ORT Tekhiya School # 1311
The Secondary School # 1311 was opened in October 1991 as the first Jewish state school in post-soviet Russia. An ORT Technology Centre was opened at the school in October 2002.
In 2006 the school was recognized as a Centre of Education, to include a pre-school, elementary, junior high and high school. A new building was added to the school in 2010, which houses the pre-school, the assembly and sports halls, and the canteen.
|Name of School||ORT Tekhiya School # 1311|
|Age range||Preschool, Elementary, Junior High, High School|
Alongside the general education provided in accordance with the Russian Federation National Curriculum and Moscow Regional Curriculum, the school also offers two advanced study tracks supported by ORT: Jewish education and technology education.
Students in the 1st to 4th grades follow the Tal-AM program, whilst students in the 5th to 9th grade follow NETA. Hebrew is studied for 3 hours per week in the 1st to 9th grades and is offered as an optional 1 hour per week course in the 10th and 11th grades.
Various ORT and Heftsiba projects enable the school’s Hebrew teachers to receive appropriate training and develop their skills. The Hebrew department itself trains teachers from other schools on incorporating technology into their Hebrew teaching.
Culture and Traditions of the Jewish People
This subject is taught in the 5th to 11th grades for 2 hours per week. Students work on individual and group projects in preparation for Jewish events and holidays. In the 5th grade students undertake a project combining ICT and Jewish education, where they create websites on Torah personalities or other Jewish subjects.
History of the Jewish People
This subject is taught in the 8th and 9th grades for 2 hours per week and is offered as an optional 1 hour per week in 10th and 11th grades, in which students learn about Jewish literature and the history of the contemporary Jewish world.
Bar-Bat Mizvah project
This project runs in the 6th and 7th grades. It consists of helping students to study their Torah portion and to prepare their presentations. Parents also take an active part.
The school runs a Jewish theatre society and a school choir which perform regularly. Students go on educational trips to places of Jewish interest, for example to Italy (“Italian PurimSpiel”) in 2015.
In addition, the school is twinned with Reali School in Haifa, Israel, which enables students to meet and undertake joint activities, arrange video conferences and exchange video films on special occasions.
The school museum entitled “The History of People through the History of Family” has opened a new exhibition in 2013. In addition to housing fixed and virtual exhibitions overseen by students, the museum organises research expeditions and develops museum educational games.
Pre-school “Tinok” group (kindergarten)
- Jewish holidays: the family approach
- First steps in Hebrew through music
- Optional Hebrew studies for parents and children
- Shabbat celebrations on Fridays
- Creative projects on Jewish themes
- Lectures on Jewish history for parents
- New publishing activities
A Jewish Sunday School has been running at the school since 2010, and is supported by the Jewish Agency of Israel. All subjects are taught within an informal education framework, for example: Jewish festival celebrations, a family club, film club, project presentations and excursions
The ORT Technology Centre aims to engage both students and teachers with ICT, putting emphasis on teaching multimedia, video and television technologies. The centre operates a digital animation studio and a TV studio. There is also a cable television system installed at the School, which can show video materials created in the studios, together with educational programs on satellite television.
Students in the 1st to 4th grades take a technology class for 1 hour per week, in accordance with the Russian national curriculum. The course includes origami and LEGO construction; embroidery, fabric design and cooking.
ICT and Computer Science
Elementary training in ICT is provided for 1 hour per week for students in the 1st and 2nd grades. The course develops students’ skills in mathematics and logic.
Students in the 3rd and 4th grades study at an introductory level for 1 hour per week. They learn the basic concepts of computer science – for example, combinations and algorithms – in addition to becoming familiar with simple computer hardware and software.
Students in the 5th to 9th grades study at a basic level for 2 hours per week. Their classes cov
- algorithms and programming with the LEGO Robolab and NXT robots
- using office applications such as word processors and spreadsheets, databases, presentation software, image and graphic editors, e-mail, web design
- fundamentals of Internet and information security
- computer simulation
At pre-vocational level, 10th and 11th grade students learn about:
- information coding, number systems, Boolean algebra
- web editing, video editing and publishing systems
- fundamentals of programming
- mathematical modeling in the economy
- information security
Extracurricular Classes in Technology
Fundamentals of robotics and programming classes can be taken in the 1st to 6th grade as an elective course. Students create their own models using LEGO sets and construct motorized mechanical vehicles.
Video technology is an elective course available to students in the 3rd to 11th grades. Making use of the school’s TV studio, students write scripts, create storyboards and practise the skills of shooting and video-editing.
Since 2017 the Digital TV Video Studio project has been implemented in Moscow, School # 1311, ORT “Tekhiya”, including professional retraining of the Studio’s leader, upgrading facilities and supporting the teaching and production process.