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The curriculum guides teaching in Lahti’s basic education, pre-school education and additional basic education. In Lahti, the focus of the curriculum is on bringing up healthy and broad-minded children and teenagers.

The curriculum guides how work is carried out at schools and which things are important for the pupil’s learning and well-being. In addition to these, key themes in Lahti include the significance of encountering the child and teenager, inclusion and wide-ranging competence as part of lifelong learning.
The curriculum contains e.g.

  • Values and operating culture
  • Consistency of teaching and cooperation in transition phases
  • Wide-ranging competence – as an integral part of lifelong learning
  • Defragmentation of teaching and multidisciplinary learning units
  • Pupils’ right to a safe learning environment
  • Assessment of pupils’ learning and competence
  • Objectives and contents of the subjects


Language selection

In addition to English and the second national language, which are common to all, basic education in Lahti includes the option to study Spanish, Chinese, German, French and Russian.

The learning of foreign languages begins for all pupils in the first grade when the teaching of English begins for everyone. The teaching of the second national language starting in sixth grade is also common to all pupils. In addition to the compulsory languages, it is possible for pupils to choose optional languages in grade 3 and grade 8.

  • All pupils study English as their first foreign language. The studies of the first foreign language begins in the first grade and it is studied throughout comprehensive school.

    Pupils in Swedish language immersion teaching have two A1 languages: Swedish and English.

  • It is possible for a pupil to choose an optional foreign language, the A2 language, from the third grade onwards for their language programme. As of 1 August 2020, the A2 languages available in Lahti’s basic education are Spanish, Chinese, German, French, Swedish, Finnish and Russian. Finnish as an A2 language is intended for pupils studying in Swedish-language basic education.

  • Studies in the second national language starting in the sixth grade are a compulsory part of every pupil’s language programme. For Finnish-speaking pupils, the B1 language is Swedish, and for pupils studying in Swedish-language basic education, it is Finnish.

    If a pupil has chosen the second national language as an optional A2 language starting in grade 3, B1 will be excluded from the pupil’s language programme.

  • Pupils can add an optional foreign language, B2, to their language programme from the eighth grade onwards. The B2 language is the third or fourth language studied by the pupil besides their first language.