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Teaching and learning

In addition to the Finnish national core curriculum and the International Baccalaureate programmes  (PYP, grades 1-4 and MYP, grades 5-9) , Ressu comprehensive school follows school's own curriculum and the curricular guidelines issued by the City of Helsinki. The school chooses its own study material, which is provided free of charge.        

The Learner Profile
The aim of all the IB programmes is to encourage student growth towards international mindedness. At Ressu Comprehensive School we encourage students to become active and responsible members of local, national and global communities through supporting student development in line with the learner profile attributes :

  • Inquirer
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinker
  • Communicator
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Courageous
  • Balanced
  • Reflective 

IB Programmes          

Learning at Ressu Comprehensive is motivated by the principles that are expressed in the IB and the Ressu Mission Statements. The IB Learner Profile represents these principles and sets a common framework for all the learning at Ressu Comprehensive School.                              

Our two IB-programmes, the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in grades 1-4 and the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in grades 5-9, give the framework for teaching and learning in Finnish and English. The PYP and the MYP share a common conceptual lens for learning, helping students make connections between fragmented knowledge. Skill development and active global citizenship are essential in both programmes, as is the learner profile, which is at the heart of all work at Ressu Comprehensive School.   


The Primary Years Programme, PYP

Learning in the PYP is inquiry-based and the approach to learning is holistic: the PYP focuses on the development of the whole child, preparing students to become active, caring, lifelong learners. Students are encouraged to demonstrate respect for themselves and others, and to participate in the world around them. The programme focuses on five essential elements:  

knowledge, which is both disciplinary, represented by traditional subject areas and transdisciplinary  

concepts, which students explore through structured inquiry in order to develop coherent, in-depth understanding, and which have relevance both within and beyond subject areas  

skills, which are the broad capabilities students develop and apply during learning and in life beyond the classroom  

attitudes, which contribute to international-mindedness and the wellbeing of individuals and learning communities,and connect directly to the IB learner profile 

action, which is an expectation in the PYP that successful inquiry leads to responsible, thoughtful and appropriate action.

Development within these elements is supported through six transdisciplinary units of inquiry.