Navigating our graded pathways.
At IQRA International School, we offer a comprehensive range of classes designed to cater to students at every stage of their educational journey. From the vibrant and exploratory pre-primary classes, where young minds take their first steps into the world of learning, to the dynamic and engaging lower-secondary classes, where students delve deeper into various subjects, and finally, the challenging yet rewarding higher-secondary classes, preparing students for the next chapter of their academic and personal growth. Explore the unique offerings and supportive environment each class level provides, empowering students to thrive at every stage of their educational adventure.
At Iqra International School, we offer a unique approach to education that combines the Montessori methodology with Value-based integration. This educational philosophy is designed to nurture the holistic development of each child, fostering their intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual growth.
Our school follows the authentic Montessori methodology, which is centred around the principles of independence, self-directed learning, and hands-on experiences. Our classrooms are carefully prepared environments that offer a wide range of engaging Montessori materials, promoting active exploration and discovery.
Through individualized instruction and freedom of choice within structured limits, children develop a love for learning and gain a deep understanding of various subjects.
In addition to the Montessori approach, we integrate values, teachings, and practices into our curriculum. We believe that nurturing the spiritual aspect of a child’s development is just as important as their intellectual growth. Value-based integration is seamlessly woven into our daily activities, lessons, and interactions, allowing children to develop a strong connection with their faith and live their lives in accordance with Value-based principles.
Value-Based Integration includes:
- Qur’anic Studies: Students engage in the study and recitation of the Qur’an, learning about its teachings and stories. They develop a deep appreciation for the Qur’an as a guide for life.
- Islamic Studies: Children learn about the fundamental beliefs, practices, and values of Islam. They explore various Islamic topics such as the life of the Prophet (peace be upon him), Islamic history, ethics, and morals.
- Arabic Studies:
Arabic Language Introduction: Children are introduced to the Arabic language, which is the language of the Qur’an and holds significant importance in value-based culture. They learn basic Arabic vocabulary, greetings, and phrases, enabling them to communicate and understand simple conversations.
This exercise fosters a connection with the value-based cultural heritage and lays the foundation for further Arabic language learning.
Through the integration of Montessori methodology and value-based teachings, we aim to provide a nurturing and enriching educational experience for our students.
We believe that this holistic approach will enable them to develop a strong academic foundation, positive character traits, and a deep spiritual connection with their faith.
There are 5 areas of Montessori :
- Exercises of Practical life
- Sensorial Activities
- Language activities
- Math activities
- Culture – Botany, Zoology, Geography
A. Exercises of Practical life area – Serving with a Purpose
Practical Life Area with Value Based Integration:
In the Practical Life area of our Montessori program, we provide children with a range of purposeful activities that promote independence, coordination, concentration, and a sense of responsibility. These activities are carefully designed to develop essential life skills and foster a strong connection with values and practices.
Grace and Courtesy:
Children participate in activities that promote value-based manners and etiquette.
From pouring water with care to learning how to tie a shoelace, these activities instill in children a sense of purpose and self-reliance.
The underlying message is that by serving others with love and respect, we are serving The Almighty and our community. They learn the importance of saying “Bismillah” (In the name of Allah) before eating and “Alhamdulillah” (All praise be to Allah) after finishing a meal. They practice greeting others with “Assalamu alaikum” (Peace be upon you) and responding with “Wa alaikum assalam” (And upon you be peace). These exercises help children develop social skills and a sense of respect for others.
Care of the Environment:
Children are actively involved in maintaining cleanliness and orderliness within the classroom. They learn to keep their personal belongings organized and assist in tidying up the environment. This exercise promotes a sense of responsibility, respect for the environment, and the value of cleanliness as an act of worship (Ibadah).
B. Sensorial Activities – Appreciating the Creator
In the Sensorial area of our Montessori program, we provide children with a rich array of materials and activities that engage their senses and promote the
Development of observation, discrimination, and concentration skills. These sensorial experiences are designed to enhance their cognitive abilities, while also incorporating Value Based concepts and values. Activities in this section allow children to refine each of their senses, not merely as a physical skill but as a way to connect with the world The Almighty has created. They learn to appreciate the intricate colors and textures in nature, and the subtle harmonies in the sounds around them.
This deepens their connection with the signs of The Almighty in every aspect of their lives.
C. Language Activities – Connecting Hearts through Words
In the Language area of our Montessori program, we provide children with a comprehensive and engaging approach to language acquisition. Through a variety of activities and materials, we foster the development of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, while also incorporating values.
Islamic Poetry and Rhymes:
Children are exposed to Islamic poetry, rhymes, and nasheeds (Islamic songs) that promote language development, rhythm, and phonetic awareness. They learn to recite and appreciate Islamic poems and rhymes, which often convey moral lessons, love for The Almighty, and stories of the Prophet (peace be upon him). This exercise enhances their oral language skills and introduces them to the beauty of Islamic poetry and literature. These Montessori language exercises with Islamic integration contribute to the overall language development of our students, helping them acquire language skills, express themselves effectively, and cultivate a love for the Arabic language and Islamic literature.
D. Math Activities – Counting Blessings and Understanding Abundance
In the Math area of our Montessori program, we provide children with a hands-on and concrete approach to learning mathematical concepts and skills. Through the use of manipulative materials and engaging activities, we not only develop their mathematical abilities but also incorporate Islamic elements and values into the learning process. The foundation of our mathematical teachings is rooted in the concept of gratitude. Children first learn to count from 1 to 10, understanding that these numbers represent specific blessings from The Almighty. Through each material, children learn addition, mirroring the concept of combining blessings, subtraction reflecting the moments of reflection and self-assessment, multiplication symbolizing the growth of good deeds, and division representing the sharing of blessings with others. This holistic approach to mathematics is a reflection of the Qur’an’s teachings on gratitude and understanding the abundance of The Almighty’s blessings.
Number Recognition with Arabic Numerals:
Children are introduced to Arabic numerals, which are used in Value-Based cultures and hold importance in reading and writing numbers. They engage in activities where they match numeral cards with corresponding quantities, reinforcing number recognition skills while incorporating the Arabic numerical system.
E. Culture – Botany, Zoology, Geography (Embracing Creation and History)
In the Botany, Zoology, and Geography area of our Montessori program, we provide children with opportunities to explore and understand the natural world, different ecosystems, and the diversity of living organisms. We incorporate Value-based integration by highlighting the importance of environmental stewardship, connecting with the natural world as a sign of The Almighty’s creation, and instilling a sense of responsibility towards the Earth.
Botany with Value-Based Plant Life:
Children explore plant life and the natural world through materials and activities that highlight the significance of plants in Value Base culture and traditions. They learn about plants mentioned in the Qur’an, such as the olive tree or date palm, and understand their importance in value-based rituals and practices. This exercise fosters an appreciation for the beauty and diversity of plant life while connecting with Value-Based teachings.
Zoology with Value-Based Animal Life:
Children explore animal life and biodiversity while incorporating values of compassion and respect for all creatures. They learn about animals mentioned in Value-Based teachings, such as camels, birds, or bees, and understand their roles and significance. This exercise promotes an understanding of the interconnectedness of all living beings and encourages kindness towards animals.
Geography with Value-Based Landscapes:
Children learn about different geographical features and landscapes. They explore maps, globes, and materials that represent various landforms, such as deserts, mountains, or rivers, and understand their significance in Value-Based history and culture. This exercise fosters an appreciation for the diversity of the Earth’s geography and its connection to Value Base heritage.
Our students begin each day with the remembrance of The Almighty, setting a spiritual foundation for their academic endeavours. Arabic is woven into our curriculum from the earliest stages, allowing children to connect with the language of the Qur’an and the traditions of our Prophet (peace be upon him). Tajweed and memorization of daily duas from the Sunnah are integrated into the curriculum, ensuring that our little ones not only become proficient in Arabic but also develop a deep connection with their faith.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) method of education at Iqra Juniors, we strive to provide a holistic learning experience that encompasses both academic growth and Value Based integration. Our EYFS curriculum is designed to nurture the intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual development of our young learners.
Through carefully planned activities and engaging resources, we introduce foundational academic concepts such as literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking skills.
At the same time, we seamlessly integrate Value Based teachings, and practices into our daily routines, fostering a strong connection to our faith. By combining academic excellence with Value Base principles, we aim to instill in our students a love for learning, a sense of moral responsibility, and an understanding of how to lead a fulfilling and purposeful life guided by Value Based principles.
There are 4 specific areas of EYFS program –
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
In the literacy phonics component of our EYFS program, we place a strong emphasis on developing early reading and phonics skills in a fun and interactive manner. Through a systematic and structured approach, we introduce children to the sounds of letters and help them understand how these sounds blend together to form words. Through a variety of engaging activities, such as storytelling, phonics exercises, and interactive reading sessions, we foster a love for reading and nurture the development of essential literacy skills. Our phonics activities include letter recognition, sound identification, and blending exercises, enabling children to decode words and develop their reading fluency. Alongside the EYFS curriculum, we incorporate Value Based elements by introducing phonics-based vocabulary, ensuring that children are not only building their foundational literacy skills but also connecting with their faith.
In the EYFS method at Iqra, numeracy is introduced through a play-based and hands-on approach. The focus is on developing a strong foundation in mathematical concepts and skills in a fun and engaging way. It is integrated into various activities and experiences that are designed to promote children’s curiosity, problem-solving abilities, and critical thinking skills such as –
- Counting and Number Recognition where the children are encouraged to explore and practice counting from an early age. They learn to recognize and name numbers through playful activities involving objects, toys, and visuals. Counting songs, rhymes, and games are used to make the learning process enjoyable.
- Shape and Space where the children are introduced to different shapes through hands-on activities. They have opportunities to sort, match, and manipulate objects to understand concepts like size, position, and orientation. Building with blocks, puzzles, and shape-sorting games are commonly used in these activities.
- Measurement where children begin to develop an understanding of measurement through experiences with different sizes, weights, capacities, and lengths. They explore concepts like big and small, heavy and light, full and empty, and long and short.
- Patterns and Sequencing where children are exposed to patterns and sequences through various activities. They learn to recognize and create simple patterns using colors, shapes, and objects.
Value Based integration is seamlessly woven into these activities, allowing children to connect their numeracy skills with Value Based concepts. The EYFS method recognizes that numeracy skills are not only essential for practical purposes but also contribute to a child’s spiritual and moral development. By integrating Value Based concepts into numeracy activities, children develop a deep understanding of how numeracy is intertwined with their Islamic identity and beliefs.
Understanding the world:
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, the Understanding the World area focuses on helping young children develop a broader understanding of the world around them. It encourages them to explore, observe, and make sense of their environment, people, communities, and the wider world.
People and Communities:
Under the topic of “People and Communities,” children are introduced to the concept of diversity, different cultures, and the importance of community. They learn about their own identity, family, and the roles people play in society. This topic lays the foundation for promoting inclusivity, empathy, and respect for others. Value Based integration with the topic of “People and Communities” is achieved in several ways such as –
Exploring Muslim Traditions: Introducing children to Value Based traditions, such as festivals like Eid, Ramadan, or Hajj. Discussing the significance of these events and how they are celebrated within the Muslim community. Teaching children Values such as kindness, generosity, and respect for elders. By Emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and acceptance of people from all backgrounds, including Muslims.
The Understanding the World area focuses on helping young children develop a broader understanding of the world around them. It encourages them to explore, observe, and make sense of the natural environment, technology, and the wider world. Under the topic of “The World,” children are introduced to different aspects of the natural world, geography, and the diverse cultures and traditions found across the globe. They learn about the Earth, the environment, animals, and plants, as well as the similarities and differences between people and places.
Under the topic of “Technology,” children are introduced to various forms of technology, such as tools, devices, and digital resources. They learn about the purpose, functions, and benefits of technology in their everyday lives and society as a whole.
Expressive Arts and Design:
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, the Expressive Arts and Design area focuses on nurturing children’s creativity, imagination, and self-expression. It encourages them to explore various art forms, materials, and media to communicate their thoughts, ideas, and feelings.
Exploring Media and Materials:
Under the topic of “Exploring Media and Materials,” children are provided with opportunities to experiment with different art materials, such as paint, clay, fabric, and found objects. They engage in activities that involve drawing, painting, sculpting, construction, and imaginative play.
Value-Based integration with the topic of “Exploring Media and Materials” is achieved by providing children with materials and guidance to create their own Value Based-inspired artworks, such as geometric patterns or Arabic lettering and by teaching children about Islamic symbols, such as the crescent moon, stars, or the Kaaba.
Under the topic of “Being Imaginative,” children are provided with opportunities to engage in imaginative play, storytelling, role-playing, and creating their own narratives. They are encouraged to use their imagination to explore different scenarios, characters, and settings.
Value-Based integration with the topic of “Being Imaginative” is achieved in many ways such as -Storytelling: Introducing children to Value Based stories from the Qur’an or the life of Prophet (peace be upon him). By encouraging them to use their imagination to retell these stories through role-playing, puppet shows, or creating their own storybooks.
The Prime areas of the EYFS method at Iqra includes –
- Personal, Social, and Emotional Development:
Personal, Social, and Emotional Development (PSED) is a crucial aspect of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. It focuses on nurturing children’s emotional well-being, building positive relationships, and developing their self-confidence and self-awareness.
- Making Relationships: This aspect of PSED involves helping children develop positive relationships with their peers, teachers, and family members. It includes activities that promote cooperation, sharing, turn-taking, and empathy. Value Based integration is achieved by emphasizing the values of kindness, compassion, and respect for others. By Encouraging children to practice acts of kindness and by teaching them how Prophet (peace be upon him) exemplified good relationships with others.
- Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness: Building self-confidence and self-awareness is important for children’s overall well-being. It involves helping them develop a positive sense of self, recognizing their strengths and abilities, and building their self-esteem. Value Based integration is achieved by teaching children about their unique qualities as creations of The Almighty.
- Managing Feelings and Behavior: This aspect focuses on helping children understand and manage their emotions, as well as develop appropriate behavior and self-regulation skills. It involves teaching them strategies for expressing their feelings, resolving conflicts, and understanding the impact of their actions on others. Value Based integration is achieved by teaching children the importance of controlling anger, practicing patience, and seeking forgiveness when mistakes are made. By encouraging them to emulate the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) example of patience and forgiveness.
- Physical Development:
Physical Development is one of the prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. It focuses on developing children’s gross and fine motor skills, as well as their understanding of health and self-care.
- Moving and Handling: This aspect of physical development involves helping children develop their gross motor skills, coordination, and spatial awareness. It includes activities such as running, jumping, climbing, and balancing. Value Based integration is achieved by incorporating physical movements that are aligned with Value Based practices, such as performing the physical actions during Salah (prayer). This helps children develop their motor skills while fostering a connection to their religious practices.
- Health and Self-care: This aspect focuses on teaching children about healthy habits, personal hygiene, and self-care routines. It includes activities such as learning about nutritious foods, understanding the importance of exercise, and practicing self-help skills like dressing and washing hands. Value Based integration is achieved by incorporating Islamic teachings on cleanliness and hygiene, such as discussing the importance of ablution (wudu) before prayer and teaching children the proper way to perform it.
- Communication and Language:
Communication and Language Development is one of the prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. It focuses on developing children’s listening and attention skills, understanding of language, and speaking abilities.
- Listening and Attention: This aspect involves helping children develop active listening skills, concentration, and the ability to follow instructions. Activities can include storytelling, rhymes, and games that require listening and responding. Value Based integration is achieved by incorporating Islamic stories, nasheeds or Qur’anic aayah recitation during these activities.
- Understanding: Understanding refers to children’s comprehension of spoken language and their ability to make connections between words and meaning. Activities can include discussions, asking and answering questions, and using visual aids. Value Based integration is achieved by incorporating Value Based vocabulary and concepts into these activities.
- Speaking: Speaking involves children’s ability to express themselves verbally and communicate their thoughts and ideas. Activities include role-playing, storytelling, and group discussions. Value Based integration is achieved by encouraging children to share Islamic stories or talk about their experiences related to Value Based practices, such as celebrating Eid or visiting the masjid.
IQRA International School Primary will be following the Edexcel iprimary syllabus, UK. In our Primary section, we take the principles of Value-Based education to the next level, preparing students to become confident and compassionate individuals. The curriculum is designed to strengthen their faith while building a solid foundation in knowledge and character.
The key focus areas are:
- Qur’anic and Islamic Studies: Our students embark on a journey to understand the Qur’an, starting with recitation and moving towards understanding its meanings and teachings. We introduce students to the fundamentals of Value Based studies which helps them develop a deep understanding of their faith and its practical application in daily life.
- Languages: English, Arabic, Hindi , Kannada and other languages are taught with a view to enable students to explore a variety of texts and cultures, helping them become informed global citizens.
- Islamic Ethics: Moral and ethical values are woven into every aspect of our curriculum. We focus on developing good character, empathy, and respect for others, creating well-rounded individuals who carry their faith with pride.
- Science and Mathematics: Our students are introduced to the wonders of the natural world through science and mathematics. They learn to appreciate The Almighty’s creation while honing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
In the iLower Secondary section, we guide students through the transformative years of adolescence. We continue to emphasize Value Based teachings while expanding their horizons academically. Our curriculum comprises:
- Advanced Qur’anic and Islamic Studies: Students delve deeper into the Qur’an, understanding its historical context and the application of its teachings in modern life with In-depth studies of Islamic history and jurisprudence to equip students with the knowledge to make informed decisions based on Value Based principles.
- Advanced Language Studies: Our curriculum includes advanced language studies, ensuring that students are proficient in languages, including Kannada, French, Arabic and other essential subjects that enable them to engage with a global audience.
- Critical Thinking and Research Skills: We encourage independent thinking and research, enabling students to explore the world through an Value Based lens and make a positive impact.
- Science and Mathematics Advancement: Advanced science and mathematics courses prepare students for future academic pursuits while fostering an appreciation for The Almighty’s creation.
Here the students enter the final stage of their pre-university journey. Our curriculum focuses on molding them into compassionate leaders who serve their communities and excel academically. The key components include:
- Value Based Leadership and Ethics: We nurture a sense of responsibility and ethical leadership, preparing students to be role models and community servants, guided by Value Based principles.
- Comprehensive Islamic Studies: Our comprehensive Islamic studies program includes the advanced exploration of Islamic theology, jurisprudence, history, and moral character development.
- Advanced Language Proficiency: Students achieve advanced proficiency in languages, ensuring that they can connect with and global audiences effectively.
- Advanced Sciences and Mathematics: Here students are engaged in advanced science and mathematics courses, preparing them for higher education while deepening their understanding of the Creator’s intricate designs in the natural world.
- Research and Critical Thinking: We hone students’ research and critical thinking skills, enabling them to tackle complex challenges, make a difference in the world, and uphold the principles of justice and compassion.
At Iqra International School, our Value Based education is a comprehensive and transformative journey. We aspire to produce students who are not only well-educated but also deeply connected to their faith, poised to make meaningful contributions to their communities and the world at large, all while carrying the values in their heart and display in action. Insha-Allah, our graduates will be beacons of knowledge and righteousness, embodying the Qur’anic ideal of being a “Guidance for Mankind.”