Learning in Junior School

Junior School curriculum

Challenging, rigorous and bespoke - a curriculum to cater for all types of learners.

Foundation - Year 5
Unlike the general primary schools, students in AISM’s Junior School experience an holistic education, where children strive for high academic standards in an environment where a love of learning is fostered, and individual learning styles are supported. Central to an Australian education is the development of general capabilities throughout all learning areas.

These general capabilities have been identified as being essential for success in the 21st Century and ensure we develop successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.

The 7 Learning Areas creates successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens

The aim of English in AISM’s Junior School is to enable students to understand and use language effectively; appreciate, reflect on and enjoy the English language; and to make meaning in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive, critical and powerful.

  • Students develop their language skills through activities involving speaking and listening, reading and writing, and viewing and representing.
  • They learn about language and literature through working with a wide range of print, spoken, visual, media, multimedia and digital texts.
  • They interpret and express their views on what they hear, see and read.
  • They create written and digital texts, and deliver formal and informal presentations.


By learning how to speak English, as well as putting them into writing, it builds character and confidence in students; giving them skills to carry forward to the next level.


Through the explicit study of Mathematics, students become confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens.

  • Students develop their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding through a range of learning experiences across:
    • Number and Algebra, e.g. whole numbers and fractions and decimals
    • Measurement and Geometry, e.g. length, area and time
    • Statistics and Probability, e.g. data and chance.
  • They develop their problem-solving skills, mathematical reasoning and communication.

Science and Technology
The aim of teaching Science and Technology in AISM’s Junior School is to foster in students a sense of wonder and to expand their natural curiosity about the world around them.

  • Students develop their skills in using processes of working scientifically and working technologically to answer interesting questions and develop creative solutions to important 21st century problems.
  • They develop their curiosity and understanding about the natural and made environments through learning about the physical world, Earth and Space, the living world, the material world, built environments, information and products.
  • Students learn about the influence and relevance of science and technology in their lives now and in the future.

Through stimulating students’ interest in and enjoyment of exploring the past, they develop a critical understanding of the past and its impact on the present.

  • Students investigate their personal, family and community history.
  • They develop understanding of Australia's Indigenous and colonial history and how Australia became a nation.
  • Students learn about historical concepts, such as viewing an historical event from a different point of view, and historical skills, such as using historical sources for an investigation.

Through geographical inquiry, students develop an understanding of the interactions between people, places and environments across a range of scales in order to become informed, responsible and active citizens.

  • Students investigate people, places and environments.
  • They explore geographical concepts, such as place and sustainability, through real world examples and issues.
  • Students learn how to acquire, process and communicate geographical information using geographical tools and inquiry.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
Physical education is more than just fitness activities and games.

In PDHPE, students develop the knowledge and understanding, skills and values and attitudes needed to lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives.

Aspects covered include:

  • Active lifestyle
  • Dance
  • Games and sports
  • Growth and development
  • Gymnastics
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Personal health choices
  • Safe living.

Creative and Performing Arts
The study of the Creative and Performing Arts at AISM enables students to gain increasing understanding and accomplishment in the arts and to appreciate the meanings and values that each of the artforms offer personally, culturally and as forms of communication.

  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Dance.

Languages Other Than English
The aim of teaching languages is to enable students to develop communication skills, focus on languages as systems and gain insights into the relationship between language and culture, leading to lifelong personal, educational and vocational benefits. Students in the Junior School have the choice to study:

  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • Mandarin.

All AISM Junior School students study Malaysian Language, Culture, Geography and History.