In bilingual preschool education, children learn the target language through song, play, games and other daily activities.
Starting from first grade, the target language is taught as a subject with weekly lessons. It becomes the so called A1 language for the pupil. During the first years of school, pupils learn to read and write both in Finnish and in the target language. In bilingual education in Tampere, students have more lessons in the A1 language than in other schools. Each school’s curriculum defines which parts of teaching are carried out in the target language and which parts in Finnish.
All schools follow the Finnish National Core Curriculum, set by the Finnish National Agency for Education.