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Finnish PopUp School

Finnish PopUp School

Finnish PopUp School (TM) is a new kind of temporary school model which offers foreign children an original Finnish school experience together with Finnish pupils according to the new curriculum and phenomenon-based learning model by combining education and sport.

The Finnish PopUp School has been developed by the Kisakallio Sports Institute and is based on Finnish high-quality education and research know-how, and on the collaboration that combines the education and upbringing of children and youth with sports and exercise in a unique way.

During the PopUp School, physical activity can be increased by combining education and physical classroom activities and outdoor activities, promoting active journeys to school and encouraging physically active breaks. On the other hand, during PopUp Schools lessons, sedentary behaviour can be reduced by implementing active learning methods involving short active breaks, in order to support optimal learning and avoid long periods of continued sitting.

The goal of the Finnish PopUp School is to make the pupils active and become the guiding actor of his or her own learning process. The pupils should plan and review their learning in collaboration with the teacher and other pupils. The school day activities are based on the different aspects of learning how to learn: observation, thinking, planning, action and evaluation.

The upbringing goals set for the Finnish PopUp School co-align with the goals of the Olympic movement: to bring up youths who are mentally and physically balanced, able to co-operate, tolerant, creative and peace-loving citizens, who live according to rules of fair play.

Finnish, English and French are the teaching languages. Other languages can be used when needed with the help of an interpreter.



Finnish Schools on the Move is a research-based programme for promoting physical activity in schools. The programme has been developed in Finland since 2010 and has grown from a pilot of 45 schools into a project that covers more than 90 per cent of Finnish schools in basic education.

In ten years, we have managed to increase awareness of the importance of physical activity in Finland. More than 90 per cent of all comprehensive schools in Finland are Schools on the Move. As a result, the school culture has become more physically active: a positive change has been observed in the organisation of activities and school premises, movement has been added to lessons and more attention has been paid to less active pupils 

Kisakallio´s Finnish PopUp School is official part of the Schools on the Move services.



Already 1930´ Kisakallios founder Ms Kaarina Kari organized ski tours to Lapland. At the same time she realized that Finnish students and families needs a time to practice skiing. Ms Kaarina Kari proposed to Ministry of Education and Culture that Finnish students needs one week for ski holiday and year 1933 ski holiday became to the official law. This was a start for Kisakallio´s PopUp Schools.  

The Original this generations PopUp School was innovated and organized by Kisakallio Sports Institute for the first time in Montpellier, France during Basketball European Championships in 2015. Name of the PopUp School was #susikoulu because also national basketball team players for Team Finland Susijengi , was studying in #susikoulu.

Susikoulu was the unique and historical opportunity for the kids around Europe to study and watch Eurobasket games.

All teachers working at Finnish PopUp School and #susikoulu are university certified teachers with a long experience.

These teachers have also worked at the #susikoulu in Montpellier and the Finnish PopUp School at Rio Olympics 2016.