Bradgate Park Sponsored Walk

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

I hope you are well insha’Allah. This year, Al Aqsa School is holding a sponsored walk in Bradgate Park (Newtown Linford) on Sunday, 11th October, 2015, at 10am to raise money to refurbish the primary and create a separate secondary IT suite. insha’Allah. Your help is needed!

This walk will be an active and healthy fundraiser for adults and children making it ideal for a picnic or a family day out. Two route options will be available: one is more or less on the flat and suitable for pushchairs, while the other is slightly more demanding, with just over 4 miles of undulating walking up, over and around historic Bradgate Park.Your participation in the event with your children is essential to make it a success, insha’Allah.

Taking part is simple!

  1. Register by completing the registration form which will be sent out separately (there is a charge of £5.00 per registration)
  2.  Find as many sponsors as you can through family, neighbours and friends using the sponsor form attached. You can collected a copy of the sponsor form from the office.
  3.  Collect any pledges and donations and hand in to school before or on Friday,9th October  2015, insha’Allah.
  4.  Be ready and dressed for the walk on Sunday, 11th October, insha’Allah. Good walking shoes are essential.

What To bring?

  • back-pack is recommended in order to carry food, drinks and supplies.
  • Food – high energy snacks, plenty of water, a glucose drink, and a packed lunch is recommended.  Participants should not bring carbonated/fizzy drinks as these are dehydrating.
  • Weather protection – we recommend that you pack a lightweight waterproof jacket, a sun hat, and sunscreen so that you are prepared for any type of weather.
To register for the sponsored walk please click here.
 
Sponsor forms can be obtained from the office if you are unable to print one yourself.

 

We look forward to your participation

National Curriculum Levels

What the National Curriculum levels mean

Up until the newly published National Curriculum (September 2013), at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, the National Curriculum used to be accompanied by a series of eight levels. These were used to measure your child’s progress compared to pupils of the same age across the country.  Since the inception of the new curriculum, the Department for Education removed the indicators to encourage assessment without levels.  Many schools have continued to use the old indicators until new systems have been established to measure and report on attainment.  Whilst we avoid giving levels to children as it increases the chance of labelling them, we are still using them to report to parents this year.  This will be reviewed next year insha’Allah.

There were 8 National Curriculum levels covering ages 5-14 years. The lowest is Level 1, which describes the achievements of children at around the age of five. The highest is Level 8, which is attained by the most able pupils at the age of 14. There is also a description of ‘exceptional performance’ above Level 8, which only a very few pupils are expected to reach.

What does this mean for your child?

It is expected that the majority of 11 year old children will achieve Level 4 by the end of Year 6 (currently around 75 per cent achieve Level 4 or above). This is the level that the government considers to be the minimum required for children to be able to access the secondary school curriculum.

Each level is divided into three sub-levels, for example 3A, 3B and 3C.

  • C means that the child has started to work at the level
  • B means that the child is working well within the level
  • A means that the child has reached the top of the level and is working towards the next level.

Children are expected to work their way through one level every two years, progressing 1.5 sublevels every year. For example, a child working at level 2B in Year 2 would be expected to reach 3B in Year 4. However, children aren’t robots and their rate of progress will vary from year to year. For some children, getting to Level 3 by the end of Year 6 is a real achievement. That particular individual may have started school below the national average level but has still achieved good progress throughout their primary school years. A child achieving Level 5 at 11 years of age is working at a high level, and only one per cent of children nationally achieve Level 6 at primary school. GCSE students who pass GCSE at grade C have achieved Level 7. At Al-Aqsa we will strive to ensure that all pupils make progress but at the same time we recognise that every pupil will not fall within the suggested levels and thus we treat each pupil as an individual rather than as a statistic. That does not mean we will not push our pupils further, insha’Allah, but just as every pupil cannot make 1.5 sublevels’ progress every year, we know that pupils can make a whole one level progress in just one year. It is all dependent on the pupil.

  End of Year FS2 1 2 3 4 5 6
  Level  attained   6-9   1B   2 2A-3B   3   3B-4C   4

Early Years Foundation Stage

Al-Aqsa provides our young children with an educational programme which is structured around the New Early Years Curriculum with an Islamic input. This involves activities and experiences for children as follows:

Three prime areas:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development & Personal
  • Social and Emotional Development Areas.

Four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design.

 

  • Communication and Language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
  • Physical Development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their coordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

As adults we aim to display good adab and akhlaaq and impart knowledge to the children to develop their overall Islamic character, insha’Allah.

  • Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
  • Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

 

  • Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment. Through such topics, children have the opportunity to experiment and explore as well as develop their understanding of the world which Allah SWT has created around us, masha’Allah.
  • Expressive Arts and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

We also have a large role play area in which children can develop their imaginative play and have the opportunity to explore different environments linked to our topic.

For more information on the Early Years Foundation Stage, please click the link below

http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/eyfs-statutory-framework/

Sports Day Timetable

Dear Parents and Carers,

Assalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakahtuhu.

We will be having Sports Days from Monday 8th June to Thursday 11th June, insha’Allah. Please see the timetable below for individual class timings. The activities will be held in the ball court with the timetable below.  A timetable of activities for FS1 will be sent seperately insha’Allah.  FS1 sports day will be held in the school playground.  Teachers will be in touch with regards to team colours and any other requirements in due course.

Timetable for Sports Day

Year

Date

FS2 & Y1

Monday 8th June

Y2 & Y3

Tuesday 9th June

Y4,5 & 6

Wednesday 10th June

Y7,8 & 9

Thursday 11th June

 

The itinerary for the day will be as follows:

  • 9:00-10:30 First session
  • 10:30-11:00 Break
  • 11:00-12:45 Second session
  • 12:45-1:45 Lunch and salaah
  • 1:45-2:30-2:45 Third session.

All pupils should come in their PE kits for their designated Sports Day. Please send the children in with a water bottle and sunhat each if necessary.  On all our sports days Al-Aqsa will be holding a food sale, insha’Allah. We encourage all parents to attend your child’s sports day as it makes the day all the more meaningful for our pupils. Do join us for a day out and what promises to be an enjoyable time for all, insha’Allah.  This year we would like to see many more fathers please!!

PS: Please note that the secondary girls’ programme will be for women and girls only.