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Trinity News : April 2008
38 TRINITY NEWS the learner profile The IB Learner Profile is at the heart of the common framework between the Primary Years Programme and the Diploma Programme, and is a clear and concise statement of the aims and values of the IBO, and an embodiment of what the IBO means by “international- mindedness.” The Learner Profile is a profile of the whole person as a lifelong learner. The attributes of the profile express the values inherent to the Primary Years Programme and the Diploma Programme at Trinity Grammar School. It has also recently been introduced to the Middle School and now provides a common language from Pre-School to Year Twelve. The Learner Profile is found in all primary classrooms and has become a natural part of the classroom language and conversation. Many activities revolve around the profiles, the class award system uses the Learner Profiles and each is focused on during different Units of Inquiry. Amy Stannard | Director of Teaching and Learning They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives. We became INQUIRERS by thinking of questions we want the answers to. We became THINKERS like the Third Little Pig and designed strong houses the Big Bad Wolf wouldn’t be able to blow down. We learned we could be COMMUNICATORS by using our faces so we made faces communicating different emotions. In the book “Franklin Fibs” Franklin learnt to be PRINCIPLED by being honest so we made Franklin to remember to be principled. We made penguins to remind us about a character in book that felt happy at School when the other students were OPEN-MINDED about his differences. We drew things we find hard to do inside these dolphins after reading a book about a girl who became a RISK-TAKER to swim with dolphins We made caterpillars with our names in them because we agreed that we should be BALANCED by eating lots of fruit like The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We wore Dr Edward de Bono’s six thinking hats to be REFLECTIVE because they help us think about a certain topic in different ways. We made a Rainbow Fish to remind us to be CARING because he was a very caring character in “The Rainbow Fish and the Sea Monster’s Cave.” Bob the Builder is very KNOWLEDGEABLE about building. We all told each other what we are knowledgeable about. They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives. They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions. They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them. They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them. They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs. They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development. INQUIRERS KNOWLEDGEABLE THINKERS COMMUNICATORS PRINCIPLED OPEN-MINDED CARING RISK-TAKERS BALANCED REFLECTIVE in theory in practice In the Primary Years Programme, ten attributes known as The Learner Profile underpin all that the students do and learn. Students will strive to become inquirers, principled, balanced, knowledgeable, open-minded, communicators, thinkers, risk-takers, reflective and caring. During the first few weeks of Term 1, KW investigated these Learner Profiles of the PYP. They have done this by reading books, doing activities on the SMARTboard, using the six thinking hats and making different crafts for our fantastic display. The boys have also been practising these Learner Profiles in the way they learn and behave at School. | Jennifer Wong, Kindergarten, Lewisham