At the Al-Madinah Primary School we teach the National Curriculum. We endeavour to plan and deliver the curriculum in such a way as to meet our school aims of:
- supporting children to be aspirational and provide them with the skills and knowledge that they need to achieve their goals and develop their talents.
- providing children with exciting learning opportunities which allow them to apply their skills, show independence, communicate effectively and become creative problem solvers ready for ‘real life’.
- being an inclusive, caring school at the heart of our community.
- providing opportunities for spiritual and moral development to create emotionally literate children who value people whatever their race, religion, culture or ability.
We follow the new National Curriculum in Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 and the old curriculum for our current Year 2s. We aim to be innovative in our practice to provide contextualised, stimulating learning opportunities which allow all our children to access learning. If you require any additional information on any of the subjects we teach at Al-Madinah please contact the school.
At Al-Madinah Primary we have recently introduced an approach to Mathematics which uses assertive mentoring to identify gaps in learning and ensure progress is made in all areas of mathematics. This approach is new to our school and will be evaluated. We believe that deep learning of mathematics is important so that children can see and use the connections between different areas of the subject. To develop mental mathematics we use weekly mental maths tests. We use Abacus maths scheme at the core of our planning.
We currently use several resources for literacy which enable us to expose the children to a wide range of texts. In EYFS and KS1 we use Read, Write Inc until the children are at a standard where we move onto real texts and books at the core of our literacy approach. We use assertive mentoring to identify gaps in learning and ensure progress across the breadth of the levels. In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One phonics is taught daily and phonics intervention sessions run to accelerate progress. We teach phonics through Read, Write Inc, however, where children are struggling to access phonics we mix the approach with THRASS. These interventions continue into Key Stage Two if there is still need. Guided Reading is taught daily in Key Stage Two, using Rigby Star and independent readers. Every child is given independent reading books as home readers. We also use Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star (Independent) to support delivery and provide children with home learning opportunities. All Children in Years 1 to 4 receive weekly spellings.
Information and Communication Technology
Recognition of the place of ICT in all learning is key to our approach. ICT is taught in a variety of ways. Every class have a weekly timetabled ICT lesson in our ICT room. We also have laptops in every classroom which are used for cross-curricular work This allows children to transfer ICT skills and use technology for a real purpose.
We teach the subjects History, Geography, Art and DT using a cross curricular, theme-based approach. Themes such as ‘Super heroes’ and ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’ include a variety of subjects enabling children’s learning to be contextualised. Each theme is usually enriched by an educational visit or a visiting expert. The value of the foundation subjects as an avenue for children to consolidate basic skills learnt in the core subjects is accepted. We are becoming more rigorous in planning these cross curricular reading, writing and maths opportunities into our foundation subject teaching.
Science is either taught discretely or as part of a theme; whichever fits the content of the curriculum most appropriately. Investigation skills are a key part of the science curriculum and given a high priority in lessons. The science content taught in each year group is shown on the long term plan.
Music forms part of our topic curriculum. Extra-curricular clubs such as drumming add to our music provision.
We provide a quality session of PE per week. Each class is taught games, dance and gymnastics. Key Stage Two children are also taught athletics. Swimming is taught in Year Two. Presently teachers are working alongside Derby City Sports Partnership, YST and specialist providers to develop their skills in planning and delivering the subject. A yearly multi-skills sports day allows children to enjoy sharing their skills with parents. We are also members of the Derby City sports Partnership for inter school competitions. Our PE teaching and provision is led by our Sports coach – Patrick Mannion.
RE is taught according to our long term plan which covers the main religions of the world. This allows children to learn about the six major world religions through different topics such as special books and places of worship, developing understanding of and respect for local faith communities. Trips will also be arranged to different places of worship with topic work in class pre and post visits.
Modern Foreign Languages
The language taught at Al-Madinah Primary is Arabic. This is taught discretely in all stages of the school especially, Key Stage Two and in Key Stage One informal activities are used to introduce children to the language.
Quranic and Islamic Studies (QIS)
Being an Islamic faith school we teach Quranic and Islamic Studies to those children that apply under the faith designation and those that do not opt out of such lessons. The aim of the subjects is to teach the spirit and moral teachings of Islam. QIS is taught in all stages of the school. For Quranic Studies the Simple Steps in Quranic Reading series is used backed up with bespoke resources and activities that brings the teaching of Quranic Reading in line with modern teaching methods. In Islamic Studies different themes are covered which cover the 3 core aspects of faith namely Theology, Jurisprudence and Spirituality and Morality. The QIS teachings are reinforced through cross curricula lessons, weekly assemblies, visits and displays.
Please click here to view the National Curriculum Guide for Parents.