Primary Grade (4-6) School

General Information

The stage of grades 4 through 6 represents late childhood, and Dar Al-Fikr schools are aware of the growth characteristics of this age group. Therefore, an appropriate pedagogical approach has been developed for this transitional phase, Activities that prepare the student for self-learning under the supervision and guidance of the teacher are provided. It is also the stage in which the school is keen to establish the Arab Islamic identity and to establish literacy skills in Arabic, English and mathematics. Social acceptable, and the laws of learning.

Class Enviroment

The system of rotation of classrooms has been applied to students at this stage, with the aim of creating a more professional learning environment, which helps to deepen education, so that each class has sources and tools that enrich each subject, depending on its needs. The system of rotation is also a preliminary step, qualifying them for transition to higher education, with the skill of time management and adherence to the laws.

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.

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).

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.

English Language

The primary stage English language program is designed to improve the student’s language proficiency level in the language used in everyday life. Multiple learning sources are therefore used. Dar Al-Fikr schools are keen to ensure that the sources do not conflict with the established foundations of the students of Arabic and Islamic studies, and the ethics of the school, which was established strongly and firmly on keeping up with its Islamic traditions.

Objectives:
The English language subject encourages an experimental approach to achieve proficiency in English. The program is designed to integrate all English language skills and competitive activities, including speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills to ensure that all students are able to develop their English skills and fluency, regardless of their level of language before joining the school and support them equally to become proficient in the English language.

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.

Art

Art builds the child’s personality as a means of expression and disclosure of what’s going on inside, without any pressure exerted on him which may result in suppressing them. Drawing in the early years of life – in particular – is considered a message to the organizers of the educational process, it’s a way to clarify what is going on in the child’s life and what he feels and senses inside whether negative or positive.
The goal of teaching art education

  • The development of fine muscles (fingertips) gives the child some manual skills through artistic activities.
  • Encourage the child to express his thoughts, feelings, and needs artistically with great fluency and freedom.
  • Development of child’s aesthetic sense and artistic taste.
  • Develop the child’s ability to express freely through visual art, and to express creatively.
  • Develop the child’s sense of beauty, love, and expression.

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
5 Once for each semester 5 2.5
Each subject has its own criteria
Formative Assessment
30 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
25 One Exam 6.25
  • 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.