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Your case study response should contain the following sections:

An introduction, which provides an overview of the material that follows
A description of the different areas of development: cognitive, physical, language, emotional, moral, social and psychological development.

An explanation of how each of these areas is impacting on the learner in this case.

Examples of practical teaching strategies that will support the developmental needs of the learner, including an explanation of why these strategies have been selected.

A conclusion that summarises the key features of your response.


Robert, a 9-year-old boy, recently moved with his family to a new academically rigorous school. The school he now attends is an International School, which has a new curriculum following the International Baccalaureate program. Robert���s mother and father are both school teachers there. He also has a younger sister who attends the school who is age 6.

During the first few weeks of the school year, Robert���s classroom teacher said he was quiet and was not making an effort to seek friendships. At lunchtime he spent his time sitting watching the other Grade 4 boys play four-square but never joined in. He rarely contributed to classroom conversations and only spoke when asked to respond to questions.

An early term classroom report from his teacher noted that he was struggling with his writing and reading. His teacher was asking for more support from the learning resources unit to help him along with his writing. Robert was also having difficulty with mathematics ��� he was able to classify objects in to coherent categories using physical objects, but when it came to abstract reasoning, his confidence and skills were diminished.

During PE, it was noted that he had very good hand-eye co-ordination and significant running pace on the field. He has participated to a high standard, particularly in non-competitive sports. He has started co-curricular activities this term, including squash and drama. Next term, he has been encouraged to start a musical instrument and join in a team sport.