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Grade 6 Curriculum

English Language & Literature

In Grade 6 English, students explore literature and language through four units: Autobiography, The Novel, Poetry, and Myths and Legends. Students focus on written and oral language skills throughout the year. Throughout each unit students are exposed to a variety of text types and genres. Assessment takes a variety of forms including essays, presentations, creative tasks and reflections.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The EAL course is focused on the English language skills required to be successful in an English-speaking school. The curriculum is designed to develop students’ vocabulary, understanding of concepts and use of language. Students will learn to write well-structured paragraphs, essays and reports needed for mainstream subjects in Grade 6.

German Language & Literature

In German Language & Literature, students read age–appropriate texts on topics of interest. They cover a wide range of vocabulary and grammatical structures, which they are able to use with ease, flair and creativity when speaking and writing.

German Language Acquisition

Students are grouped according to their proficiency levels, which are structured in Phases. We offer from Phase 1 (beginners) through to Phase 5 (highly proficient). In all Phases, we cover productive language skills (speaking and writing) and receptive language skills (visual interpretation and reading comprehension). The language is taught through topics, which become more demanding as the student's language skills develop.

Personal Development Programme

The Personal Development Programme encourages students to develop effective study habits. It focuses on responsible use of the student planner, organisation and planning of homework assignments and long term projects, and understanding and making full use of the library facilities.

Recognising our individual responsibilities is another key area of the programme. It looks at the change in expectations of students after they transition from Primary to Secondary school, their relationships with their peers and on becoming an effective and responsible member of the Grade both in and out of class.

Spanish Language Acquisition

This is a beginners' course (Phase 1), teaching basic grammar, vocabulary, simple text writing and reading comprehension. The language is taught through topics reflecting students’ interests in their environment. The students need to have no previous knowledge of the language.

French Language Acquisition

This is a beginners' course, teaching basic grammar, vocabulary, simple text writing and reading comprehension. The language is taught through topics reflecting students’ interests in their environment. The students need to have no previous knowledge of the language.


The Grade 6 Mathematics curriculum builds on the work done in Primary. The focus is on strengthening the students’ foundations in Number, Geometry and Statistics. They are given an introduction to the abstract nature of both Algebra and Probability. Students are encouraged to explore the investigative nature of Mathematics using the skills they acquire and apply this to real life situations.


Students are introduced to the processes and vocabulary of scientific investigation and the ways in which scientists think. The year begins with a look at laboratory safety, equipment and techniques and many hands-on experiments involving the manipulation of variables. We go on to study human technology in space exploration, the senses and the brain, electricity and the variety of living things. We assess students in a range of ways that let them show their knowledge and understanding, inquiry skills and attitudes, and ability to communicate connections between science and society.

Individuals & Societies (Humanities)

Grade 6 Individuals & Societies focuses on four key concepts: Time, Place and Space, Change, Systems, and Global Interactions.

  • Time, Place, and Space: The 'Settlement' unit examines the basic needs of man and factors that led to settlement.
  • Change: The unit on the ‘Structures of the Earth’ focuses on natural disasters and human responses to the changing environment.
  • Systems: The ‘Our Switzerland’ unit examines the political and economic aspects of our host country.
  • Global Interactions: ‘European Exploration’ unit examines the developments and consequences of exploration, whether they are heroes or villains.


Design in Grade 6 follows a programme called Digital X. This programme focuses on giving students digitals tools that will help them in their academic studies and also in their everyday lives. It not only develops these digital tools but also looks at the digital world and its impacts on individuals and society.

Performing Arts

Students explore the concepts of Aesthetics, Change, Communication and Identity through the Performing Arts disciplines of Dance, Drama and Music. They develop and use knowledge to inform artistic decisions; develop and apply practical skills and creativity; and learn to respond to their own and others' artwork.

Physical Education

The Grade 6 PE programme focuses on building on the skills and understanding already acquired. Games will be taught through a conceptual approach using the Teaching Games for Understanding model. Games units will focus on making connections between games with a common concept behind them. Students will also be introduced to the Fitness programme in which they will develop an understanding of the components of fitness, and learn some of the ideas about what it takes to become a healthy individual.

Visual Arts

2D Visual Arts explores the theme ‘Art is Natural.’ Throughout the project students develop ideas from natural objects, Henna designs and Islamic Art to produce a range of work in a variety of 2D media.

3D Visual art explores the development of the pot, the potter and pottery. Students experience practical investigative history whilst learning pinch-pot techniques and making a series of cups. They investigate the relationship between the development of society and how needs drive technical innovation.

Learning Support

The Learning Support Programme focuses on the specific skills that will allow students to be successful in their academic performance. Learning Support is provided in all areas of the curriculum, which is tailored to the students’ needs in order to help maximise their learning opportunities in lessons, tests, and assignments.This is to ensure that all learners can achieve their full potential in every class.

Grade 6 Curriculum Guide

You can download the Grade 6 Curriculum Guide here, or read it online below.

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