Aims and Principles

Aims and principles in ESK Primary

At the European School Karlsruhe we believe in the concept of lifelong learning and that both adults and children learn new things every day. We maintain that learning should be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Learning should be a fun and interesting experience – achieved through a diverse, innovative and reflective teaching which stimulates children’s curiosity.

Through our teaching we equip children with the skills knowledge and understanding necessary to be able to make informed choices about the important things in their lives. We believe that appropriate enriched teaching and learning experiences help children to thrive emotionally and physically. We aim to:

  • provide a secure and happy environment in which children feel safe, nurtured and valued
  • Enable our children to reach their full potential and recognise their strenghts and talent through a progressive, inclusive and creative curriculum
  • enable children to become confident and motivated lifelong learners through a variety of learning styles
  • foster children’s self-esteem, encouraging confidence throughout all aspects of their lives
  • encourage respect and tolerance for all cultures and communities and, in so doing, build positive relationships, values, attitudes and feelings
  • help children grow into confident, independent, resilient and thoughtful citizens

These aims and principles underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which fosters integrity, perserverance and tolerance in our pupils.

Our pupils are future citizens of Europe and the world. As such, they need a range of competences if they are to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

In 2018 the European Council and European Parliament adopted a European Framework for Key Competences for Lifelong Learning. It identifies eight key competences, which all individuals need for personal fulfilment and development, for active citizenship, for social inclusion and for employment:

  • 1. Literacy competence;
  • 2. Multilingual competence;
  • 3. Mathematical competence and competence in science, technology and engineering;
  • 4. Digital competence;
  • 5. Personal, social and learning to learn competence;
  • 6. Civic competence;
  • 7. Entrepreneurship competence;
  • 8. Cultural awareness and expression competence.

These key competences are integrated in the curriculums.

You can find the official aims and objectives for the European schools here