PYP – ATL & Skill Development

ATL & Skill Development

At aLphabet international , we are committed to developing certain skills in our students which they require to remain life-long learners and inquirers. These skills are relevant across all subject areas and grade levels and can be applied to life outside school.
We use various Approaches to Learning (ATL) which help our students imbibe and display the learner profile attributes in their daily lives.

We use several strategies that help build these skills, keeping in mind the learning objectives. The ATLs focus on ‘how to learn’, acquisition and application of the below five skills,based on which our learners are assessed.

Thinking skills

  • Ability to recall facts and vocabulary
  • Understanding of what is read or taught
  • Application of knowledge in new situations
  • Comparing and contrasting relationships
  • Expressing opinions
  • Reflect on decision making
  • Understanding different points of view
  • Reflect on their own learning

Social skills

  • Respecting the thoughts, feelings and beliefs of others
  • Sharing and taking turns
  • Group decision making – listening to the perspectives of others, asking questions, discussing ideas
  • Knowing how to behave in different situations.

Research skills

  • Asking questions to nurture curiosity about how something can be done
  • Observing relevant details
  • Figuring out ways to get necessary information
  • Drawing conclusions from information
  • Use all senses to observe and notice details
  • Gathering, documenting, organizing, and interpreting data
  • Recording observations
  • Acknowledge data sources

Communication skills

  • Listening to directions and information
  • Listening to others
  • Speaking clearly in sentences, participating in conversations and expressing ideas
  • Pretend roles and situations
  • Reading from various sources, understanding what has been read, reflecting and drawing conclusions
  • Writing
  • Interpreting visual, audio and oral communication
  • Presenting information using technology and a range of materials

Self-management skills

  • Planning and carrying out activities independently and effectively
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Self-regulation of emotions
  • Ability to adapt to new situations
  • Take responsibility for their own well-being
  • Share responsibility for decision-making
  • Follow essential agreements – in the class room and outside