Primary school subjects and syllabuses

Primary school students will be introduced to subject-based learning where they will learn subjects such as languages, mathematics, science, art, music and social studies. Learn more about the syllabus taught in the classroom.

Subjects

Primary school students will learn the following subjects:
  • English Language
  • Mother Tongue Language (MTL)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Art 
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Social Studies
  • Character and Citizenship Education
In Primary 5 and 6, your child will be offered English Language, MTL, Mathematics and Science at the foundation or standard levels, depending on their Primary 4 school examination results. They may also be offered Higher MTL depending on their MTL results.

Syllabus

English Language

Overview

Primary schools are equipped to teach the Strategies for English Language Learning And Reading (STELLAR) curriculum. STELLAR is an interactive literacy programme that fosters confidence in learning English using children's literature.

Syllabus

Mother Tongue Languages (MTL)

Chinese Language

Syllabus
Additional resource
  • Xue Le 学乐, a website with multimedia content that complements the 2015 Chinese Language curriculum.

Malay Language

Syllabus
Additional resource
  • e-cekap, a website with a wide range of multimedia content and online activities. 

Tamil Language

Syllabus
Additional resource
Students can access online resources for all 3 MTLs through our MTL website for all their learning needs.
Science

Syllabus

Additional resources

Read these articles to get ideas on learning science at the primary level:
Social studies

Syllabus

Learn more about the approved textbook list