Základní škola Fr. Plamínkové

s rozšířenou výukou jazyků Praha 7, Františka Křížka 2


Základní škola Fr. Plamínkové is a state school specializing in language education. The school is located close to the city centre and is a selective school (children aged 5 must pass an aptitude test – the aptitude for studying foreign languages – to enroll). The school is for pupils from 1st to 9th grade, there are 417 pupils in total.

Majority of the extra lessons which Framework Education Programme allows school to use with respect to their specialization, are used for extra language lessons. The pupils start studying English in the 1st grade – 2 lessons a week in the 1st and the 2nd grade, 4 lessons a week from the 3rd grade up – and start the second foreign language – 3 lessons a week – in the 6th grade (French, Spanish, German). The school does not run a bilingual programme but has integrated CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) into its School Education Programme – arts and crafts in the 5th grade, Music from 6th to 9th grade, World of Business in the 8th grade and selective subject Media and Culture Studies are taught in English. Thanks to this the school appeals to pupils from foreign communities in Prague and also has bilingual children. However, Czech is still of paramount importance in the school.

The school also offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities – language clubs, conversation classes with native speakers, club for bilingual children, drama clubs, music clubs, dance clubs, sport clubs and many others (more than 40 clubs).

It tries to offer the pupils a rich variety of project days (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Epihanie, Tartan Day, Pancake Day, German day etc.), it encourages them to take part in a number of local, regional and international competitions. In 2014 its pupils participated in the final round of the international EUROMATH competition in Nicosia and won the 1st prize in MATHFactor and 3rd prize in MATHeatre competitions.

The school is a partner school of Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Education. This means the school partakes in teacher training and also is a "laboratory" for research work. The pedagogical staff also attend in-service teacher training at University but also organized by other institutions of in-service training. The school's policy is the use of innovative and modern teaching approaches, use of ITC in the classroom, development of critical thinking, project work. Its policy is also good atmosphere and relationships among pupils, pupils and teachers, teachers and parents. It is a school with certificate Rodiče vítáni (Parents welcome).

The school is also a partner school of Erasmus for Students organization and hosts teachers who come to Prague on Erasmus + mobility. It has entered the project Diplomats to schools and cooperates with American Embassy in Prague.

As a partner school of the project Multiculturalism, Migration, Mathematics Education and Language, Project 526333-LLP-1-2012-1-IT-COMENIUS-CMP it has piloted a number of teaching units of mathematics with multicultural topics.

The school is a partner school to the project of municipality of Prague 7 of school uniforms.