Islamic Studies

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Islamic Studies Program at Taqwa

Arabic Language and Culture

The Arabic program at Taqwa School follows the requirements of the Australian Curriculum. Children are exposed to the appropriate age and stage development covering the areas of: communicating for social, informative and translating purposes; and understanding and analysing language and culture for interpreting and shaping meaning in intercultural exchanges. In line with the design model of the Australian Curriculum, there is much scope to support and extend students based on their level of ability, interest and readiness. Throughout the school, the teaching of Arabic combines explicit direct teaching with hands-on, student-centred learning activities. Children use a variety of resources such as books, games and audio-visual and multi-modal texts to engage and enhance their understanding of key concepts.

By the end of Year 2 it is expected that all students will be able to exchange simple information about themselves, their family and friends, and initiate interactions by asking and responding to questions. They will be able to locate information about people, places and objects in simple texts, and share information in different formats, using illustrations and gestures to support meaning. These skills are further enhanced in later years whereby the students locate and classify information related to familiar contexts and present it in a modelled spoken, written and visual texts. They describe characters, events and ideas and express opinions. Grammatical forms and structures in spoken and written texts are further developed. Students begin to translate more complex texts and create bilingual ones for the classroom and school community.

Islamic Belief and Values

At Taqwa School, the children begin their days every morning with study and recitation of the Qur’an. Group memorisation sessions are held regularly, with the children encouraged to commit to memory parts of the Qur’an at a level that they are comfortable with. In the process, children learn proper modes of pronunciation (makhaarij) of classical Arabic.

Students are also exposed to core concepts of Islamic Belief, in the contexts that they can engage with, such as, stories of Prophets (peace be upon them all), Seerah (the accounts of the life of Prophet Muhammad – peace be upon him), and their own lived experiences. Our objective is to encourage the students to understand Islamic concepts in a manner that is rational, and grounded in textual evidence.

Specialist Teachers

  • Qu’ran
  • Arabic language
  • Islamic Studies

Reporting

Reporting to parents on the progress of their child is spread over the school year. This takes the form of: bi-annual formal written report on progress, parent-teacher interviews, learning journeys, student portfolios, and student led exhibitions.

Interviews can be arranged at any time by parents or staff.