Grade 6


Welcome to another phase of learning and discovery of students. Learning theories sum up as any change in an individual in all aspects brought about by the different factors around him. As an educator I hold on to the educational philosophy of essentialism a teacher-centered philosophy which possess the tenet that the teacher is the leader of the classroom, to teach, discipline and provide every learning opportunities to students. Essentialism goals are to instill students with the essentials of academic knowledge,patriotism and character through traditional approaches. Schooling should be practical, preparing students to become valuable members of the society.

However, along with the demands of the changing times we ought to integrate new approaches as we assume every opportunity to think of what is best for the learners. As the school commits itself to provide the best education a child could have likewise we educators strive to be in union with this vision and objectives of the institution. First, the strict adherence to the use of English as the sole language and as the medium of instruction serves as the finest tool for the students to easily express himself in an institution with a diversified culture and be his instrument in learning the different discipline. In the same vein, employing an innovative and interactive classroom approaches and methodologies creates wonderful and enjoyable learning experience opportunities for each one. Moreover, is the belief of the one pillars of education learning how to learn as it emphasizes in providing learners opportunities to learn on his own that leads to the development of the higher order thinking skills.

Likewise a conducive learning environment evident in the schools modern facilities and equipment provide as a great aid alongside.We strive to provide the learners a healthy learning environment. On top of it is our utmost commitment and dedication to be an instrument in instilling knowledge and to develop students full potential in the different learning areas while imbibing character, values and faith in the Most High.

Grade 6 English Language Arts.
In 6th grade, students continue to strengthen the key skills of reading, writing for all purposes, communicating, and critical thinking. In the narrative reading and writing unit students learn literary elements through a variety of short stories from around the world. Students create their own short stories focusing on similar ideas as the stories they read. In a unit on memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies, students explore themes in this type of writing, write their own memoir, and craft thorough summary paragraphs based on the reading. In our poetry unit, students learn about a variety of poetic terms and devices in order to write responses to the poetry along with writing a small collection of poems. In our drama unit, students will read a short play in order to write a variety of short analyses and responses. Students then learn about the style and content of news article writing in order to create a class newspaper. In the novel unit, students read and write a variety of creative and non-fictional pieces based on the reading. Also, throughout the year, students learn and strengthen their vocabulary, grammar, and spelling skills along with delivering presentations with the aid of multimedia which strengthens their communication and public speaking abilities.

Grade 6 Mathematics is a course in the middle school mathematics series. This course focuses on numbers and their operations to build a strong computation foundation and introduce integers, functions, and probability. The main focus is to install confidence in all students.

Grade 6 The Medieval World and Beyond
Students in this course will gain an understanding of where and how humans began organizing themselves into civilizations and solving real world problems. Students will actively engage in research, writing and simulations that make history come alive. The ancient and medieval civilizations of the Middle East and Europe and the Americas will be covered in this course. In addition, students will learn the elements of Geography, such as the various types of thematic maps and how to read them. We also explore migration patterns of the Americas, and how population and the land has changed over the years, and how we, as people, have adapted to the land.

Grade 6 Science
Grade 6 covers General Science which includes Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science and Biology. However, there is a stronger focus on Physics and Biology in this year. During the course students have the opportunity to explore the interesting world of science by participating in a variety of activities and differentiated assessments that cater to the different learning styles of individual students. There is also a strong emphasis on the scientific method which is reinforced via laboratory work where students learn and practice procedures for conducting controlled experiments.

Within the elective subject areas, the students in the Middle School can choose classes of interest in the Arts, Physical Education, World Languages and other subjects. Here students sample many disciplines, which may prove to be a passion or interest in the future.

Physical Education
Physical education for middle school students consists of individual activities, team activities, and outdoor educational activities. Health-related physical fitness and wellness activities are promoted and supported throughout the curriculum. Students are actively engaged in every lesson, and activities include assessing their fitness, safety and first aid, orienteering, dancing, swimming, and much more. The PSHE Education course is embedded within the weekly schedule for all middle school students. PSHE consists of units on health and well-being, relationships, and living in the wider world. Students will think about challenging topics, and will make connections to their own lives in areas such as racism, gender identity, substance abuse, family, and bullying, along with others. Both the PSHE and Physical Education Program provide the opportunity for students to put what they have previously learned into practice.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
Students from Grade 6 to Grade 8 take part in PSHE classes as part of their weekly schedule. PSHE education is a planned programme of learning though which pupils acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, it develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. PSHE education addresses both pupils direct experience and preparation for their future. A spiral programme ensures learning is revisited, reinforced and extended in age- and stage-appropriate contexts. GIFS has developed a PSHE programme which meets pupils needs and which is tailored to local circumstances.

The Technology
Technology for middle school consists of concepts of information technology and life-long practical skills. The first year of technology includes various concepts related to hardware, software, networking and there is an introduction to basic word processing and spreadsheet skills. The students develop advanced skills in database management, website authoring and presentation-making skills in the last two years.
In the third year there is a stronger focus on developing logical and analytical skills by practicing programming through Alice platforms, by writing algorithms and designing flowcharts. Students discuss cutting edge technology and the effects on mankind to develop critical and evaluative skills. A variety of assessments tools based on theoretical concepts, application based scenarios and practical skills are used to demonstrate effective learning.

The Arts
GIFS Middle School Visual Art introduces a variety of art media to build a basic foundation and understanding of the art elements and principles of design. Lessons presented focus on engaging students imagination, enhancing their critical thinking skills and developing technical and perceptual skills. Students are introduced to artists and art movements from history with follow-up assignments that give them the opportunity to interpret style and theme using their own imagination.

At GIFS our Music Course is a combination of both non-performance and performance.
It is designed to provide students an opportunity to learn about various elements of music. Students will learn about basic rudiments of music such as harmony, rhythm, and form through musical examples. They will not only read music from traditional and non-traditional music but also analyze and evaluate performances of themselves and others. In addition, this course provides students to learn to play musical instruments of their choice. Students will develop performance skills in either individual or small ensemble groups and also through large group performances.

World Languages
The first-year Spanish sequence introduces students to the basics of Spanish and give them confidence to begin to express themselves in a new language.
While travelling around the Spanish-speaking world, students communicate about their family and friends, likes and dislikes, school, food and healthy lifestyle choices. Lessons focus on specific strategies to help students improve in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the present tense.
Korean, as a foreign language, is focused on exploring Korean language and culture. The beginning level of Korean lessons aims to communicate with Korean native speakers in the community through speaking, listening, reading and writing. This course covers not only the introduction of Korean language, but also basic topics, such as, family, nationality, numbers, transport, places, locations, times and so on which are related to the culture, Through practical exercises, the students are to communicate with Korean families and friends, with people in the school as well as the community, for travel purposes within Korea, and for a better understanding of Korean people through cultural insights and intercultural skills.

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