At Dandenong South Primary School, we have used a concept based Inquiry scope and sequence for students in Years 3 to 6, incorporating learning in the areas of Science, Health, Civics and Citizenship, Geography, History, Economics and Business, Digital Technologies and Design Technology. We are in the process of transitioning to the Walker Learning Approach (WLA) which includes students completing Educational Research Projects (ERPs). Students showcase their Educational Research Projects (ERPs) in an Expo for the school community at the end of each term.
The WLA is based upon actively engaging the child in their own learning. It promotes creative exploration and investigation of concepts and skills, while simultaneously incorporating explicit teaching and development of not only literacy and numeracy skills, but also a range of vital social, emotional and life skills.
All learning environments across the school are child centred, engaging, rich in Literacy and Numeracy, well planned, stimulating, developmentally appropriate and safe. All students are engaged in their learning and encouraged to inquire, explore, communicate, collaborate, construct, reflect, design and create. Teachers continue to personalise and support the learning of students through daily focus children and small clinic groups.
As students progress through the school, it is our goal to support their development in becoming independent, resilient and confident inquirers. At Dandenong South Primary School, many common elements of WLA are utilised in all levels across the school from Foundation to Year 6, to develop consistency for our students and staff. To facilitate this, all teaching staff engage in professional learning with Kathy Walker and associates as well as from mentors within our staff team.