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Curriculum

 

Shakhsiyah Schools’ mission is to provide personalised character education; our ethos requires an aims-based or values-based approach to curriculum design. Shakhsiyah Schools’ curricula are built upon and embody the Principles of Shakhsiyah Education generating learning for life and for the akhirah (hereafter). Our holistic curricula transcend the boundaries imposed by traditional subjects. We believe that children do not think naturally in terms of different subjects but tend to have a more holistic view of the world. Children’s natural learning and development as human beings require a meaningful, real-life and purposeful curriculum that gives them a sense of their personal place in the world as khalifa tul ardh (stewards of the earth). Our method brings together numerous aspects of the curriculum into theme-based lessons that reflect the ‘real world' so that children can “use knowledge learned in one context as a knowledge base in other contexts” (Collins, Brown, & Newman, 1989). What is important is that the children can understand the holistic nature of the world around us and our relationship to it. We ensure that this understanding is part of their daily life and relates directly to them personally.  Our curricula provide general guidelines of progression for all children but also give our teachers autonomy and flexibility to adapt the core curriculum targets to meet children’s needs and interests.

At the core of our curricula is Halaqah, an Islamic oral-dialogical pedagogy that we have developed for use with children in the 21st century context. We have also devised own unique curriculum for Halaqah. This Halaqah Curriculum is further intertwined with Qur’an and Qur’anic Arabic to develop a bilingual curriculum.  All other learning in our holistic thematic curriculum draws on Halaqah and Qur’an. This is because we understand that we are asked by Allah ta’ala to look around the world to see His Signs and ponder on His glory. We realise it is our role to read these meanings in the Universe to appreciate and thank Allah ta’ala for all the Blessings that He has bestowed upon us. Glory be to the One who created all knowledge as a means to come to know Him. It is up to us to use the skills given to us in the best manner as seen in the following ayah.

“In time, We shall make them fully understand Our signs [through what they perceive] in the utmost horizons [of the universe] and within themselves, so that it will become clear unto them that this [revelation] is indeed the truth.”  Qur’an 41:53

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Figure 1: Shakhsiyah Schools Curricula: a nested approach

 

 

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CALENDAR

London and Slough:

  • Autumn Term: Monday 11th September 2017 to Thursday 14th December 2017
  • Half Term Holidays: Monday 23rd October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017
  • Parents' Open Day: Friday 15th December 2017
 

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