Walker Learning is the first and only major published teaching and learning approach to have been developed in Australia by Australians. It is implemented across Australia in public and independent schools in many countries across the world including New Zealand, Indonesia, and China. Walker Learning is in its 21st year of implementation and is designed for children from birth to 14 years of age.

Walker Learning foundations are based on explicit teaching of literacy and numeracy which draws upon children’s own interests and lives to make literacy and numeracy meaningful and relevant to culture and the individual. Walker Learning provides a balance of children actively investigating a range of skills and experiences for life either through planned play or projects (once they reach middle childhood).

The Walker Learning Approach in Prep to Year 2:

  • Is a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning that reflects that children require a mix of active investigation alongside explicit and at times formal instruction
  • Retains explicit and discreet times of instruction of literacy and numeracy each day alongside deep immersion and active engagement for children to investigate their world through a range of specifically planned open-ended learning centers
  • Is defined by a learning environment that is set up with intentional learning centres designed to promote many aspects of development, skill and learning through open-ended play
  • Incorporates an investigation component (>45 minutes) four mornings a week that frames the learning for the day with active exploration of learning with the foundations of play-based curriculum
  • Incorporates a 20-minute Tuning In session prior to every investigation time which is an explicit whole group session where learning intentions for the day in all curriculum areas are highlighted as well as key provocations in investigation time are reviewed
  • Links skills, concepts and processes experienced during investigations through a 20-minute Reflection time at the end of investigations. The teachers model, unpack and highlight skills and learning with key students such as Focus Children, a Reporter and a Photographer
  • Values skill acquisition and process
  • Does not require topics or themes but does include opportunities for teachers to include specific concepts
  • Is a play-based curriculum that draws upon many play-based perspectives and utilises a Vygotskian perspective alongside a social constructivist approach
  • Provides learning that is personalised and contextualised through the implementation of the Reporter and Photographer

The Walker Learning Approach in Years 3 to 6:

  • Uses a project-based approach for key discipline subject areas such as Science, History, Health, which match directly to the Australian Curriculum
  • Creates the learning environment intentionally to de-institutionalise the learning area, provide opportunities for the children to work individually, in small groups and whole groups, and values and respects the child, their needs, culture and context
  • Uses authentic integrated curriculum model where all subject areas are contextualised and incorporated into the Education Research Project
  • Promotes independent learning, responsibility, self and peer refection, knowledge and skills through the use of the Communication Board, the Education Research Project, Clinic Groups, Student Lead Conferences, Class Meetings and Expos
  • Ensures specific literacy and numeracy instruction times are retained

For more information please visit: Walker Learning