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.


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.


English Language


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.


Mother Tongue Languages (MTL)

Chinese Language

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

Malay Language

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

Tamil Language

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


Additional resources

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


Learn more about the approved textbook list