Intermediate Grade

Curriculum

  • The academic year is divided into 3 equal parts, each of which is called a semester (Semester 1, Semester 2, Semester 3)
  • The duration of each semester is 16 weeks … 14 weeks of study (classes, in addition to 2 weeks of tests and evaluations.
  • Subjects are distributed equally and sequentially.
  • the average grade of the two semesters is calculated for each subject.

Characterization of Subjects

Islamic Studies

Tawhid, Fiqh, Hadith, Islamic Culture, and Tafseer: Each teacher is given special care by inculcating Al-Eiman (Faith), Tawheed Allah (unifying God), worshiping Allah, teaching Islamic behaviors and manners, and applying in students’ daily life. In the manner in which our good ancestor did, interpreting Quran verses, understanding his words, understanding the meanings and extracting the methodologies from the Suras, and applying them to reality, through the application of the Ministry of Education’s curriculum, and complimenting it with stories, films and pictures and carry out teaching strategies that develop thinking and research skills, dialogue, discussion and so on among students.

Arabic Language

Based on the importance of the Arabic language as the language of the Holy Quran and our first language, Dar Al-Fikr schools are especially focused on developing the skills of the different students in the Arabic language by providing a variety of enriching curricula which, through their progress with the ministerial curricula approved for each stage which will in turn give the student the ability to have creativity in his language as well.
Accordingly, the Department of Arabic at the primary, intermediate and secondary levels has adapted the following approach:

First: Ministerial Curriculum
The ministry’s Arabic language curriculum is taught for all stages.

Second: Complimentary Reading
It is a special course for Dar Al-Fikr schools, in which we seek to develop the student’s reading, analytical reading skills by selecting books suitable for students’ age group, orientation and interests.
Intensive reading is offered to primary students throughout the school year, while limiting it to the first semester of the middle and secondary school stages.

Third: Expressive Writing
It is a special course for Dar Al-Fikr schools, offering students the correct expressive writing techniques in different writing forms and ways (such as narration and storytelling)
This course is given to primary students throughout the academic year, while it is given to middle and high school students only during the second semester.

Fourth: Integrative Curriculum
This course is specific to Dar Al-Fikr schools, and is offered to intermediate and secondary students. It aims to develop the skills of the entire Arabic language by presenting various texts to be read, analyzed, and to apply grammatical and spelling skills on it.

Social Studies in Arabic

The subject of social and national studies is taught at all primary, intermediate and secondary levels in a self-learning manner, which depends to a great extent on the student’s collection of various information from reliable sources through internet networks, visiting the school library, and learning and studying, Research, and the development of comprehension skills, critical thinking and problem solving; thus the student has the motivation and desire to learn and love knowledge. Social studies subject is taught from grades 4 to 10.

Curriculum:
The schools of Dar Al-Fikr teach 50% of the planned ministerial curriculum for all stages.

Skills:
Schools add extra skills to students outside the ministerial curriculum, including:

  • Cartographic skills.
  • Graphic skills.
  • The skill of preparing lessons and writing reports.
  • The skill of writing questionnaires and analyzing results.

Social Studies in English

Social studies in Dar al-Fikr schools are a merger to study of history, geography, economics, and science of politics.

Include–also–the study of humanity, individual and collective changes that occur in the world by people and events.

The subject helps students gain a deeper understanding of the world; they can link their personal experiences with key ideas, and help them to see themselves, as individuals in their community and neighboring communities. The material provides important knowledge and skills to become effective at the national and global levels.

In addition, the curriculum teaches students to understand, respect, and appreciate historical complexities, which are understood in a comprehensive way–only–through appreciation and analysis of diverse and varied perspectives.

PE

Physical education provides a positive and enjoyable experience for all students through a variety of exercises, cooperative games, individual sports (gymnastics, badminton, tennis, and expressive rhythms), and team sports (basketball, volleyball, handball, football ..) in closed or opened fields or stadiums.

The curriculum of physical education is designed to meet the student’s personal needs.

Main objectives:

  • Each student has the opportunity to grow, explore, and develop individual and group skills.
  • Encourages the student to demonstrate a sense of responsibility towards himself, and others in physical exercise.
  • Encourages students to participate in normal physical activities outside the school environment.
  • Enhances the importance of leisure time investment to the benefit of students.
  • The student will identify the type and quantity of the diet that supports physical activity.
  • The student will identify common injuries’ treatments, and first aid techniques.
  • It helps the student develop himself by learning the basic skills that help him to be a good trainee.
  • It helps the student develop himself by learning the basic skills that help him to be a good trainee.
  • It helps the student to be appreciative of the importance of physical activity, by introducing him/her to the laws and ethics required.
  • Allows students to participate in sports competitions, ensuring their fun and benefit.

Activities:

  • Athletics competitions.
  • Fitness competition.
  • Sports day contest.
  • Football matches.
  • Shooting with a bow, arrow, and karate (in the boys section).

English

The English program seeks to integrate writing, speaking, listening and research skills through close reading and text analysis of complex, rich, and authentic texts (including media as texts) to prepare students for college reading. Through this work with texts, students are exposed to a range of reading and writing techniques they can employ in other subject areas and are introduced to fundamental skills in literacy. The materials are closely aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

In addition to the set course books, the digital platform incorporated in the course extends the reading and writing practice through a blend of media, audio, and visual resources that resonate with young learners, allowing them to consolidate learning at a pace that suits individual needs. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy is implemented at the school, and this gives learners instant access at all times, making technology an integral part of the classroom and giving learners more autonomy in their learning.

Academic Writing

The Effective Academic Writing course is offered in middle and high school to equip students with the skills needed for writing at college level. It is intended to help students break out of writing five-paragraph themes into writing analytical, research-based papers. Students learn the skills of citing and quoting and referencing of source material to convey a breadth of research. By grade eleven, students will have learnt the necessary skills to write a 5000 word research paper using the American Psychological Association (APA) and/or Modern Language Association (MLA) formatting methods.

Math

Dar Alfikr School Math program is based on and incorporates the Common Core State Standards, USA, and it is one of the core curriculum subjects for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. We are currently using materials published by Pearson. At Dar Alfikr School, Math is taught in English language by experienced and qualified Math teachers.

The Math curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of the students. We use a wide variety of teaching strategies to implement mental Math skills that are used to solve mathematical problems.
Curriculum Domains:

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Geometry
  • Ratios and Proportional Relationships
  • The Number System
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Functions
  • Statistics and Probability

Science

Dar Alfikr School Science program is based on and incorporates the Common Core State Standards, USA, and it is one of the core curriculum subjects for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12

Science subjects are taught in English, through interactive and digital learning.

Subject domains:

  1. Engineering Science and Technology
  2. Biology
  3. Earth and Space science
  4. Physics and Chemistry

Objectives:
Encourage the student’s curiosity to explore, obtain appropriate interpretations, link what he has learned to life, and explain and evaluate his learning products.

CS

The Dar Al Fikr Technology curriculum integrates CS into the teaching and learning process and provides children with opportunities to use modern technology to enhance their learning in all subjects.

Students participate in activities that assist in the development of their ability to:

  • Use computer-based technologies to locate, access, evaluate, manipulate, create, store and retrieve information.
  • Express ideas and communicate with others using computer-based technologies.
  • Develop an awareness of the range of applications of computer-based technologies
  • Discriminate in the choice and use of computer-based technologies for a given purpose
  • Develop the confidence to explore, adapt and shape technological understandings and skills in response to challenges now and in the future.
  • Apply learned skills in Real-world scenarios and carefully graded activities to motivate students.

PSAT and SAT

PSAT and SAT preparation is integrated in the English courses in order to help students sharpen their exam preparation skills. Students will learn techniques to excel in the Reading and Writing sections of the SAT College Entrance Exam. The PSAT course is offered in middle school and the SAT preparation course is offered in high school.

Holy Quran

The Holy Quran has received special attention, through diligence to apply the Tajweed in both (recitation and memorization) and evaluation on a continuous basis, through the skills of the Quran Subject.

Evaluation and Reports

Continuous Evaluation

Grading Criteria

Evaluation Tools

Academic Reports

Item Components
Class participation and learning habits

Classroom participation

  • Positive interaction within the classroom.

Readiness

  • Bring all learning tools for each subject.
  • Bringing the computer ready to use.
  • Enter the class on time.

Classroom manners

  • Adhering to the teacher’s instructions
  • Dealing with the teacher politely, respectfully, and fitfully
  • Dealing with peers politely, respectfully, and cooperatively.
  • Keep the seat, and the contents of the classroom clean and intact.
Homework

Written homework

  • Delivery on time.
  • Accuracy in homework performance.
  • Complete performance of the homework.
  • Plagiarism, and copying others’ work.

Oral recitation of the Holy Quran’s

  • Performance on schedule.
  • The full answer.
  • The correct answer
  • Good performance.
Projects, research, and working papers

Our practical activities or applications are carried out by students with the aim of achieving certain educational goals, serving the scientific purpose of the subject, and working to focus and memorize information. The projects are evaluated according to specific criteria that vary from one subject to another according to the nature of the subject:

  • Project theme.
  • Management of the project.
  • How to implement the project.
  • Presenting the project, and conducting a discussion.
Technical evaluation
Home tests, open-book tests, oral tests, practical and experimental, periodic, performance evaluations, etc.
The Final Exam
It is a test of the end of the subject and is one of two:

Oral Tests:

  • It is held a week before the written tests through continuous evaluation.
  • It is determined according to a schedule prepared by the administration.

Written tests

  • It is prepared three weeks before the start of the tests, which are determined according to a schedule prepared by the administration.
  • The final test is worth 30 Marks.
  • The start date is determined by the Ministry of Education’s timetable.
Test Type
Mark
Expected Test
Average
Passing Score
Notes
Class involvement & learning habits
10 10
Class involvement & learning habits are filed after each class
Homework
10 10
Homework will be filed after each submission
Module Project
10 Once for each semester 10 5
Each subject has its own criteria
Formative Assessment
20 Multiple quizzes
It can’t be redone
Mid-Term Exam
20 One Exam except for Math 20 10
  • The test can be repeated (retaken) in cases of illness, traveling, civil reasons, or in cases of funerals (God Forbids).
  • It will be announced with a pre-set schedule
Final Exam
30 One Exam 7.5
  • The test can be repeated (retaken) in cases of illness, traveling, civil reasons, or in cases of funerals (God Forbids).
  • It will be announced with a pre-set schedule

 

No
Evaluation Tools
Evaluation Mark
1 Class participation and learning habits 10
2 Homework 10
3 Projects, research, and working papers 5
4 Formative Assessment 30
5 Mid term Exam 20
6 The final Evaluation 25

** The teacher applies five tools of skills assessment – at least – during the semester
Educational and academic reports
Schools provide parents – each semester – with the following reports:

  1. Academic report delivered to the student every 6 weeks
  2. Academic report at the end of each semester.

Success and Suspension
Students are to be passed to the next grade if they meet the following success requirements:

  • A student passes the course if the final grade is not less than 60%.
  • The student with special needs is considered, based on the diagnostic reports issued by the School Care Center, as stipulated in the Ministry of Education’s assessment criteria.
  • The student will be tested for a supplementary test if he or she receives an average of less than 60% in one or more courses at the end of the first or second semester.
  • If the student does not meet the requirements for success in a course, or the final grade after the supplementary test is less than 60%, it will be transferred to the academic committee to relook at the student’s performance and determine the course of action through one of the following options:
    • Check out the file for the last year (if the parent has already signed a home support pledge)
    • Re-take the school year.