“….the character of the Prophet of Allah was the Quran.”
We would love this famous response to be true for ourselves and our pupils. This aspiration forms the heart of our curriculum, which emphasises social and moral development as much as academics. We measure success not by the amount of information our pupils can repeat back to us but by the impact our teaching has had on them. Driving all our activity is the sincere wish to plant seeds in our pupils’ hearts which will help them blossom into citizens of faith, character and service.
Our Quran team is led by our Principal who is himself a Haafiz holding an Ijaza, with many years experience teaching Quran in the Holy Masjid al-Haram in Makkah. In addition, more than half our Quran teachers are themselves advanced Tajweed students who study under a teacher with Ijaza.
We place great emphasis on quality and spend time ensuring our pupils have firm foundations before moving them to the next step.We move slowly and it is not our aim that pupils complete the recitation of the entire Quran. Rather, we aim that they can open the Quran at any page and be able to recite it competently, applying all the necessary Tajweed rules.
Pupils are taught in small, ability based class sizes to ensure the maximum opportunity for practice and feedback. We depend on parental support and on pupils completing homework for them to progress. Videos are used as an additional homework tool.
In the early years, pupils are taught the arabic alphabet in all the joined forms and move on to a basic level kaida (Simple Steps in Quran Reading).This basic level kaida consolidates their knowledge of the alphabet and introduces the Arabic vowels.
From Year 2 onwards, pupils start a more advanced kaida (Graded Steps in Quran Reading) where they repeat the alphabet and progress through to reading simple, short Surahs from the Quran.
Once our pupils have mastered the advanced Kaida, they move onto the Quran initially reading from Juz 30, then Juz 29 and then they start Surah al-Baqara. Formal Tajweed lessons begin with the progression to the Quran, however, essential tajweed lessons such as Makharij al Huroof (how to articulate the letters) are taught intrinsically from the earliest stages.