I take responsibility for myself. Grade 6 prepares students for the independence and challenge of junior high school. Students take eight required subjects: Art, English Language Arts, Health and Life Skills, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science and Social Studies. Some schools may offer additional optional subjects.
English Language Arts (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
How can I understand the people around me? How will they understand me? Grade 6 students move from understanding and communicating to drawing conclusions about things and trying to convince others. They learn to think for themselves, revise their ideas and dig to find answers to questions that challenge them.
Mathematics (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
There are many ways to communicate the patterns around us. In Grade 6 Mathematics, your child will draw and classify angles and triangles and develop strategies to find area. They will understand and use place value, factors (e.g., 6 is a factor of 24) and multiples (e.g., 45 is a multiple of 9). Your child will also use variables, graphs and tables to show number patterns. Mental mathematics and estimation strategies will be key to connecting numbers and shapes to their everyday life, and they’ll solve problems involving numbers, patterns, measurement and data analysis.
Science (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
How do things fly? Designing, building and testing flying objects in teams helps Grade 6 students develop as scientists. In Grade 6, students also learn about the night sky, planets, forests and trees. They will sharpen their skills in observing and interpreting what they see by investigating evidence of human and animal activity.
Physical Education (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
What are the benefits of an active lifestyle? Your child will take part in various activities that will help them to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. They will grow to appreciate the importance of physical activity, while discovering essential life skills, such as cooperation, leadership, fair play and teamwork.
Health and Life Skills (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
Doing things that are not safe affect me and might hurt other people too! Grade 6 students understand that their choices, whether good or bad, can touch a lot of people. They see how learning to make decisions with a whole group is an important life skill.
Art (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
How can I play with form to improve my art? Your Grade 6 child will play with form and explore more complex art procedures. They will examine the individual character of objects and forms and judge whether designs are “good” or not. Using various media, they’ll express themselves and refine their work.
Music (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
Scaling up! In Grade 6, your child will explore different rhythms and scales and will perform songs written in a variety of scales. They will study electronic music and the structures in longer forms of music, as well as key signatures and timbre.
Drama (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
Express yourself! Drama students experiment with dramatic play and discover creative ways to express themselves. Through puppetry, storytelling and other types of dramatic play, students discover who they are and discover the connections they have with others.
Languages (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
Languages open the door to other cultures and new ways of thinking. A variety of language courses are offered across Alberta. Your child may have the opportunity to learn a First Nations language, French or another international language.
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