The Junior School Curriculum
Features of the Sacred Knowledge Curriculum at Deenway
Daily Life and Practice
In the Junior School, the Sacred Sciences are integrated into our pupils’ daily school life. Children recite du’a and adkhaar (supplications and invocations) from the Prophetic tradition together as part of their daily routine; they also learn adkhaar from the sunnah practical to their day-to-day life scenarios; they learn the adhan, learn how to make wudhu and pray the salah and they pray together at school. They also spend time in group discussions, hearing from the stories of the Prophets and the Seerah of our Prophet Muhammad sallaAllahu alayhi wa sallim.
Qur’an Recitation & Memorisation
Children’s practice of Qur’anic recitation is also integrated into the routine of their school day and work cycle. Children learn how to recite the Qur’an progressively, learn to apply the rules of articulation to their recitation and build their fluency in reciting with tajweed. They also memorise portions of the Qur’an as part of their daily work. Whilst children make progress with hifdh at their own pace, most of our pupils complete at least the hifdh of the 30th Juz’ of the Qur’an with us at school by the time they finish their learning in the Junior School.
Inshad & Arabic
A key characteristic of school life for our children is their engagement in the art of inshad, celebrating love of the Divine through singing poetry and spiritual verses. Children are introduced to inshad in group sessions with a teacher but they also choose to independently and spontaneously at other times during their work day. Their engagement with singing traditional Arabic poems, along with their study of the articulation of letters Qur’anic recitation, also helps to build their confidence and familiarity with the Arabic language.
The Elementary Years
In Lower Elementary, children are introduced to the writing of Arabic letters along with the sacred art of Arabic calligraphy. In Upper Elementary, towards the end of their journey at Junior School journey, children continue to develop their study of the Arabic language through mastering their writing and dictation and beginning to build vocabulary through very simple reading comprehension. At this stage, their study of the Seerah also takes on a more systematic format and they are additionally introduced to the formal study of Fiqh.