Jewish Studies

What will my child learn?

JFS provides Jewish Studies (JS) for all students in Years 7 – 13. There are a number of options available to students when they join JFS with regard to their Jewish Studies. The core Jewish Studies curriculum is a values based curriculum based on Kohlberg’s theory of moral development, whereby students explore not only the Torah text but also the contemporary relevance of each event and the values that can be applied to their own lives. The JS curriculum also encompasses a Citizenship and PSHE programme.

We also offer a text-based programme which focuses more on traditional Jewish learning skills, enabling students to feel a sense of confidence and ownership over Jewish texts. We concentrate on developing skills of analysis and ultimately teach students how to learn.

Furthermore, we offer an Enhanced Jewish Studies Programme which consists of various after school shiurim, extra-curricular trips and Yemei Iyun. The stimulating course provides for the motivated student Yeshiva and Seminary-style learning, while also offering a range of activities from the Jewish Informal Education Programme (JiEP).

How many lessons will my child have?

There are 6 hours of Jewish Studies each fortnight for students in Years 7 – 11. Those students opting to join the Enhanced Jewish Studies programme will enjoy a further 6 hours each fortnight, which is further supplemented by an option of up to 4 hours of additional learning at lunchtimes.

Informal Jewish Education

The Jewish Informal Education Programmes (JiEP) department offer a diverse and exciting range of extra-curricular Jewish opportunities that permeate the very fabric of JFS. These programmes range from facilitating prayer, to organising visits abroad, from charitable activities to fun excursions. The depth and variety of Informal Jewish opportunities available is unrivalled.

Key Stage 3


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Year 7

  •  Why study the Torah again
  • Relevance of the Torah to our lives
  • Creation of the world
  •  Adam and Chava’s sin
  • Kayin and Hevel
  • The Flood
  • The Tower of Bavel
  • How Avraham discovered Hashem
  • Avraham’s journey to Canaan
  • Avraham’s hospitality
  • Avraham’s priorities
  • The destruction of Sedom
  • Akeidat Yitzchak
  • The death and burial of Sarah
  • Finding a wife for Yitzchak
  • Eliezer’s test
  • The birth of Yaakov and Esav
  • The sale of the birthright
  • Yaakov receives the blessing of the firstborn
  • Esav’s reaction
  • Yaakov’s dream
  • Yaakov’s wedding
  • Lavan tricks Yaakov
  • Meaning behind names
  • Yaakov and Esav’s reunion
  • Hashem’s blessing
  • Yaakov’s fight with Esav’s angel
  • The death of Rachel
  • Yaakov’s travels Why Yaakov favoured Yosef
  • Yosef’s dreams
  • Why the brothers hated Yosef
  • The selling of Yosef
  • Yosef in jail


Year 8

  • The Bnei Yisrael in Egypt
  •  Pharaoh’s three decrees
  •  The heroism of the midwives
  •  The birth of Moshe
  • Moshe being placed on the Nile
  • The discovery of Moshe by Batya
  • Growing up in the palace
  • The taskmaster incident
  • Running away to Midyan
  • The burning bush
  • Pharaoh’s refusal to free the Bnei Yisrael
  • The ten plagues
  • The Pesach offering of the lamb
  • The items on the Seder plate
  • The donation of gold & silver to the Bnei Yisrael
  • The Exodus from Egypt
  • Crossing of the Yam Suf
  • The Shira
  •  Pesach


  • The giving of the Torah
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Oral Torah
  • The Golden Calf
  • The counting of the Bnei Yisrael with the half shekel
  • The mann – its qualities and lessons we learn from it
  • The twelve spies
  • Korach’s rebellion


Year 9

  • Why society needs laws
  • The difference between a rule and a law
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Main laws for five other religions
  • The text of the first commandment
  • Main teachings of the Shema
  • Four theories of the existence of a creator
  • The text of the second commandment
  • Definition of idolatry
  • How idolatry began
  •  Avram and the idols Midrash
  • Text of the third commandment
  • What type of oaths are and why
  •  Kiddush and Chilul Hashem – what are they and how do they connect to the third commandment
  • Definition of Lashon Hara, what constitutes Lashon Hara and when is it permitted?
  • Who was the Chafetz Chaim?
  • The text of the fourth commandment
  • Zachor vs Shamor
  • The 39 melachot
  • Outline of Shabbat rituals and observances
  • Havdalah
  • The text of the fifth commandment
  • The Torah’s requirements of honouring parents
  • Parent’s responsibilities towards their children in halacha
  • The story of Dama Ben Netina
  • The text of the sixth commandment
  • Halachic laws about when one can take a life
  •  Risk taking
  • UK law about guns and knives
  • Judaism and gun control
  • The text of the seventh commandment
  • What happens in other faiths’ wedding ceremonies
  • Forced marriages vs arranged marriages
  • The text of the eighth commandment
  • Definitions of theft
  • The Jewish view of theft
  • Hashovat Aveidah
  • Geneivat Daat
  • The text of the ninth commandment
  • What is an oath?
  •  What constitutes lying?
  • The story of King Shlomo and the two women
  • Torah sources about lying
  • The text of the ninth commandment
  • What is an oath?
  • What constitutes lying?
  • The story of King Shlomo and the two women
  • Torah sources about lying
  • Mitzvot bein Adom le makom
  • Mitzvot bein Adom le chavero
  • The story of Hillel and Shammai
  • Achdut – Kamtza and Bar Kamtza
  • Kol Yisrael areivin zeh bazeh
  • The role of the Bet Din
  • Reflecting upon citizenship topics learnt from Years 7 - 9
  • Reflecting upon students’ own progression from age 11 - 14
  • The Jewish concept of Chesed and its connection to citizenship