Curriculum 2020 / 2021

 

Curriculum

Here you can find information about our teaching staff as well as term by term overviews of the subjects taught in the National Curriculum and Islamic Curriculum section.

Darul Uloom provides a unique balance of traditional Islamic education and National Curriculum subjects which aims to nurture intellectual development, interest and enthusiasm for learning as well as achieving the highest results. We follow the IGCSE programme of study for public examinations, however we try to teach beyond what is expected through drawing on a wide range of experience and techniques as well as adding an Islamic outlook to each subject.

Madrasa Curriculum Subject Overviews

Hifz Section

Students in the Hifz section embark on the noble task of committing the whole Qur’an to memory. They undergo a rigorous routine of memorization designed to ensure completion within three years. In addition to their daily assessments, regular evaluations take place through monthly, termly, and end of year examinations. Darul Uloom employs very high calibre teachers who are Hafiz and Qaris. Hundreds of students have completed their memorization of the Qur’an here, and several of them have won local and national Hifz competitions. During Ramadan, many of the current and former Darul Uloom students lead the Tarawih prayers in mosques nationwide. For the Hifzul Quran Section, pupils have 3 sessions linked to 3 targets from 8:30am – 11:45am. The 3 sessions are split up according to pupils individual abilities.
1. The first session and target is known as Sabak. This means to memorise new verses of the glorious Quran. Then to read the memorised verses to the teacher.
2. The second is known as Sabki. This is revising the last 5 days worth of Sabak.
3. The third is known as Dohr (Old memorisation) . This means to read

Alimi class

This section begins from Year 7 and in itself is extensive in the range of subjects and skills that it involves. The course is designed to prepare students to take the path in becoming knowledgeable Ulama (Islamic scholars) who have a thorough understanding and practice of all the basic and extensive teachings of Islam.

Alimi subjects include:

Aqeedah

Aqeedah is taught with the intention of informing and knowing about the six articles of faith: belief in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, the Last Day and Destiny. There are also additional topics related to Allah’s attributes and unseen matters.

The perquisite to ensuring all forms of Ibadah are valid comes in the form of having the correct Aqeedah. This is why the pupils of Darul Uloom are required to study the subject from Year 7 to Year 10.

Hadith

Prophetic traditions (the sayings, actions and approvals of the Prophet peace be upon him)
Hadith is taught with the intention of learning the meaning and interpretations of the Prophet ﷺ and the Quran that was revealed to him ﷺ. It allows pupils to learn about how practically they can start to emulate the Prophet’s ﷺ character in their lives including in matters of interacting with others, promoting equality and justice and helping those in need.
Fiqh

Islamic jurisprudence – the science of Shariah and the sacred laws of Islam. Fiqh is taught with the intention of understanding and complying with the Shariah laws while living in the UK and practicing the law of the land. Basic Fiqh is taught in Year 7 and 8 gradually increasing in more complex matters in Year 9, 10 and 11. Pupils are taught: the fiqh of Tahaarah, Salah, Sawm, Zakat, Hajj, prohibitions, etiquettes and the rights of others.

 

National Curriculum Subject Overviews

English Language

A great emphasis is placed on these two subjects in the curriculum. The ability to understand, speak
and write in good English is of huge importance in present day society, and it aids in the learning of
other subjects.
A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can
communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can
communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally,
emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such
development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they
already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society. The
overarching aim of the English department is to promote high standards of language and literacy by
equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of
literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. KS4 pupils are entered for one/two IGCSEs, English
Language and English Literature.

Math

Mathematics is one of the core National Curriculum subjects taught at Darul Uloom. Great emphasis
is placed on a subject that forms an important foundation for many career paths. Recent performance
in this subject has been very impressive. KS3 pupils follow the new syllabus which
focuses on understand concepts and then applying these concepts when tackling problem solving
questions. When pupils reach KS4 they will either complete the foundation tier or the higher tier. They
will further develop their core knowledge and confidently tackle more advanced mathematical
problems. This has been designed to develop all pupils problem solving skills.

Science

The use of experiments and practical work is an integral part of the learning of science. Darul Uloom’s
science laboratory and preparatory room is equipped with appliances and apparatus that will enable
students to acquire a comprehensive education in science from Key Stage 3 up to Key Stage 4, with
the aid of specialist, well-qualified teachers. All pupils should leave having an outlook in life where
Science to them is more than a lesson but is everywhere around us impacting our daily lives.

Additional Science

An advanced take on science, adding to their knowledge of living, physical and material in the world.

English Literature

Analysis and comprehension applied to specific literature including works of Shakespeare, Dickens and Priestley.

Religious Studies

This subject provides an opportunity to teach students about different religions and viewpoints,
around the world. It is designed to create an appreciation and tolerance within the students for other
ways of life, and the importance of learning to live in harmony in spite of differences in lifestyles and
beliefs.

Information Technology

Increasingly in this modern age, the use of computers is becoming indispensable in every sphere of
society. Darul Uloom has a modern ICT laboratory equipped with the latest computers and
accessories, so that students acquire a thorough education in this subject from Year 7 onwards.
Furthermore, ICT equipment (computers, projectors etc.) is used throughout the Madrasah, displaying
a clear focus on students acquiring literacy in IT. In Key Stage 3 students learn various programming
codes and essential IT skills that will place them at an advantage when leaving the school.

Islamiyat

Students develop an understanding the importance of the major beliefs of Islam, and of the early history of the Islamic community. As a result, learners develop their knowledge and understanding of the main elements of Islamic faith and history, evaluating the meaning and importance of these elements in the lives and thoughts of Muslims. Although the syllabus is studied in English, some familiarity with passages from the Qur’an and Hadith in Arabic is assumed.

Arabic

This syllabus is designed for students who are learning Arabic as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies.

The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture of countries where Arabic is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of other languages.

Humanities

Through the study of Humanities, pupils make sense of their world and enrich their understanding of it. We believe it is a tool of learning and communication and that skills developed through the study of Humanities are applicable in everyday life. It fires curiosity and sparks a sense of belonging to the bigger picture through time and space. Pupils will study modern History and Geography in KS3 moving onto GCSE History in KS4.

PE

The Madrasah aims to offer all pupils the opportunity to achieve success, improve self-confidence, gain self-esteem and promote health and well-being through physical education. It also fulfils a part of our objective to teach pupils good, healthy and beneficial forms of entertainment. In addition to time-tabled lessons, a wide range of sporting activities are accessible during lunchtimes and after Madrasah every day. Pupils are able to pursue a variety of sports and games, including football, cricket, volley ball, table tennis, snooker and many others. The facilities now include a large playground which has been constructed to cater sufficiently for the increasing number of pupils.

Creative Arts

Islam has a rich heritage of art and calligraphy. The pupils are given the opportunity to further their creative and aesthetic abilities, through the composing of their own works of art. We plan for each boy to develop his creative thinking skills to the full and develop their own creative interests. This can include Art and Graphics, Model making, Poetry and Qiraat as well as Drama. Although Creative Arts is not available for KS4 pupils many aspects of creative learning are available in English, History, Quran and throughout the rest of the curriculum.

PHSE

This is a supplement to the personal and social education the pupils receive through the Islamic curriculum taught to KS3 only. Pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe and prepared for life and work. The programme in the afternoon covers personal development, health and fitness, careers guidance, citizenship, and the enhancement of study skills necessary for success now and in the future. Pupils are taught the importance of democracy, how to respect the rule of law in England, individual liberty and different faiths. This subject supports our pupils to understand why they should elect pupil councillors to represent their concerns, queries and suggestions as well as familiarises pupils with the methods for electing candidates. Pupils are always intrigued by the aspect of debating and find our annual mock elections absolutely fascinating.

You can find out more about the curriculum by contacting the head of the National Curriculum, Azmol Ali or Head of Madrassah, Dr A Matin- further details can be provided.