Primary School - Languages and Learning 

Early Years and Primary education at our school consists of two years of the Early Years cycle and five years of the Primary cycle.

The Primary school has five language sections: English, Dutch, Spanish, French and German. Our SWALS pupils (Students Without A Language Section) are placed in the language section of one of the official vehicular languages: English, German, French, or in the section of the host country language (Dutch).

ESH also offers Italian, Greek, Slovenian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Finnish mother tongue tuition.

Pupils take the majority of the subjects in their own language section. To encourage playing and learning together and to facilitate multicultural and cross cultural friendships, a number of lessons are organised in mixed language groups. In the Primary cycle these mixed groups occur during Physical Education, Music, Art and European Hours lessons. In the Early Years pupils have combined activities during "Friendship Zone".

Curriculum Subjects:

Mother Tongue (L1)
Second Language (L2)
Discovery of the World
European Hours (P3 - P5)
Dutch as an Additional Language (DAL)

Specialist Subjects:

Physical Education
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)


Art education at ESH prioritises expression: the expression of feelings and emotions in the encounter of art, but also expression and practice in the use of different artistic media. The hours are incorporated in the children’s timetable as they work on different topics of the European Schools syllabus.



Differentiated Teaching

Differentiation forms the basis of all good and effective teaching. Differentiation is the responsibility of every teacher working in the school and takes place in the classroom; it is designed to meet the needs of all pupils. This should include meeting the needs of: 

  • pupils with different learning styles
  • pupils studying in a language section which does not correspond to their mother tongue
  • pupils arriving late in the system who may have followed a different programme of study and may therefore have differences in their knowledge or skills
  • pupils with a mild learning difficulty
  • pupils with a diagnosed special educational need – gifted and talented pupils

For more information about differentiated teaching, please contact 


More information on the Primary Curriculum

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European Week of Languages

The mission of the European Schools is to provide a multilingual and multicultural education for nursery, primary and secondary level pupils. 

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