Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Our Timetable, Subjects & Books we use

As the children have got older I have introduced a timetable which we have stuck up on the cupboard they keep their learning materials.

Monday - Thursday they cover English, Maths, Science & Arabic/Tajweed using books and doing other practical activities I research and prepare to go alongside. My eldest, who is at KS4 level, is happy to get out her books and study at the table whilst having free time to do her own thing. However, I find the younger ones learn better with a mixture of learning from books as well as practical activities and crafts.
They usually spend an hour on each subject and have a Tajweed lesson for half an hour on Skype by their tutor in Egypt. So most days we are finished before lunch and they can follow their own interests in the afternoon but of course they are always learning!
For example they were learning Fractions from their Maths book this week so we also made a Fraction card game (which is on another post), used marbles to help with fractions of quantities and coloured mini pizzas.
I also arrange visits and trips that tie in with a recent topic such as a tour of Yorkshire Water when learning about the 'Water Cycle', a visit to a Science centre when learning 'Colour & Light', a trip to the Canal for Geography etc. 
We also take part in any awards which they can achieve whilst learning (I have posted this separatley too) such as The John Muir Award, Crest Award, Arts Award etc. 
Throughout the week they have their own sports activities. Some people ask why I don't just let all the boys do cricket, or all of them do Taekwondo but they each have their own interests and allow them to choose that they want to do. One plays for a local Cricket team so he has cricket practice throughout the year and then matches at home and away through summer. One does Taekwondo 3 times a week and swimming lessons, my eldest does Taebo at home.

Friday - This is our full day off but the little ones enjoy an Islamic craft and the older ones read Islamic books, read Surah Kahf etc.

Saturday - Art & Computer Science in the morning

Sunday - revision and reading in the morning

Weekends are taken up with family visits, outdoor activities, free time and reading!

This website is good for audio books, Maths challenges etc.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolradio

Tajweed





We teach the children this book before they move onto their online lessons with the tutor.








Arabic



The children use the Gateway to Arabic books for lots of vocab, Goodword Writing books to help writing the letters, Madinah reader books and then the Madinah Arabic course with online help, and they have also learnt some of the Bayna Yadaik book with their tutor and online help. (see my Arabic post for more info)









Islamic Studies

We use the ICO Curriculum which can be bought online. They are really good books as they give lots of extra activities to do with each chapter.











English Language & Literature

They don't start workbooks until I feel they are ready and even then only complete a page followed by other practical activities.

For lesson plans I use the following books and website for years 1 - 6 (we do not follow the 'years' set by school but allow my children to accelerate at their own pace:-

https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=scholastic+100+lessons+framework


I then buy simple workbooks with from Letts, CGP, Schofield & Sims, Collins etc. We have quite a few different ones over the years from 5-7 years. Basically whatever has been on offer of from out local library as they only £1 each. At this age they enjoy workbooks with lots of stickers, bright and colourful, or with things to colour like the Schofield and Sims range. They also enjoy the Evan Moor cutting & paste activity books.

http://www.educationcity.com/

http://readingeggs.co.uk/

I then move onto textbooks as they are more in depth and have plenty of extra activities. I recommend the Galore Park Curriculum

https://www.galorepark.co.uk/


 Here are the Junior English books from Galore park. They are divided into chapters which include a comprehension with Grammar & punctuation and writing activities to go with each.





I have used different Andrew Brodie books in the past, they are really good and have plenty to do inside. I usually buy his handwriting, spelling & grammar books. We also use grammar & punctuation books from Schofield & Sims.




These are developing literacy books which have given us extra activities to do helping to create and shape texts, understanding and responding to texts and Speaking & listening activities.

These are CGP books which we have been using for extra activities for Fiction and Non - Fiction Writing.

 More Galore park books at about KS3 level.



We have chosen the Ed Excel exam board so following the relevant books for Language and Literature. In English Lit you can choose which books to study, the lists are on their website.









HANDWRITING

http://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/handwriting-cursive-letter-joins.html

we also use workbooks such as the Andrew Brodie series

Maths

Again when they are young we buy any easy workbooks like Collins, Schofield & Sims First Maths etc.  As well as the Scholastic Lesson plan books I dip into. I then move onto textbooks as they have so much more practice in them for each topic. A couple of sights which are good for early learners are:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/schoolradio/subjects/mathematics/maths_challenge_quiz

http://www.cimt.org.uk/

http://mathseeds.co.uk/

https://www.mathmammoth.com/  - haven't used these myself but lots of Home Edders do.


These are the Galore Park Junior Maths books which are thick textbooks and cover all the curriculum. We have the KS3 books too.













We also use the following books and online programs:

https://www.conquermaths.com/

http://uk.mathletics.com/

http://www.arcademics.com/


http://elmwoodeducation.co.uk/ks2/  - we use these books which are good for revision. They are broken down into coloured columns on the page. My children would complete the columns in order or start with the middle as that's the level they are working at. The first column is easier and the last column is harder to push them a bit more.

http://elmwoodeducation.co.uk/product/essential-maths-7h/ - these are the KS3 versions which we also have.


Science


We use the scholastic Lesson Plan books along with lots of activities float/sink, exploring materials, lots of nature activities etc. Schofield and Sims have some nice early science books but with this subject I don't think they are absoloutly necessary as it's about getting out and exploring!!!

https://mysteryscience.com/secrets/animal-needs


 We use the Galore Park books which the children use and I look up relevant experiments to go alongside it.

We also completed Crest Awards :-

http://www.crestawards.org/

We also have the Collins KS3 book which is really useful before starting the IGCSEs




Again using the Ed Excel for IGCSEs




ICT/Computer Science

We don't really use books for computing but lots of online activities. We do have a couple of CGP ICT books https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/   and the Carol Vorderman Coding book which goes teaches the Scratch Website.


https://code.org/learn

https://www.tynker.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zyhbwmn

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/0/computing/

https://scratch.mit.edu/

https://www.khanacademy.org/

https://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org/

https://www.udemy.com/courses/search/?q=kids%20app&src=ukw&p=5 - online app courses

Typing

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr


Geography

In Geography we usually learn by getting out n about like in Science. Learning about 'our local area', traffic, tourism, OS map skills etc. We have completed all the levels of The John Muir Award which was great fun! https://www.johnmuirtrust.org/john-muir-award

There are many books we get from the library such as Map Skills etc. We have Andrew Brodie's Geography books and Galore Park for KS3 level.













History

I never really intended to teach History and never liked the subject at school but my eldest boy seems to love it and often uses the BBC bitesize website to learn about History so we bought him these books, there are also study books to go with them.


French & Spanish

I learnt both these languages at school and have GCSE's in them. I didn't really intend to these as a subject either but one of my boys enjoys learning other languages so he asked to get some workbooks. We have a couple of simple workbooks with stickers and also a Spanish book with audio CD and flashcards. They like to watch videos on YouTube which teach simple words and names of the days, colours etc. 

4 comments:

  1. Assalamualeikum sister.
    I enjoy reading your posts Ma sha Allah. May Allah bless your journey.
    I like the Galore park books too and would like to ask you something please. Do you think you need to supplement the English book for primary years in any area? Let's say Grammar or Spelling...
    Or do you think they cover enough each area of English?
    Jazak Allahu khair.
    Umm Amar..

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    1. Wa alaykumusalaam sister, Jazakillah Khair for the lovely comment. I think the Galore Park books cover Grammar & Punctuation really well, however, if you think your child needs extra help then maybe supplement it with workbooks from other series such as Schofield & Sims. As for Spelling my children have needed a lot more help, so we use the Andrew Brodie Spelling books or I download spelling lists for their age group and give them 'Look, Cover, Write, Check' lists to revise and then lots of spelling tests. Even though I follow textbooks from a certain age I always plan a practical activity, look up an online game or video to watch, or dip into the Scholastic Lesson plans books I have for activity ideas. Hope this helps Insha'Allah ;)

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    2. Jazak Allahu khair .
      Keep up the great work.😘

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    3. Wa iyaki ;) just added a link on the right if you want to follow us Insha'Allah x

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