Milestones: By the age of seven

Your seven year old is at the perfect age to take new things in very quickly. They will have learnt a lot about how to listen and ask for help if they don’t understand. They can tell you stories, ask you ‘why’, use exciting language and take turns with their friends.

Hear it, get it
Your seven year old can listen to you when you ask a question or give them an instruction and work out which bits of information are important. They know when they don’t understand and can ask you to explain, for example “Is the author the one that writes the story and the pictures are done by someone else?” Your seven year old can understand instructions with two or three parts that are more complicated, for example “Choose a person from the story we’ve just read, tell me how they feel at the end of the story and why you think that is.”

Check it out

Play a game
Get a list of words from a topic your child is learning at school. Choose one word and challenge you child to say it in a sentence. Does it make sense?

Story telling
Choose a story you both know well, for example Red Riding Hood. Talk about the wolf. Is he good or bad? Ask your child to say why they think he is good or bad. What’s in the story that tells them?

Words up
Your seven year old is learning lots of new words and can put words together by meaning as well as how they sound and look.

Your child is learning to compare words in different ways, by look, sound and meaning, for example “Bare and bear sound the same but they mean different things.”

They can guess words when given clues like shape, size and letters, for example “It’s a large animal, grey with thick skin, not an elephant and it starts with the letter ‘h’.”

Your seven year old will enjoy using new words they’re learning and telling you what they mean, for example “symmetry is when you draw a line down a shape and it’s the same on each side.”

Check it out Play word games
There are lots of games to play with your child. Here are some examples,
  • opposites, say a word and then think of the opposite, for example hot, cold
  • the yes/no game, challenge your child to talk to you without using yes or no, it’s quite hard to do!
  • describing word charades, your child thinks of an action, for example swimming, adds a describing word, for example slowly and acts it out for you to guess.

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Age 7 to 11 milestones

7 years > 9 years > 11 years


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