At this level, students are introduced to Islam through the Shahaadah (testimony of faith). They learn appropriate care of the Qur'an and engage in memorization and recitation of soorahs from Soorat At-Teen to Soorat Al-Humazah. The life of Prophet Muhammad (s) is introduced. The children are taught the basics of cleanliness and ablution along with the proper performance of prayer. The course ends with lessons on personal hygiene, respect for parents, and respect for the property of others. The material is presented, using a spiral approach, where students revisit each area and study it in greater depth each year. The student's textbook contains the subject text of the lessons, exercises, as well as activities. The Activity Book, however, engages the student in additional activities on the same lessons dealt with in the Student's Textbook. The difference is that the activities in the Activity Book are more analysis and synthesis based, instead of simple recall-type activities. There is also a more practical aspect aligned to activities in the Activity Book.
The ICO project is a distinguished one because: Our curricula meet the needs of the target audience for integrated, coherent, and appropriate curricula. They were prepared according to scientific bases, assimilating the most recent educational and psychological theories. They were prepared by special educationists who are experienced in designing curricula and who are familiar with the needs of the target group. They employed the most recent techniques and educational aids. They went through many quality control processes, which were carried out by specialized committees, and they were enhanced by teachers who evaluated the curricula before releasing them.