Welcome To The Nobel International Elementary School

Nobel International School adopts the Cambridge Primary Programme for Key Stages 1 and 2. Cambridge Primary presents a curriculum framework to develop English, Mathematics and Science skills and knowledge in young children (6 to 11-years old) in preparation of secondary education.

The primary programme is based on a set of common principles underpinned by the best educational and assessment practices. It provides guidance for curriculum development and classroom teaching and learning, and allows teachers to assess students as they progress.

The emphasis at elementary school is on LITERACY, NUMERACY and SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY.

The key benefits of Cambridge Primary are as follows:

Foundation for Junior and Senior School

Cambridge Primary aids identification of students’ strengths and weaknesses and can be used to support learning and development. It provides students with excellent preparation to progress seamlessly into Cambridge Secondary 1 and beyond.

External Benchmark

As an international programme, Cambridge Primary provides our teachers with an external benchmark to inform their teaching and to measure students’ progress over time. It also allows detailed and structured reporting to parents.

International Curriculum

Cambridge Primary is appropriate and relevant internationally and has been designed to be culturally sensitive. It includes top quality teaching and assessment resources for international schools

The primary years are divided into TWO key stages:

Key Stage Age Class
Stage 1 6 years old Year 1
7 years old Year 2
Stage 2 8 years old Year 3
9 years old Year 4
10 years old Year 5
11 years old Year 6

Subjects Offered By Nobel International School

(Approved by the Ministry of Education Malaysia)

Cambridge Core Subjects
Additional Languages
Malay Language
Creative & Technical
Art and Design
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Physical and Health Education
Character Transformation/Islamic Studies
History (Year 3 – Year 6)
Geography (Year 3 – Year 6)
Literacy Circle
Sound and Movement (Year 1 – Year 2)
Creative Maths (Year 1 – Year 2)
Life Skills (Year 1 – Year 2)
Speech & Drama (Year 3 – Year 6)

Teaching Approach

Cambridge syllabuses provide students with a foundation to achieve high levels of academic and personal learning in an engaging way. Our teaching approach enables the teacher and student to achieve maximum results with minimum pressure of learning. The approach is geared towards creating the most comprehensive and engaging learning experience for every student to reach his/her full potential in skills, knowledge and character.

Positive reinforcement through encouragement, praise, recognition and rewards is one of the core teaching approaches to build a friendly and fun learning environment. Strong emphasis is also given to building integrity and values as part of the student’s character development, thereby producing a student who performs better academically, socially and spiritually.

Teaching Staff

At Nobel International School, we are committed in offering you the best primary international education possible, set in a safe learning environment. Our teachers are trained to provide superior teaching strategies based on the best practices in international education. They are also prepared to offer extra help to assist students who need guidance in their work.

The school regularly conducts In-house Professional Development for its staff. The courses are intensive and participants undergo at least 40 hours of training complete with hands-on workshops, annually. Our courses also update participants on the latest developments in the Cambridge Primary and the Cambridge Examination System. Participants leave with a vision of making a difference in a student’s life.

Class Size & Placement

A generally small class size of 27 students per class will remain a feature of Nobel International School. Students can be easily divided into groups for meaningful pursuit of group work, discussions and assignments.

The formation of students into groups of different sizes is carefully considered by our experienced teachers, who would select a group combination that best achieves the teaching and learning experiences. The teaching and learning approaches in all classes aim to give each student sufficient challenge and to effectively meet their individual learning needs.

All students are placed in classes in accordance with their age and must have reached the minimum age of entry as at 31st December.

Nobel International School recognises that the process of assessment, recording and reporting is central in ensuring the quality of students’ learning. It is carried out with the spirit of good partnership between the teachers, students and parents. We adopt 3 connected levels of assessments as recommended by Cambridge.

Short Term
Short term or continuous assessments are an informal part of the daily instructional process. Teachers assimilate information from a wide range of assessment opportunities in order to understand individual student’s learning progress. These include direct questioning, discussion, observation, marking of class work, assignment and test. The information directs timely adjustment in teaching and learning to help students progress towards achieving their targeted learning goals.

Medium Term
Medium term assessments are used to review and record the progress students are making over time in relation to the key outcomes.

Progression Tests from Cambridge will be conducted at the end of the year for English, Mathematics and Science (Year 3 to Year 5). These test papers are set by Cambridge and will be marked internally by teachers based on the marking scheme provided by Cambridge.

The Progression Tests are designed to:

  • assess the performance of the students against the learning objectives in the curriculum framework.
  • diagnose strengths and weaknesses of the students.
  • examine the progress of the students from one year to the next.
  • aid informative reporting to parents.

For all Cambridge Primary Progression Tests, results are described as a grade of Gold, Silver or Bronze.

0-39% of total marks 40-79% of total marks 80-100% of total marks
Working towards the standard Meeting the standard Exceeding the standard
Student has a basic grasp of the curriculum content. Student has a sound grasp of the curriculum content. Student has an excellent grasp of the curriculum content.
Student has achieved a few of the learning objectives and is working towards achieving others. Student would benefit from more focus on some areas of the curriculum. Student is successfully achieving many of the learning objectives as expected at this stage. Student is successfully achieving a great majority of the learning objectives and often goes beyond what is expected at this stage.

Long Term
Long term assessments are used at the end of the elementary school phase in order to track progress and attainment against school and external targets.

Primary Checkpoint will be conducted at the end of the elementary school in Year 6 as part of the long term assessment. It is a diagnostic test for English and Mathematics (syllabuses from Year 4 to Year 6) and Science (syllabuses from Year 3 to Year 6). These test papers are set by Cambridge and will be marked by Cambridge Examiners.

cambridgeprimarycheckpointscaleThe Primary Checkpoint papers are designed to:

  • provide information on students’ areas of strengths and weaknesses;
  • indicate the areas which students need additional support when they begin Secondary 1 (Year 7).


Each student receives a Statement of Achievement and a diagnostic report.

The report shows the performance of the individual student within a teaching group and within the school as a whole. The reports also identify strengths and weaknesses in particular skills or strands.

The Cambridge Primary Checkpoint scale runs from 0.0 to 6.0 – with 0.0 being the lowest possible score and 6.0 the highest.