At the core of the philosophy of all IB programmes (from PYP to the Diploma Programme) is the Student Profile consisting of 10 different attributes, which aim to develop a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that encompass intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth
CGS students are offered a range of opportunities to develop, demonstrate and reinforce the attributes of the learner profile in the daily life of the learning community, such as:
- as part of the school curriculum—through the trans-disciplinary units of inquiry and through subject specific investigations.
- through interactions in a variety of learning spaces (in the library, during breaks and lunch, during field trips—museum visits, etc).
- through school events (assemblies, drama productions, sports days).
- at home and in the wider community—interactions with family, friends, local businesses, sports clubs, interest groups.
The concept of agency permeates the philosophy of the PYP, as the student is considered responsible for his own learning. The PYP asks the student to take an active role in his social and intellectual development and is based on his conviction that he can do it.
Learner agency is analysed by the Voice-Choice-Ownership trinity, which gives students the ability to have voice, opinion and choices during the learning process as well as asking them to have ownership for their own learning.
The IB PYP Exhibition, the culmination of the implementation of the IB Primary Years Programme, is mounted by 6th grade students and marks a transition from Primary – IB PYP to Secondary Education – IB MYP, from general knowledge to specialization.
Its fundamental and main objective is the implementation of methods and procedures of inquiry by the students in a particular interdisciplinary unit. The research process is defined to a great extent by the students themselves as:
- they select their topic.
- they determine their research areas
- they identify reliable sources to conduct their research.
- they analyse and compile data and information by demonstrating critical understanding and ability.
- they decide how the findings of their research are to be presented.
In the above framework, mixed groups are created to bring to the fore the pupils’ particular talents and creativity. Simultaneously, a climate of mutual respect, healthy dialogue and exchange of views is cultivated.