Madni Academy is committed to improving outcomes for all pupils through delivering a curriculum which is dynamic, fun and meaningful in a safe, Islamic, secure and stimulating learning environment with high standards and expectations.
We are passionate about developing lifelong skills which will enable all pupils to be resilient, respectful, independent and successful citizens of the future.
Following its introduction in September 2015, Madni Academy follows the new National Curriculum. We have invested a great deal of time and energy to ensure that our new curriculum is unique to Madni Academy in that it is specifically tailored towards the needs and interests of our pupils and Is in line with the Islamic ethos fo the school.Through the curriculum, we aim to prepare pupils for the opportunities, experiences and responsibilities of adult life and to lay a firm foundation for future learning. We seek to provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum and offer a wide range of exciting and challenging activities and experiences to all pupils irrespective of ability, background, ethnic origin or gender.
We acknowledge that people learn in many different ways and we recognise the need to develop strategies that allow all children to learn in ways that suit them. Opportunities are planned to cater for a range of different learning styles to ensure that all pupils can access the curriculum and learn in a way that is best for them.
Key Stage 1 and 2
At Key Stage 1 and 2, pupils have a daily Maths and English lesson. These lessons provide bespoke learning opportunities to each class based on specific learning outcomes which have been identified as a focus for improvement via end of year and ongoing analysis of assessment data.
As a school, we recognise the importance of reading for all pupils and therefore, have a comprehensive and thorough approach to the teaching of reading across the school including, daily phonics lessons in KS1. School follows the Letter and Sounds scheme of work for phonics. Writing is taught through a topic-based approach, as much as possible, in order to provide purpose and audience for the pupils. Grammatical accuracy is embedded in the teaching of writing but also as a discrete element of the English curriculum via the English programme of study.
The new Mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics including the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Pupils at Madni Academy are taught to reason mathematically, solve problems and apply their mathematical skills in a variety of real life contexts.
In addition to English and Mathematics, pupils are taught to develop their skills, understanding and creativity in Science, Computing, History, Geography, Design Technology, Art, Physical Education, Arabic and Islamic Studies.
PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) forms an integral part of the curriculum at Madni Primary. It helps to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens, whilst promoting British values. All members of staff are committed in encouraging the pupils’ knowledge of right and wrong and to take responsibility for their own behaviour.
Pupils are taught about the community in which they live and are encouraged to work in co-operation with other members of the school community. Supporting charities, both local and further afield, is encouraged. All pupils are expected to undertake appropriate responsibilities within the class and school, e.g. working as a student Shura representative (school councillor), classroom monitors; caring for the classroom environment, participating in class assemblies and participating in out of school activities.
We aim to develop pupils’ enjoyment, confidence and skill in physical activity and introduce them to the pleasures of sport to help develop active children who benefit from a healthy lifestyle. Through a multi-skills approach, pupils develop their skills in football, netball, rounders and cricket, as well as athletics, gymnastics, swimming and martial arts.
We enhance and enrich the curriculum through a variety of activities including Wow days, educational visits, parent workshops, school performances, visitors to school, after school clubs and links with other schools.
Madni Primary’s 2017 curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. Many topics are brought together, where possible, and taught in a cross-curricular way to maximise the use of time but also to make experiences more meaningful and provide pupils with a real context for learning. The purchase of new computing equipment and software also means computing/ ICT is an integral part of many teaching and learning experiences.
We build in opportunities to promote the spiritual, moral and cultural development of all our pupils, especially through our daily acts of Collective Worship and our Islamic studies scheme or work. Throughout our assemblies, we deliver we promote British Values, a healthy lifestyle, staying safe, being good citizens, etc.
We are very proud of the wide range of extra-curricular clubs we are able to offer at Madni Primary. These are at lunch times and are all well attended. Most clubs are run by our dedicated teachers and teaching assistants but we also have some clubs run by external coaches.
Clubs which have been available over the last few years have included:
Textiles Club, jewellery making club, Homework Club, baking club, glass painting club, paper craft club, quilling club.
We firmly believe that the education of the pupils is a partnership between children, staff and parents. Support from home is vital in maximising pupils’ chances of fulfilling their potential. In order to facilitate this partnership, we offer an open-door policy where parents are welcome to visit school to discuss their child(ren)’s progress with staff at a mutually convenient time. Each class has 2 parents’ meetings per year and reports are sent home at the end of the summer term.
Our primary curriculum is designed to foster thought, curiosity and a desire for learning in all pupils, regardless of their backgrounds, strengths and needs. It provides a solid foundation for future learning at every stage and is designed to deliver the rounded educational experience that we seek for every pupil from the start.
At primary level, we use the Core Knowledge Sequence (CKS) UK as the springboard for primary learning in English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography. It is based on teaching a body of specific, lasting knowledge to allow children, regardless of background or starting point, to build steadily on what they already know. We have incorporated play, active learning and extended classroom activities into the CKS to ensure that pupils can use and apply their developing knowledge.
The curriculum gives pupils experience in the following areas of learning: Islamic, Linguistic, Mathematical, Scientific, Technological, Human & Social, Physical, Aesthetic and creative. (see Appendix 1 for further details)
The core subjects are allocated more time for Maths and English the school currently uses the Abacus Evolve and Hamilton Trust schemes of work which are based on the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies for schools.
The Foundation subjects have broad programmes of study and consequently are covered on a two-year basis. The content of these programmes directs and influences topic choices and planning. We use the QCA schemes of work for much of our medium term planning in the foundation subjects, as well as LCP schemes of work. (See Curriculum Overview)
At Key Stage 1 and Key stage 2 we plan the curriculum carefully, so that there is coherence and full coverage of all aspects of the National Curriculum and early learning goals, and there is planned progression in all curriculum areas
At Key Stage 1 and 2 the core national curriculum subjects such as ICT, Geography and History are taught separately. This means that, for example, a child may concentrate in one term on a Geography topic, and then switch to a greater emphasis on History in the next term. Over the three terms of the academic year, each child has the opportunity to experience broad range of National Curriculum subjects
English is applied in all subject areas and enables children to articulate their understanding and learn with enthusiasm and independence. Applying English across the curriculum also aids EAL children.
Personal and Social Health and Citizenship Education is taught as a discrete subject. This is also applied cross-curricular and is a key focus through the Islamic studies curriculum.
Literacy, Numeracy and Information Technology are skills that run through the whole of the curriculum. ICT is applied across the curriculum as well as in specific ICT lessons.
Arabic and Islamic Studies are core subjects in our curriculum and help develop strong Islamic personalities. Extra curricular activities
The school is committed to developing a full programme of extra curricular activities to enhance children learning and to challenge and expand our children’ creativity. Currently children are able to participate in the following lunchtime clubs- reading, drama, Maths, games, crafts, booster sessions, ICT, textiles among others.