Primary Overview:

Primary education is the right of every child, according to the United Nations. A sound and wholly-rounded education at this stage is vital to help all children, regardless of their background, to be well equipped for life. dignity’s Primary Program is founded on child-centered principles of independence and choice. We recognize that a one-size-fits-all approach neglects the diverse growth patterns and learning styles of each child – so we implement flexible timetables, and individualized tracking and monitoring that allows advanced or delayed learners to learn at a suitable pace for them.

Lessons are presented with kinesthetic and visual learners in mind, with learning embedded within an interactive group and individual activities. Mixed-age learning groups encourage peer-to-peer teaching, a powerful form of education. For quieter learning times, individual spaces are set apart for students to engage in reading, drawing, and journaling.

The Dignity Primary Program delivers the Malaysian academic syllabus supplemented with materials from Singapore and the UK. Classes are in English medium.

Developmental Goal:

Mental Independence.

Elaboration of Mind & Personality

Lower Primary

Bringing the world to the children: Stage 1

The classroom offers stimulating and exciting activities to satisfy the children vast appetite for learning all about the world.  Teachers are trained to follow the children’s interest and scaffold learning experiences accordingly. Classrooms are filled with materials encouraging exploration of world such as planets, plant-life, geography and terrain-forms … even the deep sea in their Science and Cultural lessons. Termly field trips to places like Farm in the City, Zoo Negara and Aquaria enforces the learning experience in the classroom.

  • Children: 7 – 9 years
  • Regular Program: Monday to Thursday
    Morning session, 8 am – 12 pm
    Afternoon session, 12.30 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Full Day Program: Monday to Thursday, 8 am-3 pm; Friday, 8 am-12 pm.

Middle Primary

Bringing the world to children: Stage 2

The Middle Primary Program gives special support to children moving from Lower to Upper Primary.   Our teachers continue to assist children to master the various foundation skills like reading, speaking, reasoning and arithmetic.  Students at this stage are growing in degrees of abstraction and complex thought, so lessons are reintroduced in a simple, concrete way. Students are also beginning to hone their social interaction skills, and plenty of opportunities are afforded in the mixed-aged classroom.

  • Children:    9 – 10 years
  • Regular Program: Monday to Thursday
    Morning session, 8am – 12pm
    Afternoon session, 12.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Full Day Program: Monday to Thursday, 8am-3pm; Friday, 8am-12pm

Upper Primary

The children are the world: Stage 1.

All the world is a stage at Upper Primary! Students at this level are able to communicate confidently and clearly. They also have well-developed motor skills to assist them.

At this stage, it is important that the children display the skills developed in the formative years. Our Upper Primary classes are equipped with small stages for children to participate in show-and-tells, presentations, English drama and choir practices. Apart from speaking and sharing, we focus on instilling respect for others and the environment, participation and teamwork. Rather than having a regular assembly, dignity practices the Democratic Assembly where all are encouraged to take turns to share ideas, raise complaints and propose solutions to problems at hand. Every week, a different child chairs the class Democratic Assembly. They learn to be problem-solvers as well as change-makers.

At the end of the year, students sit for a final assessment equivalent to UPSR standards.

  • Children: 11 – 12 years
  • Regular Program: Monday to Thursday
    Morning session, 8am – 12pm
    Afternoon session, 12.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Full Day Program: Monday to Thursday, 8am-3pm; Friday, 8am-12pm
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