Kartanonkosken koulu


The curriculum of Kartanonkoski school is based on the national core curricula set by the Finnish National Board of Education, as well as the City of Vantaa's own framework for basic education.

Kartanonkoski school is located in the continuously developing area of Aviapolis. The theme of development is echoed in our school, in terms of developing our students and faculty members - to help them grow as individuals. For each individual, this development is a life-long process.


-- = Subject is not taught in the grade in question if the curriculum does not define otherwise

Subject 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Mother tongue and literature 7 7 5 5 4 4 3 3 4 42
A-language / English 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 18
B-language / Swedish -- -- -- -- -- -- 2 2 2 6
Mathematics 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 4 34
Environmental Studies 2 2 2 3 9
Biology and geography 2 1 2 2 3 10
Physics and chemistry 1 1 2 3 2 9
Health education 1 1 1 3
Religion or ethics 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 11
History and civics -- -- -- -- 1 2 1 3 3 10
Arts, crafts, and physical education 28 17 13 58
Music 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 1
Visual arts 1 1 2 2 2 2 2
Crafts 1 1 2 2 2 3 3
Physical education 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Home economics -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3
Educational and vocational guidance -- -- -- -- -- -- 0,5 0,5 1 2
Elective studies -- -- 1 1 1 1 2 5 4 15
Total amount of lessons per week 20 20 24 24 24 26 30,5 29,5 30 230
Voluntary A-language (A2) -- -- -- 2 2 2 2 2 2 (12)
Total amount of lessons of A2 student 26 26 28 32,5 31,5 32

Daily Bell Schedule

Time Juuri
(grades 1-2)
Time Tuohi
(grades 3-4)
Time Kaarna
(grades 5-6)
Time Latva
(grades 7-9)
8.30-9.15 1st LESSON   1st LESSON   1st LESSON   1st LESSON
9.15-10.00 2nd LESSON   2nd LESSON   2nd LESSON   2nd LESSON
10.00-10.15 recess   recess   recess   recess
10.15-10.30 recess 10.15-11.15 3rd LESSON
+ lunch
10.15-11.00 3rd LESSON 10.15-11.00 3rd LESSON
10.30-11.30 lunch +
11.15-12.00 4th LESSON 11.00-12.00 lunch +
11.00-11.45 4th LESSON
11.30-12.15 4th LESSON 12.00-12.30 recess   recess 11.45-12.30 lunch + recess
12.15-12.30 recess   recess   recess   recess
12.30-13.15 5th LESSON   5th LESSON   5th LESSON   5th LESSON
13.15-14.00 6th LESSON   6th LESSON   6th LESSON   6th LESSON
14.00-14.15     recess   recess   recess
14.15-15.00         7th LESSON   7th LESSON
15.00-15.45             8th LESSON

KiVa Program

The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture has funded the development and evaluation of a new national antibullying program called KiVa. Ours was among the 2260 Finnish schools which initiated the use of this program in the Autumn of 2010.

The KiVa program is a visible part of daily life in our school. Primary school (grades 1-6) students take part in KiVa lessons when they are in first grade and again in fourth grade. There is also a variety of KiVa lessons and theme days aimed at 7th grade students. The lessons and theme days include discussions, group projects, short films, and so on. Topics covered range from respect within relationships to the actual mechanics and effects of bullying.

A KiVa team, made up of faculty members, operates in our school. Its task is to solve cases in which bullying has occurred. Team members co-operate with other faculty members in such cases. In addition, the entire faculty has received training required for the implementation of the KiVa program.

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We Dance!


In August, 2009, a new project began at Kartanonkoski Comprehensive School. Its aim is to bring dance into the lives of every student. We Dance! is a program which was set up by the City of Vantaa Cultural Services department. It is run in co-operation with Dance Theater Raatikko and the Theatre Academy Helsinki. Funding for the project comes from the Aladdin's Lamp network, established by the Ministry of Education.

The idea behind We Dance! is to incorporate dance into the school's curriculum, in order to provide students with high-level dance instruction regularly, on a long-term basis. The aim is to guide our students toward a positive relationship with their own bodies. As a result, they will hopefully learn new forms of self-expression. The project also aims to make dance, and physical self-expression, a natural part of our school community. We Dance! revolves around a particular notion - that body awareness and body knowledge support the development of an individual's identity and self-esteem. This, in turn, helps people become better acquainted with their personal beliefs and emotions. Body awareness, thus, leads to a better understanding of ones self and others. It also helps build a sense of community. Shared activities create a nurturing school environment, where everyone is able to express their emotions in a constructive manner.

The project employs a full-time dance instructor, who is in charge of planning the lessons in co-operation with the teaching staff, as well as actually carrying out the lesson plans. Further instruction is also given by the dance teachers of Raatikko and the dance students of the Theater Academy. Dance is integrated into arts and physical education lessons. In addition, numerous class projects utilise dance in various ways.

The experiences of both staff and students are recorded over the course of the project. The research program is led by professor Eeva Anttila from the Theater Academy. However, the entire school community is involved in producing data and that teachers participate in assessing the data. The research is, thus, a collaborative effort by the community for the benefit of the community. Ultimately, the project strives to advance the position of dance and fine arts in the realm of general education.

Comenius program


Kartanonkoski Comprehensive School is participating in the Comenius program, which is part of the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP). The duration of the program is two years and it is a cooperative program with five other European schools. Our partner schools are Egilsstadaskoli (Iceland), Grundschule Vaterstetten an der Wendelsteinstraße (Germany), Teinå skole (Norway), 4th Primary School of Drama (Greece) and Osnovna Šola Radenci (Slovenia). Our aims are to enhance cross-cultural communication and increase knowledge about the variety of European cultures and languages.

The theme of the cooperative program is the well-being of the whole school: Action, Balance, Caring - the ABCs of well-being. During the first year, the focal point is on physical well-being (physical exercise, healthy nutrition). The products of the first year will be a common European game-collection and a European healthy nutrition cookbook. During the second year, mental well-being (happiness and friendship) will be emphasized. Through different themes, we will also get to know our partners better, the schools and their cultures, make friends and use foreign languages.

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