Sixth Grade Educational Pathway at FCS
At Fredericksburg Christian School, we are serious about curriculum. If we are to stay focused on our mission of training the next generation of Christian leaders, it is vital that we offer them the best academic program possible in keeping with God’s excellent character and expectations. This curriculum guide provides an overview of the program at the sixth grade level in order for you to understand what students are taught each year at FCS.
As part of our partnership with parents, we desire for you to be informed and involved in your child’s education. We hope that this information is helpful. You are encouraged to talk with the school’s principal or a teacher of a particular grade level for more information.
One of the most important components of the curriculum at FCS is the integration of a biblical worldview. Our desire is for students to view every subject area as a way to better know the character of God and learn more about His creation, mankind, moral order and purpose for our lives. Both Christian and secular textbooks are used to develop in students a biblical worldview and teach them wisdom, discernment and critical thinking in all things.
Ultimately, the quality of our curriculum rests in the skillful hands of teachers and is an outgrowth of their commitment to Christian education and excellence in academics. Luke 6:40 says that one who is fully trained will be like his teacher; this is a sobering challenge for every teacher and reminds us of our incredible calling to point to Christ in every area, including our school curriculum.
Our areas of study include:
Language Arts- Students thoroughly study the structure of sentences including parts of speech, types of sentences, vocabulary, grammar, usage and mechanics. Opportunities are given regularly to write about a variety of topics and improve students’ ability to communicate with words. Effective paragraph writing and research skills are emphasized and often integrated with other subject areas.
A variety of literature is read and utilized to develop increased literacy, comprehension and critical thinking skills. The sixth grade studies literary concepts through such novels as Tuck Everlasting, Prince Caspian, and A Christmas Carol.
Spelling and vocabulary development are integrated with the study of literature. Greek and Latin roots and their application to word spellings and meanings are studied in sixth and seventh grades. Basic MLA Format is taught consistently in various subjects.
History – During the middle school years students embark on a chronological study of history in order to recognize God’s providence and sovereignty in world events. Students begin with ancient world history in sixth grade using Bob Jones Heritage Studies. Geography concepts are integrated throughout the year.
Science – Students explore a variety of topics from the life, earth and physical sciences using Bob Jones curriculum. Creation is taught in accordance with the account in Genesis, and other issues in science are studied in light of biblical principles. Hands-on learning opportunities and emphasis on the Scientific Method are a regular part of science class.
Mathematics – The study of mathematics provides unique opportunities to learn about God’s orderliness, precision, unchangeableness and absolute truthfulness. Emphasis is placed in several key strands: numbers and operations, measurement, geometry, patterns, algebra and functions, statistics, data analysis and probability, problem solving, communication, mathematical reasoning, and connections. Yearly participation in the ACSI Math Olympics allows an opportunity for students in third through eighth grades to compete with students in other Christian schools and challenge themselves to grow in their math ability. Students in sixth grade use the McDougal Littell curriculum.
Physical Education – Students attend Physical Education class for half the year. They learn to appreciate the amazing abilities of the human body and are taught the importance of care of the body. Students also learn and practice skills in a variety of team, individual and lifetime sports.
Band and Orchestra – The main emphasis of the instrumental program at FCS is to provide a medium through which musicianship and social skills can be formed through a well-rounded music education. This full-year class encompasses a basic knowledge of music history and music theory in addition to technical and expressive skill in the student’s respective instrument. Other benefits of the program include the pride of accomplishment, self-discipline, leadership and morale. Students may participate in the 6th Grade Band or 6th Grade Orchestra. Concert performances, competitive festivals and other opportunities to share and grow in musical ability are experienced throughout the year.
Art – Students attend art class for one quarter and explore the foundational elements of line, shape, space, texture and color. An annual Visual Arts Festival highlights each student’s artwork.
Choir – Choir for middle school students is an opportunity to develop their musical talents and honor the Lord by sharing them with others. Students in choir meet every day to explore basic techniques of singing and vocal production, expand their score reading skills and understanding of musical elements, develop personal vocal range, tone, control and listening skills, and perform a variety of types of music. The choir performs concerts, competes in festivals and sings in other venues during the year.
Computer Class – Students attend computer class for a portion of the year and will use Microsoft Office applications to assemble and create the documents to open their own restaurant using Restaurant Entrepreneur. Students also continue keyboarding which includes learning correct fingering and daily practice to improve proficiency.
A Christian Education in Sixth Grade
Bible – We are committed to the study of God’s Word in all our subjects and its application to our lives as the foundation for living a joyful, victorious Christian life. Daily Bible class is an important part of spiritual development at FCS. We ultimately desire that every student discover and strengthen a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and develop a biblical worldview.
At the sixth grade level, students participate in a survey of the Old Testament and discover the themes and characters of the Old Testament.
All parents are welcome to attend our weekly chapels for worship and sharing about God’s Word and its application to our lives.
Learn more about our Sixth Grade program at Fredericksburg Christian School
If you are interested in learning more about a biblically-based education in northern Virginia, where students can live their faith while growing in their education, give us a call at (540) 373-5355.