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Our classes are kept small (a maximum of 26 children in any class) and there is a warm, caring nurturing atmosphere created by our staff in order to give each child a sense of place, purpose and real achievement.
At Kerem School we offer a broad and intensive curriculum which encompasses the best features of the National Curriculum, the demands of which are closely monitored. The traditional core skills in English, Maths and Science are stressed and, in addition, the school offers a balanced and exciting programme of study in secular subjects which include Geography, History, Technology, Music, Art, PE and Information and Communciation Technology.
The children’s progress is continually monitored and assessed. We work through nationally standardised tests to build up a profile of our children’s abilities as they progress through the school. We help our pupils to develop a disciplined approach to class and project work.
When the time comes to consider the right secondary school for our children, we help to identify where each pupil’s potential can be realised and offer parents assistance in their selection.
We maintain close relationships with all leading secondary schools to which our pupils graduate, regularly reviewing entry requirements.
We achieve excellent secondary school entry results – over the past few years over 90 per cent of our pupils have gained entry to their first choice of school, including City of London (Boys and Girls Schools), Haberdashers’ Aske’s (Boys and Girls Schools), Hasmonean High School (Boys and Girls), Henrietta Barnett School, Highgate School, Immanuel College, JFS, North London Collegiate School, South Hampstead High School and University College School.
Kerem School pupils begin to take home some work in Reception class; although the amount is very modest at this stage we believe that the earlier the children learn to apply themselves to school work outside the classroom, the better able they are to work on their own initiative. We expect parents to help children to plan their time, create a working atmosphere, and monitor children’s homework diaries.
As the children progress up the school, the amount of homework increases to a maximum of one hour a day, and at that stage we expect children to be able to produce consistent work independently.
Homework is given for both secular subjects and Jewish studies.
Outings to theatres, museums, historical and geographical sites enrich children’s learning through first-hand experience.
During the year each class has the opportunity to visit places of interest which support topics being taught in history, geography, science, English, music and Jewish studies.
In addition there is a residential field trip for all pupils in Year 6 and a Year 5 Shabbaton
Children at Kerem Early Years Unit enjoy visits to local parks, the theatre and farm to introduce them to new learning experiences.