KS 3

Mathematics:

Our aim in the mathematics department is to achieve at every opportunity and to provide students with the National Curriculum for Mathematics at their appropriate level.
We link the National Curriculum to the National Secondary Strategy. Subject content covers the study of Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measure and Handling data. We engage in 3 part interactive lessons.
Students are in a mixed ability setting and are tested at the end of each half term. In year seven students are encouraged to form links with other subjects and to develop and transfer their personal learning and thinking skills as creative thinkers, effective participators, reflective learners, independent enquirers, teams workers and self-managers. This results in the students becoming successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

 

Science:

KS3 students are taught Science. The subject is divided into Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics each containing an end of topic test. Students have one Science teacher throughout the academic year. There are four periods of Science per week. All KS3 groups are of mixed ability.

Our aim is to to encourage students to explore how ancient Islamic civilisations have contributed to scientific developments, to enable pupils to use secondary data to aid data analysis and independent research and students are encouraged to challenge scientific ideas and to develop a sense of curiosity about the Science that will impact on their lives in and beyond Afifah School.

 

Citizenship:

Afifah School lends the student the opportunity to learn about the world around them. Students learn how to become active members of their societies and what Islam teaches in line with this. Throughout KS3 students  study the following themes: Groups and communities, Rights, needs and wants, The democratic process, Planning for change. Students also improve on the following skills: Speaking and listening, Participation, Personal development, Independent enquiry

 

History:

History fires pupils’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.
Pupils find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the world. They develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies. They investigate Britain’s relationships with the wider world, and relate past events to the present day.
As they develop their understanding of the nature of historical study, pupils ask and answer important questions, evaluate evidence, identify and analyse different interpretations of the past, and learn to substantiate any arguments and judgements they make. They appreciate why they are learning what they are learning and can debate its significance.
History prepares pupils for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life, enhancing employability and developing an ability to take part in a democratic society. It encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps pupils become confident and questioning individuals.

Computer Science:

Computing is of enormous importance to the economy, and the role of the Computer Science as a discipline itself and as an ‘underpinning’ subject across science and engineering is growing rapidly. Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at the fast pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web – related technology has exploded resulting in new challenges for employers and employees. For example, business today require and ever – increasing number of technologically – aware individuals.

 

Qur’an studies:

“The Best amongst you is (he) who learns and teaches the Holy Qur’an.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith # 4739)

Al Qur’an is the foundation of Islam. It is the primary source of all the teachings of the Deen. The Qur’an is not merely a source of reward and a sacred ritual; it has come as a guide, a reminder, an admonition and healing. At Afifah we aim to impart a comprehensive syllabus of Qur’an studies:
Tajweed is the science of reading AlQur’an correctly and in a beautiful way with all its laws and rules. It is the first step towards creating an internal bond with the Qur’an in order to read, understand and apply into each muslim/ah’s life.
Tilawah is the art of recitation of AlQur’an fluently and in a measured pace.
Tafseer is to understand the message of the Qur’an.
Hifzh is the memorisation of essential surahs/chapters.

 

Islamic studies:

Islamic studies enables pupils to integrate Islam into their lives and go on to be confident practising Muslimahs in their selected fields. Afifah has collaborated with Ilm2amal to deliver the financial literacy and social responsibilities aspects of the syllabus through regular campaigns and activities.

Selected topics : The Muslim Calendar- activities based around annual events such as Ramadhan, Hajj etc. Fiqh – an understanding of the teachings of Islam such as Salah( Prayer), Sawm (fasting) etc. Islamic History – History of Islam. VIPs of Islam – Role models, notable individuals and their contributions. Akhlaq – Character and manners. Social dealings – social responsibility towards families, neighbours and communities etc.