This 2-day intensive kick starts your Walker Learning journey. Complete 10 hours (excluding breaks) of PD to put towards your Walker Learning Accreditation. To complete your Accreditation, all you would need to do is attend a study tour, or to have previously been to a study tour and then contact us to arrange mentoring.

Day 1:

Walker Learning Overview: 

This session is an introductory presentation for primary teachers and leaders wanting to optimise children’s learning through a play based pedagogy. It explores key elements of Walker Learning in the early years of school (ages 5 - 8) including:

  • The research and philosophy of Walker Learning
  • How to set up inspiring learning environments
  • The explicit teaching and linking to framework
  • The investigation session
  • How to authentically link literacy and numeracy into investigations
  • Implementation strategies for teams and schools
  • Introduction to Walker Learning documentation which links to the existing curriculum framework

Included is video footage and photos of key elements of the Play Based Learning pedagogy in F to Year 2, from classrooms across Australia.

Creating an Engaging & Intentional Learning Environment

How do we create engaging and meaningful environments that promote and sustain children’s learning through play?

This session explores the importance of creating spaces that nurture and inspire whilst facilitating learning.

In this session we will explore:

  • The key elements of quality learning environments indoors and outdoors
  • Considerations for design, set up, materials and equipment
  • The importance of open ended learning spaces
  • Supporting children to resource their own learning
  • Planning for ongoing modifications Intentional teaching.

You will also see examples of how to add and use everyday materials within a realistic budget to assist children in their learning, engagement and exploration both indoors and outdoors.

This is the session for those educators who want to offer inviting, collaborative and engaging environments as part of Investigations and Walker Learning.

Day 2

Walker Learning Planning & Documentation

An informative PD session for educators who are implementing Walker Learning and want a deeper understanding of Walker Learning documentation to streamline planning. This is the next level for teachers and leadership who have attended a Study Tour or Walker Learning Overview.

In this session we review Walker Learning documentation that enhances and streamlines planning, observations, assessment and reporting, including:

  • planning templates (statement of intent)
  • daily/weekly record sheets
  • individual observation records

The session focuses on the variety of ways curriculum areas can be strengthened and deepened during investigations and formal teaching.

This PD session reviews the documentation, planning and reporting that doesn’t take away your weekend or interrupt your interactions with the class.

This session is suitable for all teachers new to or implementing Walker Learning Play Based Learning in schools from F to Year 2.

Linking Literacy & Numeracy to Investigations

A range of practical strategies and ideas are covered to assist educators in providing additional and meaningful literacy and numeracy into the school day.

The morning session focuses on the variety of ways literacy and numeracy can be strengthened and deepened during Investigations.

We examine how literacy and numeracy links are made through planning and documentation, and how explicit instruction continues during formal teaching throughout the day.

The afternoon session explores the importance of creating spaces that nurture and inspire whilst facilitating learning. We also unpack considerations for design, set up, materials and equipment and the importance of open ended learning spaces.

Great ideas for Walker Learning primary teachers on how to embed literacy and numeracy into Investigations.

Australian Professional Teaching Standards 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 2.1, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 5.4, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.3 

Ideally suited for educators who are new to or early in their Walker Learning journey and working with children from 3 to 8 years.

Lunch and Morning Tea provided

Start & Finish times: 9.30am to 3.30pm

Bookings will fill quickly, please register now.