Teaching and learning
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 :
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. www.ibo.org
Development within these elements is supported through six transdisciplinary units of inquiry.