Education / Curriculum
All our pupils have the opportunity not only to attain excellent results in a variety of subjects, but more importantly they can attain the English Baccalaureate. Our dedicated staff endeavour to support the pupils in all aspects including their academic achievements.
Our Curriculum aims are to provide our pupils with:
• A high level of academic and Islamic education
• A safe and secure learning environment in which all members of the school community can achieve their best
• A broad and balanced curriculum – where learning experiences are challenging. Pupils can build self-esteem and confidence which enables them to take up their roles and responsibilities as adults and members of the society they live in.
Key Stage 3 Subject :
- Art & Design
- Computer Science & ICT
- Physical Education
- Home Economics
- Religious Studies
- Islamic Studies
Key Stage 4 Subject :
- Arabic ( Year 11 only)
- Computer Science & I.C.T
- English Lang.
- English Lit.
- Religious Studies
- Islamic Studies *
- Triple Award Science
- Physical Education*
- PSHCE *
All our pupils are supported by our dedicated teaching staff and teaching assistants.
At Islamiyah Girls High School, we believe that mathematics is a vital tool in everyday living. It is equally significant in decision making as well as in various employment sectors including finance and accounting. Additionally, it contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate, to reason, to solve problems and to handle data. As a vital core subject, much emphasis is put on the way it is educated. We follow the National Curriculum frameworks for KS3. For KS4, we follow the Edexcel GCSE Examination Board Mathematics specifications, students are streamed to ensure pupils reach their full potential.
We deliver extra-curricular enrichment prospects to enhance pupils’ enjoyment of mathematics through a number of competitions namely the “UK Maths Challenge.”
Our objective is to enable pupils to build a secure framework of mathematical reasoning, which they can use and apply with confidence in any spheres of their life.
The aim of English as a subject is to develop and enhance the skills of reading; writing, speaking and listening. English at Islamiyah encompasses English Language and Literature. The importance of literacy within the school curriculum holds its foundations within the subject of English, which is then utilised in all other subjects.
We analyse the skills of written language through the reading of various class novels. This helps to refine reading abilities with further enhancement through comprehension activities and reading different types of texts. Reading a variety of genres also enables a better grasp of creative writing and widens the imagination.
Grammar of the English language is consolidated during a variety of fun and interactive activities. We acquire a range of complex vocabulary to benefit our writing tasks. Speaking and Listening skills are frequently monitored through the delivery of individual and group presentations. These take place within the class, with confidence enhanced through school assemblies.
Extra-curricular activities are regularly planned to ensure pupils are exercising their learning skills. Our teaching assistants are busy with the spelling club, where pupils take part in developing their skills. The school regularly takes part in the Young Writers Competition.
With well-designed modern Science facilities, pupils are able to extend their learning. In Key Stage 3, pupils follow Exploring Science where they cover various units. In all three years, Science disciplines such as inheritance, chemical reactions and electricity are studied.
In Key Stage 4, high achieving pupils have the opportunity to gain a Triple Award in Science, leaving with three separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Other pupils are entered into a Combined Award in Science, leaving with two GCSE’s
“Teaching across all year groups and all subjects
is of a consistently high standard. Teachers
have outstanding subject knowledge. They
make excellent use of assessment information
to make sure that work is very well matched to
pupils’ needs". – Ofsted
Pupils study the Qu'ran with a view to understanding both the theological and technical aspects, such as historical context, pronunciation and an appreciation of its linguistic beauty. Islamic Studies promotes the ethos and vision of the school through spiritual, moral, religious and cultural development.
This curriculum is tailored to the individual needs of pupils and aims to provide religious teachings within the appropriate contemporary contexts. There is emphasis on fundamental principles relating to aqeedah, fiqh and general topics with focus on historical and modern-day events to enhance intellectual abilities. The aim of Islamic Studies at Islamiyah is to ensure pupils engage pro-actively with their deen so that they are able to represent Islam as exemplary Muslimahs with intellectual awareness of wider society and related issues.
Modern Languages – Urdu & Arabic
Urdu is taught from Year 7 though to GCSE’s. With dedicated staff our pupils excel and become fluent speakers of the language. We are phasing out Arabic and will hence, this will be offered to the current Yr 11s only. However,under certain circumstance where the school feels that the pupil has the potential and she wishes to attain a good GCSE grade, the school facilitate this at a cost.
History & Religious Studies
The school follows the National Curriculum for History and Religious Studies. At KS3 RS pupils explore other religions. Visiting other religious places is part of the scheme of work. At KS4 level, it is provided through a GCSE specification focusing on Islam.
Art, Design & Nasheeds
Pupils at KS3 level are taught Art, Design & Nasheeds (Music).
In Art, pupils learn to work with different materials producing artwork in various mediums, including canvas, textiles and sculptures. Year 8 & 9 pupils have the chance to exhibit their best work in public places around the Blackburn Area.
In Nasheed lesson, pupils are taught the 99 names and explore different mediums of music.Girls are also chosen to perform at the Annual Awards Presentation.
At KS 4 an option between ART/TEXTILES and BUSINESS will be available depending upon the subject is best for the pupil to persue
P.E (Physical Education)
Pupils at Islamiyah School are required to participate in a variety of sporting activities. Pupils will develop the skills required to play the different types of sports and learn all the rules for these sports. The sports vary from Rounder’s, Badminton and Circuit training. The pupils enjoy dodge-ball and aerobics. The school has a large outdoor play area which maximises our ability to deliver good PE lessons and we are fortunate to also have a large indoor hall which is used during wet weather.
The Association of Muslim Schools held their Interfaith Games at Longford Park Stadium, Manchester. We take part in this event which is open to Schools of Muslim, Christian and Jewish Faiths and is a good opportunity for our students to interact with students of other faiths.
The athletics tournament also provides a platform for our students to showcase their skills and act as ambassadors for our school and the faith educational sector as a whole. We expect a competitive event which is fun for all participants, yet respectful and considerate of others
Citizenship (& Home Economics)
At Islamiyah School we aim to encourage a sense of social responsibility, community involvement and political understanding whilst at the same time teaching pupils about Life Skills. This GCSE subject provides pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an active role in public life. The School holds annual Youth Parliament elections. Citizenship encourages pupils to respect people’s differences, whilst also promoting shared values. At KS3 pupils have cookery & Healthy Eating lessons. They are also given an opportunity to learn gardening skills – all our year 8’s visit the local allotment where they are taught how to grown their own vegetables, such as carrots, spinach and cauliflower. The pupils got to use the vegetables in their Home Economics lesson to make different foods.