The Board of Management, Principal and Staff of the Johannesburg Muslim School take this opportunity of extending a warm welcome to you and your child to our school. We trust that your association with us will be a long and fulfilling one. The successful running of our school is dependant upon your co-operation and involvement. We will appreciate your participation in all our functions and activities.
This Phase comprises Grades 1, 2 and 3. In terms of the National Curriculum Statement, there are three broad learning areas in this phase, namely, numeracy, literacy and life skills. We believe that all children have special abilities and each child is unique. We emphasize the uniqueness of each learner and, as such, our method of teaching is child-centered. Our children learn new concepts and skills in this phase. We seek to provide an enlightening classroom environment in which new ideas are explored and implemented. Our experienced and dedicated team of educators encourage our learners to reach their full potential. There is no formal testing in this phase but learners are continually assessed in the classrooms by our educators.
Mission and Vision
Our mission is “To provide young children with the Holistic concept of knowledge with the Holy Quraan and the Sunnah as the source of guidance.”
In amplification, the mission of our School is to provide all learners with a meaningful and high standard of education by effective and dedicated educators aiming to promote and achieve excellence by using techniques which will promote critical thinking and responsible decision-making and which will inculcate sound Islamic moral values and attitudes.
Our vision is to foster the holistic development of every learner and to promote honesty, integrity, responsibility, critical thinking and responsible decision-making skills in order to become and fully functioning and constructive member of society according to the Holy Quran and Sunnah.
Our educational philosophy is rooted in Islamic values and the learners are cared for in a stimulating environment.
Our School has an Islamic ethos and our programmes inculcate values of Iman (belief), Taqwa (piety) and Akhlaq (ethics). It is the objective of the school to impart the requisite Secular and Islamic knowledge to the pupil. The curriculum is therefore based on an integrated system in order to provide a well balanced programme. The Secular curriculum is based on that of the Gauteng Education Department.
Formal teaching is introduced in Grade 1. The concepts of numeracy, literacy and life skills, first introduced to the learners in Pre-School, are consolidated by way of an integrated learning approach. Our educators motivate and encourage the learners to develop self belief and confidence. Learners are introduced to reading and are encouraged to develop a love for reading.
When learners enter Grade 1, they have learned much through listening, and can speak with varying degrees of fluency and confidence. Our classroom is a place that celebrates, respects, and builds on what learners know. We have a balanced approach to literacy development. It is balanced because it begins with the learner’s emergent literacy. It involves them in reading real books and it gives attention to phonics. These are the things learners need to know and to do in order to learn to read and write successfully.
In essence, our educators lay a strong foundation for the learners’ continued schooling experience.
The concepts taught in Grade 1 are consolidated in Grade 2. Additional concepts of Numeracy are introduced to learners. Learners are encouraged to develop numeracy skills using different contexts for counting, symbols and sequence. Our educators re-inforce the learners’ ability to reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts.
Literacy skills such as vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension are strengthened. Emphasis is placed on the ability to read and write at an adequate level of proficiency that is necessary for communication. Spelling rules are applied. Reading and spelling are integral components of this programme. These are consolidated on a daily basis.
Learners are taught life skills. Our life skills programme concentrates on teaching the learners skills that will allow them to experience and deal with various aspects of life.. These include, amongst others, vision, confidence, motivation, communication, creativity, courage, and trust. Life skills are discussed continuously during the course of the day.
In this Grade, our educators build onto the skills that the learners have already learnt. Our Literacy programme encourages and supports learners to do wide reading. It gives learners frequent opportunities for writing and for developing their vocabulary and language use. Our educators teach learners to interpret what they read. Through reading, our learners broaden their general knowledge, vocabulary and personal understanding of the world around them.
In the Grade, the learner is taught to write different kinds of factual and imaginative texts. Learners are taught to develop their handwriting skills to be able to record their thoughts and ideas so that they and others can read them. They learn how to use writing conventions such as spelling and punctuation to make their writing understandable to others.
In numeracy, learners are taught to develop the range of whole numbers to at least 1000, and unitary and non-unitary common fractions. In this phase, the number concept of the learner is developed through working with physical objects in order to count collections of objects. Our educators give learners opportunities to work with number cards, number charts and number lines to recognise, read, write, count and order numbers. Learners are also given opportunities to practise mental calculations. Our educators structure activities with an awareness that the learner can count by rote and recognise and say number names and symbols for larger numbers than the learner is able to use for calculation and solving problems. Generally, we polish the learners’ calculation speed and accuracy, as well as develop their ability to analyse and solve word problems, applying appropriate operations to do so.
Our Life Skills programme re-inforces in our learners the awareness of themselves, their surroundings and their place in the world. We encourage learners to become more conscious of their physical and emotional wellbeing.
As Grade 3 is the final year of the Foundation Phase, our educators build on what the learners have already learnt in preparation for their move into the Intermediate phase.
School fees, as determined by the School from time to time, must be paid monthly in advance on or before the seventh (7th) day of each month, unless the School has agreed in writing, to allow the Parent to pay on a quarterly basis at the beginning of each term. In the absence of such written agreement, the Parent shall be obliged to pay school fees, monthly in advance, on or before the seventh (7th) day of each month.
Extra Curricular Activities
Our learners are exposed to a wide range of extra curricular activities throughout the year. These include excursions to numerous places of educational interest, entrepreneurship days where learners are taught about and introduced to the world of business and finance, speech contests, newspaper quiz, athletics and sports days.
Learners are required to wear official school uniforms. Learners can purchase official school T-shirts and tracksuits which must be worn during excursions and other outdoor activities. Uniforms can be purchased at the School.
Muallimah Sakina Mahomed is the Head of Department of our Foundation Phase. She heads a team of dedicated and experienced educators. Muallimah Sakina Mahomed and her team of committed educators invite you to visit our school. If you looking for a school for your child, then please do not hesitate to visit us. We suggest that you come during school hours so that you can feel and experience the unique atmosphere of our school. We have no doubt that when you experience this atmosphere, your child will want to be part of it. If you have not had the pleasure of visiting our school, please know that you are always welcome.