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Child Development Investigation Topics

Price: £39.95
Age Range: KS4

Students learn to observe and evaluate the behaviour and development of children. The pack is divided into four sections: Observational skills; Research skills; Child study techniques; Resource tasks.

Topics include: Social behaviour in children at play; The development of motor skills of children; The abilities of newborn babies; The value of childrens magazines; Books and stories for young children.

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Size: 96 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 214 3
Author(s): Lesley Westwood
Code: CDIT
Popularity rank: 250

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Contents List



  • 7 THE NEWBORN BABY To develop and extend observational skills, focusing on a real child.
  • 9 OBSERVING CHILDREN** Looking at the importance and value of roleplay, especially when dealing with conflict situations.
  • 11 LET'S PRETEND Students organise a pretend play session and observe the children involved.
  • 13 OBSERVING PRETEND PLAY Through a planned visit, students further develop and extend their observational skills of real children.
  • 15 KIDS IN THE PARK Students discuss and predict how children might use large play equipment, and how this equipment can help them to develop major physical skills.
  • 17 OBSERVING KIDS IN THE PARK* Students choose an item of large play equipment, predict how it might be used, then test their predictions through observation.
  • 19 ALL FINGERS AND THUMBS Through discussion and a research activity, students consider the development of fine motor skills.
  • 21 TESTING FINE MOTOR SKILLS* Students devise and carry out a test for fine motor skills.
  • 23 EAT YOUR DINNER! Through roleplay, students explore children's experiences of eating in an 'ordinary' home situation.
  • 25 EATING OUT* Researching facilities for children in local restaurants/cafes.
  • 27 DESIGNING SANDWICHES Students organise a specific task for a child of a specific age.
  • 29 MAKING SANDWICHES* By producing written instructions for a specific task, students test what will work with a child of a specific age.
  • 31 FITTING IN 1 Students create an agreed list of social skills that children need to learn.
  • 33 FITTING IN 2 Identifying antisocial behaviour and suggesting ways in which it may be modified.
  • 35 FITTING IN OVER THE YEARS* Researching different perceptions to the learning of social skills.
  • 37 HOW DO CHILDREN FIT IN?* Students devise a way of recording the different types of social play when observing children in a group setting.
  • 39 IS YOUR TOWN CHILD-FRIENDLY? Looking at the practical problems faced by parents/carers when shopping with young children.
  • 41 IS YOUR TOWN CHILD-FRIENDLY? RECORD SHEET* A practical activity that allows the students to experience some of the frustrations encountered by parents/carers when out shopping.
  • 43 SORTING AND MATCHING Students explore the skills of sorting and matching through a combination of brainstorming, discussion and practical application.
  • 45 BEAD PATTERNS* By designing bead patterns and carrying out a necklace-making activity, students extend the practical application of sorting and matching skills.


  • 47 WHAT DO BABIES COST? Researching and recording the costs of different clothing items.
  • 49 WHAT'S IN CHILDREN'S MAGAZINES? Students develop their research skills by conducting a survey on the activities found in children's magazines.
  • 51 SLEEPING HABITS** Students construct a questionnaire to research children's sleeping habits.
  • 53 WHAT'S IN CHILDREN'S FOOD? Analysing the nutritional content of children's food products and designing a method for recording this information.
  • 55 LOOKING AT PICTURES Using pictures effectively to enhance students' coursework.

RESOURCE TASKS The following worksheets are designed to be taught in sequence to support a Resource Task Assignment that students will undertake on completing each set of lessons.

  • 57-59 IT'S ALL ABOUT ROUTINE 1 & 2 In these two worksheets, students identify activities that can be used to devise a manageable daily routine, and a weekly schedule of events.
  • 61-65 AS SAFE AS HOUSES 1, 2 & 3 A set of three worksheets focusing on safety in the home.
  • 67-71 ARE PARKS SAFE PLACES FOR CHILDREN? 1, 2 & 3 Students use these three worksheets to identify, observe and assess the potential hazards to children in parks.
  • 73-79 STORIES 1, 2, 3 & 4 A set of four worksheets focusing on the intrinsic value and enjoyment provided by children's books and stories.
  • 81-85 CHILDREN AND TELEVISION 1,2 & 3 Students use these three worksheets to analyse the types of programmes offered by children's television and to investigate children's viewing habits.


  • 87 PAINTING AND DRAWING Relating some of the features of children's drawings to developmental stages.
  • 89 WAYS OF THINKING** Using a simple experiment to stimulate a child's intellect.
  • 91 CRISIS FOR A CHILD Through roleplay and discussion, students consider the emotional effect on children of major life events.
  • 93 PLAYING TOGETHER Identifying the different ways that children play together.
  • 95 MAKING MUSIC Looking at the value of music to a child's development.
  • 96 AREAS OF STUDY A cross-referenced grid outlining the objectives met by each page.

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