Grade 6

Grade Six students demonstrate a wide range of signs of puberty and adolescence. Some have lengthening limbs and faces, and become awkward and self-consciousness as they work to regain control of their changing bodies.

  • Music at Toronto Waldorf SchoolStudy of the ‘physical body’ of the earth, geology and mineralogy, matches the students’ experiences of changes in their bodies.

  • Science study flows from observation of the phenomena such as sound, light, heat, magnetism and static electricity. Students move from observation to a basic understanding of how it works and exists in the world around them. This understanding is expanded to how technology and machines operate in our world.

  • Astronomy also begins by observing the phenomena, the constellations in the sky, the movement of the stars, planets and our moon. The study is supported by poems and quotations on astronomical themes as well.

  • History offers a view of the Romans and their control over the physical world with aqueducts, roads and cities. The students are led to understand how the strength and excesses of the Romans led to destruction (native cultures, and eventually the Roman Empire itself). This lays the base for an understanding the order of Medieval societies (feudal society, monasteries etc.)

  • Special events in Grade Six may include:
    • camping trips (often to study geology or astronomy),
    • a class play related to the themes of the year
    • building a ‘haunted house’ for 5th graders at Hallowe’en
    • the Medieval Games and Feast Day to extend the experience of the Middle Ages Main lesson


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Main Lesson Subjects

  • English composition, grammar, spelling, literature, drama
  • Geography of the Americas or Europe and Africa (other topic in Grade 7)
  • Troy, Rome, the Crusades, Medieval Society
  • Arthurian legends (1400-1700) (Grade 6 or 7)
  • A class play drawn from the curriculum may be staged
  • Business math, geometry, percent
  • Physics (sound, light and colour, heat, magnetism, static electricity), minerals and geology, Geocentric astronomy.

Skills lessons

French, music (four part recorder, singing strings and winds ensembles), eurythmy (a movement art), knitting on four needles and other needle work, painting, woodwork (carving), physical education (team sports), gardening

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