This stage of development will see the transition from a fascination with their own world to becoming fascinated with germs, galaxies and everything inbetween. Lots of children around this age will become interested in science fiction and enjoy outings which allow them to escape their local environment.

9-10 year olds will develop several skills:

Analytical thinking is developing

A child of this age will find it difficult to fully comprehend abstract concepts, for example, they might have trouble understanding if a seed or leaves on trees are non-living or living.

Reflect on their experiments

Children at this age will begin to think back on previous experiments and use what they discovered to influence the outcome of future experiments.

Learn about abstract concepts

Children will begin to learn about concepts such as light, energy, heat and solar power and be asked to think about why energy is found in different forms.

Increase in observational skills

Children of this age will notice greater details, make notes and be able to interpret more difficult diagrams.

Increased understanding of different kinds of the Earth’s materials

While children will still have an interest in plants, they will also discover new and exciting areas of science such as geology. Children will be able to identify different rocks and crystals and will be able to tell you which rocks are the hardest.

Understand the concept of sound

Your child at this age will also learn about different sounds and how musical instruments produce them. They will be able to understand how the ear and brain processes sounds.
 
Read more about scientific milestones for 11-12 year olds here.

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