Holistic Education to nurture globally competitive learners 

Inspired by a creative 21st-century progressive approach to early childhood education, we take the National curriculum's best and combine it with other best practices in our progressive, emerging curriculum. We continuously update our pedagogy based on the latest educational research provided by our academic partner, Whale Learning Group. Together, we educate children who will change the world.

A Certified Finnish Curriculum School

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One of the main goals of the Finnish way of teaching is to create a positive and safe environment for children’s growth, development and learning. In addition, children’s active participation in child-initiated activities strengthens the child’s self-image as a person and as a learner. Through play-based activities in different learning environments and with the support of their teachers, children build their knowledge and skills across all learning areas. They get to interact with others and strengthen their social skills, and they learn how to embrace and appreciate equality as well as their individuality.

Transversal skills in a nutshell

Transversal skills cover multiliteracy, taking care of oneself, cultural competence and interaction skills, among others. They consist of the following elements: 

  • Critical thinking

  • Cultural competence and interaction

  • Learning to take care of oneself

  • Multiliteracy and ICT competence

  • Participation and involvement skills.

8 key concepts of our Finnish curriculum

Key 1. Holistic learning and development

 

We view children as unique individuals with their ideas, thoughts and needs, and we, therefore, prioritize children’s wellbeing, both physical and emotional, along with building their competencies. We foster their participation and autonomy, teach them how to take care of themselves and others and develop their social-emotional abilities to learn the skills for life.

Key 2. Sustainable practices

 

We believe that all aspects of education should involve lasting and caring practices for the community. Sustainability encompasses many areas of life, from social practices like incorporating the local culture and teaching children compassion, to ecological considerations like developing children’s relationship with nature and their willingness to actively care for the environment.

Key 3. The importance of teachers and leaders

 

At TWS, we firmly believe that teachers matter. We recognize them as educators and as experts in their fields. The curriculum is only as good as the teacher's delivery, so all teachers should be well-trained in research-based methods and engage in ongoing teacher training and development to deliver quality education. Through our training, teachers become independent, creative professionals confident in their skills and capable of collaborating and building professional relationships with parents & learners.

Key 4. Play-based & Phenomenon-based learning approach

 

Play is the most natural way for children to learn, and it's a prerequisite for their development. Children display their overall development during play, even performing at a level above their developmental stage because they are motivated to learn and unafraid to take risks. At WIT Schools, our curriculum and teachers know how to foster play and enrich these critical opportunities for further learning. We also value the intrinsic value of play and prioritize free play without adult involvement. 

Key 5. Learning happens 

everywhere and all the time

 

Children’s learning is not limited to specific activities or the classroom. Rather, every situation and moment is a chance to learn something new! At WIT Schools, teachers are trained to recognize these moments and increase learning opportunities. We also designed the learning spaces based on educational research to foster these moments because the environment also plays an important role in the children’s everyday learning experiences.

Key 6. The social experience of learning

 

Knowledge is socially constructed, which means that children learn through their relationships with others. Building a sense of community, peer learning and developing meaningful relationships with other children and trusted adults are key elements of the HEI Schools pedagogy. Through these moments, children learn the social-emotional skills necessary to express themselves and effectively interact with others in all types of situations.

Key 7. Learning through exploration

Children also learn through guided exploration, achieved by completing projects. "Inquiry-based learning," is part of our educational approach, and it involves a collaborative effort between children and teachers. Teachers are trained to carefully observe children's questions, wonderings and interests and to use these clues to guide the learning. Children, in turn, exercise their agency by choosing project themes, asking questions and exploring new subjects with their teachers.

Key 8.Transversal skills and learning areas

 

Lifelong learning begins in the early years, and transversal competencies combine knowledge, skills, values and attitudes and the ability to use such knowledge in different situations. At HEI Schools, we teach children how to apply their current knowledge in new contexts through playful methods, movement, exploration, daily routines and self-expression so that they become confident learners capable of adapting to and transforming any setting.

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