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The International Baccalaureate IB-PYP Attributes and ANZAC Day 2015

My school is an International Baccalaureate (IB – Primary Years Program) school. Every year we commemorate ANZAC Day in Australia and I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to link the Learner Profile and attributes of the IB authentically into our curriculum.  I teach young learners so I’m always looking for picture story books to help my students understand what this day is about.

This year I’ve gone back to explicitly teaching  the IB Learner Profile and attitudes. Reflecting with my students on the profile and attitudes when relevant has become part of our school day. N.B. I’m not teaching the Learner Profile and attitudes as I did five years ago when I segmented the Learner Profile into parts and focused on each part whilst trying to grasp what an IB curriculum is really about. If you are an IB teacher you’ll know what I mean. The Learner Profile was initially something to ‘hang my hat on’ back then as I unpacked the elements of a program of inquiry and what being an IB teacher meant. Now the Learner Profile and attributes are lived and naturally discussed by my students.

I’ve come along way as an IB teacher, because I now know what I don’t know and also now know the next part of my journey. Phew!

This year I started building a display with my students showing the Learner Profile and attitudes.

Photo 1– The beginning.

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Photo 2– March

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Sticky notes will now be used to record (as we’re learning) anything which relates to the Learner Profile and attributes. My students have started inquiring about ANZAC Day and our thoughts/new understandings will be placed on our display with connections made to the attitudes and profile.


Once again, I’m using the wonderful picture story book My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day by Catriona Hoy and Ben Johnson as my launch story. I’ve included prior student’s responses to this book in this post. Their Anzac portraits are beautiful.

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This year our inspiration has once again come from this picture story book.

Activity: Two of my students have drawn the outline for our Anzac portrait inspired by the portrait photos in the book. Other students have painted our Anzac soldier. We haven’t finished and have just began our display which will include a grandparent’s precious items she acquired from a visit to Gallipoli.

Photo: The start of our display. A very large portrait (now in base colors) which will have a grey background and painted bright red poppies. My students and I aren’t quite sure how our portrait will come together but it will!

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I’ll keep you posted.

Cheers Nina

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ANZAC DAY 2014: JD – 7 & 8 year old students reflect through writing and creating

Understanding the meaning of ANZAC Day is important for my young learners. Our school has a special assembly which all students attend. Using picture story books is the way I build their understanding of this day. As Australia is a multi-cultural nation I prefer to recognise all soldiers who served for their countries.
This year I’ve read a number of books to my students with our main activity based on My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day by Catriona Hoy and Benjamin Johnson.
Each year I try to do something a little different. I love the simple illustrations in this book and use them to inspire a creative activity. My students wrote about ANZAC Day, with a number of examples posted below.

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My students are in the process of self -editing their writing.

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Lest we forget!

Cheers Nina

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ANZAC Day 2012: PrepD children (5 Year Olds) respond to the famous story Simpson and his Donkey

This wonderful picture story book and these beautiful drawings still inspire me.
Cheers Nina

Nina Davis: Teaching & Learning in Australia

ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.
The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated, after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers had been killed. News of the landing on Gallipoli had made a…

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