A child’s development discusses the natural learning and growth all children go through since birth, including intellectual, physical, and social-emotional growth. All children develop at their own unique pace as they experience both easy times of development (equilibrium) and slightly more challenging phases (disequilibrium). While parents are the primal influencers on their children’s development they are not the only ones who drastically affect how well a child is developing, the child’s school actually has major impact on their development as well.
School’s responsibility towards its students isn’t solely academic, on the contrary, teachers with their various educating methods and the school’s environment itself all have a role to play in every child’s development. We’ll introduce you to all the ways a school can positively influence your child’s development helping them achieve their fullest potential, so you can know exactly what to look for when you’re choosing the perfect educational institute for your little ones.
While every school’s primal goal is to allow its students to reach their highest academic potential, you should look for a school that also prioritizes turning your children into active problem solvers and not just memorizing machine that can’t think for itself. Your school of choice should be dedicated to developing its student into solution seekers with the ability to analyze a situation, suggest a solution and re-strategize if the suggest solution doesn’t prove effective. All of this can be achieved through specific schoolwork and planned academic projects that will really harness your child’s cognitive skills in a way that helps grow their problem-solving mentality. This way, your child can grow to achieve anything they seek to achieve without fear of failure as they will know that every problem has a solution.
At MBIS, a high quality British curriculum coupled with high expectations ensures a broad and deep level of learning. Children are not simply taught what to think, but how to think. Questioning is key. Alongside teacher-led activities, enquiry-based learning – where children’s questions and interests guide aspects of their work – also permeates the curriculum. Children are equipped with research skills using both books and information technology. In discussion and writing, children are actively encouraged to reason and reflect, to respect others’ views and make their own conclusions in matters of debate.
Social and Emotional Development
Too often a time we see children, who excel so well academically, grow up to be adults with not the best social skills. Too often a time we blame it on the myth that one can not ace all their exams and have adequate social skills to propel them through all of lives challenging phases. Given the right encouragement and the appropriately designed curriculum students can acquire the right social skills to learn how to work well with others, make friends easily and eventually impress their boss when they grow up. Look for establishments that will help your children make the best first impression at their first job interview and get asked to senior year prom.
At MBIS, an emphasis is placed on the children’s socio-emotional development. Quality relationships between teacher and child are the cornerstone: everyteacher knows every child in their class very well.Pastoral care is superb. Equally, positive social behaviour at all times is expected and actively encouraged – all guided by simple, child-friendly rules. Rewards and recognition systems capture and praise exemplar attitudes and behaviours. Children are also taught to resolve any issues they may have in a fair, positive manner. At MBIS, the happy ‘buzz factor’ and caring environment are tangible.
Ensuring optimal physical development means providing children with the fine and gross motor skills then need to properly interact with everything around them. Your child’s school should have wide interest in not just developing your child’s physical development but also recognizing when a child shows interest in a particular sport to encourage them to pursue that recreational activity. This is of vital importance because staying physically active will reinforce skills as agility, balance, and coordination, all of which will have a great help building your child’s self-esteem and confidence. Parents should pay attention at what Physical Education programs the school provides so their child can properly assess how effective will the school the parents are looking at be at helping your child achieve their aspirations.
A broad and rigorous physical education programme at MBIS ensure all children have the opportunity to develop physical strength, dexterity and creativity. Based on the English National Curriculum, lessons target both physical development and the mental mindset to excel. The daily curriculum is complemented by a range of After School Activities and weekend inter-school sports fixtures to widen and enhance experience and achievement.
At MBIS, the emphasis is placed on the development of the whole child. A values-based education is driven by 5 Personal Learning Goals: Respect; Resilience; Relationships; Reflectiveness and Resourcefulness. These aspirational attitudes and behaviours form the DNA of the school: they are a ‘way of being’ expected and nurtured in all children, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to be happy, successful young people.