Al Isharah Islamic School
We currently cover Tower Hamlets, Redbridge and Luton
Al Isharah Islamic School
The Al Isharah Islamic School (AIS) offers deaf and hard of hearing children the opportunity to learn about Islam. Islamic classes in BSL allow students to learn about Islam through sign language. While the Oral class allows students to learn the recitation of the holy Qur’an and Islamic topics through oral methods and speech therapy techniques.
The school operates on a three-term cycle with half-term breaks and holidays included into the academic calendar in line with those of state schools. We usually have closures over Ramadan and Eid.
How do we teach Islam?
Our Islamic BSL classes are delivered through two different mediums of teaching:
1) the use of British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf friendly visual materials, making the classes informative and accessible. Classes are taught by either Deaf Muslim teachers who communicate fluently in BSL or hearing teachers who are also proficient in BSL.
2) Our Oral classes are taught by friendly professionals who have all undertaken deaf awareness training and have a good grounding in Arabic & Islamic studies.
Islamic Class in BSL
There are various levels of classes for learning Islam in BSL. Each student is assessed to ascertain which level they would be most suited for. Students are assigned into appropriate ability groups based on historic academic performance. New students are assigned classes based on entry examination marks. The curriculum and topics for each level varies in terms of depth of content, amount covered and pace of teaching. Students complete weekly teacher assessments and homework, and end-of-term examinations are conducted to enable the school to monitor student progress. Our curriculum covers the following;
Tawheed (Oneness of God/Allah) | Ramadhan (Compulsory fasting) | Hajj (Pilgramage) | Salah (Prayer) | Zakat (Charity) | Stories of the Prophets.
Our curriculum is a specifically modified to engage and educate deaf students, taking into consideration the different communications needs deaf children have.
Oral Recitation Class
Students are taught the same curriculum as above. The teaching methods are however slightly different. The use of BSL is supplementary to being taught mainly orally.
Students memorise chapters of the holy Qur’an at their own learning pace. Weekly homework supports the classroom learning. Students are assessed after memorising particular chapter. This class is for individuals who are mildly Deaf or strongly oral we are able to an Arabic recitation course that visually teaches how the language is pronounced.