Transitioning Children from Years 2 to 3
For Year 2 Teachers
The Walker Learning (WL) pedagogy is based upon some key principles. Amongst these are included:
Engaging children in opportunities to investigate, self-initiate, create, problem solve, make independent decisions and actively explore their environment through carefully designed and set up learning centres. This promotes skills for life and immersion in a range of curriculum areas including literacy and numeracy.
Neuroscience and human development alongside cultural and environmental influences form a platform for the WL pedagogy and highlight how the brain is changing significantly around the age of 8-9 years.
We want children to have as long as possible in their investigation and skill acquisition stage of learning. Whilst some children by Year 2 will be maturing more quickly than others, we continue with investigations as children produce increasingly sophisticated investigations using higher order thinking skills.
We don’t fall into the trap of thinking that the more mature Year 2 children are becoming, the more bored they must be with investigating or that they are ready for Education Research Projects.