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English

 

In Shakhsiyah Schools, we believe that language is essential to thinking and the quality of language directly impacts the quality of thought. We recognize the importance of the richness of English language to the culture of Muslims in Britain.  Children are immersed in language experiences and activities, as the use of written and spoken English forms the foundation of all learning in our holistic curriculum.

 

Speaking and Listening

 

The Halaqah as an oral session is the foundation of speaking and listening in our schools. This dialogic approach is extended through to other lessons especially English and Arabic.

 

Reading

 

Children learn to read through firstly embedding a love of reading through familiarity with books and storytelling.  Jolly Phonics is used as the core resource in Early Years. Once children are reading sentences they move onto the Oxford Reading Tree and most children will move beyond the highest levels of the Oxford Reading Tree by the end of year 2. By Year 3 children choose their own books for reading and are still encouraged to read these at home. Children develop a love of books and enjoy reading as an enjoyable form of learning. Children’s love of reading, comprehension skills, and ability to analyse a range of texts is developed further through theme based class readers and the Big Read lessons.

 

Writing

 

Children in the Early Years begin to develop their writing through opportunities for mark making as well as the Jolly Phonics resources. Children are encouraged to write independently through role play. Writing skills are further developed in Primary through the Big Write Sessions. Big Write consists of children thinking and talking about a topic usually connected to the Big Read, the genre (type) of text they will write and the audience they are writing for. Having engaged in this kind of preparation through ‘Talk Homework’ children then plan their writing before actually writing the text. Children are encouraged to understand how writing enables them to express their thoughts and communicate with others.

 

 

CALENDAR

London and Slough:

  • Summer term: Tuesday 18th April 2017 to Thursday 27th July 2017
  • Half Term Holidays: Monday 29th May 2017 to Friday 2rd June 2017
  • Parents' Open Day: Friday 28th July 2017

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