Hadiqa is a Farm School. The philosophy grows out of the “Nature Schools” movement. Children at primary level learn through direct contact with nature and the world around them. They grow food, learn about plants, and use Nature for artistic inspiration: story writing, drawing and painting, singing, and drama and movement.
Hadiqa gives children an in-depth understanding of where and how food is grown, the importance of nutrition and health, agriculture, and hands on learning through gardening. Environmental science and Mathematics grow naturally from children’s engagement with real things. We acknowledge Slow Food International’s Themes:
- Food and Health
- Climate Change
- Family Farming
- Food Waste
Interdisciplinary Activities will cover important world issues as well as concepts in the core curriculum from Mathematics to Literacy and Science.
Play will also be encouraged in the learning process.
Academic research shows that active play is the natural and primary way that children learn. It is essential to their healthy growth and progress, particularly during periods of rapid brain development. We must place adequate importance on play now, so that our precious children grow up into successful, well-rounded and happy adults.
Sir Ken Robinson
Our play spaces will include:
- Adventure – physical challenges including climbing and balancing
- Paths, trails and maps
- Imagination and creative play – building, making art, playing make-believe
- Special places – forts and dens either found or made
- Loose parts- things that can be manipulated such as rocks, sticks, sand, pinecones, leaves, etc.
Children will have choices about how and what they learn.
The emphasis at this stage of schooling is to create love of learning while learning basic skills.
The Elementary Level covers four years. For our purposes it is convenient to divide this into three:
Year 1: This is the End of Key Stage 1 in the English National Curriculum. Since the ENC is used in many international schools around the world, we find it prudent to be aware of the Key Stages. See Appendix: Curriculum and Tracking Y1
Years 2 and 3: These are the first two years of Key Stage 2 in the ENC. We use a common
Tracking Framework. See Appendix: Curriculum and Tracking Y2+3
Year 4: Year 4 is a transitional year into Sama Junior School. Children are 9-10.
The Tracking Framework is common with Year 5. See Appendix: Schemes of Work and Tracking 4+5