Junior School

Junior School curriculum

Academically ambitious, our rigorous and robust curriculum is central to everything we do.

At Australian International School Malaysia (AISM), we value the development of curious, determined and independent learners. Using the principles of Visible Learning, we demystify the process of learning, ensuring our children are fully aware of the ‘tools’ of success.

We follow the Australian Curriculum, in particular the innovative and challenging BOSTES curriculum (New South Wales), internationally known for its academic breadth and rigour, as the cornerstone of our work.

This is overlaid with our Visible Learning training which incorporates regular teacher and pupil formative assessment, feedback and reflection to highlight learning gaps, and methods to ‘close’ them. Our teachers and children are trained in the methods of Visible Thinking.

We ensure that we meet Australian and international standards in our broad curriculum by building numerate and literate youngsters, who are also critical and creative thinkers, determined to deal with others ethically.

Learning in and beyond the classroom

Our rigorous curriculum focuses in the development of all areas of learning through stimulating, fun, investigative learning experiences; while providing specialist music, language and PE lessons.

These academic lessons are supported with an extensive co-curricular programme, enabling children to broaden their friendships and skills in music, dance, sport, drama, public speaking and problem solving.

PStudents are also engaged in the democratic life of their school from a young age, joining our Student Representative Council or nominating to become a school leader in a range of leadership roles within the school.

Our Junior School structure
At AISM, our Junior School is divided into three sections: the Early Learning Centre (ELC) or preschool / kindergarten (3 to 5 year olds); Stage One (6 to 8 year olds); Stage Two (9 to 12 year olds).

The ELC is likened to preschool in Malaysia, where we prepare your child for his transition into primary school through our early years education programme. Your child can join us in the year they turn four, enrolling in one of our Nurseries or our Preparatory class. In the ELC, each small class is taught by a trained teacher and supported by an assistant teacher, which is also the case in our two Foundation classes (also known as Year 1 or Kindergarten in other school systems).

Similar to Malaysia’s primary school, our Junior School’s Stage One and Stage Two cover everything they need to learn at their age before transitioning to the next level in their education.

From Year 1, each year level has their own highly trained and qualified assistant teacher, which enables rich teaching opportunities under the guidance of our expatriate staff: from cross grade groupings to small break-out groups for support or extension; from team teaching to vertical cross year groupings.

Our class sizes allow flexibility and dynamism in our differentiation for learners of all dispositions. During Year 5, we nurture our pupils through their transition to the Middle School.