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Overview of primary school curriculum

The primary school curriculum aims to provide all children with learning opportunities that recognise their strengths and develop their full potential.

Primary school curriculum at a glance

What is it

The primary school curriculum focuses on:

  • Subject-based learning such as languages, mathematics, science, art, music and social studies.
  • Knowledge skills through subject-based learning and project work.
  • Character development through daily interaction, Character and Citizenship Education and co-curricular activities.

Course length

6 years (Primary 1 to 6)


  • English Language
  • Mother Tongue Language (MTL)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Social Studies
  • Character and Citizenship Education

Higher MTL may be offered to your child depending on their MTL results.

Subject-based banding

Based on your child’s Primary 4 school examination results, they will be offered English Language, MTL, Mathematics and Science  at the foundation or standard levels in Primary 5 and 6.

Possible subject combinations are:

  • 4 standard subjects.
  • 4 foundation subjects.
  • A combination of standard and foundation subjects.

Learn more about subject-based banding and subject combinations.


For all students:

  • Project Work
  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Programme for Active Learning

For selected students:

Primary 1

Primary 2

Primary 3

  • Identification exercise for the Gifted Education Programme (GEP).
  • Selected students will be invited to join the MTSP.

Primary 4

  • Selected students will be invited to join the GEP.
  • Selected students will be invited to join the MTSP.
  • Nominated students will take part in the Junior Sports Academy (JSA) selection trial. If selected, they will join the programme from Primary 4 to 6.

Certificate offered

Primary 6: Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE)

Next educational level

Secondary school