Key Stage Three Curriculum

An overview of our Key Stage Three Curriculum

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English English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects. At Key Stage Three we focus on consolidating and strengthening KS2 learning, particularly around literature and the use/analysis of language and structure. Our schemes of works have been built around the new NC curriculum of 2014.  
Mathematics Maths is a core subject all students must study in Jamiatul Ummah School. Outlined below are 5 principles that have been adopted in the Maths department:

Ensure lessons develop independence in our students,
Students are given problem solving opportunities in a wide range of contexts
Prepare and allow students to persevere when solving problems
Students develop their conceptual understanding
Incorporate use of ICT in teaching and learning

Key stage 3 Maths is taught in year 7, 8 and 9. Our structured schemes of work have been redesigned to meet the needs to the new curriculum. Our schemes of work takes a ‘mastery’ approach to learning. Our students develop their learning in key mathematical ideas and develop independence in solving problems in a wide range of contexts.
 
Science In KS3 Science, we follow the EXPLORING SCIENCE WORKING SCIENTIFICALLY programme of study.

Our aim for pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas. They should start to make connections between different subject areas and be mindful of some of the concepts that are the foundation of scientific understanding.

The content we study is generally thought of as more challenging, in preparation for the upcoming changes to GCSEs. Pupils are also expected to develop their use of scientific vocabulary and mathematics.
Working Scientifically now replaces How Science Works.
Pupils are taught the following skills across all three science disciplines:
• Scientific attitudes
• Experimental skills and investigations
• Analysis and evaluation
• Measurement
 
Computing Computing is a popular subject at Jamiatul Ummah. We follow a programme of study that is linked to government expectations. Computing is taught to ensure that our pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
 
Religious Education In RE, pupils learn about different faiths. In doing so, they gain mutual respect and tolerance of those with different beliefs and practices. By studying RE pupils learn to reflect on their own beliefs as well develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence by listening to other people with different faiths. RE at Jamiatul Ummah is centered on the following content:
- Expression of Faith,
- Beliefs and Teaching
- Meaning and purpose
- Ethics and values.
 
Sunnah Sunnah is part of our Islamic Studies Programme. We aim to teach our pupils of the vast heritage that is known as the Sunnah. Pupils learn about different types of ahadith, classifications, criticism and its place in Islamic Law. Our pupils go on to memorise many ahadith and also put their teaching into practice in their own lives.  
Fiqh Fiqh is part of our Islamic Studies Programme. We aim to provide pupils with authentic Islamic knowledge and understanding; to train them on putting faith into practice so that they can grow with positive social, cultural and Islamic spirits. We also aim to equip our pupils with the skills they need to be fully engaged in British society, but at the same time understand, value and practice their faith by respecting the heritage that it is based on.  
Seerah Seerah is part of our Islamic Studies Programme. We aim to teach the life of our beloved Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon Him) who we consider a model for mankind. In addition, we teach our pupils to be familiar with the significant events of his life; childhood, before prophet hood, after prophet hood, the age of ignorance, the prophet Muhammad in Mecca and the prophet Muhammad in Medina.  
Aqidah In this subject students are learning the main aspects of the Muslims’ faith, and the importance of it, with the evidences and references from Quran and Hadeeth, they are memorizing topic related verses and Hadeeth with meaning, students get homework for every lesson, and they have this this lesson ones a week. All the following topics are based on main seven topics which are, Allah, Angels Books, Prophets, the Last-Day, Fate and the good and the bad of it, and the Life after Death.  
Arabic The study of languages provides opportunities for students to become more accepting of diversity, more respectful of others and more aware of their place in the international community.
Here at Jammiatul Ummah we teach the Edexcel curriculum at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. We provide an educational environment where the study of Arabic is valued as unique. The satisfaction of engaging with the study of Arabic and of developing communication skills in the language will contribute to a student’s intellectual enrichment.
 
Art/Music/Design The pupils are given the oppourtunity to develop creatively and aestheticly through the teaching of Art and Music(Nasheed).
Pupils enjoyment of school life is enhanced through encouraging the discovery of their talents and skills.
 
Physical Education The school recognises the need for all human beings to lead healthy and active lives. Pupils are given the opportunity for maintaning a healthy lifestyle and for developing physically. Our Physical Education programmes includes amongst other sports; football, swimming, badminton and athletics.  
History Studying History inspires students to investigate the past and creates in them the curiosity to find out how we came to where we are today. To this end, we focus on active learning strategies and an enquiry based model for the History curriculum. We want to help students learn to appreciate the achievements of individuals and societies. We want them to question source material and interpretations of the past. We encourage them to argue rationally using historical evidence to support their ideas. They should understand the nature of cause and consequence, continuity and change, similarity and difference. They will gain an appreciation of the diversity of the world and develop their own political and cultural views through an understanding of the past. They will work on and develop essential study skills such as the ability to locate and extract relevant information from a wide range of sources; detect bias; analyse information and develop their own original theories and ideas.  
Geography The study of Geography helps makes sense of our beautiful, complex and dynamic world and prepares students for their role as a global citizen in the twenty-first century. Geography stimulates an interest and a sense of wonder about places. It explains how places and landscapes are formed, how people and environments interact and how a diverse range of economies and societies are interconnected. It builds on students’ own experiences to investigate the personal to the global. Geographical enquiry encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting the world and people’s lives for the present and the future. Geography inspires students to think about their own place in the world, their values and responsibilities to other people, to the environment and the sustainability of the planet.  
Citizenship/PSHCE Our pupis are taught Citizenship from year 7 to 11. The Citizenship and PSHCE lessons and assemblies primarily revolve around inculcating the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance.  
Quranic Studies Quraan is an integral aspect of our Islamic Studies programme. Our main objective is to enable pupils to recite the Quraan accurately with Tajweed (Makahrij, Sifaat and madd) and also to know the meaning of the portions being read. In addition, pupils learn about the circumstances and reasons for certain verses being revealed and the Ahkaam contained therein.  
Hifzul Quran The Hifz Department is the largest department in our school. Pupils are taught to memorise portions of the Quraan at a pace appropriate to their ability. Hifz students have to start earlier and end later than other students. We believe this extra dedication is needed to fulfill the immense task of Quraan memorisation.