Koondrook Primary School is proud and passionate about the Walker Learning Approach to learning. The Walker Learning Approach allows explicit teaching of Literacy and Numeracy using children’s own interests and lives to make learning meaningful and relevant to the individual. Walker Learning offers children the opportunity to actively investigate a range of skills and experiences for life either through planned play or projects. These sessions are conducted 3 to 4 times a week. Walker Learning provides experiences to develop skills for life including: resilience, problem solving, creativity, thinking skills, self-concept and intrinsic motivation.
Investigations: Prep to Grade 2
The Prep, Grade 1 and 2 children take part in play based and investigative learning. Literacy and Numeracy are embedded within investigations as well as explicitly taught throughout the rest of the day. The nature of play-based experiences promotes creativity, curiosity, imagination and scope for children to invent, explore, create and problem solve. The children’s interests are the predominant means for learning experiences during investigations. The teacher works with focus children each day using their interests to extend, scaffold and support them with their investigation to ensure ongoing engagement in all areas of learning. Observation and documentation by teachers identifies key skills, needs, strengths and interests of individual children and is used to further plan and implement appropriate experiences and set further learning and developmental objectives.
Educational Research Projects: Grades 3 - 6
In Grade 3 - 6, students continue to develop their skills and knowledge through a number of new elements within the Walker Learning Approach. Students fine tune their investigative skills from their early years of learning by producing an Educational Research Project (ERP) based around a Subject Focus / Victorian Curriculum area. Students are able to personalise their learning by demonstrating their understanding of the Subject and learnt skills through their interests. Staff continue to scaffold and support students' learning through daily focus children and small clinic groups. Another element of the Walker Learning Approach that is introduced at this stage is the Class Meeting. Students come together once a week to discuss world and community events. Class Meetings are a wonderful opportunity for students to voice their thoughts and ideas in a supportive environment. As students’ progress through the school it is our goal to support their development in becoming independent, resilient and confident learners. At the end of each term all students showcase their Educational Research Projects (ERPs) in an Expo for the school community.