Curriculum

OLIVE TREE aims to provide a sound and accurate approach to our teaching. The topics and subjects have been divided in three parts to be taught over the four hour session. Please note that below is only a summary of our syllabus. Full details are given to pupil once they are enrolled.

Subjects for Quranic studies

Curricular Subjects covered Details
Memorisation Kalimahm, Dua’s and Surah’s This area will cover the memorisation with meaning of essential Kalimah’s and Dua’sThe memorisation of the Quran will start from the back (Surah Al-Fathia)
Recitation Makhraj, Qidah, Akhram and Sifaat This area will cover the theoretical aspect of the authentic recitation of the Quran

Subjects for Islamic studies

Curricular Subjects covered Details
Islam Shahada, Salah, Sawm, Zakat, Hajj and Seerah This area will cover the details relating to the matter of jurisprudence (fiqh) and also details of the life stories of all the Prophets (PBUT)
Iman Tawheed, Angels. Holy books, Messengers, Hereafter, Qadar and Day of Judgement This section will cover the fundementals of Aqeeda, it will encourage the pupil to continuously ponder, reflect and reason
Ihsaan Akhlaaq, Aadaab, Tarbeeya, Sincerity and Self-discipline This area aims to develop an Islamic character that will strive for beauty and perfection in ones prayer, daily actions, interaction with humanity and the environment

Subjects for Arabic studies

Curricular Subjects covered
Reading, writing, speaking and listening The course is designed to build a sound foundation for children to progress onto intermediate level in Arabic language. Basic level includes alphabets vocabulary bank, grouping words and common phrases Intermediate level also includes constructing sentences, basic grammar, practicing conversations and comprehension exercises.

Syllabus outline

The classes are aimed at focusing on the Quran for the first two hours and Islamic studies and Arabic Language for the last two hours. Children are assessed and put into groups according to their levels. Each class has an appropriate pace and differentiation. Pupils will progress largely according to their own ability and speed. Pupils’ progress is monitored and feedback will be given to parents in their homework diaries. Each child will receive individual help and support to ensure that they achieve their full potential.

There are four lessons per day:

  1. Lesson 1 – Memorisation
  2. Lesson 2 – Recitation
  3. Lesson 3 – Islamic studies
  4. Lesson 4 – Arabic Language


Quran studies

In each lesson of the Quranic study, levels have been created to give a guideline to teachers and pupils. These levels are further divided into sublevels. Once a child is enrolled, the class teacher will assess the pupil and determine what sublevels he/she is on. In this way children have a target to work towards and parents will have a clear idea of what level their child is working at and towards.

Part 1 – Levels Memorisation
Foundation – Level 1 Surah Al-Fathia to Surah Al-Feel
Intermediate – Level 2 Surah Al-Humazaa to Al-Gashiyah
Higher – Level 3 Surah Al-A’la to Surah Amma
Advance – Level 4 Surah Mulk, Surah Ya-Seen, Surah Ar-Rahman and Surah Waqiah
Part 2 – Levels Recitation
Foundation – Level 1 Qidah, Makhraj, alphabet, vowels, connecting letters and words and short sentences
Intermediate – Level 2 Juzz Amma, reading long sentences, picking up an average speed, ettiquete of recitation of the Quran and Tajweed rules
Higher – Level 3 Fluent Quran reading, madd far’ee part 1, nun saki and tanween rules, meem sakin rules, basic characterises of letters, rules of starting and stopping recitation
Advance – Level 4 Quran, speed reading, advanced Tajweed rules, completion of madd far’ee part 2, rules of the letter Ra, rules of the letter Laam and detailed characteristics of letters

Islamic Studies

In this part of the lesson we are dedicated to exclusively teaching Islamic studies. Pupil from the age of five and above will be studying from Islamic educational books which cover a wide range of subjects including Aqidah, Fiqh and Akhlaaq. Books have been carefully selected by OLIVE TREE management as they come in different grades and they are colorful, high quality and packed full of creative activities to make learning fun and enjoyable.
Children who are in the ‘early learning foundation’ (under 5’s) will be primarily learning through constructive play. It will also involve singing nasheed, storytelling, role play, hands on activities and so on.

Arabic Language

In the last hour of the day, children will be studying Arabic Language. Our aim is for children to speak and understand Arabic language fluently in order for them to access the Quran and sacred knowledge to a much deeper level. The Arabic lesson will mainly comprised of speaking & listening, writing and comprehension. Older children will be studying from the Madinah Arabic Reader book & Gateway to Arabic. The books are well structured and are designed to teach Arabic in a non Arabic speaking environment to learners from a broad age range.

Assessment

Pupils will be assessed throughout the year. Monitoring and assessment will involve:

  • Continual teacher assessment (formative and summative)
  • Record kept centrally as well as in pupils’ home work dairy
  • End of Term Tests
  • Competitions

Parents are informed with reports twice a year on progress, targets, effort, homework and behavior. There will be parents meeting held throughout the year to give parents the opportunity to come in and have a one-to-one meeting with the child’s teacher. This will give parents an opportunity to receive feedback regarding the pupils’ progress. We will also send progress reports during the year.

Homework diaries are an integral part of our teaching and learning strategy. As usual it is used to set and record weekly homework. Most importantly it is a means of regular communication between teachers and parents in regards to the pupils’ learning and progress.