Social Studies 6
SOL Test – US History 1865 to present
* All Elective courses do not have SOL Tests *
Physical Education 6Students have PE 2-3 times a week. Students will participate in activities that improve their skills and overall fitness. One goal is to improve their Physical Fitness scores from September to May. Grades are based on participation and effort. Sports skills that will be covered include football, basketball, volleyball, and track. Many other activities are done periodically to improve overall coordination, muscle strength, and stamina.
Students meet for classes on a nine week basis. They explore the various mediums and techniques, building on the basics that have been acquired in 5th grade. They have opportunities to do projects in drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, collage, and crafts. Perspective and the elements of art are emphasized.
This class is taught by the school counselor and meets on a nine week basis with the curriculum focusing on career exploration and teambuilding activities.
Students in Grades 6 will have computer class for one nine weeks. Students will continue to develop their keyboarding skills with a concentration on speed and accuracy. Along with hands-on teacher instruction, a software keyboarding program will be utilized for remediation.
Along with keyboarding, students will utilize education software geared towards reinforcement of the core academic Standards of Learning.
Students need to successfully complete a basic music proficiency test in 5th grade to be eligible for band. Students will acquire knowledge of the band instrument that they are studying. This entails how to properly maintain and care for the instrument, how to assemble it, correct hand position on the instrument, and good embouchure and playing position. Students will be studying out of the Essential Elements Book 1. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to play two major scales, use dynamic contrast, and correctly interpret rhythmic patterns, notes, musical terms, and symbols from their band music. Excluding the tuba, baritone, and French horn, students will be required to rent or own their own personal instrument. More information will be available at the beginning of the year about rental instruments. Students playing school horns will have an annual minimal instrument maintenance fee.
This General Music course is part of the 6th grade elective rotation and will focus on studying basic music theory, music history, all with an emphasis on singing. Students will learn correct choral technique: how to stand, how to breathe correctly, how to relax and support their voice. Students will learn how to sing a variety of music, some even in different languages, as well as some modern music. Students may be required to perform for PTA meetings. There will be worksheets, quizzes and concerts. Goals for this class are in line with the Virginia SOL requirements for general music.