On Friday, 8th June, Year 6 visited the Jewish Museum in Camden, which was arranged by Mrs Murphy, our History Lead.
The class was shown in the museum and they had the day explained to them. All of the class were given a talk about the Jewish Sabbath or Shabbat, which takes place on Friday evenings. Emma, our guide, explained how the Shabbat table is laid, what it has on it and why. Year 6 were taught words such as: Kippah (hat), challah (bread used at the Passover meal) and tallit (Jewish prayer shawl).
After the talk, every pupil was given a chance to walk through the museum to see some of the exhibitions, which were fascinating.
In the afternoon, Year 6 were very fortunate to hear a speaker called Ruth Barnett. She was 4 years old when she was transported on the Kinder Transport with her older brother, to England. They were fleeing from Berlin, as her father was Jewish and being persecuted by the Nazis. Both her parents survived the Second World War and she did not return to live in Germany, settling in England where she married and had three children. She became a teacher and decided to share her experiences with children.
Thank you to Mrs Ravenscroft who accompanied Year 6 and to Mrs Murphy for arranging it. The whole class was given a very interesting and invaluable insight into the Jewish faith and to the experience of Ruth.