Curriculum and Support Programs

The National Curriculum of England and Wales is offered and is well supported with up to date resources which are imported from the UK. The National Curriculum of Qatar based on the standards stipulated by the Supreme Education Council is offered for Arabic, Islamic Studies and more recently, Qatar History.

English

As part of offering the best to our students we have chosen an excellent scheme of work in English called ‘Macmillan English’. Being the first International English course book to be informed by English lessons taught in native speaker classrooms, this book is designed for Second language learners of English but uses many of the approaches to reading, writing and Speaking that underpin the teaching of English to first language children. The course does not assume first language English at the early levels, but goes through Language structures and grammar at an introductory level. The exposure to the language though is more extensive than in traditional second language courses.

As the children move onto upper levels, they experience more first language teaching Methods covering the same aspects of English, as do first language learners. However, the Needs of the second language students are always taken into account.

Macmillan English grows with the children offering a wide range of integrated components and providing a complete language learning tool. It is wonderfully presented in a way that is thoroughly enjoyed by the children.

For Handwriting we use the Nelson Handwriting Scheme. This is a handwriting program that is structured and helps students develop a fluent and legible handwriting style. It gives full coverage of the technical aspects of writing as well as enjoyable activities that bring handwriting skills to life. For Spelling we use Nelson Spelling Scheme. This complete spelling course provides a structured, step-by-step approach for success.

Mathematics

For the last 6 years Iqra Boys School used The Abacus Evolve textbooks as the basis of the Mathematics Curriculum. However, following a review of our academic findings by a broad representation of our stakeholders which showed that results in Math’s were satisfactory but showed no consistent and continuous improvement over time, alternative textbooks and curriculums for Math’s were reviewed and assessed. It was felt by the curriculum committee that met to discuss the issues with the current scheme that one of the reasons it was not Contributing to raising standards in mathematics was that it did not adequately consider the student who does not have English as his mother tongue, it was too fragmented, and did not have enough variety in exercises. As a result, a new Math’s scheme and corresponding resources have been adopted in the school for the academic year 2017-2018. This is the Macmillan International Math’s Scheme. Macmillan mathematics is a course for 6-12 year olds, taught through English that does not assume English as a first language. Therefore, Macmillan Mathematics bridges the gap between mainstream curriculum teaching and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) or English-medium teaching with a course that can be used with confidence by all teachers.

The course has been written by experts in the field of primary education and is based on thorough research.

Macmillan Mathematics is mapped to the Cambridge Primary English Curriculum Framework (English as a second language) and Cambridge Young Learners Exams.

Science

For the last 6 years Iqra Boys School used New Star Science textbooks as the basis of the Science Curriculum and later CGP workbooks were added to complement the work. However, a review of our academic findings by a broad representation of our stakeholders showed that the books currently being used are not comprehensive enough and do not cater for all academic levels. Therefore alternative textbooks and curriculums for Science were reviewed and assessed in 2015. As a result, a new Science scheme and corresponding resources have been adopted in the school for the academic year 2017-2018. This is the Macmillan International Science Scheme. We selected this scheme as we wanted to have a uniform scheme in the core subjects of English, Math’s and Science and the Macmillan textbooks we have adopted are specifically designed for English as a Second Language learners. Macmillan Science follows current best practice in science education and is written by leading authors of primary science resources in the UK. Through stimulating content and carefully graded activities and exercises, pupils are guided to develop a sound framework of scientific knowledge and understanding. Macmillan Science bridges the gap between mainstream curriculum teaching and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) or English-medium teaching with a course that can be used with confidence by all teachers.

Arabic, Islam, Quran and Qatar History

We follow the National Standards of Qatar as set by the Supreme Education Council. The Arabic standards aim at enabling students to comprehend and communicate in the language effectively with emphasis on the importance of grammar in language teaching and learning, and application of the grammatical rules in written and spoken Arabic.

Qatar History and Islamic studies foster values and preserves children’s identities, and aims to adhere to a national heritage that ensures the stability for Qatar and Qatar’s future generations.

Their memorization of Surahs in the Qur'an. Tajweed is focused on as a part of each lesson

Physical Education

Our Physical Education curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils: develop competence to do well in a broad range of physical activities are physically active for sustained periods of time engage in competitive sports and activities lead healthy, active lives.

Art

produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

PSHE

Our Personal, Social, and Health Education- PSHE program teaches social and moral responsibility, encourages community involvement and promotes both self-respect and respect for others. It is based upon Islamic values and teachings. It provides opportunities for children to participate in class as individuals and to contribute to school and community life.

ICT

The scheme of work we use for ICT is structured by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA). Through teaching ICT we equip children to participate in a rapidly- changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. We enable them to find, explore, analyze, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. Our aim is to integrate new technologies into the classroom and allow students to explore them which can provide young people with a road map to the future. We firmly believe that it is vital that ICT is embedded in the main curriculum and not seen as a separate subject. ICT skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners.

Geography

Our Geography curriculum helps pupils develop knowledge about the world, Qatar and their locality. They learn basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography and begin to use geographical skills, including first-hand observation, to enhance their locational awareness. We use the Geography Success textbook to assist in achieving these aims.

History

Our History curriculum helps pupils develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time. They learn how the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods. They learn to use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms. They learn to ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features of events. They begin understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify Different ways in which it is represented.

Further details can be viewed on the following link!  Department for Education