia who turns 11 this week.

Alex who turns 4 this week.

29.1.2021

 

Doodle Maths

 

 

We are always proud of the achievements of our pupils but we wanted to give a special ‘shout out’ to those children who are working hard at home to develop their Maths skills using Doodle Maths. In her role as Maths Lead, Mrs Collins is thrilled to know how many children are using the app to support their Maths learning. 

 

The class with the most stars this week was Year 1 with 1053 stars. Well done Year 1. I wonder if anyone will be able to beat that next week.

 

Children who received a 3 day or more streak this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5
Emily (7day) Chloe Chloe (7day) Hillel Ella
Freya (7 day) Ariel Jamie   Jake
Jonathan Layla Charlie (14 day)    
Ariella   Louis    
Ely   Hannah (14 day)    

 

Children who increased their DoodleMaths age this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5
Joshua K Yonat Charlie Joshua Ella
Freya Natalya Chloe Hillel Jenna
Emily Chloe Jamie   Jake
Ariella Ariel Emmi   Lexi
Ely Layla Isabel    
Olivia   Zara    
Levi   Ari    
Ethan   Hannah    
Zachary   Louis    


Children who reached their Green Zone this week are:

Y1 Y3 Y5
Ely Jamie Lexi
Oliver Isabel Jenna
Levi    
Ethan    
Zachary    
Oliver    

 

Will you get a ‘shout out’ next week?

28.1.2021

 

Celebration tea party

 

Well done to all the children who joined me today at the tea party. Here are the reasons why they were nominated:

 

For excellent participation in online lessons and for a lovely sense of humour.
For her constant persistence and postive participation in all online lessons. 
For reflecting on his work and persisting through difficulties until he feels confident.
For showing great persistence and focus in class and for taking risks with his learning.
Excellent understanding and output in Ivrit lessons.
For showing exceptional initiative in her online learning lessons and going above and beyond to make her work high quality.

 

 

 

 

 

Heard in the classroom

 

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. 

However, at the moment there are no children going past my office, no children chatting away to each other and no children popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to.

I did not want to miss out on what the children were saying so the teachers have been listening out, whilst doing live lessons, for comments from the children. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

During Mental Health Week we read 'Ruby's Worry' and Jethro said, "If I have a worry I will tell my mummy or daddy or my teddies as they are my friends". Jethro, Nursery.

 

"When corona has gone, I am going to paw patrol land with my family". Sienna, Nursery.

 

We were talking about things we can do now that we couldn't do before and Arya said, "I couldn't write but now I can". Arya, Reception.

 

When asked what the qualities of a good leader are, Freya said "They have to set a good example". Freya, Year 1.

 

"A square has 4 lines of symmetry but a rectangle only as 2". Rosie, Year 2.

 

"Resilience means never giving up, something may be really difficult but you just keep on trying until you manage". Hannah, Year 3.

 

"The best thing about Mental Wellbeing week is that it gives us time to not think about ourselves and appreciate others". JoJo, Year 4.

 

Retelling the story of Goldilocks, Sarah said, "Goldilocks was a girl who loved stealing so she was sad when Covid restrictions came but they didn't stop her from stealing". Sarah, Year 5.

 

Whilst learning about probability, Zak said, "Oh so when you gamble or take risks there is a chance you might win"? Zak, Year 6.

 


 

 

 

 

 

25.1.2021

 

H

Happy Birthday to:

Ashton who turns 7 this week.

Emmi who turns 8 this week.

Naomi who turns 9 this week.

Samuel who turns 8 this week.

Maya who turns 6 this week.

22.1.2021

 

Results of House Points - September - December 2020

 

Children have been working hard since we returned to school, earning house points with their fantastic work and wonderful attitudes. We look forward to seeing who will earn the most this term. 

Last term’s results are in the table underneath. Well done to all of the children for their contribution to their house’s points and huge mazel tov to all of those in Alyn who were last term’s winners.

House Points
Alyn 509
Rambam 495
Hadassah 461
Laniado 414

 

Doodle Maths

 

 

We are always proud of the achievements of our pupils but we wanted to give a special ‘shout out’ to those children who are working hard at home to develop their Maths skills using Doodle Maths. In her role as Maths Lead, Mrs Collins is thrilled to know how many children are using the app to support their Maths learning. 

 

The class with the most stars this week was Year 3 with 1488 stars. Well done Year 3. I wonder if anyone will be able to beat that next week.

 

Children who received a 3 day or more streak this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3
Zachary Ariel Gabriella
Levi Chloe Hannah
Freya Layla James
Olivia   Chloe
Jonathan   Ari
Ethan   Zara
Maya M    
Mia    

 

Children who increased their DoodleMaths age this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5
Jonathan Chloe Zac Bella Jenna
Zachary Ariel Adele Hillel Ella
Levi Yonat Hannah Naomi Jacob
Ariella Lyla Gabriella Joshua  
Joshua K Layla Charlie    
Freya Natlya Chloe    
Liv   Emmi    
Emily   Louis    
Mila   Ari    
Ethan   James    
Maya M   Daniel    
Olivia   Shachar    
Mia   Levi    
Oliver   Jamie    


Children who reached their Green Zone this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5
Mia Ben Zara Hillel Jacob
  Layla Daniel Naomi  
  Chloe Shachar Joshua  

 

Will you get a ‘shout out’ next week?

21.1.2021

 

Celebration tea party


Well done to everyone who joined me today. 

Here are the amazing reasons why the children were nominated:

 

For participating well in online lessons and for persistence with the work.

For reading and writing and for taking the initiative to work independently.

For tackling work with curiosity and good humour.

For taking risks during online learning and persevering when the work was challenging.

For using initiative to create a creative diary entry of a Victorian child.

For showing enthusiasm in lessons and reflecting on the comments and feedback received. 

 

Heard in the classroom

 

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. 

 

However, at the moment there are no children going past my office, no children chatting away to each other and no children popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to.

 

I did not want to miss out on what the children were saying so the teachers have been listening out, whilst doing live lessons, for comments from the children. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

Scarlett was excited to come back to school and tell us that her baby sister Halle has grown but she still can’t walk.

"I enjoyed making Jack’s beans. I liked making the salt dough. I painted them rainbow colours. I’m going to plant them in the spring because it’s cold now". Lexi, Reception.

"I have enjoyed my Jewish Studies lessons this week". Mia, Year 1.

"A conjunction is a word which joins two sentences together". Ollie, Year 2.

"I loved learning about Skara Brae and that you could go to Orkney and see the houses from the Neolithic period that are still there". Jemima, Year 3.

"A little bit of nature makes me happy". Joshua, Year 4.

"A satellite is something that orbits a celestial body- the international space station is an artificial satellite". Reuben, Year 5.

"It was really good that Neville Chamberlain tried to make peace with Germany". Zac, Year 6.

 

 

 

14.1.2021

 

Doodle Maths

We are always proud of the achievements of our pupils but we wanted to give a special ‘shout out’ to those children who are working hard at home to develop their Maths skills using Doodle Maths. In her role as Maths Lead, Mrs Collins is thrilled to know how many children are using the app to support their Maths learning. 

 

The class with the most stars this week was Year 3 with 2513 stars. Well done Year 3. I wonder if anyone will be able to beat that next week.

 

Children who received a 3 day or more streak this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y5
Ariella Chloe Anoushka Ella G
Daliyah Yonat Ari Jenna
Emily   Charlie  
Freya   Freddie  
Jonathan   Gabriella  
Joshua K   Hannah  
Liv   Isabel  
Levi   Jamie  
Maya M   Louis  
Mila   Zara  
Oliver      
Olivia      
Rafael      

 

Children who increased their DoodleMaths age this week are:

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5
Levi Ollie Ari Louis Ella G
Freya Chloe Zac   Jenna
Daliyah Yonat Daniel   Scarlett
Olivia Roy Leo    
Rafael Joshua Louis    
Ariella Ashton Gabriella    
Oliver Ariel Isabel    
Maya M Annabelle Anoushka    
Mila   Chloe    
Ethan   Samuel    
Liv   Charlie    
Emily   Freddie    
Jonathan   James    
Mia   Shachar    
Zachary   Hannah    

 

Children who reached their Green Zone this week are: 

Y1 Y2 Y3 Y5
Ariella Ariel Anoushka Ella G
Daliyah Yonat Ari Jenna
Emily Ashton Charlie Scarlett
Ethan   Chloe  
Joshua K   Daniel  
Jonathan   Emmi  
Liv   Freddie  
Rafael   Isabel  
Zachary   Jamie  
Maya M   Leo  
Oliver   Shachar  
Mia      
Mila      

 

Will you get a ‘shout out’ next week?

 

Heard in the classroom

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. 

 

However, at the moment there are no children going past my office, no children chatting away to each other and no children popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to.

 

I did not want to miss out on what the children were saying so the teachers have been listening out, whilst doing live lessons, for comments from the children. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

We were learning about the artist Matisse and his famous painting "The Snail" and we heard how the snail found its colours. Jethro said "Walk around and put the colours on its shell". Jethro, Nursery.

"I liked your story of Jack and the Beanstalk because I like beanstalks". Freddie, Reception.

"Whilst talking about boats Jesse said "I would like a boat so I could go and find pirates and their treasure". Jesse, Year 1.

"4 parts shaded out of 4 is the same as a whole". Ofri, Year 2.

"Woolly mammoth tusks were 15 feet long. That’s two Uncle Marks and one Maya"! Zara, Year 3.

"This is such fun" said whilst learning about the River Nile in History. Natalie, Year 4.

"That's terrible, so they had only the choice of the workhouse or jail, I think I would prefer jail". Scarlett, Year 5 while learning about Victorian workhouses.

"I can't wait for our final exam to be over so we can all just chill"! Joseph, Year 6.

 

Celebration Tea Party

Well done to all the children who joined me at my tea party today. Here are the reasons why they were nominated:

 

Ashton - for working hard in Maths and English and showing great resilience.

Chloe - for showing persistence, initiative and reflectiveness, allowing her to get the most from her remote learning.

Natalie - for showing exceptional initiative in her remote learning independent tasks and going above and beyond in all her assignments.

Jonah - for using his own initiative and persevering during set tasks and for his beautiful presentation.

Liora - for taking risks by sharing her ideas and thoughts during online lessons.

 

Well done to everyone, I look forward to seeing who will join me next week.

 

 

 

12.1.2021

 

Happy Birthday to:

Eliana who turns 9 this week.

Bella who turns 9 this week.

Rafi who turns 10 this week.

8.1.2021

 

Kabbalat Shabbat for our critical care worker provision children.

The children who are coming in for critical care worker provision enjoyed a small Kabbalat Shabbat service today. Shabbat Shalom to everyone.

 

   

7.1.2021

 

Heard in the classroom

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. 

However, at the moment there are no children going past my office, no children chatting away to each other and no children popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to.

I did not want to miss out on what children are saying so the teachers have been listening out, whilst doing live lessons, for comments from the children. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

"Camouflage is when animals hide somewhere, only lizards change colour". Lily, Nursery.

"The sound "awishawish" is the sound I hear in the enchanted wood". Max, Reception.

"I enjoyed learning about money this week". Oliver, Year 1.

"Live lessons are more fun than I thought they would be". Ben, Year 2.

"I enjoyed learning about Star Carr (stone age) in History". Levi, Year 3.

"I couldn't understand my fraction work so I asked for help and then I got it". Blake, Year 4.

"I used to believe that the earth was flat and that builders used to fly into outer space and build buildings on earth. Once they had built it, it was visible from space". Raphy, Year 5.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge". Sarah, Year 5 quoting Albert Einstein whilst discussing books with Mrs Hill.

"Hi Mr Moses, I loved the workouts, they got me hyped up. I balanced for 50 seconds for most of them". Hollie, Year 6.

 

 

Celebration tea party

Even though we are in lockdown and school is shut, it is important to celebrate the children's achievements. My tea party still took place albeit with a few differences - the children attended remotely and brought their own snacks. Well done to all the children who attended.

 


 

6.1.2021

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Joey who turns 7 this week.

Hannah who turns 8 this week.

 

 

11.12.2020

Happy Chanukah to everyone! Last night we were lucky enough to be able to light the candles and sing songs together. We then enjoyed a disco with DJ Sands and a Chanukahoot!

 

Click here to listen to us all singing together

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

"My listening ears have floated up to the sky". Ruby F, Nursery.

"When I grow up I want to be like my dad. He works in an office, he makes lots of money". Rafael, Reception.

"I loved making my box in Art club". Harry, Year 1.

"I enjoyed JS as we have been learning about Chanukah". Yonat, Year 2.

"In JS we made Chanukah posters - this was really fun". Zara, Year 3.

"I loved doing word problems in Maths - it was fun and I rose to the challenge". Bella E, Year 4.

"I have enjoyed learning fractions. I found it challenging but fun". Joshua, Year 5.

"I enjoyed finishing my 'If' poem". Ella, Year 6.

 

Today's celebration party.

 

 

 

 

 

10.12.2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Ari who turned 10 this week.

Oliver who turned 6 this week.

Maya who turned 6 this week.

Lexi who turned 5 this week.

Freya who turns 6 in the holiday.

Lianne who turns 5 in the holiday.

James who turns 8 in the holiday.

Ofri who turns 7 in the holiday.

Nili who turns 6 in the holiday.

Annabelle who turns 7 in the holiday.

Jonathan who turns 6 in the holiday.

Joey who turns 5 in the holiday.

Jordan who turns 5 in the holiday.

Mila who turns 5 in the holiday.

Samuel who turns 5 in the holiday.

 

9.12.2020

 

Thank you for the donations - I hope you both had a great birthday.

 

 

4.12.2020 Anti-Bullying jigsaw video

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As part of Anti-Bullying week, children and their families created their own kindness puzzle pieces to represent how they are going to demonstrate kindness. The beautifully thought out puzzle pieces have now been placed together to demonstrate that, when we join together, we can help each other be the best of ourselves.

 

Today's tea party!

 

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

Joshua enjoyed finding different things in the outdoor area to use to cook in the mud kitchen. When asked what he was making Joshua replied “ Science. I will show you this is Science”. Miss Cowen asked if Joshua was making soup.

“That is not soup, it is Science” said Joshua. Miss Cowen asked Joshua what Science was.

”It is magic. It is magic Science, the leaves are going to turn black”. Joshua, Nursery.

 

Overheard between Ethan Z and Ethan S.  

Ethan Z said:  "Lockdown is finished.  Now you can come to my house and play."

Ethan S answered:  "Well it's not really finished now.  It's just a little bit better than it was." Reception.

 

“I liked making dens and rockets at Forest School”. Maya M - Year 1.

 

“I enjoyed making stars out of pine cones, willows and twigs at Forest School”. Sophia, Year 2.

 

“In Art, I made a wooly mammoth”. Louis, Year 3.

 

“I liked learning our Chanukah play because I enjoy acting”. Eliana, Year 4.

 

“I liked learning my lines for the Chanukah play - I love the part I am playing”. Liya, Year 5.

 

“I enjoyed learning about World War 1 in History. I found it very interesting”. Zak D, Year 6.

 

1.12.2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Joshua who turns 4 this week.

Zara who turns 8 this week.

Chloe who turns 10 this week.

27.11.2020

This week saw our Year 1 - 6 parent consultations and with the exception of a few technical problems (which I thank you for your patience with), it was a great success. Teachers have reported positively about the conversations that they had and I hope that you felt the same. Today you will receive the written report to accompany the meeting that you had. You will see that there is a box which says "parent signature". This is because these reports were designed at a time where we thought these meetings would take place face to face. This is not because they need to be signed. 

 

Staffing news

After 26 years working at Kerem, Mrs Elliott has made the decision to retire. During her time at the school, she has supported and looked after many children and has shared her amazing talent for art. She will be missed by all of the children and staff and I am sure you will join me in wishing her every happiness in her well-deserved retirement. 

 

Lunch bookings for next term

If you have not already done so, please remember to book your child's lunches for next term - the closing date for bookings is midday on Tuesday, 1st December.

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

We do the register and the children say boker tov or good morning. When Zach T replied he said “It’s a green day today because all the leaves are green”. Zachary T, Nursery.

“I am very excited because we had a Shabbat party, it was very fun”. Joshua L, Reception.

“In Maths I liked learning about numbers because it was fun to count”. Maya S, Year 1.

“In Maths I enjoyed doing division because I like learning new things”. Natalya, Year 2.

“I liked Art because I could be creative and make what I liked”. Levi, Year 3.

“I enjoyed the Shabbaton because it was fun”. Bella WS, Year 4.

“I enjoyed learning Chumash because I really like using the tune”. Rosie, Year 5.

“I really liked making the Mini Mag because I like being creative”. Mia C, Year 6.

 

Tea party

Well done to all the children who joined me this morning - keep up the good work.

 

 

 

Pepsi

This week Pepsi enjoyed three days in school. The children and staff have loved spending time with her and "Pepsi time" has evolved as a special opportunity for different children for a range of reasons. We have even seen two of our most nervous pupils, interacting with Pepsi with confidence and smiles. She has visited classes and the playground and on Thursday made her first visit to the EYU. The younger children loved meeting her, especially the children who had seen her when they collected their siblings from the main school. Watch out for the mini-mag as there is an interview in it about the day in the life of...

Birthdays

 

And another birthday donation to the class library. Thank you so much.

 

 

If you would like to mark your child's birthday in school you can send in a book for the class library or make a donation to tzedakah in their name. We will mark both of these with a certificate which we will present to your children. 

26.11.2020

 

A belated donation to the class library but books are always welcome especially when they come with a personal book review! Thank you.

 

  

23.11.2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Gabriella who turns 8 today.

Dylan who turns 4 today.

Thank you for your kind donation - Happy Birthday.

 

 

20.11.2020

 

Year 4 Shabbat'n'ON

 

Here at Kerem, we are not going to let something like a pandemic get in the way of us giving the children the experiences that make school so much more than just a place to learn. 

 

Whilst the Year 4 children could not go on the Shabbaton this year, we still wanted to give them an experience to remember. On Thursday evening the children stayed at school until 7.00pm, making a Shabbat video, playing games, eating pizza and listening to stories. Of course, the evening finished saying the Shema in PJs!

 

During the day on Friday the children had a range of Shabbat activities. They made their own kiddish cup, challah cloth and a besamim holder. They also plaited their own challot ready to bake at home. As well as all that, there was time for the children to act out this week's parasha. Before the children went home, they had a special Shabbat dinner of roast chicken, kugel and dessert, at lunch time!

 

Whilst we can’t actually be together during Shabbat, the teachers and I are all looking forward to making Havdalah with the children on Saturday afternoon.

Thank you for your donation to your class library - I hope you had a great birthday.

 

                                                                            

Celebration party with Ms Simon

 

Anti-Bullying Week

 

As part of Anti-Bullying Week, the children took part in the National Odd Sock Day campaign. The children learned that we are not all the same and that it is ok to be different.

 

   

 

During Art lessons, the children learned about Chesed (kindness) and they each decorated a kindness stone for our kindness area in the playground.

 

Here are some of the finished stones.

 

                      

 

                       

 

   

In assembly this week, we discussed how each and every one of us can make a difference and how everyone has a part to play in the fight against bullying. Every child and teacher in the school was been asked to complete a 'puzzle piece' outlining what they will do to promote kindness at Kerem.  As kindness is taught and experienced at home as well as at school, we asked if every family could also complete a piece of the jigsaw too so that we could really unite as a school in our vision.

 

United against bullying.

We have been thinking about kindness all week.

 

Have a look at our new corridor display.

 

     

Heard in the corridor

 

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

We do the register and the children say boker tov or good morning. Zachary replied “Good morning. It is a brown day”. I asked “Why is it a brown day”?  “Because I have brown hair”. Zachary W, Nursery.

 

“I really like Jewish Studies and learning the aleph bet letters. My favourite letter is dalet because it is tall”. Jordan, Reception.

 

“I like playing with my friends in the playground”. Oliver, Year 1.

 

“I enjoyed learning about multiplication in Maths”. Chloe, Year 2.

 

“I enjoyed being in a debate about whether it was better to live in the Stone Age or now”. Jamie, Year 3.

 

“I like learning about different religions”. Annabel, Year 4.

 

“I enjoyed participating in the Primary Maths Challenge”. Ella, Year 5.

 

“I had fun making a kindness rock for Anti-Bullying Week”. Joseph, Year 6.

 

 

17/11/2020

 


 

Happy Birthday to:

Liya who turns 10 this week.

 

13/11/2020

 

There was a buzz around the school on Wednesday morning as the Kerem Cares election results were announced. Our new Kerem Care teams are:

 

Tzedakah:

Rosie and Yonat Y2

Adele and Jemima Y3

Bella and Rafi Y4

Raphy and Liya Y5

Joseph Y6

 

Tikkun Olam:

Joey and Sophia Y2

Hannah and Louis Y3

Natalie and Josh Y4

Amelie and Ari Y5

Amelie and Mia C Y6

 

Kehilla:

Josh and Ollie Y2

Ari and Zara Y3

Megan and Naomi Y4

Chloe and Jenna Y5

Mia B and Zac B Y6

 

 

Well done to everyone who joined me for the celebration party this morning - keep up the good work.

 

 

Heard in the corridor

 

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:

 

Ben and Jethro were playing a made-up game. They both said to 2 of their classmates "Come and be on my team". They split up into 2 groups and played beautifully. Yanai replied, "I am coming as fast as I can". Ben, Jethro and Yanai, Nursery.

 

"It's Poppy Day, We wear poppies because the soldiers died a long time ago. It was eighteen eighty sixteen!! I'm going to make a poppy". Freddie, Reception.

 

"Learning about subtraction in Maths was so much fun". Mia, Year 1.

 

"I enjoyed playing rugby in our PE Lesson". Benjamin, Year 2.

 

"I had fun using Scratch in Computing". Daniel, Year 3.

 

"I loved making a diorama in Science, Art and Geography". Amelie, Year 4.

 

"In Creative Writing, I wrote about fire". Amelie, Year 5.

 

"I really loved participating in the Primary Maths Challenge". Liora, Year 6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/11/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Annabel who turns 9 this week.

Amelie who turns 10 this week.

Joe who turns 10 this week.

 

If you would like to mark your child's birthday in school you can send in a book for the class library or make a donation to tzedakah in their name. We will mark both of these with a certificate which we will present to your children. 

6.11.2020

 

As we returned to school after the half-term break, we were excited to re-introduce some of our much-loved activities. This week saw the return of lunchtime football club, assembly (remotely) and celebration tea party (socially distanced). It is these extras that make school so much more than a place where children learn to read and write!

 

Mrs Hill led assembly this week. She talked to the children about Guy Fawkes night and how fire can be used for good and bad. 

 

Celebration tea party was so lovely. I didn't realise how much I had missed hearing the children talk with pride about what they had achieved during the week.

 

 

Heard in the corridor

Each day I love listening to the children as they go past my office, chatting away to each other, or popping their heads round my door to tell me about what they have been up to. The children at the EYU also have plenty of news to share. Here are some of the comments heard this week:  

 

”I don’t want to use the green colour I want to make my own. I mix blue and yellow together and that makes green"! Lily, Nursery

 

"Look!  I found a slug. I found it on the lawn. First I thought it was a snail but then I saw it was a slug. It's a little baby slug. I like Forest School because I like finding snails". Henry, Reception.

 

"I enjoyed Science". Daliyah, Year 1.

 

"I loved all the activities at Forest School especially when we made spiders out of clay". Sophia, Year 2.

 

"I enjoyed learning about the Stone Age in History". Emmi, Year 3.

 

"I enjoyed learning about the food chain in Science". Natalie, Year 4.

 

"I enjoyed learning about the Greeks in History". Jenna, Year 5.

 

"I enjoyed doing an experiment in Science". Lielle, Year 6.

Thank you for your generous donation to Camp Simcha and to the Reception class - Happy Birthday to you.