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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.

5/11/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Ethan who turned 5 this week.

Jacob who turns 10 this week.

Reuben who turns 10 this week.

Ruby who turns 4 this week.

Max who turns 5 this week.

Pepsi's training day - 2.11.2020

 

Pepsi had her school dog mentor training today. She, Mrs Craig and I worked hard all day to work through the training manual to ensure that we have a good understanding of how we can ensure that when in school, Pepsi is having a positive impact on the behaviour, communication skills, social skills and learning of all of the children and staff. I am proud to say that she passed with flying colours. You will see that she has earnt her bronze award, and Mrs Craig and I, our silver. As Pepsi begins her working life in school, she will have opportunities to gain her silver and gold award and the school the gold award. 

 

Initially, Pepsi will only be in school for short amounts of time, meeting the children in pairs to begin with and remaining largely in the office areas. Building her into daily life will be a long process to ensure that it is not overwhelming for her or for the children. 

 

 

Friday 23rd October 2020

 

It is hard to believe that this week brings us to the end of the half term. In so many ways, it is like we have always been back and in other ways, it feels like we are just beginning. 

 

And what a half term it has been...

 

...Our new nursery children have settled in so beautifully and this is testament to their parents and the wonderful team who work in the nursery, so ably led by Mrs Craig. 

 

Children in the main school are getting on with their 'new normal' and are working hard. This week, children from Year 2 upwards have been undertaking written assessments and all teachers have been assessing where the children are up to against our new assessment criteria. This data is being inputted into our new tracking programme and will help us to ensure that work is being targetted appropriately for all. Strange as it may sound, it feels lovely to be talking about teaching and learning, data and progress rather than fighting Covid fires. 

 

The Year 6s are working hard for their exams and have taken on their prefect roles with a great sense of responsibility. After half term, we are going to be electing new members of our different Kerem Cares councils meaning that other children in the school will be able to play their part in leading the school community.  

 

The children have had a range of wonderful opportunities to celebrate the chaggim and thanks must go to Mrs Hill for leading us through them so creatively. From honey pots and pizza dough through to smarties, each event reminded the children of the joy of their Judaism. 

 

Of course, it has not all been plain sailing but where there have been bumps in the road, Mrs Sharman has led the pastoral care of the children so that they feel safe and secure. 

 

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the teachers for everything that they have done this term. Like the children, they have had to get used to many changes. From staff meetings sat 2m apart from other staff, to wiping down the photocopier before and after use and for adapting to each new change as it has been thrown their way. My final thank you is to Ms Turner-Arbeid who leaves us today having worked tirelessly to support the children with additional learning needs.

 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful week, keep safe and healthy.

 

Shabbat Shalom.

What will Pepsi do at school?

 

Pepsi will have a number of different roles at school but something that is very common for school dogs is to 'listen' to children read. There are a number of reasons for this. Here are just a few

 

1. Children feel comfort in reading to a dog. The child can simply read, without fear of correction.

 

2. Reading to a dog can increase a child’s self-esteem and confidence levels in reading, especially with struggling readers.

 

3. Children gain a sense of accomplishment by finishing a storybook or chapter of a book. They often spend longer reading to a dog than they would by themselves.

 

4. Dogs can be calming to many children. While reading, simply petting the dog can reduce anxiety or stress.

 

5. Reading to dogs is highly motivational and fun. Children look forward to reading to dogs, whether it is the family pet or a dog that visits a school or library.

 

With this in mind, Pepsi has been practising sitting with a reader. As can be seen in the photos, she is comfortable being read to whether she is right next to the reader, a short distance away, or even on top of them! 

 

This set of photos proves point 3 perfectly as it one of my sons in the photo and he is not a 'reader' by choice but he sat and read to Pepsi for about 35 minutes!

 

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 saw a ladybird. There were 2 on the climbing frame". Ben, Nursery

"I really like my school dinners. I like the rice and burgers best. My favourite dessert is the chocolate cake, it is yummy". AJ, Reception

"I enjoyed playing football in PE". Ethan, Year 1.

"It was fun trying to find my pulse in Science". Annabelle, Year 2.

"I found it really interesting learning about Barn Owls". Freddie, Year 3.

"I enjoyed studying Picasso in Art". Naomi, Year 4.

"It was fun learning long multiplication". Lexi, Year 5.

"I enjoyed drawing chocolate in Art". Mia B, Year 6.

21/10/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Levi who turned 8 this week.

Lia who turned 4 this week.

Louis who turns 8 next week.

Megan who turns 9 next week

Self-portraits

 

Aren’t these pictures amazing! The children from Y1 to Y6 are all going to be creating pictures like these. The children were all given half of a photograph of themselves and were asked to draw the other half of themselves. It is hard to see where the photo ends and the drawing starts. 

 

Whilst these are great pictures in their own right, you may recall that I mentioned at the start of the year that we were looking to improve our assessment and tracking systems. This is not just for the core subjects. This year we have introduced the portrait work in order to track progress in art across the years. Every September the children will repeat this activity and this will enable us to track their progress over time. It will also make a very special art book for the children to take home when they leave at the end of Year 6. The children will do a different project demonstrating other art skills in the spring and summer term. 

Prospective Parents' Evening

 

This week we held our first virtual prospective parents’ evening. 
 
Whilst we would have loved to invite people into school, we worked hard to make sure that we were able to share the essence of the school with our prospective parents. The evening consisted of a mix of pre-recorded and live elements. 
 
Below you will find a link to the tour of the school and the messages from the Year 6 Head Prefects. There is also a short video of a handful of children sharing what it is that they love about Kerem.
 
 
 
https://youtu.be/5YR5w6dJnuw -  I love Kerem
 

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 was doing a shopping list for Shabbat. I was buying challah rolls". Liora, Nursery.

 

"I love rainbows because they are so full of pretty colours. I like to colour in rainbows with Sophie". Lexi, Reception. 

 

"I enjoyed learning about hedgehogs". Rafael, Year 1.

 

"I really enjoyed using 10 sticks in Maths". Ariel, Year 2.

 

" I really enjoyed learning facts about bats". Chloe, Year 3.

 

"I loved learning about shapes in Maths". Ori, Year 4.

 

"In Art I enjoyed drawing half of my face". Chloe, Year 5.

 

"In Art I enjoyed drawing half of my face, I never realised I could do it as well as I did". Hollie, Year 6.

 

 

 

 

 

15/10/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Harry who turned 6 this week.

Jesse who turned 6 this week.

Chloe who turned 7 this week.

Benjamin who turns 7 this week.

Sarah who turns 10 this week.

 

9.10.2020

 

It has been another busy week at school and although it started quietly, we are thrilled that the year 2s are now back at school. Having to isolate a class is a stark reminder that Covid-19 is still a real risk. I am asking again that you please think about any arrangements you make and the number of people present at these gatherings. This week when the children shared their news with teachers, it included telling us about how many people have been joining their family in the sukkah, and more often than not it has been more than 6. The guidelines are in place to safeguard us all and to allow the school to continue to remain open.  

 

As well as Year 2 having to self isolate, a number of staff had to remain at home. Whilst we hope this will be the last time we need to implement our plans, it was good to see the technology working in the way that we hoped it would. In this photo, you can see Year 6 receiving reverse remote teaching.

 

Pizza in the Hut

 

This week, as part of our Sukkot celebrations, the children all participated in a pizza-making activity from home. Children were asked to make a Sukkot themed pizza and the results were truly amazing. We were blown away by the creativity and I am sure that they tasted delicious. Here is a sneak preview. You will be able to see all of them next 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 liked going on the listening walk with my listening ears, I can hear a tiger”! Bella, Nursery

 

Forest school is even better than it sounds.  The whole day is even better than it sounds because I've got drama in the afternoon after school". Max, Reception

 

I like playing with lego in the playground. I made a racing car". Joshua A, Year 1.

 

I enjoyed learning at home even though I missed my friends. I love Creative Writing as I can write my own stories". Rosie, Year 2.

 

I had a great time learning about the North and South Pole. I enjoyed learning about the weather and which animal lived at each Pole". Hannah, Year 3.

 

I really enjoyed coding/technology club when I used BBC Microbits to make my codes". Josh, Year 4.

 

"In JS I enjoyed making an iMovie about Hoshana Raba". Sarah, Year 5

 

"In Science, we are investigating whether brown bread or white bread gets moldy the quickest. I think the white bread will as it has more sugar in it". Sadie, Year 6


 

Out and about with Pepsi

Still image for this video
It is lovely to know how excited the children are about meeting Pepsi. I am asked at least once a day "is it today she is coming?" I thought it would be nice for the children to see her out and about in the park near where I live.

8/10/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Isabel who turned 8 this week.

Rosie who turns 7 this week.

Lily who turns 4 this week.

Yonat who turns 8 this week.

Year 6 Prefects

Friday 2nd October 2020

 

We can tell that Succot is just around the corner as the rain has arrived! Hopefully, it will not last for the whole of the chag!

 

As you know, we had our first positive case of Covid since returning to school. This has left us with one class and a number of staff isolating at home. I am very proud of the whole staff team for the way in which they were able to quickly make the changes needed to ensure that Year 2 received a full timetable of lessons, and that the children who remained in school had their lessons taught to them from isolating teachers at home. Teachers who remained in school needed to take on extra lessons and duties and everyone pulled together to ensure that the children continued to receive high-quality teaching. All of the children quickly adapted to the changes, demonstrating to us their resilience and their flexibility of mind - two of our important Kerem Characteristics.

 

Prefects

This week we announced the prefect positions. The Year 6s had to apply to be prefect; writing applications explaining the strengths and attributes they would bring to the role. Each and every application was excellent making the decision extremely difficult. Unfortunately, the children have not all been in school since making the announcement so we do not have a photo of them all but watch this space for it to appear.

 

Head Prefects

Amelie 

Hollie 

 

Jewish Studies Prefects

Zac 

Joseph 

 

Library Prefects

Liora

Amelie 

 

Office Prefects

Mia B

Lielle 

 

Sports Prefects

Zak

Ella 

 

Technology Prefects

Mia C

Sadie 

 

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 made a den and it was really big. I put cushions and bodyboards inside. We sat on the bodyboards". Lily, Nursery

 

"I love playing outside with my friends and building". Ethan Z, Reception

 

"I love playtime because I get to play snakes and ladders with my friends". Jesse, Year 1

 

I enjoy coming into class in the morning and working out the problem that Mrs Collins has put on the board". Anoushka, Year 3

 

"We did a science experiment to investigate the impact of sugar on teeth. We are observing it each day to see what happens". Megan, Year 4

 

In Science, we made parachutes and playdough people to attach to them". Isabel, Year 5

 

"When Ms Simon said I was head prefect I was shocked, pleased and very grateful. I was also very proud.I am excited about having the role". Amelie, Year 6

Thursday 1st October - Meet Pepsi

Following on from telling everyone about Pepsi, I wanted a chance for you to see her on film.

30/9/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

JoJo who turned 9 this week.

Ella who turned 10 this week.

Jenna who turned 10 this week.

Yonatan who turns 5 this week.

Friday 25th September 2020

 

Everyone has been working hard this week, books are filling up with amazing work and wall displays are emerging. These are the things that we missed so much when we were not at school.

 

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 liked planting the vegetables so they will grow". Eliya, Nursery

 

"I am Shabbat Aba, I can say the prayers all by myself". Joey, Reception

 

"I have enjoyed playing with my friends at break time". Zachary, Year 1

 

"In Science, we learnt about animals and their babies. My favourite was the fox cub". Jasmine, Year 2

 

"I loved doing technology club this week. We used BBC microbits to add shapes to a display". Gaby, Year 3

 

"I have enjoyed learning about Roman Numerals. We played games to help us learn". Blake, Year 4

 

"In Maths Mastery we learnt a strategy to multiply large numbers". Max, Year 5

 

"We are making a video about Shakespeare which we will turn into an iMovie". Ella and Zak, Year 6

 

Staffing news

Ms Turner-Arbeid will be leaving Kerem at the end of this half term to work in different areas of education. I am sure that you will join me in thanking her for all that she has done since joining Kerem and wish her every success moving forward. 

 

23/9/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Isaac who turned 5 this week.

Ella Bracha who turned 10 this week.

Friday 18th September 2020

 

Another busy week at school with lots of preparations for Rosh Hashana. Thank you to everyone who got involved in the ‘Have a Blast’ initiative and designing Shana Tova stickers. 

 

I had the pleasure of spending time at Forest School on Thursday. Have a read of the Forest School blog which can be found here to see what we all got up to. 

 

For anyone who was not able to join us on the evening, or for anyone who wishes to see it again, below you will find the video of the presentation made by the Strategic Leadership Team on the 7th of September. We are not sure that we will ever have a career as television presenters but hope that our message still comes across!

 

Next week we will be sharing information with you about our blended learning plan, which is the plan we will be implementing should an individual or whole class need to isolate for a period of time.

 

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 liked raking up all the leaves in the garden. I do it at home". Dylan, Nursery

 

“I feel happy because I love Forest School” - Yonatan, Reception

 

“In Maths I was doing 1 more and 1 less. It was fun”. Freya, Year 1

 

“I enjoyed computing. We learnt how to touch type” Roy, Year 2

 

“We had to make numbers to 1000 and it was challenging”. Shachar Year 3

 

“I did some writing about the sounds of the amazon. I read it to the whole class using great expression”. Adam, Year 4

 

“I liked our art lesson. We did still life. We drew fruit on a tray. We used a pencil and colouring pencils”. Ella-Bracha, Year 5

 

“In Maths we revised different strategies for calculations. I really liked that if I wasn’t sure of something, the teacher could give me 1:1 attention”. Zac, Year 6

Message from the Strategic Leadership Team 2020/2021

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

17/9/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Joshua who turned 9 this week.

Ben who turned 4 this week.

Another birthday celebration and this time a donation of 2 wonderful books to the class library

Friday 11th September 2020

It has been a busy week here at school and it really feels like we are back where we belong. 

 

Over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings it was lovely to see so many parents, albeit through a screen. I hope that you left each of the sessions with a greater understanding of our hopes for the year and with a positive feeling about the care and education that will be given to your child. 

 

As I sat listening to all of the teachers I was filled with pride at the amount of passion, experience and dedication that our staff team has and I am excited for the children about the experiences that they are going to have this year. 

 

The overarching message was excellence in all that we do with the key messages that:

 

  • We care deeply about the holistic development of each child
  • We want all of the children to be happy because happy children learn
  • We have excellent teaching teams who will challenge and support all children
  • We will have meaningful dialogue with parents about their children's progress
  • We will be integrating Jewish life and learning with National Curriculum Subjects
 

Heard in the corridors!

 

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 loved painting a rainbow" Ruby T, Nursery

 

"I love learning new things" Max Reception

 

"I have enjoyed being back at school as I like being with my friends". Emily, Year 1

 

"I love our new classroom as there are new things to discover". Joey, Year 2

 

"We started verbal reasoning today and it was really fun". Jemima, Year 3

 

"I have enjoyed mental maths because it was hard". Hillel, Year 4

 

"I enjoyed our first Geography lesson where we started learning about rivers. We needed to find rivers on a map and see which towns they went through. I found The River Thames and The River Trent". Ari, Year 5

 

We had our first art lesson. We learned about impressionist artists and we had to recreate a picture of their work". Hollie, Year 6 

 

Birthday celebrations included a donation to Camp Simcha

9/9/2020

 

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Happy Birthday to:

Rafael who turns 5 this week.

Dael who turns 6 this week.

Rosie who turns 10 this week.

Jonah who turns 10 this week.

Louis who turns 9 this week.

4th September 2020

 

And just like that we are back! The buzz around school these past couple of days has been such a joy. It is easy to forget how exhausting it is to learn new routines and to slot back into the rhythm of school but hopefully the children (and staff) will manage to have a good rest over the weekend.   

 

The start of a new school year always brings much to consider and this year we have had an additional focus on ensuring that we are following government guidelines. Please be patient with us if we need to make changes, we are doing all that we can to ensure the health and safety of the whole Kerem community.

 

The staff and I are looking forward to meeting with parents at their Meet the Teacher sessions, which will give you an opportunity to hear more about what is happening in your child's class.

 

Shabbat Shalom

Ms Simon

3/9/2020

 

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Happy Birthday to:

Ethan Z who turns 5 this week.

                          School Year 2020/21
                          School Year 2019/20

16/7/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Samuel who turned 6 this week.

Sophie who turns 8 this week.

Natalya who turns 6 in the holidays.

Carrie who turns 11 in the holidays.

Hollie who turns 10 in the holidays.

Isobel who turns 9 in the holidays.

Adam who turns 8 in the holidays.

Kitty who turns 11 in the holidays.

Liv who turns 5 in the holidays.

Yoav who turns 11 in the holidays.

Natalie who turns 8 in the holidays.

Ori who turns 8 in the holidays.

Ely who turns 5 in the holidays.

Sophia who turns 6 in the holidays.

Chloe who turns 7 in the holidays.

Leah who turns 11 in the holidays.

Sadie who turns 10 in the holidays.

Dvorah who turns 11 in the holidays.

Freddie who turns 4 in the holidays.

Leo who turns 11 in the holidays.

Jamie who turns 7 in the holidays.

10/7/2020

Happy Birthday to:

Liora who turned 10 this week.

Jake who turned 9 this week.

Doron who turned 9 this week.

Levi who turned 5 this week.

Sebastian who turns 9 this week.

3/7/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Reuben who turned 11 this week.

Coco who turns 11 this week.

Zac who turns 7 this week.

25/6/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Ariel who turned 6 this week.

AJ who turned 4 this week.

Joshua who turned 4 this week.

Blake who turns 8 this week.

Lielle who turns 4 this week.

Arya who turns 4 this week.

18/6/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Lily who turned 11 this week.

Daniel who turns 7 this week.

Joshua who turns 9 this week.

12/6/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Joseph who turned 10 this week.

Jared who turned 11 this week.

1/6/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Rafaela who turned 4 last week.

Yael who turned 11 last week.

Joshua who turned 5 last week.

Ethan who turned 11 last week.

Lila who turned 11 last week.

Odelya who turns 11 this week.

Maya who turns 11 this week.

Ari who turns 7 this week.

Mila who turns 5 this week.

21/5/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Jenna who turned 11 this week.

Scarlett who turned 9 this week.

Teddy who turns 11 this week.

Hillel who turns 8 this week.

Charlie who turns 7 this week.

Lielle who turns 10 this week.

Adele who turns 7 this week.

14/5/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Jessica who turned 4 this week.

Roy who turned 6 this week.

Jasmine who turned 6 this week.

Ari who turned 7 this week.

Zac who turns 10 this week

7/5/2020

 

 

Happy birthday to:

Jake who turned 11 this week.

Lyla who turned 6 this week.

Layla who turned 6 this week.

Jamie who turns 6 this week.

 

Happy Birthday to:

Ella who turned 10 this week.

Mia who turned 5 this week.

Sophie who turned 4 this week.

Eli who turns 5 this week.

Joshua who turns 4 this week.

22/4/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Anoushka who turned 7 this week.

Isaac who turns 11 this week.

Bella who turned 8 this week.

Mia who turns 8 this week.

Joshua who turns 6 this week.

 

17/4/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Lexi who turned 9 last week.

Henry who turned 4 last week.

Ethan who turned 11 this week.

Olivia who turned 5 this week.

Rafael who turned 5 this week.

Seth who turned 11 this week.

Ollie who turned 6 this week.

 

Kerem Staff Say Shabbat Shalom

Gratitude

Still image for this video

2/4/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Daniel who turned 9 this week.

27/3/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Rafi who turned 11 this week.

Jemima who turned 7 this week.

Mia who turned 10 this week.

Ollie who turned 8 this week.

Orli who turned 11 this week.

Raymond who turned 4 this week.

Chloe who turns 11 this week.

Raphael who turns 8 this week.

Archie who turns 11 this week.

18/3/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Daliyah who turned 5 this week.

Zak who turned 10 this week.

Yasmin who turned 8 today.

Max who turns 9 this week.

 

 

Celebration Tea Party 13.3.2020

12/3/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Izzy who turned 11 this week.

Zachary who turns 5 this week.

Celebration tea party 5.3.2020

5/3/2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Rafi who turned 8 this week.

Ariana who turns 5 this week.

Jesse who turned 4 this week.

Sara who turns 11 this week.

Amelie who turned 8 this week.

 

Champions! Year 6 win the Macabbi Netball Tournament

28.2.2020 - Homework Forums

 

This week I was joined by just over 50 parents at the homework forums. Each discussion was different from the last but they were all full of rich conversation which has provided me with a real insight into the views of parents. I learnt a lot from what was shared with me and look forward to sharing a summary of responses with you in the near future. The next stage of this process is for the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) and me to work through the responses to understand how the parent body feels about homework. These will be discussed alongside the views of the SLT who will consider how this might impact our current homework policy. 

 

I really enjoyed the experience of open discussion with so many of you and hope that this is something I can build into life at Kerem. Should you have any thoughts on future forum topics, please contact Karen who will pass this information on to me. 

 

 

28.2.2020 - Friday celebrations - Tea Party and Alef Champ

27.2.2020 Forest School

 

The Girl Guide in me knows that there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing! Year 6 had a great time at Forest School. The last time the children attended Forest School it was the summer so it was great for them to see the environment in different weather conditions. Pop over to the Forest School blog to read up about what each class got up to there today. 

 

25.2.2020 - Jewish Interactive Year 6 workshop

 

This evening Year 6 and their parents were lucky enough to be joined by Sammy Morhaim from Jewish Interactive who ran a session on the theme of Purim. They were tasked with the challenge of creating a game for their iPads based on the theme of ‘Things are not always as they seem.’ Their Jewish knowledge, creativity and computing skills combined brilliantly to produce some excellent games. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Elijah who turns 4 this week.

Ava who turns 11 this week.

 

 

14.2.2020

 

I am not sure I can remember such an action-packed week at school. The buzz around Book Week was great both at the EYU and the Norrice Lea site. 

 

The children debated, they read poems, they were visited by authors, they participated in a quiz, they hot seated characters (ask your child what this means),  parents wrote with their child and this was in amongst regular lessons! The number of minutes that the children reached in their reading was quite phenomenal and we hope that they continue to read with such enthusiasm long after the sponsored read has finished. 

 

It was also the last week of this first Forest School block for Year 3 and 4 so some of the children were joined by their parents to see what happens. 

 

I hope that everyone has a great break. I am looking forward to meeting with those of you who are attending the homework forums in the first week.

 

Shabbat shalom

Today I was joined by these children at the tea party - congratulations to all of them for all of their efforts in class this week

This week there were even more children showing the progress that they are making in the Hebrew reading. Congratulation to all of them for their hard work

12.2.2020 - Author and illustrator Ted Dewan visits children at the EYU

 

The nursery and reception children had a wonderful morning when the author and illustrator Ted Dewan visited the EYU. They really enjoyed listening to some of his stories and were fascinated to see him draw the characters Bing and Flop. He was very impressed with the questions they had prepared for him and happily answered them. He also joined the reception children in the playground at break time and they were so excited to chat with him and share their thoughts. 

11/2/2020

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

 

Leo who turns 7 next week.

Chloe who turns 11 next week.

Shai who turns 9 next week.

Ariella who turned 5 this week.

Emily who turns 5 next week.

Amelie who turns 10 this week.

Freddie who turned 7 this week.

Ethan who turns 5 next week.

10.2.2020 - DfE health information ahead of half-term

 

We have received advice from the Department for Education (DfE) regarding the Coronavirus. The overall risk of Coronavirus remains moderate. The purpose of this letter is to share the guidance that we have received with you which emphasises the importance of good hygiene.

 

The DfE has advised that you should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus and there is no reason why your children should not continue to attend school as normal.

 

The DfE recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China or affected areas during the forthcoming half-term period. Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling or returning from the area. This can be found at:

 

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

www.gov.uk/government/news/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-and-avian-flu-advice-for-travel-to-china

 

What action we can take

 

A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.  Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses. 

 

The latest information can also be found at:

 

www.gov.uk/coronavirus  

 

We continue to monitor the wider situation and will keep you informed of any further guidance we receive.

 

7th February 2020

Congratulations to the children who reached the next level in Alef Champ and to the children who joined Mrs Sharman for the tea party.

6th February 2020
Today we took part in Inside Out Day - children and staff chose to wear an item of clothing inside out to symbolise that how people look on the outside does not always mirror how they feel on the inside. £107 was raised for JAMI which supports mental health in the Jewish community.
As part of the JNF Festival of Spoken Ivrit, we were privileged to be visited today by the Israeli Orna Porat Theatre Company. Years One to Four watched a fantastic presentation of Town Mouse and Country Mouse, performed mostly in Ivrit. This was followed this afternoon for Years Five and Six with an incredible performance of Herzl, Dream come True.   The children were totally captivated by these amazing performances and thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the production as well.

 

Happy Birthday to:

 

Mia who turns 10 this week.

Sophie who turned 11 this week.

Raphy who turned 9 this week.

 

 

5.2.2020 - Hot off the press!

 

Our Celtic warriors return from their day out. Read the Year 3 blog later in the week to find out more about what they got up to. 

 

Book week

 

Preparations are well underway for our book week which is taking place next week. There is a book quiz, a debate, guest authors, a poetry recital and many other activities. 


JW3 is also holding a Children's Book Festival.

 

 

 

Here is a list of their activities. Below is a link should you wish to book any of the activities.

11.30 - 12:15   Helen Peters: Anna at War                       £6 9+   
12:00 - 12:45 Frann Preston:I am the seed that grew that tree                          £6  5+
1:00 -  1:45  Kate Pankhurst : Great women                    £6   6+  
1:30 -  2:15      Andy Stanton: Historical innacuracy Guaranteed                        £8   7+  
2:00 - 2:45   Helen Peters: An Otter Called Pebble                £6   5+  
3:00 - 3:45   Benji Davies: Meet Tad the Tadpole                £6   4+

 

 

 https://www.jw3.org.uk/bookniks-2020

4.2.2020 - Chaggigut Siddur

 

Wow! What a morning. It is events like this that leave me feeling so proud of everything that Kerem does. It was a joy to see how delighted the children were to receive their own siddur, they are so excited to use it during teffilah tomorrow. A big thank you to Mrs Roodyn, Mr Fingerhut, Morah Neta and Mrs Shannon for preparing the children for today. Thank you also to Mrs Borman, Mrs Rosenberg and Mrs Sassoon, the children’s confidence has really grown since they have been in Year 1. Final thanks must go to the parents for the time and effort they put into decorating the siddurim. I am sure the children will cherish them.

 

3.2.2020 E-safety evening

 

The many parents who attended the E-safety evening were both entertained and educated by Heather from ECP. She gave parents good advice about how to support their children to ensure that they are safe online. She was not advocating for children not being online, although there were some games and apps that she warned parents might not be as they seemed. She showed parents how to ensure security settings were at the right level and which search sites are safer alternatives to the mainstream ones. She signposted a number of good websites that parents can use, a particularly good one being one where you can type in the name of an app and it will give you all of the information you need to know if it is appropriate for your children. 

 

Thank you to all of the families who attended. Heather will be sending us the slides that she used and as soon as she does we will forward them on to you. If you were not able to attend, I recommend that you take the time to look through them. Thank you to Mr Moses for organising the day for the children as well as the evening for parents and to the PTA for supporting the event.

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Samuel who turned 7 this week.

Maya who turned 5 this week.

Naomi who turned 8 this week.

Shachar who turns 8 this week.

E-safety evening

 

On Monday evening from 7.30pm - 9.30pm we will be holding an e-safety evening for all parents. These evenings are incredibly informative and whatever stage of internet use your child is at, there is plenty to learn. I have attended these meetings in my capacity as a member of staff and a parent and I am always astonished/terrified by what I hear and learn. We hope to fill the room and for parents to leave feeling that they have a good understanding of the range of apps and games that are available to children of all ages and how best to ensure they are safe online.  

 

Mazel Tov to the following children who reached the next level in Alef Champ and who joined me this morning for the tea party

30.1.2020

 

Kerem has a great reputation for netball. They train hard and play harder. Before, during and after school I see girls and boys coming in from or going out to train. Today I was lucky enough to watch the Year 6 team at Brookland School and I have to say, I was blown away. The speed and accuracy in which the children moved the ball down the court was quite something. I knew they were good but they were really good! What was also lovely to see was their sporting etiquette and when, after many shots, Brookland scored, our team clapped for them. Well done to all of the children and a big thank you to Shar, Debbie and Mr Moses for the time and energy they put into training. 

28.1.2020 

 

Year 3 trip to The Apple Store

 

Year 3 had a fantastic time on their outing to the Apple Store in Brent Cross, where they took part in a special workshop using iMovie. Led by some Apple facilitators, the children chose a film genre and created their own movie trailers. The children were very enthusiastic and engaged throughout their workshop and enjoyed watching their work on a huge screen. 

28.1.2020

 

Journeys

 

The word journey can conjure many different images for us, relating to both physical and metaphorical journeys. It would appear that was also the case for our creative Year 6s as they embarked on their open homework. 

 

Pupils in Year 6 were asked to produce a project based on the theme of a journey. The finished products were quite spectacular and the range of topics they chose demonstrates their wide range of interests. Today, they exhibited and talked about their projects to their parents as well as pupils from Year 4 and 5. The buzz in the room was phenomenal and it was a real 'Kerem' moment that demonstrated the freedom and creativity that is encouraged and the high quality of work that is achieved. 

 

Kol ha Kavod Year 6 and thank you to their parents for supporting them with the work that they did. 

Tea Party 24.1.2020

 

Happy Birthday to:

Ashton who turns 6 this week.

Emmi who turns 7 this week.

I am thrilled to have been able to share with you the outcome of our recent ISI inspection. Below is the link to the report. 

 

https://www.keremschool.co.uk/isi/

 

 

 

 

Tea Party - 17.1.2020

 

A new invitation was used for today's tea party. This one was designed by Lily in Year 6. Keep an eye out for any other designs that might be used. At the tea party we talk about the week that is finishing and look forward to the next week. The children tell me about something they have really enjoyed, something that they have learnt or can now do that they could not do at the beginning of the week and something that they hope to focus on next week. I love spending this time with the children and getting an insight into their week.

 

Today I visited Forest School with Year 4 and Reception

16.1.2020

 

I am so proud of our Year 6 football teams. Not only did both teams make it to the final of the Barnet South League, with them both qualifying for the regional final, but they also won an award for good sportsmanship. 

 

A big thank you to Mr Moses for taking the teams. 

 

Well done boys!

 

Happy birthday to:

Rafi who turned 9 this week.

14.1.2020

 

Today I was in Year 3 for the unveiling of the new ukuleles!

 

The children, Mr Fingerhut, Mrs Collins, Mr Portnoi and I are all very excited about the children learning to play the ukulele. I am sure that Mrs Collins will keep the Year 3 blog updated with their progress as the weeks go on. I am sure that we will have a chance to hear the children play during the summer term show. 

 

 

New Kerem Cards

 

Back in September, the children were invited to design greeting cards to be used by the school on different occasions. Dvorah's design was chosen and adapted for use for all occasions.

 

Congratulations Dvorah - we are all very excited about being able to use these new cards.

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to:

Freeya who turned 5 in the holiday.

Ori who turned 11 in the holiday.

Ofri who turned 6 in the holiday.

Annabelle who turned 6 in the holiday.

Nili who turned 5 in the holiday.

Jonathan who turned 5 in the holiday.

Joey who turned 4 in the holiday.

Jordan who turned 4 in the holiday.

Jamie-Anna who turned 11 in the holiday.

Samuel who turned 4 in the holiday.

Joey who turned 6 in the holiday.

Charles who turns 11 this week.

Hannah who turns 7 this week.

Eliana who turns 8 this week.

Bella who turned 8 this week.

Bronze STARS Award

 

As a school, we have been working towards STARS recognition. STARS is Transport for London's Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe Programme. The travel initiative supports lowering congestion and pollution on Barnet's roads and promotes active lifestyle choices and behaviours. We have been using our daily travel tracker to assess how well we are doing. 

 

Achieving a bronze award is a really good start but always wanting to be the highest achievers means that we would now like to aim for the gold award. Each family can help to contribute directly to our achievement. It would be amazing if everyone who lived in the roads surrounding Norrice Lea and Kingsley Way were walking to school. For families that live further away, 'Park and Stride' is a great alternative which still promotes the values of the programme. 

 

7.1.2020

 

Welcome back!

 

I hope that everyone has had a marvellous break and is ready for all of the excitement of the Spring Term.

 

Staff have spent the last 2 days engaged in great training, allowing for time to consider and discuss as a whole staff team, different areas of school life. There was a focus on the school development plan, maximising the impact of teaching assistants, homework, assessment, developing the use of a new Jewish/Ivrit interactive programme and the development of characteristics of learning. We are excited to share more with you about the latter on the parent evening on May 6th. 

 

We are all excited about what the new term will bring. Years 3 and 4 get to have their first Forest School experience of the year and Reception continue with theirs. Amongst other things we have Book Week, Internet Safety Day, Tu Bishvat, Purim, STEM week and Pesach.

 

Our 3 Kerem Cares committees will be busy making suggestions and improvements and our Year 6s will continue to take on their roles and responsibilities. 

 

I hope to be able to share the published ISI report with you in the next couple of weeks. 

 

Wishing everyone a great term.

 

 

End of term shows

Primary Maths Challenge 12.12.19 A very big well done to all of our winners, especially Ella who goes through to the next round

12.12.19 Year 6 sang to members of the HGSS community

 

Happy Birthday to:

 

Alexa who turned 4 this week.

Oliver who turned 5 this week.

Maya who turned 5 this week.

Ari who turned 9 this week.

 

Winners! Congratulations to our netball teams who came 1st and 3rd in the Maccabi Netball Tournament. What a great achievement.

More books!

 

Today (10/12/19), more children came to see me with their books. It was so lovely to see how keen the children are to come and show off their hard work. I can see just how hard they and their teachers have been working this term. 

Bingo Books 9.12.19

 

Each week, different children come to see me with their books. We have a look at the work that they have been doing in each subject, they show me work that they are proud of, they tell me about what they have been learning and we talk about how they can make improvements to their work. Today, some of the children from years 4 and 6 who have already been to Bingo books, came back to see me, to tell me how they have used the feedback to make further improvements to their work. They were very excited to show me the piece of work that they are most proud of. 

6.12.19

 

Wow!

 

What an amazing week it has been. There is nothing better than being able to show off something you are passionate about to a group of people who are keen to hear it and I can assure you, we more than showed them everything that is wonderful about Kerem. The children were also a credit to us and you, talking confidently and enthusiastically about life and learning at school. 

 

I want to thank you all for your supportive words before and during the inspection. Thank you also to those parents who took the time to fill in the questionnaires. The results were mainly positive which was lovely to see. If there was a question which you answered 3 or 4 to then please do come and talk to someone at school about how you feel. 

 

Inspection reports are normally available in 3 working weeks which means that due to all of the December bank holidays it will probably be early January before we hear anything. As soon as the report has been published it will be available on the ISI website and we will share it with you. 

 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

 

 

 

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 6th December

 

 

Number of children late: 39

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 8

Number of children out of school for a family event: 7

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 1

Tea Party 6.12.19

It was such a joy to see muddy smiley children returning from Forest School yesterday. The children are really enjoying the experiences that they are having at Forest School each week and we can really see their skills developing. You can find out what has happened each week by reading the Forest School Blog. 

 

https://www.keremschool.co.uk/forest-school-1/ 


 

Tea party 29.11.19

More Alef Champ success!

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 29th November

 

 

Number of children late: 26

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 10

Number of children out of school for a family event: 8

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 1

22.11.19

 

This week, staff in Years 1-6 have been preparing for parents’ evening. Part of this involves all staff who teach a year group meeting together to talk about the attainment and progress of the children. Everyone discusses how the children are getting on in all areas of their learning as well as socially and emotionally. These meetings allow for great dialogue between staff and ensure that everyone has the same expectations of all pupils. From hearing the conversations, I know that you are going to be hearing valuable feedback about your children when you meet with teachers in the coming weeks. 

 

On Wednesday we turned purple! Thank you for supporting this initiative. We raised £323.90 which we know that Grief Encounter are very grateful for. 

 

As the weather is getting colder, it is important that all children have coats in school. Please check your child's coat to see that it is named and that it has a hook to hang it on. 

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 22nd November

 

 

Number of children late: 12

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 7

Number of children out of school for a family event: 3

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 2

It was a pleasure to hand out Alef Champ certificates today. Well done to the children for doing well with their hebrew reading. Lots of other children told me how hard they are working to make progress with their reading.

I love the start of Fridays as I get to spend 20 minutes with the children who had been chosen to come to the tea party. We always talk about what has been great about the week and how children are looking to challenge themselves further next week.

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 15th November

 

 

Number of children late: 23

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 6

Number of children out of school for a family event: 2

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 2

12.11.19

 

As part of Maths week, Mrs Collins ran a Maths quiz. Children represented their houses and it was great to see the enthusiastic buzz around Maths. There were even questions for the audience to answer too.

11.11.19

This morning some of our Year 6 pupils led us in a Remembrance Day ceremony. They told us about the history of Remembrance Day as well and read some poems. The whole school observed a minute's silence.

 

This week is Maths Week which will see the children engaging in lots of 'addition'al - pun intended - Maths activities. Maybe you can get involved at home by asking lots of number related questions or giving extra focus to an area of learning - eg number recognition, number bonds, times tables, prime numbers. The aim of the week is to engage children in maths activities outside of traditional maths lessons in order that they can see the value of maths in everyday life. I hope that they have lots of fun. Thank you to Mrs Collins who has led the staff team in the planning and preparation of this week.

10.11.19 We are all so privileged!

 

As I reflect on the Shabbaton, I keep coming back to one thought, and that is how privileged we all are. Although the experiences of the weekend highlighted it, the reality is that we are blessed every day.

 

The staff are privileged to have the opportunity to work with children and families who are enthusiastic and committed to learning and exciting new experiences. This weekend, parents were generous enough to trust us with giving their children a wonderful Shabbat experience away from home, being cared for by staff. The children engaged fully in their experiences, letting themselves be looked after by their teachers, who, in their words "are very different out of school!"

 

Similarly, our children and families are privileged to have staff who will go over and above to offer great experiences for pupils. To leave their own families for a weekend to be with the children speaks volumes about their care, commitment and dedication to the children and the families of Kerem School and I would like to take this moment to thank them all. 

 

With such a strong staff, parent and pupil team, it is no wonder that Kerem is a wonderful school. 

Shavua tov from everyone at the Shabbaton

We have spent an amazing shabbat together. The ruach has been wonderful and great fun has been had. Before making havdalah the children reflected on their favourite part of shabbat and it was very special to hear many of them reflect on the learning and davening that they have done together. Now for our motzei shabbat activities and hopefully a little more sleep than last night! 

Shabbat shalom

8.11.19

 

The weeks seem to be flying by and the fog this morning was a gentle reminder that winter is just around the corner. Please remember to send your children with appropriate clothing for the colder days.

 

The children have all been working hard and as I have visited each class I can see how their learning behaviours are developing and their focus and effort is increasing each week. Every week I meet a child from each class and they have an opportunity to show me their books. If you ask them about this, they will know it as Bingo Books. It is a great opportunity for them to show me how hard they have been working and how their skills and knowledge are increasing week on week.

 

This weekend sees our Year 4 and 5 children along with some very excited members of staff heading off to the Shabbaton. Spending Shabbat with your friends is very special and I know we are going to have a great time. I look forward to telling you all about it next week!

 

Thank you to those of you who have supported the poppy appeal. The Head Prefects enjoyed the opportunity to organise a rota for selling poppies for this great cause. You will see that an email has been sent out about the Camp Simcha toy drive. I know how generous everyone is and how lucky the children who receive the gifts are. 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

 

 

I was joined by these children at the tea party today. They were telling me the different curriculum areas that they are feeling more confident in this week.

This week I was lucky enough to be at the EYU in time for Reception’s Shabbat Party

Children created a news reel at coding club this week

Still image for this video

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 8th November

 

 

Number of children late: 12

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 6

Number of children out of school for a family event: 2

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 0

Steve McQueen: Year 3 Project at Tate Britain

 

Last year our current Year 4s took part in a special art project for Turner prize-winning artist Steve McQueen. He undertook a large scale project to capture a glimpse of the capital's future, a hopeful portrait of a generation to come. You can read more about the project here. 

 

https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/steve-mcqueen-year-3

 

A photograph of the class was taken and this has been put together with thousands of other class photos to create a single large-scale installation. The exhibition can be seen at Tate Britain between 12th November 2019 -3rd May 2020. These photos can also be seen on large billboards across London so if you see one of our children then please take a photo and send it into school.

 

 

PaJeS, together with the Jewish News, are delighted to announce the launch of the Jewish School Awards 2020. Taking place on 11th February 2020, we will be celebrating five years of this prestigious event.

 

Awards Categories

The last four years have seen teachers and non-teaching staff recognised in four categories. The 2020 awards will differ as they feature three new categories, focusing on collaboration in both primary and secondary education.  We would like to encourage you to urge your staff, colleagues, parents and students to nominate their teachers.

There are three categories in total and in each one, an award will be made both to a primary and a secondary school.  

 

Curriculum Collaboration Award
Collaboration between Jewish studies and secular studies

This award will recognise a team of Jewish or Ivrit studies and secular studies teachers who have implemented a joint initiative that has enriched teaching and learning across both Jewish and secular curriculum areas.

Beyond the Classroom Award
Learning about the wider community

This award will recognise a teacher or group of teachers who have initiated a programme that takes students out of the classroom in order to offer them a broader range of learning experiences.  This could include engagement with the wider community and initiatives that have contributed to a deeper understanding of British values.

Volunteer Award
Honouring school-based volunteering

This award will recognise an individual or group of volunteers, governors, parents or others, who are not employed by the school but who have significantly contributed and improved aspects of school life. 

 

If you feel that you would like to nominate anyone for any of these catergories then please click on the link below which will take you directly to the Pajes website.

 

https://www.pajes.org.uk/jewish_schools_awards_2020

1.11.19 These are the children who joined me at the tea party this week

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 1st November

 

 

Number of children late: 5

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 8

Number of children out of school for a family event: 3

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 0

29.10.19 Today I visited Immanuel College and was lucky enough to have a catch up with ex Kerem pupils who are now in Year 7.

The children were very excited to play on the new equipment in the playground

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 25th October

 

 

Number of children late: 6

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment:2

Number of children out of school for a family event: 15

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 0

Pupil Voice

 

I am passionate about children making a meaningful contribution to school life. This year we have moved from all Year 6 pupils being a prefect to having a smaller number. Anyone who wanted to be considered for the role needed to fill in a detailed application about the attributes that they would bring to the role.  

 

In addition to this, we have expanded our school council into 3 groups, each with a specific purpose. We will be focusing on community, charity and the environment. Children who wanted to be in these councils needed to present a manifesto and were voted by children in the class. 

 

I am thrilled to announce children who are going to be representing the student body this year are.

 

Year 6 Prefects 2019/2020

 

Head Prefects

Chloe G

Archie 

Odelya 

 

JS Prefects

Lila 

Reuben 

Sara 

 

Library Prefects

Jenna 

Kitty 

Orli 

 

Office Prefects

Sophie 

Coco 

Ava 

 

Sport Prefects

Maya 

Leah 

Charles 

 

Technology Prefects

Chloe

Seth

Teddy

 

 


 

Kerem Cares Committees

 
 

Kehilla  

Tzedakah

Tikkun Olam

Year 1

Ofri A

Ollie 

Ariel 

Annabelle 

 

Joey 

Sophia 

 

Year 2

Levi 

Anoushka 

Zara 

Hannah 

 

 

Louie 

Ari.G

 

 

Year 3

Sophie

Naomi

Ollie

Rafi

 

 

Amelie 

Josh

 

 

Year 4

Sarah

Daniel

Ella Bracha

Amelie

 

 

Max

Shai

 

 

Year 5

Mia B. 

Zac

Joseph

Zak

 

 

Amelie 

Mia C

 

 

Year 6TS

Raymond

Eva

Isaac

Ethan 

Leo

 

Dvorah

Isabella

 

 

Year 6W

Lily

Jamie-Anna

Ella

Keira

 

Izzy

Jake

 

11.10.19 - I was joined at the tea party by these children

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 11th October

 

 

Number of children late: 17

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 4

Number of children out of school for a family event: 13

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 0

Thursday 10th October

Today Mr Moses took a large squad to the Barnet Cross Country Heat 1 event. There were between 70 and 90 participants in each race from over 35 schools.

 

Our runners did extremely well in the tough 1 mile course, with one Y6 boy qualifying to represent Barnet which is a great achievement.  Stay tuned to see where the school came overall. 

Thursday 10th October

 

Today parents from Years 1 and 2 were invited to join their children at Forest School. I was lucky enough to get to the Year 2 session. 

4.10.19

 

At Kerem, a short week is no less busy than a regular week. I had an opportunity to get into every class this week and the children were all working hard. I saw children in a range of classes learning about Yom Kippur and could see how their knowledge progresses as they move up the school. I saw children creating non-fiction texts, other learning how to use their iPads to record their learning and a comprehension lesson being based on a video. Year 5 and 6 pupils participated in a Shakespeare workshop, really bringing their learning to life.

 

Democracy was also in action this week with children from Year 1 to Year 6 standing for a position on our new school councils. The councils are all going under the umbrella Kerem Cares and will give pupils a chance to have a real influence on decisions made at school. In addition to this, many Year 6 pupils have submitted their application forms for the position of prefect or Head prefect. All of these positions will be announced next week.

 

Wishing you Shabbat Shalom

 

 

Weekly Statistics - Week ending Friday 4th October

 

 

Number of children late: 15

Number of children taken out of school for an appointment: 2

Number of children out of school for a family event: 11

 

Number of parents who missed a security duty: 1

Tea Party and Lower School Kabbalat Shabbat

3.10.19 Today I saw the amazing collaboration and determination at Forest School. I was with Reception as they used flints to create sparks and fires.