Malaysian National Curriculum – Primary

Primary students (aged 7-12) enrolled in the Malaysian National Curriculum follow the Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah (KSSR) or the Primary School Standard Curriculum by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia. The primary medium of instruction is Bahasa Malaysia. However, as one of a select group of national-type schools in Malaysia licensed by the Ministry of Education to conduct the Dual Language Programme, Mathematics and Science is taught in English at all levels.

Our Amazing Learning philosophy ensures students truly get the best of both Malaysian and global educational approaches, with an engaging learning environment that emphasises their responsibility to acquire knowledge for themselves and not just memorise facts for exams. This trains students to be curious and self-motivated learners while still at Primary level, laying the groundwork for further success in Secondary and beyond.


While the academic priority is to prepare students academically, our overriding goal is always to nurture the whole child. As such, in addition to Primary 6 state-level exam subjects, students also study a wide range of non-state-level examined subjects in order to broaden their understanding of themselves and of the world around them.

Subjects offered at the Primary level are:

Core subjects

  • Bahasa Melayu
  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Non-core subjects

  • Health Education
  • Islamic Religious Education & Perkara Asas Fardu Ain (PAFA) [for Muslims]
  • Moral Education (for Non-Muslims)
  • Music
  • Physical Education/Swimming
  • Visual Art Education

KSSR subjects for upper Primary (P4-P6)

  • Reka Bentuk Teknologi (Design & Technology)
  • Sejarah (History)

Other Compulsory Subjects

  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Mandarin/Arabic
  • Martial Arts Programme (MAP)/Artistic Gymnastics
  • Speech and Drama

While performance in examinations is very important, students are also assessed holistically under the Ministry of Education’s Pelaporan Pentaksiran Sekolah Rendah (PPSR), or Primary School Assessment Report. This report assesses the whole child, and includes Pentaksiran Bilik Darjah (PBD, or Classroom Assessment); Pentaksiran Aktiviti Jasmani, Sukan dan Kokurikulum (PAJSK, or Physical, Sports and Co-Curriculum Assessment) and Pentaksiran Psikometrik (PPsi or Psychometric Assessment).

Upon completion of their Primary years, students may then choose to continue their Secondary education in the Malaysian National Curriculum (towards the SPM examination), or switch to the International Curruculum and study towards the IGCSE examinations. See our academic pathways for more.

Beyond The Classroom

For a child to grow holistically, learning has to be about more than studies. Rather than filling their heads with facts and figures, we want our students to grow stronger and more confident emotionally, mentally and socially. This experience of personal growth can occur in any area of school life and is a key understanding of our Amazing Learning philosophy.

Amazing Learning happens when students are able to surprise themselves – and their parents and teachers – by reaching a level of learning beyond their imagination. We achieve this by challenging our students to solve problems independently, thereby developing a determined and resilient mindset focused on finding solutions and overcoming difficulties.

We believe that the experience of this ‘good struggle’ is the best thing we can do for our Primary students, as they will never forget their experience of independent achievement as they grow older.

Co-curricular activities and after school activities provide wonderful opportunities for young children to experience Amazing Learning experiences outside the classroom. Additionally, as students of both the International Curriculum and Malaysian National Curriculum participate in the same activities, students also get the opportunity to develop friendships amongst the school population as a whole, and not merely limited to their year group or curriculum.

Among the learning opportunities available to your child outside the classroom are:

  • Personal development talks and events
  • Local and international school trips
  • International learning opportunities offered by the International Schools Partnership
  • National and local competitions
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