At The Toronto Heschel School, students learn through an Integrated Curriculum, which weaves academic disciplines from both Jewish and General Studies together under an overarching “Big Idea”. Students keep the big idea in mind while learning skills that fulfill (or exceed) the academic demands of their grade.
In each grade, central curricular themes span multiple Jewish and general subjects. For example, in Grade 5, the theme “From Slavery to Freedom” is echoed throughout the curriculum. In Chumash (Bible studies), the students study the Exodus from Egypt. In language arts, they read Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker and explore the journey of African American slaves escaping to Canada via the Underground Railroad. In visual arts, the students create a Seder plate for the African American characters in the novel. To read more about this big idea in Grade 5, click here.