Learning is meant to be fun, active, and engaging. The Joy of learning is key.
Learning happens everywhere. It takes place inside and outside of the classroom and through practical activities and programs. It is a continuous, cyclical process where know-how is acquired and applied each day in different areas of life.
A phenomenon-based learning and cross-curricular approach are characteristic of Finnish education, and at F.O.S. In phenomenon-based learning, holistic real-world phenomena provide the starting point for learning. The phenomena are studied as complete entities, in their real context, and the information and skills related to them are studied by crossing the boundaries between different subjects.
The STEAM framework − meaning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics – is used to facilitate this cross-curricular approach and to combine subjects and teachers. At Finland Oman School, students are prepared for the world and for their future.
Art, Physical Education and Music follow the Finnish National Core Curriculum in terms of subject content.
The curriculum for ICT and Life Skills draws on features from a Bilingual and Finnish Core Curriculum, as the subjects are integrated in the teaching and learning of other subjects.
Assessment is a natural part of daily schoolwork. Focus is not on high-stakes exams but rather the use of continuous assessment and various assessment methods allowing students different ways to show their learning progress. Lifelong learning is emphasised.
Focus on student wellbeing. A healthy breakfast and lunch, as well as active breaks and time for play, are included on the school days. Each student has a class- or homeroom teacher who is in regular contact with parents.
Every student has a right to educational support. Special Needs Education is generally provided in conjunction with mainstream education.
SKILLS are more important than CONTENT: the Finnish education system is not about rote-learning, but about equipping students with skills that are needed in life. The common objectives of the subjects are crystallized as transversal competence areas:
Well-being and self-care
Thinking and learning-to-learn skills
Interaction skills, multidisciplinary and creative competences
Social competence, ethical and environmental competences
Global and cultural competences
Information and Communication Technology
Work-life skills and entrepreneurship
Participation in planning and evaluation of own learning; influencing and building sustainable future
Kindergarten (KG1 and KG2)
Kindergarten (KG1 and KG2) follow the Finnish National core curriculum for ECEC (Early Childhood Education and Care), within the local requirements and context. The main aim of ECEC is to support and evaluate children’s individual potential by providing goal-oriented and suitably challenging activities. These pedagogical activities combine different areas of learning and promote children’s interests and their enthusiasm for exploring and experimenting.
At Finland Oman School, early childhood education is built on a holistic view of a child, and fosters the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of a child. It draws on a wide range of pedagogic knowledge, cross-disciplinary information and research, and expertise in pedagogic methodology. The activities are implemented through interaction in a stimulating learning environment, where the child’s spontaneous play is of key importance, and learning is hands-on and experiential. An individual ECEC pedagogical plan is drawn up for each child in cooperation with the parents, to focus on each child’s strengths and develop their individual potential.
Primary Education (grades 1-6)
Lower Secondary Education (grades 7-10)
Upper Secondary Education (grades 11-12)
Our Upper Secondary grades 11 and 12 follow the Homeroom and Subject Teacher model.
Finnish pedagogical best practices are adopted for the teaching of all subjects. These also provide the framework for the implementation of the General Education Diploma (GED) of the Omani Bilingual Curriculum. We offer the following subjects:
Core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, Islamic Studies, Social Studies, Arabic, and Career Guidance
Elective subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, ICT, Business, Art, P.E
Arabic for Beginners, Ethics and Global Studies are taught to non-native speakers instead of Arabic-language subjects.
The core focus of Finnish education are the cross-curricular approach and transversal competencies, meaning developing the skills required for learning, such as self-reflection and self-assessment. Students develop an understanding of each subject content, but also how different subjects connect to each other. Our goal is to provide our young people with a solid foundation in the skills and knowledge they need in Upper Secondary grades while promoting lifelong learning.
For the crucial final two years of secondary school, our goal is to prepare students for their final exams while looking after their wellbeing. It is also necessary to focus on higher education during the final years of secondary school to ensure a solid foundation in independent learning skills. This includes providing opportunities to learn valuable skills outside of the core curriculum through workshops and extra-curricular activities.
The main languages of teaching are English and Arabic.