Our focus is not only to develop islamic manners and character in our students, but to teach many different and important aspects of Islam, such as:
- fiqh - islamic jurisprudence; the rules and practices we follow in Islam.
- aqedah - learning and understanding islamic beliefs.
- seerah - the biography of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and its relevance.
- islamic history - spanning the lives of all the previous Prophets as well as major events of importance.
- adhab - Islamic manners and etiquette essential to a moral and rewarding life.
The contemporary applications and implications of these topics are explored and explained in detail, in addition to covering classical knowledge. Consequently, the approach of islamic studies at Madrasa Al-Ikhlas, is one which holds relevance to our students in their everyday lives.
Our aim is to develop our students into upright and knowledgeable Muslims who will be a source of benefit to themselves, their families, and the wider community. In addition, through our teachings, we ensure children understand how to respect and have tolerance of others, as well as respect for the rule of law. We encourage pupils to take an active part in the community at large such that they feel equipped and ready to enter society.
Junior classes have formal tests every three months for their lessons. Infants are similarly tested, though on an annual basis. Assessments for basic memorisation and daily lessons can be seen on the student’s memorisation and lesson records in the class files and may be requested at any time.
Teachers set targets for each student and aim to maximise their potential, thereby enabling them to meet the required standard. Feedback to parents is provided through parent-teacher consultation meetings and written homework sheets are sent home regularly.
If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s progress, you are more than welcome to visit the Head of Education.
Islamic Studies classes will run on Thursdays
INFANTS (School year 1 to 6, starting at age 6 - 10)
At Madrasa Al-Ikhlas the Safar Islamic studies syllabus is used. It focuses on key aspects that have been specifically developed for infants. Elements from all core subjects are covered in this book: Quranic stories, Islamic tenets of faith (ʿAqīdah), religious rulings (Fiqh) and major episodes from the life of Prophet Muhammad, as well as areas of personal development, in an age-appropriate manner. We intend to develop a fully equipped library and set of media files consisting of a wide range of books and resources to nurture and aid the learning of our infants.
JUNIORS (Year 7 and above, age 11 - 18)
Safar Islamic Studies series is used to teach our junior students aged 10 plus. Students’ progress is assessed after each module, at which point they sit an external exam, developed by the scholars at Safar and ISyllabus.
Each session throughout the week will also include learning of essential ad’iat (dua /supplications) and short surahs by heart. Students are tested on these the following day.
Why Use Safar Islamic Studies Textbooks
The series aims to cumulatively build children’s essential islamic knowledge, cultivate
their good character, and instil consciousness of Allah subhanahu wa t’ala.
Elements from all core subjects are covered in this book: Quranic stories, islamic tenets of faith (aqedah), religious rulings (fiqh) and major episodes from the life of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, as well as, in an age-appropriate manner, areas of personal development.
All textbooks contain extensive references from the Quran and A’Hadith and this provides the basis on which all the material for the stories is built.
The full colour and illustrated editions have been developed to ensure that it is enjoyable for children as well as being comprehensive and reliable.
Special attention has been given to ensure that the content is not only relevant to children but that the lessons and morals are also comprehendible and engaging for each age category.
CUMULATIVE LEARNING PATH
All books in the series follow a cumulative learning path; and a solid practical knowledge base is built before theoretical concepts are added and expanded upon.
SCHEMES OF WORK
Each textbook comes with schemes of work and has a workbook with two tiers of assessment, based on Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning objectives.
Practical lessons have been clearly marked to ensure that different learning modes are utilised during teaching
To ensure gradual and logical progression, textbook lessons have been grouped into themes as well as containing Safar’s own week structures.
Central elements, such as God consciousness and manners are constantly revisited throughout the series to ensure broadening of knowledge as well as reinforcing learning.
All the textbooks contain sections dedicated to core revision as well as revising key concepts and content from the previous year.
Arabic will be taught separately, however during the Quran lessons, key words will be taught to enable a broader understanding of the Quran lesson. It is envisaged we will begin with the 300 most common words in the Quran.
At the end of the academic year an overall result is produced and provided to parents. Certificates and achievements are awarded during our annual awards evening.