The curriculum at Iqra Academy is committed to meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum. Throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, subjects are taught discretely, as individual subjects, but we do make cross curricular links that enable children to apply knowledge and skills in other areas.
At Iqra we consider the extent to which we are equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Central to this are the key academic, personal and vocational skills which prepare them for the next stage of their lives. It is also important that we invest in their cultural capital – our school values and the essential knowledge that our children need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said, and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
Our intention is that our pupils will become proactive in their efforts to learn because they will become aware of their strengths and what they need to do to improve. The pupils will be provided with guidance by individual set goals and task related strategies, such as using arithmetic addition to check the accuracy of solutions to subtraction problems.
We are focused on the importance of reading and writing so that the pupils become fluent communicators and keen action researchers across all subjects. We support children in developing mathematical and scientific skills, to increase their capacity to hypothesise, investigate, evaluate, and deepen their prior knowledge.
Pupils will learn good habits of work; they will develop their intellectual, moral and spiritual skills to emerge as well-educated, responsible and global citizens ready for their next steps in education and future careers.
The curriculum is designed with the consideration of the needs of all learners while taking into account the local context and our diverse community. The curriculum is challenging and rigorous to ensure that it engages all learners.
Our expectations for our pupils is limitless. Our core purpose is to ensure all pupils achieve the highest standards in all aspects of the curriculum, leaving this school with high levels of attainment and having the confidence to further develop independent learning.
Iqra Academy follows the National Curriculum.
The phonics and reading scheme used in KS1 is: Read Write Inc
The reading scheme used in KS2 is: Big Cat
Aim: Every child should be a confident mathematician, they should enjoy maths and also recognise its importance in life outside of school. We aim to engage pupils by catering for all learning styles with a mixture of hands on tasks, tasks designed to consolidate understanding and activities designed to allow for collaboration and discussion. The key principles of the maths curriculum are fluency, problem solving and reasoning. Lessons in our school include cross strand links so that skills are not taught in isolation. All National Curriculum skills are covered in depth and revisited across the year.
Supporting Your Child At Home With Maths
The best ways for you to support your child at home in maths is to help them learn the key facts for their year group. You can also support your child to learn multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12.
In Year One, pupils need to practise counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 forwards and backwards.
In Year Two, pupils need to learn the facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
In Year Three, pupils need to learn the facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables
By the end of Year Four they should be able to recall all multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12.
You can also support your child by pointing out the opportunities to use maths in everyday life such as adding amounts of money and calculating change when you go shopping, reading bus and train times tables and weighing and measuring ingredients whilst your are cooking.
Each class has two maths mentors and their role is to act as good role model for maths in all areas of the curriculum.
Each morning the maths mentor will ask the teacher which resources they need for days maths lesson and these ready.
They may also be asked to lead a starter or another part of the maths lesson.
The maths mentor will also help other pupils in the class, but only if they have finished their own work first.
Here are some links for fun ways to practice mathematics:
The overarching aim of our English Curriculum is to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.
Aim: To create fluent readers, who have a good understanding of the vocabulary that they read, can infer meaning from what they have read and read a range of reading materials to develop a love of reading.
The Key Reading Principles
The Reading Progression document shows the objectives for reading in Years 1 to 6 organised by strand, detailing the progression between each year group.
Reading at Iqra Academy.
Aim: To develop pupils who write clear, accurate and coherent texts, adapting their language and style for a range of contexts, purposes and audience. All writing should demonstrate a wide and varied use of vocabulary with an understanding of and accurate use of grammar.
The Key Writing Principles
The Writing Progression document includes the objectives for writing in Years 1 to 6, detailing the progression between each year group.
The following links contain fun practice games for practicing grammar, spellings and punctuation.
In order to determine the order in which different sounds are taught, the school follows the Read Write Inc scheme.
What is Phonics?
Words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. This helps children to learn to read words and to spell words
In phonics lessons children are taught three main things:
Grapheme Phoneme Correspondance (GPCs)
At Iqra Academy, our teaching and learning in Science follows the National Programmes of Study.
Science allows children to develop their curiosity about the world around them and teaches the skills and methods of enquiry and investigation. At Iqra Academy, we aim to promote curiosity, enthusiasm and nurture learning in Science; encouraging children to ask, find out, reflect on their learning, knowledge and understanding of scientific processes and concepts and answer scientific questions.
Please find below some useful links which can be accessed from home:
Please find below Islamic faith assembly videos
Rebuilding of the Kabah
Being good to your neighbour