Junior Children – 7-12
Children will vary in ability depending on their age. Social development is still important as it is a key time to learn empathy and team-building. Children at this age are at the very early stages of developing independence, and it’s important to support them to begin to take these small steps. Whilst parents often want to wrap their children in cotton wool at this stage, it is important that children can learn about the adult world in a safe non-threatening way and start to learn to take risks, a little at a time. This will prepare them for later in life when they need to assess how risky a situation is for themselves. Reassuringly, children often want to test such freedoms in the company of friends; so help build your confidence, as well as theirs, by discussing any concerns you may have with other parents, and working together to address them.
Junior children learn to play sports, often informally with friends as well as through organised sessions, and appreciate the rules of a game, pointing out if they think rules have been broken. Their fitness and co-ordination improves and this helps them to get better at an activity and enjoy it more. Sporty play often opens up a whole new community outside of school. Their skills at smaller movements will also improve and they will become good at writing and drawing.
They will learn by asking questions: how, why, when. They learn how to process more and more information from abstract ideas and actual facts to practical skills such as cookery and mechanics.
Children will become more independent from their family, and will form strong bonds with friends. The school (or group, such as guides or scouts) “identity” will have a profound effect on your child and will influence their likes, personality and allegiances.