A Finnish primary teacher visits a south London state school Johanna Oikarinen teaches a class of 10 – 11 year olds in Finland, a country that produces some of the world’s best results in primary education. But now, she’s leaving her children behind and coming to England, to teach for one week in Kelvin Grove, a multicultural London primary school. It will be a bit of a roller coaster experience, some of it will go very smoothly, some of it won’t. By the end of the week what will she find out about how well the Finnish approach can work in an English multicultural state school?
Johanna begins by using the school’s lesson plans to teach literacy and numeracy in the mornings and other subjects in the afternoon. For her PE lesson, she switches to her own plans, and is surprised at how hard they find it to understand the rules and calmly follow instructions.