As well as socials, Finland in Bristol organises Finnish lessons for adults and children of all levels. The school runs every second Saturday from 9.00am to 12.00pm. We have three groups for children (under three year olds, preschool, school age) and three groups for adults.

The dates for the academic year 2021-2022 are as follows:

Autumn term:

Spring term:

Adults lessons:
10am till 12pm

Children’s lessons:
0-3 Year Olds: 10.00am till 11.00am
3-5 Year Olds: 10 am till 12 pm
6+ Year Olds: 10 am till 12 pm
Teens 12+ Monthly social club - for more info please email to

Lesson prices:

All payable either to our bank account or through PayPal. Please note, we no longer accept cash payments!

Pay as you go £15/2h session
Autumn Term £14/2h session, £98 (7 sessions)
Spring Term £14/2h session, £140 (10 sessions)
Whole Year £13/2h session, £221 (17 sessions)
Please fill in the registration form for adults lessons here: Click here

£25 for the autumn (7 sessions)
£35 for the spring (10 sessions)
Or pay as you go £6/session
Sibling discount -50% is available too.
Please fill in the registration form for children’s lessons here: Click here

Beginner's class - Adults - Teacher: Elina & Maria

At the beginners we start building the foundations for the Finnish language from the very basics. Over the year we cover some core themes, vocabulary and grammar to help you to get familiar with the language and survive from the simple everyday situations in Finnish. The lessons do usually consist of 3 parts: checking homework, going through a new subject and either reading/listening/speaking exercises. Sometimes we will spend more than one Saturday with the same subject to make sure all the students are comfortable with it. Our group works collectively, everyone helps everyone and we share our own experiences of the culture and language.

Intermediate/Advanced class - Adults - Teacher: Kirsti

Intermediate/advanced group we have a better look at Finnish grammar and further conversation skills. Teaching happens through reading, speaking and grammar exercises to give students wider vocabulary and more useful phrases to use in conversation. The experience of the students varies which gives you the opportunity to get learning tricks from others and hear Finnish being spoken by non-Finnish people. If you are not sure of your skill level, do come along and we can have a chat to see how we can help you. In the group we compliment each others' skills and learn from one another.

0-2 year old children - Teacher: Emily

This is a music and play group for babies and young children with their parents.

3-5 year old children - Teacher: Maria

My group is for children from 3 to 5 years old of different abilities in Finnish. In my class we learn about Finnish culture, activate children to use Finnish and learn new vocabulary through play, singing, reading, crafts and drama. Classes are fun, relaxed and full of activities. It’s a great way to meet other children with similar backgrounds and learn Finnish language and culture. All classes have a different theme and in every class we sing and play familiar songs and games. If the weather is nice we play outdoors and do a couple of forest school days during the year too. I look forward to hearing from you and meeting your children in the class!

6 - 12 year old children - Teacher: Katriina

This group of children goes to school already and they can read and write in English. There are no requirements for their knowledge in Finnish, although the language of instruction will mostly be Finnish - it is my job to make sure everyone understands and feels safe communicating in whichever level of proficiency! I base my teaching in child centered and active learning. This means that in the first few lessons we will work on individual wishes and goals for the rest of the term, and learning can happen in many different ways indoors and out. This year we will also be using a book made just for Finnish Saturday schoolers, which has lots of interesting topics and activities to use as part of the lessons. I am also happy to set small tasks for home to support bridging the gap between home and Finnish school - learning can of course happen anywhere!

Coffee break

In all groups there will be a recess of 15-20 min at 11am to give you a chance to chat with other students, get a cup of coffee or to buy some Finnish produce we have for sale in our break out area. We know that Finnish is a difficult language, so believe us, you will be glad to have a break! The break takes place at the back of the cafe on the ground floor.


Coniston Community Centre
The Parade, Coniston Road
BS34 5LP