Modern Hebrew (Ivrit)

All students study Ivrit throughout Key Stage 3. The school aims to equip students to be able to interact confidently in social situations.

Why learn Ivrit?

As well as the standard benefits of learning a modern foreign language that this offers, the School believes passionately that learning Ivrit helps students to develop their Jewish identities and to gain an understanding of Israeli culture.

Ivrit at JFS

Students are set from the start of Year 7 based on a test taken in Year 6. This enables teachers to set work appropriate to the students’ ability, which ranges from native speaker to complete beginner. Whilst the most experienced and able Ivrit speakers may be able to take a GCSE exam early, complete beginners spend the first year familiarising themselves with basic vocabulary and pronunciation as well as learning how to read and write in Ivrit.

How do we teach?

A range of teaching materials are used according to the ability of the class, but these will always cover the four MFL skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Grammar is taught through topics which are relevant to young people.

Visiting Israel

In Year 9, the School offers a range of opportunities for students wishing to visit Israel and practise their Ivrit. These include the Kibbutz Lavi programme and the ‘A Taste of Israel’ (ATOI) trips.