IST Curriculum

Formulation and objective of the curriculum

The curriculum of the International School of Tallinn is based on the Estonian National Curriculum for basic schools, the Private School Act, the Act of Elementary and Secondary Education of Estonia, the statute of the school and agreements between the school and its community.

We provide general, school-level education taught through the medium of English and within an international and multicultural learning environment.

The objective of our curriculum is to support each pupil’s personal development by taking into careful consideration their individual needs, ethnicity, cultural background and plans for their further education.

At IST, we nurture each individual’s motivation to learn and we cultivate self-knowledge, choice, responsibility, tolerance, global and environmental awareness and dignity.

* PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) is an international survey conducted on the OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) initiative which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. Students from randomly selected schools take tests in functional reading, mathematics and science.PISA tests are held once every three years. Each year of assessment focuses on one of these subjects, with the other two assessed but to a lesser extent.A regularly conducted survey provides an opportunity to identify education trends worldwide.

To develop its students IST:

  • values a daily co-operation of the students of diverse cultural backgrounds (gender, age, language, nationality, social background, academic abilities and skills;
  • practices educational principles and school culture that helps to raise a person who is socially and environmentally aware and able to think critically;
  • promotes healthy lifestyle and Earth-friendly living;
  • creates a safe, innovative and creative learning environment;
  • uses the possibilities that the community offers to educate and develop its students and teachers;
  • is open towards social environment around us;
  • includes the school community and their talents in school development;
  • practices the methodology for compound classes and differentiated learning;
  • uses methodology that supports students who have little or no English skills;
  • integrates in teaching lots of creative activities, which help the children who don´t know the language of instruction express themselves;
  • integrates different subjects in order to promote students´ social, linguistic and learning skills;
  • practices effective and transparent decision-making.

Integrative teaching approaches

Integrating creative subjects such as arts, crafts, design and technology and music into other subjects are valued at IST. This helps the students who have no or have limited English-language skills to express themselves.

Integration between different subjects is used to develop the students´ language and work skills.

The roles of Personal and Social Education and Citizenship syllabi are extremely important in the school curriculum. Together with the teaching approaches, school culture and learning environment these subjects help IST to develop its students´ values and social competence.