The Walker Learning Approach at Longburn School...
Longburn School is trail blazing as the first NZ school to adopt the Walker Learning Approach, following on from successful implementation of the approach in schools across Australia.
Our school community is proud to have, at the beginning of 2015 and after researching various pedagogical models, adopted the ‘Walker Learning Approach’ (WLA) as the best fit teaching approach for our school and learners. It is an exciting and innovative approach to teaching with huge benefits for children’s’ learning and development. It is the result of many years of research and practice in Early Childhood development, Educational Psychology and teaching and learning by Kathy Walker and Shona Bass, both of whom we are now privileged to be mentored by as we implement the approach schoolwide.
The Walker Learning Approach is a developmental play-based approach (WLA). The Walker Learning Approach was developed and designed to engage children in authentic and meaningful ways so that children would enjoy their learning. It draws upon evidence from neuroscience and human development and reflects and respects the uniqueness of culture, family and relationships. It uses play-based and personalised learning theories as its basis and retains explicit instruction of literacy and numeracy.