Our Primary Years looks after the children from the age of seven to ten years. Our aim for the primary years is to develop children’s Islamic knowledge and understanding to prepare them for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Throughout these pivotal years of a child’s life, it is important to build children’s Islamic character and habits as well as increasing their knowledge and understanding in Islam. Developmental needs of children at this age are taken into account in order to provide the right environment, the right activities and the right example to follow.
Our Core Values Embodied in Primary years
Learning in Primary is split into three subjects: Islamic Studies, Quran and Arabic. These subjects provide a broad, balanced but ambitious curriculum ensuring that all pupils have the necessary Islamic foundation to help them live their daily lives.
One of our primary objectives is to promote a deeper connection with the Quran in terms of learning, understanding and reflecting. This is particularly challenging for children of this age-group who find it hard to engage with a book that they cannot read or understand. We overcome this by encouraging our teachers to think outside the box when planning their lessons. As a result, we have seen teachers using martial arts movements to demonstrate letters of the Arabic alphabet which older boys loved, the younger children used modelling clay to make charity boxes and Ramadan Iftars for younger children and using the drama room for role plays and story-telling Islamic History stories.
It is an integral part of our lesson to consider how the students can apply those lesson to their own lives. A good example of this is our lesson on the Honey Bees. The students learnt from the Quran about how Allah (SWT) instructed the bees to make honey. They then learnt from a science video on how honey is made. We then reflected on the mercy of Allah (SWT) that He created honey for us as a complete source of food and cure. We then took productivity lessons from the bees as to how we should also try to work hard like the bees and the importance team work because honey cannot be made by one bee alone.