Ivrit is taught from the Early Years Foundation Stage onwards with the main aim being to instil a love for the language and Israel from an early age. We hope that children leave Morasha with the ability to understand spoken language, read and understand texts, write their own sentences and speak with increasing confidence. The language is taught in an inclusive way so that all children, including those with SEN can access the curriculum.
In the Foundation Stage and KS1 we follow the Chalav U’Dvash programme. The focus is on speaking and listening and children learn in a fun and interactive way mainly through songs, games, role-play activities and the use of flahcards. Children progressively build on their Ivrit skills. By the end of KS1 they are able to: Understand a range of familiar spoken phrases, imitate correct pronunciation, say short sentences, answer simple questions, use a variety of adjectives, use masculine and feminine genders appropriately and use new vocabulary through role play.
In KS2 the children follow the Ivrit Beclick programme. The Ivrit Beclick resource includes study units dealing with a variety of topics such as My School, Weather, Clothes and Shopping. Central to each unit is a short video clip depicting a situation in daily life, and the rest of the unit is made up of interactive activities and games, worksheets, flash cards, and other materials. It helps children progress gradually through the units in listening, speaking, reading and writing. It also gives children the opportunity to learn about the culture and way of life in Israel. Children can describe things orally and in writing and begin to work out the meaning of unfamiliar words. They can read and understand a short text. By the end of Year 6 children can create their own sentences, engage in longer conversations and understand longer texts.