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Class 6: The Dawn of Cause and Effect

Our journey through the great epochs of the past brings the students in Class 6 to the world of Ancient Rome, a time that fundamentally shaped and still influences our law and even our contemporary political traditions. They also study of laws of the universe in Astronomy, and then delve into the structure and composition of the earth in Geology. The practical nature of Business Math and the rules of grammar engage sixth grade students.

Now awakened to space and time, the Class 6 student is ready for a more scientific approach to the phenomena of the world. At this introductory stage our key methodology is a delicate empiricism, where scientific enquiry is awakened through accurate observation.

For the student of Class 6, the idea that they can become the sculptor of themselves, that they have everything within to become thoughtful and caring, can be gently brought. The students are now encouraged to take on more individual responsibility both in their behavior and their work and to do it from an inner understanding of what is right and less from an externally applied authority.

They take on new academic challenges and social experiences, such as independent research, sports teams, and math club. There is a grounding in the students’ physical development, emerging powers of conceptual thinking, and an interest in cause and effect in learning.

Main lessons
  • English; Mathematics; Local History, Local Geography; Geology , Astronomy (Science); Ancient Rome
  • Stories/ myths from Ancient Rome
  • Grammar work: writing; editing; punctuation. Parts of speech
  • Reading: Novel study
  • Literature: The Ballad
  • Fractions continued
  • Geometry of the Circle continued
  • Decimals and Percentages with fraction conversions
  • The Maths of Money: Business Maths
Chinese languages
  • Learning in Cantonese using traditional Chinese characters
  • Mandarin is taught as a foreign language
Science – Botany & Geography
  • The mineral kingdom
  • Astronomy: sun, moon, planets and stars
Geography / History
  • Local environments: the Asian continent
  • History: the local story
  • Ancient epochs: Alexander the Great / The Journey of Aeneas
  • Rome: the Birth of Empire; the Fall of Empire
Other subjects
  • Craft and woodwork
  • Painting, drawing
  • Games: Team sports
  • Eurythmy
  • Singing / treble recorder: Rounds / Canons; Harmony; Part songs
  • Class Play