Physical Development

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Physical Development is the development of the body and can be characterised by both quantitative and qualitative changes. (McDevitt & Ormrod, 2010) The following is an evaluation of the physical developments of middle school children aged six to ten years. This essay approaches considerations for physical development and how they can be accommodated in the learning environment. To understand physical development it is important to look into motor development and its influences. How we can accommodate and support the physical needs and development of students in the learning environment. Why physical activity is essential to good development and the health and wellbeing of children and the consequences of poor nutrition and inactivity in middle school children. It is during middle childhood that children progress in their intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. Intellectually a child is fascinated by the world around them, and they can recall details about subjects that they like and are interested in. They begin to think in more mature and complex ways. Socially, they usually play with same sex mates and may have more disagreements with each other as they try to dominate each other, and during this period they will start forming attachments to people outside of their immediate families such as coaches and teachers. Emotionally they are now able to deal with frustration and anger without lashing out. They will also ask many questions regarding the world around them and they will develop their personality and sense of humour. Physically the children continue to grow in height and weight during this period. They start to lose their baby teeth and grow permanent ones and their eyes develop to maturity. (McDevitt & Ormrod, 2010) As physical development progresses motor development is the result of numerous gradual advancements. In middle childhood, children increase their physical capabilities. These gross motor skills are used for sitting,...
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