Language is fundamental to all aspects of children’s home and school life. We aim to develop and extend language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. By the end of their time at Suffah children should be able to express themselves confidently both orally and with the written word. The English Curriculum is taught according to the National Curriculum.
Speaking and Listening
Children are encouraged to develop confidence in speaking and listening skills. They are provided with a framework where they can share ideas, listen attentively, ask questions, give and receive instructions, offer explanations, argue points of view and use play and drama to express themselves.
The school’s overall objective is for each child to become a fluent and confident reader. Reading is taught as a specific skill and each child’s progress is carefully monitored. We have invested heavily in a wide variety of new books, which will provide a structured approach to language/reading teaching throughout the school. There is a wide range of graded reading material within the school and this is supported by well-stocked fiction and non-fiction library areas.
Children are taught skills in the composing aspects of writing. They are given experience of writing for a variety of purposes. Formal aspects of grammar, spelling and handwriting are also taught throughout the school. Children are taught word processing, publishing and research skills using computers. We have integrated a programme of creative writing which is having a very positive effect in developing children’s creative writing skills.
We aim to give the children experience and understanding of all aspects of mathematics at a level appropriate to their age and ability and in accordance with the National Curriculum. We aim to develop the following areas:
- Confidence in maths so that children can communicate their ideas fluently.
- An understanding of maths through practical experience and enquiry.
- The ability to think clearly and logically.
- An awareness of the relationship between numbers and an appreciation of pattern.
- An ability to develop strategies for use in investigations and problem solving.
- An awareness of maths as a tool for use in other areas of work and in adult life.
- Mathematical skills and knowledge and ability for quick recall of basic facts.
- The ability to use technological tools such as computers and calculators.
We have a daily focus on developing children’s mental arithmetic to enable quick recall and underpin the thinking skills needed for problem solving.
Through a variety of science activities, we aim to encourage and stimulate the children to develop enquiring minds about the world in which we live. An important part of the work is to develop scientific skills through these activities. The skills we hope to develop are:observing, prediction, hypothesising, planning, the devising and setting up of experiments and the recording and communicating of results.
The content of the science work covered is planned to ensure a progression of concepts throughout the school.This structured approach will enable the children to cover the programmes of study specified in the National Curriculum.Some of the programmes of study to be covered are: Experimental and investigative science, Life processes and living things; Materials and their properties; Physical processes.
The Quran being the source of guidance for mankind is the most important book anyone can read.
In Reception class our pupils start memorising small Surahs. By the time they finish Year 1 most are able to recite strings of Arabic words independently. We teach pupils to recite with Tajweed and employ a variety of teaching methods to help them achieve this.
We focus on accuracy and fluency of recital. Each pupil is given an individual target that is set with the help of the teacher. At Suffah, we dedicate 2.5 hours a week to Quran lessons. One session a week is given up to memorisation of selected Surahs. In the upper years we focus on perfecting recitation and memorisation of longer Surahs.
At Suffah Primary, we aim to equip the pupils to love and obey Allah, build the sense of Allah – consciousness and to follow the beautiful Sunnah of the blessed Messenger (peace be upon him).
Through our ‘Theme of the Week’ topics we nurture the moral values of kindness, patience, honesty, and generosity amongst many others.
Our weekly Muhasabah programme enables the pupils to reflect upon themselves and explore their beliefs, attitudes, morals and manners and helps them become good Muslims and caring citizens. Pupils set their personal (non-academic) targets and reflect upon their progress at the end of the week.
The pupils not only learn how to worship Allah properly, but the elder boys actively call Adhan, Iqama and lead the Salah under the guidance of experienced staff.
Suffah pupils feel positive about Islam and are proud of being Muslims. They are self-confident, and their self-esteem is high, which is crucial for a healthy mind and lifestyle.