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Goals of Teaching

The school provides basic skills and knowledge to manage in a changing society. In addition, the student's personal growth to a responsible adult with confidence and a strong work ethic, is of key importance. Cooperative classroom rules should be followed by each student>

Other goals:

  • We hope to learn to cooperate
  • We want to be part of the society
  • We want to take care of each other.
  • We hope that all will experience feelings of success, in which not only personal acceptance, but the understanding of differences and respecting others is fostered.

Language Program

The language program at the Finnish International School of Tampere follows the City of Tampere's plan as follows:

  • A1- English language taught beginning in 1st grade.
  • A2- Optional language taught from 4th grade onwards, 2 hours weekly of German, Spanish or French.

Finnish as a second language

Instruction in Finnish as a second language (S2) covers the syllabus of the mother tongue and literature for pupils with Finnish as a second language. In Tampere, instruction in Finnish as a second language is given to all pupils of immigrant origin and returnee pupils who need to have it. A child learns to speak Finnish rather quickly, but a deeper knowledge of Finnish, sufficient for academic and studying purposes, usually takes 5-7 years. Therefore, pupils with Finnish as a second language need S2 instruction during all basic instruction.

At the beginning of the course of study an individual educational plan is made for the pupil if necessary. Instruction in S2 is given either as differentiated in-class education or separately for a small group of pupils, ranging between 1 and 6 hours, according to the needs of the student. Instruction in S2 concentrates on the pupil's personal development of the central areas of language and vocabulary acquisition. In addition to instruction in S2, the pupil is entitled to have remedial teaching in other subjects, such as in mathematics.


All school activities reflect multiculturalism and diversity, students having come from many different countries. Multiculturalism is evident in daily activities, from classes, recesses to school events.

Notice to guardians about hazardous work

Following the National Core Curriculum for Basic Education as approved by the National Board of Education, in grades 7 - 9 the syllabi of technical work, physics and chemistry, possibly also of biology, art and home economics include work where students use tools and substances listed in the Government Decree 475/2006 on Hazardous Work for Young Workers. According to the Government Decree 475/2006, students in basic education from grade 7 onwards can, regardless of their age, carry out hazardous work specified in the Decree under a teacher's direction and immediate supervision, if this is considered necessary in order to meet the requirements of the syllabus and if this can be done safely. Special attention must be paid to the safe use of the tools and safety equipment and their suitability to students. Examples listed in the Decree are categorized under mechanical, chemical, physical, electric, and biological hazards, as well as excessive physical stress.

The decree requires that the guardians of students in grades 7-9 are informed in advance of hazardous work and the reasons for it. In the above-mentioned subjects pupils will use for example bandsaw, planers, table saw, miter saw, sanding machines, Mig-welding machine, 3-D printer and laser cutter as well as chemicals like mild acids, Bunsen burners and electric tools.

Group size and skill level are taken into consideration when planning practical work. The teacher can decide to skip certain practical work or deny some students participation if they are not following instructions and safe work practices.

The whole curriculum of FISTA as a pdf-document

The English Language Curriculum of FISTA as a pdf-document

The curriculums of Tampere City