What and how do schools teach?
The school-specific curriculum states the principles of schoolwork and the special emphases of the school. The school curricula are available in electronic format (in Finnish).
Learning occurs in all spaces in the school and its immediate environment, as well as in the City of Helsinki, with the help of technology. The goal of the teaching is to develop the child’s broad-based competence and skills needed in the future.
Each child will study at least two long-term, cross-subject and phenomenon-based entities during the school year. Phenomenon-based studies are studies where pupils examine real-world phenomena across school subjects. Pupils are encouraged to discuss, inquire and question things.
Weekly school hours
In grades 1 to 2, pupils receive teaching for a minimum of 19 hours a week. The number of hours is increased throughout the duration of comprehensive education so that on grades 7 to 9, the pupils have a minimum of 30 hours of lessons. A school may decide on weekly hours that exceed the minimum in its curriculum.
Minimum weekly hours:
- 1.-2. grades 21 weekly hours
- 3. grade 22 weekly hours
- 4. grade 24 weekly hours
- 5.-6. grades 25 weekly hours
- 7.-9. grades 30 weekly hours