Grade 6 Curriculum

In grade six many physical changes can be seen in the students: their limbs begin to lengthen and a tendency for awkward, angular movement can surface. These physical changes are accompanied by an emerging intellectual capacity. Twelve year-olds develop a sense for cause and effect and they enjoy creating causes in order to see what effect they might have. There is a growing orientation towards the world, and peer values become increasingly important. Grade six is a year of dramatic physical, social, and emotional growth. Throughout this year greater emphasis is placed on strengthening the students’ connection with the world by means of direct experience.

The Grade 6 curriculum includes:

Physics: the phenomena of acoustics, optics, thermal physics and static electricity
Astronomy: observation of star movements throughout the night and day, the phases of the moon, the changing seasons and the planets
Geology: study of the forming, building and form destroying forces of the earth, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and their mineral compounds, and the study of fossil fuels
History: rise and fall of the Roman Empire, the migrations of people in Europe, early Middle Ages
Language Arts: parts of speech reviewed, functions of speech (subject, predicate, object, etc.), the twelve tenses; substantial writing assignments and projects given throughout all main lesson blocks.
Mathematics: percent, business math and the formulas for principal, rate, interest, and commission, and an introduction to algebra
Geometry: constructions with compass and straight edge, the study of angles and triangles, the division of the circle into 6, 3, 4, 12, and 8, and constructions of perpendiculars, bisectors and similar angles
Geography: South America
Subject Lessons: French, music, ensemble (recorder or a string instrument), handwork, woodwork, art and gym
Class Play: often related to Roman of Medieval history
Class Trips: Bancroft, camping, curriculum related day trips


This monochord was used in the acoustics portion of the grade six physics unit. The musical string was altered by measurements of eighths, quarters and halves to determine how much adjustment to its physical limits was needed to bring about a complete change in octave.


Geometry lessons include beautiful hand drawings.



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