The sixth grade program is structured to ease the transition from elementary school to middle school. Each student is assigned to a team of two, three or four teachers. The schedule is flexible which allows teachers to develop programs that best fit the needs of students.
English (Grade 6 Reading SOL Test)
At the sixth-grade level, students will demonstrate the ability to work with diverse teams working respectfully with others. Students will begin the study of word origins and continue vocabulary development. There is a continued emphasis on reading comprehension by comparing fiction and nonfiction texts. Students will plan, draft, revise, and edit writing in a variety of forms with an emphasis on narrative and reflective writing. Students will be expected to have greater control over the conventions of writing. Teachers will encourage the development of research skills that are foundational to effective critical thinking and responsible use of information.
Math 6 (Grade 6 Math SOL Test)
The sixth-grade standards are a transition from the emphasis placed on whole number arithmetic in the elementary grades to foundations of algebra. The standards emphasize rational numbers. Students will use ratios to compare data sets; recognize decimals, fractions, and percent’s as ratios; solve single-step and multistep problems, using rational numbers; and gain a foundation in the understanding of integers. Students will solve linear equations and use algebraic terminology. Students will solve problems involving area, perimeter, and surface area, work with π (pi), and focus on the relationships among the properties of quadrilaterals. In addition, students will focus on applications of probability and statistics.
US History II
This course covers the history of the United States from the Reconstruction era to the present. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography within the context of United States history. Political, economic, and social challenges facing the reunited nation after the Civil War will be examined as students develop an understanding of how the American experience shaped the political and economic landscape of the world. See pages 26-27 for more information about this course addition to 6th grade.
The sixth grade standards continue to emphasize data analysis and experimentation. Methods are studied for testing the validity of predictions and conclusions. Scientific methodology, focusing on precision in stating hypotheses and defining dependent and independent variables, is strongly reinforced. The concept of change is explored through the study of transformations of energy and matter. The standards present an integrated focus on the role of the sun’s energy in the Earth’s systems, on water in the environment, on air and atmosphere, and on basic chemistry concepts. A more detailed understanding of the solar system and space exploration becomes a focus of instruction. Natural resource management, its relation to public policy, and cost/benefit tradeoffs in conservation policies are introduced.
Health and Physical Education
Students in grade six begin developing a sophisticated understanding of health issues and practicing health skills. They apply health skills and strategies to improve and maintain personal and family health. Students begin to understand adolescent health issues and the relationship between choices and consequences. They learn how to be a positive role model and the impact of positive and negative peer pressure. Injury prevention behaviors are demonstrated at school and elsewhere. Students are resourceful and discriminating in accessing and critiquing health information. Students in grade six also combine fundamental physical skills into more complex movement forms during modified game, dance, and recreational activities. Cooperative and competitive small-group games are implemented with emphasis being on developing skills and tactical understanding.
Middle school students will learn to develop and enhance their touch skills for entering alphabetic, numeric, and symbol information on a keyboard. Students compose and produce personal, educational, and professional documents.
Sixth grade music exploratory is a course involving students in the development of music skills through singing, playing instruments, and listening to music. The Vocal/Choral Standards of Learning require performance, creativity, and investigation at a fundamental level. Students explore ways in which the content of the various disciplines, within and outside the arts, are interrelated with those of music. Wide varieties of activities are utilized to achieve the goal of music appreciation.
Band (Year Long)
Sixth Grade Band is a class for beginning band students. No previous musical training is required. Instrument selection is made with the guidance of the band director. Students will learn proper care of their instrument, basic positions, tone production, fingerings, and will count, read, and perform the beginning level of music being studied. Music Standards of Learning provide the framework for students to learn ways in which the content of the separate disciplines within and outside the arts are interrelated with those of music. The strands are integrated through a variety of classroom and performance activities. Through individualized instruction and the provision of multiple educational opportunities, students will obtain valuable music skills and knowledge.
Sixth grade art students will implement the Virginia Standards of Learning to study the elements of art and associated vocabulary, skills, and techniques for creating art. Students will work with a variety of media to produce works of art meeting these requirements. The objectives for grade six emphasize exploration. Using the elements of art and the principles of design as a framework, students investigate a variety of experiences and concepts. Students explore two-dimensional and three-dimensional art media using a variety of expressive and technical approaches. Students begin to understand the factors that distinguish artistic styles that clarify the role of art in American culture.
Sixth grade students will learn music theory and proper hand bell techniques. This course will include performance and reading music.
Introduction to Agri-science 6
Middle school students develop an awareness of the relationships between agriculture and science. Major topics covered in the course include awareness of agriculture, the world of work, agribusiness careers, human relations, and scientific principles applied in agriculture.
Introduction to Technology
Students first study the basic elements of all technology, including processes, energy, information, and people. They explore up to four systems of technology, including construction, transportation, communication, and production/manufacturing. Next, students relate the impact of technology on society, environment, and culture to future consequences and decisions.
Introduction to Foreign Cultures
This course focuses on the world of foreign language study. Students will explore the richness of some of the world’s languages and begin to understand the diverse cultures associated with them. The focus languages are Spanish, French, Italian, Latin, German, and Japanese.
Inventions & Innovations 6
This course is a STEM course designed to introduce students to various technological inventions and innovations. Students will examine the impact of technology on society and learn to solve problems through research, design, and experimentation. Students will work individually and in groups to investigate solutions to technological problems such as programming and game design.