The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Synagogue trip

Children in Oak and Acorn Classes enjoyed a visit to Chatham Memorial Synagogue to support their learning in RE.  They were shown around the synagogue by Irina who showed pointed out the main features, such as the Ark (where they keep the Torah Scrolls) and the everlasting light. The children were interested to learn that in every synagogue in the world there is a wall which faces Jerusalem.  On this wall is a Star of David, the everlasting light, the ark and the Ten Commandments written in Hebrew. They got to see the Torah scrolls and were amazed to learn that one of them was around 500 years old and another was 300 years old. Torah scrolls are written by hand - an endeavour that takes around two years to complete. Some children were chosen to wear prayer shawls (the boys also wore Kippahs) and read from a book of the Torah using a Yad (a special hand-shaped pointer) as you are not allowed to touch the Torah with your hands. The children saw the different sections for men and women to pray separately.  The trip really helped both Oak and Acorn class extend their knowledge of Judaism.