The PYP Approaches to Learning or commonly known as Skills are a set of transdisciplinary skills that are valuable for all their learning within the classroom and in life outside of school. They are tools that can be used by students across all subject areas to become successful learners. Opportunities are provided for students to practice using these skills and reflect on how they are applying them to their learning. You can support the use of these skills outside of school by referring to them with your children and the community. The more purposeful, guided opportunities we have to use them, the more skilled we become in their use.


Acquisition of Knowledge

Gaining specific facts, ideas, vocabulary; remembering in similar form


Grasping meaning from material learned; communicating and interpreting learning


Taking knowledge or ideas apart; separating into component parts; seeing relationships; finding unique characteristics.


Combining parts to create wholes; creating, designing, developing and innovating


Making judgments or decisions based on chosen criteria; standards and conditions

Dialectical Thought

Thinking about and understanding two or more different points of view at the same time


Analyzing one’s own and others’ thought processes; thinking about how one thinks and learns.


Accepting Responsibility

Taking on and completing tasks in an appropriate manner; being willing to assume a share of the responsibility

Respecting Others

Listening sensitively to others; making decisions based on fairness and equality; recognizing that others’ beliefs, viewpoints, religions and ideas may be different and stating one’s own opinion without hurting others


Working together in a group; being courteous to others, sharing materials; taking turns

Resolving Conflict

Listening carefully to others; compromising; being fair

Group Decision-Making

Listening to others; discussing ideas; asking questions; working towards consensus

Adopting a Variety of Group Roles

Understanding what behavior is appropriate in a given situation and act accordingly



Listening to directions; listening to others; listening to information


Speaking clearly, expressing ideas clearly and logically


Reading a variety of sources for information and pleasure; and comprehending what has been read


Recording information and observations; taking notes and paraphrasing; keeping a journal or record


Interpreting and analyzing visuals and multimedia; understanding how they convey ideas, values and beliefs; making informed choices about personal viewing experiences


Constructing visuals and multimedia for a range of purposes and audiences

Non-Verbal Communication

Recognizing the meaning of visual and kinesthetic communication


Gross Motor Skills

Exhibiting skills in which groups of large muscles are used

Fine Motor Skills

Exhibiting skills in which precision in small muscle systems is required

Spatial Awareness

Displaying a sensitivity to the position of objects in relation to oneself or each other


Planning and carrying out activities effectively

Time Management

Using time effectively and appropriately


Engaging in personal behavior that avoids placing oneself or others in danger or at risk.

Healthy Lifestyle

Making informed choices to achieve a balance in nutrition, rest, relaxation, health and exercise

Codes of Behavior

Knowing and applying the appropriate rules and procedures of groups of people

Informed Choices

Selecting the appropriate course of action or behavior based on fact or opinion


Formulating Questions

Identifying what one wants to know and asking compelling and relevant questions


Using all of the senses to notice relevant details


Developing a course of action and devising ways to find out necessary information

Collecting Data

Gathering information from a variety of first-second-hand sources

Recording Data

Describing and recording information in a variety of ways

Organizing Data

Sorting and categorizing information and arranging in understandable forms

Interpreting Data

Drawing conclusions from relationships and patterns that emerge from data

Presenting Research Findings

Communicating what is learned; choosing appropriate media.