Physical Development of Children in Middle Childhood Essay

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This topic considers what the physical development of children in ‘middle childhood (6-10)’ is, and how their physical needs in the learning environment can be accommodated. The key elements taken into consideration would be the development of motor skills for the selected age group and the influences of the specified group. The benefits of physical activity and the consequences of prolonged inactivity, how a student’s development can be facilitated or restricted through development in other areas with the use of physical activity and issues of health and well being in the learning environment to accommodate or support the physical needs and development of the students in the specified age group. Accounts and ideas by specialists in the…show more content…
It is stated by McInerney & McInerney that “Overemphasis on one type of developmental readiness – such as reading readiness, for example – may preclude learners from demonstrating that they are more capable in other areas of performance” (McInerney, D.M & McInerney, V. 2002) Therefore the same theory would apply to a student having physical developmental readiness. Through physical activity students’ grow their motor skills and enables them to utilise them in learning environments such as the class room. In kindergarten students the motor skills would be a lot less developed that that if a year 6 student, so when planning a physical activity this needs to be taken into account. The benefits of implementing physical activity into the curriculum of students’ are not only a valuable asset to the students’ health and well being, but also to their learning development. Physical activity promotes healthy growth and development of the cardio respiratory system, enabling oxygen to travel throughout their bodies helping with healthy muscle and bone growth in children. Physical activity also promotes social health benefits in children giving them more confidence and vital social skills development “Our Bodies and our brains are adapted to regular exercise, and they do not function well without it” (Aamodt, S & Wang, S 2011 Pg 136). With
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