Last Updated: 18 October 2021

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


Malay Language


Tamil Language

You can also access additional MTL teaching and learning resources through the Student Learning Space (SLS)

Find out how to apply for an SLS account if you don’t have one.


Additional resources

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


Learn more about the approved textbook list