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Grade 6


What your child is learning

Your child will make observations, develop theories and evaluate their theories based on evidence and investigation. They’ll explore the properties of air and construct and modify devices for flight. Your child will recognize that planning, communication, cooperation and flexibility are important to teamwork. They’ll describe, model and interpret objects in the night sky, considering, for example, the movement of the Sun and the Moon. They’ll also examine local tree species to identify their unique characteristics, such as leaf shape and branching pattern, and to understand their role in the environment. Want to know more? Refer to the program of studies.

How your child is assessed

Your child’s learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask your child’s teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you and your child’s teacher about your child’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well your child is doing throughout the course. Your child’s teacher can then change or refine their teaching plans to ensure that learning activities better meet the needs of your child.

Student Learning Assessments (SLAs) are the new assessment instruments that will replace the existing Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs). For this transitional school year, school authorities have a choice, school-by-school, whether to administer the Grade 6 PATs in June 2015, the Grade 6 SLAs in September 2015, or both.

The purpose of the SLAs is to:

  • enable parents and teachers to be more aware of a child’s strengths or areas which require improvement
  • support personalized learning
  • inform instruction.

Results from SLAs can help Alberta Education better understand the factors that influence student achievement. This information can also provide teachers, principals, central office staff and Alberta Education with additional tools to help students and parents in the learning process. Teachers will often use this information to reflect on how the course has been taught and how to better assist children’s learning, and they’ll use it to report on your child’s level of achievement.

Resources to help your child

A variety of digital and print resources from many different sources help students learn. Alberta Education reviews and authorizes many student and teacher resources that support learning and teaching in the classroom. Additionally, teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous other innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your child. Visit or the Authorized Resources Database to learn more about the resources your child may encounter.

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