|Pupils at the lower stage (forms 1–6) have the majority of their lessons with the same group of pupils and in their own classroom. Typically, the maximum class size in forms 1–2 is 25 pupils and the maximum class size in forms 3–6 is 32 pupils. Young schoolchildren’s groups may comprise pupils of different ages.
Each class has its own class teacher, who teaches most of their lessons. As well as the class teacher, there may be a special needs teacher, a teacher for pupils of immigrant origin or a special needs assistant. For some lessons, the class may be divided into smaller groups. Some subjects, such as languages, are taught by subject teachers.
Weekly lessons at different levels
|Forms 1–2 ||19|
|Forms 3–4 ||23|
|Forms 5–6 ||24|
Helsinki schools comply with a time allocation scheme based on the relevant Government Decree and the municipal policy.
Integration of education
In the initial forms (1–2), education is often provided in an integrated form. This means that subjects and subject groups are combined into an integrated whole and the contents of different subjects are dealt with in parallel. Instruction may be implemented through projects, themes or thematic modules and diverse teaching methods. The teacher is responsible for ensuring that the objectives of different subjects are achieved.