ACADEMICS

Student Curriculum

ISLAMIC STUDIES

The Islamic studies program aims to instill the understanding and practice of Islam based on the Quran and Sunnah. The belief in One God (Tawheed), the understanding of the lives of the Prophets and character building (Akhlaq) form the main basis of the curriculum. The rules and practice of Salaat are emphasized at every grade as well as the practical lessons are derived from the lives of the Prophets in order to integrate these teachings into the students' daily lives. Madinatul Uloom Academy emphasizes the importance of students being able to identify themselves as good practicing Muslims in the multi-cultural society of Canada.

FRENCH

The ability to communicate in French is a valuable skill especially in Canada since it is one of Canada's two official languages and is also widely used around the world. Second-language learning strengthens' ability to communicate and participate effectively in the workplace and the global community. It also increases their ability to understand themselves and other people, and helps them to appreciate the power of words and the many different uses of language. The aim of Core French program is to develop basic communication skills in French and an understanding of the nature of the language. The Core French program offers students a valuable educational experience and the opportunity to develop a basic usable command of the French language that can be expanded through further study.

LANGUAGE

The language expectations are organized into three strands: Writing; Reading; and Oral/Visual Communication. All the knowledge and skills outlined in the expectations for the language program are mandatory. The program in all grades is designed to develop a range of essential skills in reading, writing and oral language, including a solid foundation in spelling and grammar; an appreciation of literature and the ability to respond to it; and skills in using oral language accurately and effectively. Students will also learn to use critical and analytical skills to respond to it; and skills in using oral language accurately and effectively. Students will also learn to use critical and analytical skills to respond to communications media, and will develop skills in using technology to search for and share information.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

The Information Technology (IT) studies are based on the understanding and use of Microsoft Office applications. Primary students begin the IT curriculum by familiarizing themselves with the use of the mouse, keyboard and simple computer functions. Using MS Paint, they begin acquiring the skills to cut, paste and navigate around an application. Junior and Intermediate students continuously work towards improving their keyboarding skills. Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point applications form the basis for developing IT skills.

MATH

The mathematics expectations are organized into five strands, which are the five major areas of knowledge and skills in the mathematics curriculum. The five strands are Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra, and Data Management and Probability. All the knowledge and skills outlined in the expectations for the mathematics program are mandatory. The program in all grades is designed to ensure that students build a solid foundation in mathematics; they should, for example, understand a range of mathematical concepts, memorize necessary mathematical facts (.e.g. multiplication tables), learn and practice standard mathematical procedures, and apply mathematics in complex real-world situations.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

The science and technology expectations are organized into five strands, which are the major areas of knowledge and skills in the science and technology curriculum. The five strands, which combine topics from science and technology, are: Life Systems; Matter and Materials; Energy and Control; Structures and Mechanisms; Earth and Space Systems. The knowledge and skills outlines in the expectations for the science and technology program are mandatory. Science is a form of knowledge that seeks to describe and explain the natural and physical world and its place in the universe. Technology is both a form of knowledge that uses concepts and skills from other disciplines (including science) and the application of this knowledge to meet an identified need or solve a specific problem using materials, energy, and tools (including computers). The method of technology consists of inventing or modifying devices, structures, systems, or processes.

VISUAL ARTS

The visual arts include the traditional fine arts of drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, architecture as well as crafts. The visual arts curriculum is intended to help students develop their creativity and learn to express themselves in visual ways. In order to make visual art works, students need to acquire a range of skills and some specific knowledge. The expectations identified for each grade describe the specific knowledge and skills that students are expected to develop and demonstrate in their work. These skills are sequential and cumulative.

SOCIAL STUDIES, GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY

The focus of teaching and learning in the social studies, history, and geography curriculum is on the development of essential knowledge and skills. Social Studies seek to examine and understand communities, from the local to the global, their various heritages, and the nature of citizenship within them. Students acquire knowledge of key social science concepts, including change, culture, environment, power, and the dynamics of the marketplace. They learn about Canada and the role of citizens in a democratic society within a culturally diverse and interdependent world. They also acquire skills of inquiry and communication through field studies and other research projects; the use of maps, globes, and models; and the consideration of various forms of historical evidence. Students apply these skills to develop an understanding of Canadian identity and democratic values, to evaluate different points of view, and to examine information critically in order to solve problems and make decisions on issues that are relevant to their lives. History involves the examination of individuals and unique events, as well as of groups, movements, institutions, nations, and eras. The Grade 7 and 8 history program focuses on Canada and provides students with a comprehensive overview of the development of their country and its role in the world. Students learn how lessons from the past can be used to make wise decisions for the future, and by exploring various points of view and evaluating a variety of historical evidence, they practice achieving a balanced perspective. In these ways, the study of history helps prepare students to be contributing and responsible citizens in a complex society characterized by rapid technological economic, political, and social change. Geography is the study of place. It examines the earth's physical systems and the people ion them. It also investigates how people and environments affect each other. Geography students learn to gather, organize, analyze, and present information obtained from fieldwork, models, simulations, aerial photographs, satellite imaging, maps, and computers. They learn to apply a conceptual framework of location/place, environment, region, interaction, and movement. By integrating various aspects of place, the study of geography provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about the world around them.