Primary Curriculum

The pupils of the European Schools 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. Eight key competences, which all individuals need for personal fulfilment and development, for active citizenship, for social inclusion and for employment:

The European Schools’ syllabuses seek to develop all of these key competences in the pupils.


We have two language sections at AES – English and Polish. A child will automatically be entered into the section which is their mother tongue or dominant language. If it is not clear then the students educational background is taken into consideration.

When pupils are in the first year of the Primary cycle, all language sections, as well as the mother tongue classes start with the methodical acquisition of basic langauge, reading and writing skills. What makes European schools different to other schools is that every pupil should enjoy the benefit of learning in his/her dominant language.

We offer mother tongue language courses to pupils without their own langauge section (English/Polish) – SWALS.

*Mother tongue /L1 (English, Polish and we anticipate in having Hungarian, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Slovenian).

*Second language L2 (English, French, German)

Pupils take the majority of subjects in their own language section. To encourage children playing and learning with children from other sections we offer a number of lessons in mixed language groups – for example L2 and European Hours lessons.

Students Without a Language Section (SWALS):

Pupils enrolled at the school whose mother tongue is not English or Polish are enrolled in the English section. It is demonstrated that these children find it easier to take on board multiple languages as they are already working predominantly in their L2.

Students are entitled to be taught in their mother tongue. If a minimum of 3 students requests to be taught in their mother tongue then classes can be provided. Teaching may be online due to the language teacher's location.

Unfortunately, we don’t offer mother tongue classes as an additional after school option in addition to L1 Language of the section classes. Students who request their mother tongue will be required to maintain studying this language up to the Baccalaureate level and to sit exams in their mother tongue (namely L1, maths, sciences).

Second Language/L2 P1-P5

The starting point for L2 lessons is the common curriculum for second language acquisition. When learning the second language, attention is paid to the following skills: listening/understanding, speaking, reading, comprehension and writing. The classes offer a wide variety of language activities. Whereever possible these themes are aligned to Discovery of the World topics. The level within one year can be very diverse and this will be taken into account.

Literacy N1-P5

Literacy lessons aim to develop the language of the section. Pupils learn and develop within the language section they are placed. Through speaking, writing, reading, it enables pupils to express and communicate their ideas, emotions and aspirations.


Mathematics lessons aim to enable and develop pupils' mathematical ability and skills, giving them an understanding of how to use them accordingly in everyday situations.
There are five main themes: numbers and the number system, calculation, measures, shape and space and data handling. Within each topic, pupils will be able to:

  • Understand and learn facts, procedures, and concepts.
  • Interpret results and communicate them using mathematical language.
  • Make connections between mathematical concepts and procedures.
  • Use these skills in practical problem-solving situations.
  • All language sections plan from the same Mathematics syllabus and the programmes are supported by the Intermaths resource, which developed for and by the European Schools.


Art equips pupils with the knowledge and skills to experiment, express, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will know how art and design both reflects and shaped Europe’s history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of Europe.


Pupils are given the opportunity to enjoy various aspects of music. During the music lessons, taught by a specialist subject teacher, attention is paid to the development of musical skills including making, listening to and composing music. Music aims to inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

European Hours

From P3-P5 students will have European Hours lessons. European hours develops knowledge and fosters pupils’ awareness and experience of a shared European life. It should lead pupils towards a greater respect for the traditions of each individual country and region in Europe, while developing and preserving their own national identities, in turn helping to create more tolerant and caring members of society. As citizens of Europe and the world, pupils will have an understanding and appreciation of the values of other citizens, while at the same time fostering a sense of personal identity.

Discovery of the World

Discovery of the world combines Science, Geography and History, and socio-cultural areas of study.  It is a very cross curricular subject and special attention is given to current affairs. The teachers in each year group jointly plan topics to ensure all objectives are covered throughout the year.

Physical Education

AES recognises that a healthy body equals a healthy mind, therefore with its specialist sports teachers the emphasis is on practising motor skills and developing basic techniques for different sports. In physical education it is also important for children to enjoy movement. In addition, attention is paid to social qualities, such as consideration for others, teamwork, attention to safety and sportsmanship.

From P5 to S1

The P5-S1 transition is tailored to the needs of our P5 pupils and follows the Transition guidelines of the European Schools. The programme runs throughout the year and involves:

  • An orientation day, where students experience ‘taster’ lessons in order to prepare students for different teaching and learning styles.
  • Secondary teachers come to visit P5 students for an information session about ‘life at secondary’ and answer any questions pupils may have.
  • Collaborative meetings between P5 & S1 teachers to ensure a smooth academic transition.
  • Parents are given information and administrative support as they register their children for various language sections and subject choices.


Assessment is done both informally and formally. Results are recorded and used to track the progress and development of our pupils throughout the years.

Formative and summative assessment is reflected in our report cards, which we distribute four times per year. These repot cards show the progression our students have made, academically, emotionally and socially.

Pupils maintain school portfolios, which are a compilation of pupil’s works that exhibit the pupil's efforts, progress and achievements in one or more areas. Pupils make decisions about what pieces get placed in the portfolio, which allows them to assume ownership of their learning. The portfolio is a showcase, an illustration of learning, as well as an evaluation of learning objectives and outcomes.

We have a wide range of afterschool clubs and activities that take place in the school building and grounds. They run from 14.20-16.00.

The programme offers a variety of sport, music, arts, performane and technology classes.

Activities include:

Football, mini tennis, basketball, karate, Taekwondo, gymnastics, small engineers, chess, choir, piano, drums, programming, dance, arts & crafts, sewing workshop, jewellery making, ceramics.

Pupils can try out physical, creative activities to see what they might like. The after school activites give AES pupils the chance to be around school mates from other language sections giving them the opportunity to make friends throughout the school. 

We expect pupils to cooperate and work well with afterschool tutors.

These activites are available to our early years and primary students.

During the first week of school in September, the whole school from P2-S7 goes away to ‘green camp’.

The camp is designed to help integrate new students into the school/classes with a variety of trips, class activities, sports and team building exercises. It all takes place away from Warsaw, either by the lakes or seaside. It is an opportuity to integrate new students into the school and for students in new sections to get to know their new teachers.

Throughout the school year, we organise a number of events and competitions that allow children from different language sections to work together. We also hold a number of charity events, where our pupils raise money for local charities. Events include:

  • European Day
  • Dance-a-thon
  • Christmas Bazaar
  • Christmas Concert
  • St.Nicholas box
  • Science festival
  • Eurovision song contest
  • Sports day
  • Earth Day
  • Carnival week

European Day

We pay special attention to the European National Days. These are regular school days (with the exception of Swięto Niepodległości or National Independence Day).

Students also partake in European Day on May 9th in collaborative projects with pupils from different language sections.

European days

September 1 – Solvakia (constituition day)
September 21 - Malta (Independence day)
October 1 – Cyprus (independence day)
October 3 – Germany (Tag der deutschen Einheit)
October 12 – Spain (La fiesta de la Hispanidad)
October 26 – Austria (Nationalfeiertag)
October 28 Czechia (independence day)
November 11 – Poland (independence day)
November 18 Latvia (National Day)
December 1 – Romania (Ziua naţională a României)
December 6 – Finland (independence day)
February 16 – Lithuania (independence day)
February 24 – Estonia (independence day)
March 3 – Bulgaria (Liberation day)
March 15 - Hungary (National Day)
March 17 – Ireland (St.Patricks day)
Mar 25 - Greece (National day)
April 27 - The Netherlands (Koningsdag)
May 9 - European Union Day
June 2 - Italy ( Proclamazione della Repubblica)
June 5 - Denmark (Grundlovsdag)
June 10 - Portugal (dia de Portugal, de Camoes e das Comunidades)
June 23 - Luxembourg (National Day)
June 25 – Slovenia (National day)/ Croatia ( Dan državnosti)
July 14 - France( National day)
July 21 – Belgium( National day)

The friendly and welcoming atmosphere is central to the school's Pastoral and Social Education Programme. There is no place at school for bullying, intolerance, violence, drugs or indifference to the problems of others. Emphasis is placed on respect for people, possessions, our planet, protocols and ourselves. Accepting other’s differences, strengths and weaknesses.

A great deal of emphasis is put on behaviour at IES. For this reason we have our own card system where we encourage students to take responsibility for their actions. Focus is put on positive reinforcement. Students earn cards for their behaviour. Parents can also keep track of this on our electronic register.

All positive cards earn points that can be traded for rewards such as toy pass, class prize, science pass, I.T pass, front of the line pass, dance party pass.

In addition all cards earn points for houses. Students are placed into 4 different houses when they enter Year 1. They partake in many house competitons throughout the school year, culminating in school sports day in June.

Psychological and pedagogical support is provided by teachers, class tutors as well as by other specialists employed in the school, such as educators, speech therapist, pedagogical therapist and psychologist.

Our SEN team gives special support for children whose development, growth and learning have been affected by:

  • illness,
  • disability,
  • psychological problems
  • and exceptional talents.
  • learning difficulties
Subject teachers and class teachers provide assistance during their ongoing work with students. Support may be provided in the form of classes aiming at developing talents, compensatory classes to support students with learning difficulties, as well as advice, consultations or workshops and training for whole groups. The different forms of support are provided in cooperation with the student’s parents and, if necessary, with a psychological and pedagogical counselling centre cooperating with the school.

The Educational Support offer three types of support programmes which are precisely defined in the Policy on the Provision of Educational Support in the European Schools document.

The three types of support programmes:

* General support
Is for pupils who may experience difficulty in a particular aspect of a subject, may need to ‘catch up’ due to late arrival in the ES system or illness.

* Moderate Support
It might be provided for a longer period than General Support and each pupil has an Individual Learning Plan (ILP).

*Intensive Support
- Intensive support A
This is given following an expert assessment of the child’s needs justified by a medical/psychological/psycho-educational and/or multidisciplinary report. Each pupil has an Individual Learning Plan (ILP).
- Intensive support B
In exceptional circumstances, and on a short-term basis only, the Intensive Support B can be created for a pupil or group of pupils without diagnosed special educational needs. Each pupil has an Individual Learning Plan (ILP).

The key to success: Communication with legal representatives

Parent participation: We consider parents our partners in education and we are very proud of the involvement and support our parents give us.

Parent meetings: Parents will be invited at the beginning of the year to meet teachers. This is organised with the aim of informing parents about the educational system and everyday activities in their child’s group.

Parent participation: We actively encourage and welcome the support and involvement of our parents in the life of the school. Parents are always welcome to discuss any areas of concern with the staff. We encourage each class to have a parent representative. The class representative volunteers to support the teacher by helping to organise class activities – trips, school activities such as St.Nicholas day, Christmas Bazaar, and childrens day. He/she can also act as a contact for new parents.

Communication: We use an online system which all new parents are given access to, so they can write to teachers, keep up to date on their child’s progress, homework & behaviour. There is an ongoing exchange of information between parents and primary staff on a daily basis when appropriate, so that any difficulties can be addressed and achievements recognised.

Parents evenings / reports: The children receive school reports 4 times a year, and there are parents evenings 4 times a year.

Our students can enjoy a daily breakfast, lunch and snack including vegetarian and vegan options provided in the school canteen. The external provider works with lunchtime supervisors and ensures that all meals meet our health requirements. Food brought from home must also meet these requirements, meaning no fast food or sugary snacks.

All pupils from nursery to secondary have access to our school library. We have a vast array of books available for the children to sign out at different reading levels. They cover a wide range of topics and genres from fiction to non-fiction, scientific to fantasy. Our friendly librarians can help your child find a book to suit their needs, whether they are a voracious or reluctant reader. All Early Years visit the library once a week and Primary children visit frequently. Books that are lost or damaged must be replaced or reimbursed by the family.

The school has accident insurance for all pupils. This insurance covers the students when they are at school, on the school bus or a school trip.

At school we have lots of segregated bins dotted around the school so our rubbish be it paper, metal, plastic or bio can be recycled in the proper fashion.

Personal Belongings 
Children in early years and primary are allowed to bring toys to school on Fridays. The school is not responsible for any lost or broken toys. Please evaluate the appropriateness of these toys before taking them to school. 

Students are required to wear everyday school uniform to school and ceremonial uniform for trips and special occasions. All information regarding uniforms can be found on the school website.

Lost Property:
Please label your child’s belongings clearly to avoid losing them. You can check our lost property in the event your child loses something. At the end of each term, any belongings that have not been collected will be donated to charity.

Mobile Phones: 
Children are not allowed to use mobile devices at school. If parents require that their child carries a mobile device, the device needs to be switched off and kept in the child’s bag during the entirety of the school day. Children have full responsibility for their mobile phones. In addition, we kindly request that parents limit their own use of mobile phones in the school premises. 

Bus Transport:
Door to door bus transport is organised by our school. Costs can be found on page 31.


  • Parents contact the School
  • Parents receive a login & a password to BlueBoard, the School’s intranet platform and fill in an expression of interest form
  • Parents upload all required documents in pdf forms
  • Parents fill out an application form
  • Parents receive confirmation that their application has been registered
  • The application form and other documents will be checked by the School office; parents might be asked to provide the School with more information
  • The application is then reviewed by the admissions committee and the parents and pupil will be invited for an information meeting and to discuss further steps related to placement examinations where necessary
  • Parents are notified by the Head of the School about the results of the enrolment process and the date of signing of the tuition contract
  • Parents will be able to track their application status all through the application process

Required documents:

  • A copy of passport or birth certificate
  • Copies of child’s school reports and certificates for the past 2 years - sworn English or Polish translation required
  • Copies of all additional certificates regarding the child’s special educational needs and / or copies of medical certificates, including a copy of the vaccination card – English translation required

Admissions calendar for the 2024/2025 school year:

  • February 15, 2024: deadline for parents to submit a declaration of their choice for their children to continue their education at the school in the 2023/2024 school year
  • February 16, 2024: start of admissions for available places
  • March 31, 2024: deadline for parents to submit the signed appendix so their children can continue their education at the school in the 2023/2024 school year
  • April 30, 2024: start of admissions for available places

Tuition Fees for the Accredited European School, Warsaw - 2023/2024:

  1. Educational services, including:
    • educational care
    • text books, notebooks & copy books
    • psychological consultations
    • preventative health check-ups
    • transportation to obligatory school activities organized outside the school premises
  2. Additional services:
    • for students with educational problems,
    • for students with disabilities allowing them to receive their education at school
    Fees for points 1 and 2:
    • Primary and nursery sections (N1-N2 and P1-P5): €7.683 per year payable once, in two or four interest-free instalments
    • Secondary (S1-S6): €11.524 per year payable once, in two or four interest-free instalments
  1. Compulsory accident insurance (around €40, one-time payment)
  2. Obligatory school uniform:
    • daily (basic set around €215)
    • ceremonial (basic set around €215)
    • sports (obligatory set, around €45)
    Fees in accordance with the current price list
  3. Fees for school trips, including:
    • green camp (about €350)
    • class trips of an educational and tourist-sightseeing nature (€250 - €350)
    • tickets for theatre and cinema performances (€10 - €15 per outing)
    • other
    Fees set by event organizers

Optional fees:

  1. Before and after school care:
    • care between 7:15 and 8:00 (€1500 for each semester)
    • after school care up till 16:15 (€1000 for each semester)
    • after school care after 16:15 (€17 for each started lesson hour, that is 45 minutes)
  2. Extra-curricular activities:
    • language classes
    • music classes
    • sports activities
    • art classes
    • computer classes (group classes 1x45 min per week: €320 - €400 per year) (individual lessons 1x30 min per week: from €600 to €750 per year)
    • classes organized by the School during school holidays and vacations, (around €250 per week)
    • textbooks, notebooks and teaching aids for additional classes,
    • Other Fees for points g) and h) are set individually
  1. Meals during the school day:
    • second breakfast
    • lunch
    • snack
    The semestral cost for three meals €1025.
  2. Transport (offered after 16:15):
    • home from and to School within 20 km of the school including the after school care from the time obligatory lessons end till 4:15 p.m. - (€2250 for each semester)
    • home from and to School at a distance more than 20 km from the School - (€2 for each additional kilometer)
  3. Other services provided at parents’ request

(*) All payments in the Accredited European School section of the international European School, Warsaw are given and calculated in Euros.

Bank account of International European School Sp. z o.o .: Bank Pekao S.A IBAN: PL 18 1240 2063 1978 0010 0007 7760

Category III
Tuition Fees for the Accredited European School, Warsaw - 2023/2024:

  1. The tuition fees are payable in advance and amount to:
    • Nursery 1 - 2 i Primary 1 - 5: 15000 €uro
    • Secondary 1 - 5: 19000 €uro
  2. For tuition contracts signed during the academic year, the annual tuition fee is divided into 10 months of study and calculated proportionally for each calendar month until the end of the school year, regardless of the start day of study during the month.

Tuition fees include:

  1. Full care for pupils from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm from Monday to Friday;
  2. In Primary School, the studying of core school subjects according to the basic core curriculum outlined by the Polish Ministry of Education, based on the study programmes approved by it, and enriched by the guidelines of The National Curriculum for England and inspired by the Primary Years and Middle Years programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organization;
  3. In High School, studying in accordance with study programmes of the National Curriculum for England and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organization;
  4. Extracurricular lessons and optional activities organised by the school, including independent work by pupils – “homework lesson” which is supervised by a teacher;
  5. Care and advice of an educational psychologist;
  6. Medical examinations – in Preschool, Year 0 and at each educational stage;
  7. Sports activities organised by the school according to the Physical Education programme;
  8. The loan of a full set of textbooks and workbooks for obligatory subjects;
  9. Three meals daily: second breakfast, lunch and tea;
  10. Transportation to and from the pupil’s home within a distance of 20 km from school; the distance being calculated according to indicators provided by the internet programme GPS –Google Maps;
  11. Transportation to obligatory school activities organised outside the school premises.

Tuition fees do not include payment for:

  1. Obligatory group accident insurance;
  2. External public examinations including those required by the school;
  3. Care for pupils after 4 pm;
  4. Additional extracurricular lessons including foreign language lessons other than those offered by the school;
  5. Additional extracurricular activities organised by the school after 2 pm;
  6. Additional textbooks and pupils’ individual resources required for additional lessons and activities;
  7. Specialist sports activities outside the core Physical Education programme;
  8. Extracurricular activities during the school holidays, for example sports camps;
  9. Obligatory school uniform including the daily uniform, ceremonial uniform and sportswear;
  10. Transportation to and from the pupil’s home above the distance of 20 km from school; the distance being calculated according to indicators provided by the internet programme GPS – Google Maps;
  11. Transportation to and from the pupil’s new home location, if different from the one given at the beginning of the school year;
  12. Documents and certificates issued by the school;
  13. Additional lessons, activities or care according to the wishes of the parents.

(*) All payments in the Accredited European School section of the international European School, Warsaw are given and calculated in Euros.

School Office:
ul.Wiertnicza 140
02-952 Warszawa
Tel:+48 22 8424448

Agnieszka Wronowska
Head of Polish Section Primary / Secondary

Stewart Cogle
Head of English Section Primary / Secondary