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An Introduction to SIS

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The Curriculum

At Saturday Islamic School, children’s learning is organised into four subjects:

  • Basic Arabic language
  • Qur’an & Tajweed
  • Islamic studies
  • Islamic etiquette and manners

Arabic language

All children are taught to read, write and understand basic Arabic. The school aims to build the foundation so that children can go on to learn advanced Arabic that will help them to understand the Qur’an without relying on translations. Children have the opportunity to take GCSE in Arabic language at age 15 years.

Qur’an and Tajweed

The school teaches children to read the Qur’an correctly and appropriately. Children are supported with the memorisation of parts of the Qur’an (with a special focus of Juz-Amma). Children’s learning in this area is enhanced by audio-visual aids.

Islamic Studies

Children are taught about the various aspects of Faith including Tawheed, Risalah and Akhirah. The Programme of study also includes Fiqh, Seerah and Du’a.

Islamic Etiquette and Manners

Islamic etiquette and manners are taught through whole school assemblies. Children are encouraged to organise presentations and talks, and participate in practical demonstrations.

25 to 30% of the school day focuses on social education both structured and non-structured. Children have the opportunity to play, pray, interact and each together. The rest of the school day is organised into four structured lessons.

School Organisation

The school is organised into three phases and eight classes.

Class 1 – 4  are in the Basic Phase

Class 5 & 6  are in the Central Phase

Class 7 & 8  are the Advanced Phase at he end of which students  take GCSE exams in the Arabic language.

Children are organised both in terms of age and ability. The school day is usually organised into four lessons.

Phase Class Qur’an & Tajweed Arabic language Islamic studies Etiquette
Basic 1 2 lessons focusing on memorisation and Tajweed 1 lesson of basic reading and writing 1 lesson on the basic of faith and fiqh Islamic manners taught through assemblies and group projects
4 1 lesson focusing on Tajweed and memorisation 2 lessons leading to ORC Asset language assessment in Arabic
Central 5 Fiqh and Seerah
Advanced 7 1 lesson – looking at Tilawah & Tafseer 2 lessons leading to GCSE in Arabic Project based studies on chosen topics

The School Day

The school day normally starts at 09:30 AM and ends at 3:00 PM (both in summer and winter). Children have lunch at school. Most children bring a packed lunch from home and some use the school tuck shop. Children have a 15 minutes play in the morning. Lunch time incorporates a further playtime and time to pray Zohr. Children pray Asr at school during the winter months.

Branches of SIS

SIS currently has five branches where classes are provided on Saturdays.  Between the branches, the school educates over 850 girls and boys.

  • Bethnal Green Academy – caters from children aged 6½ to 11 years old.  Branch hours 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
  • Bow School (opposite Bromley by Bow station) – caters for children aged 6½ to 10 years old.  Branch hours 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
  • London Muslim Centre – caters for children aged 12 to 16 years old.  Branch hours 9:45 AM to 2:45 PM.
  • Stepney Green Maths, Computing and Science College – caters for 6½ to 11 years old.  Branch hours 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
  • St Paul’s Way Trust School – caters for 6½ to 11 years old.  Branch hours 9:15 AM to 2:45 PM.