Physical Education 6
The SSIS physical education program focuses on an active learning environment. Participation, sportsmanship and effort comprise the majority of the program at this level. Appropriate social interactions and gross motor skills development are emphasized at this level. The remaining aspects of the program consist of class preparedness, fitness testing and knowledge of sports. The goal for our students is that they will develop a deeper appreciation for an active lifestyle as a solid base for a healthy future.
All students will have the opportunity to study various topics including mental health, social health, nutrition, physical activity, substance abuse, human development, preventing disease, body systems, relationships and healthy decision-making. Grade 6 will focus on nutrition, safety and the environment, preventing disease, good hygiene and preventing and dealing with bullying.
All three levels of middle school at SSIS participate in swimming instruction. The instructor(s) will differentiate lessons depending on each student’s level of skill development. All students will learn the basics of personal water safety, stroke development and mechanics, endurance training (swimming laps) and play games such as water polo.
In this course, students will explore technology. They will further develop their digital footprint while creating video, animations, and graphics. They will also be introduced to programming tools that will allow them to create games and manipulate physical objects. As they move through each topic, they will record their journey through the creation of a personal electronic portfolio.
Exploratory Art 6
In the Grade 6 quarter-long Visual Arts classes, the role of the teacher as a mentor/educator is to expose students to a variety of artistic media and ideas and to further develop their skills in art-making and creative problem solving. Throughout the quarter, we will examine colour theory, elements and principles of art, painting, sculptural skills and digital art. The Grade 6 Visual Arts curriculum is designed to help students to understand creativity, key terminology, whilst following the design process from concept to presentation. Students will feel comfortable enough to take risks in order to create artwork that speaks to who they are. This opportunity will help students decide which area they want to pursue in art as they move up to higher levels.
Exploratory Music 6
This is a one-quarter exploratory course. Students will be introduced to a variety of brass and woodwind instruments, learning how they function, how they are maintained and understanding their role in modern music ensembles. The course will also consist of a variety of projects that integrate technology with more traditional approaches to music education. This is not a performance class, but students with prior musical experience may choose to participate in music performances throughout the school year.
Exploratory Drama 6
Students in Grade 6 will have a varied and exciting introduction to Drama. This will include an introduction to core Drama skills and the use of body and voice in theatre while also developing skills for collaboration and social interaction through classroom and small group activities. Initially students will develop trust and an understanding of key Drama skills using theatre sports, games and improvisation. They will learn to develop and play a role confidently and create scenes using text and improvisation. Students will then focus on theatre design and learn how to stage scenes creatively. They will later perform short plays using props and costume. The focus of the course is very practical and students must come to class with a willingness to experiment and become part of a team. Students will be expected to take part in small and large group work, solo work, independent research and creative writing either in the classroom or at home.