Grade 6

To foster our Grade 6 students' sense of independence, our students begin switching classrooms according to subject. 

Our faculty focus on helping students get to know themselves, their motivations, their goals, and encourage them to examine why they believe the things they do.

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A highlight of the year is the much-anticipated Grade 6 Play, in which every Grade 6 student has a role, whether on the stage or behind the scenes developing the set, props, costumes, sound and lighting. Students work together and get to know one another in a way they otherwise might not—and the result is a more collaborative and united peer group. 

Derby Academy, Hingham, Grade 6, Middle School
Grade 6 Highlights
  • Outdoor Education Trip
  • Grade 6 Play 
  • Pals 
  • Aquarion Water Studies 
  • Freedom Trail Exploration
  • Thematic English and History Units
  • Language Choice of French, Spanish, or Latin
  • Future Cities Building Competition
  • Overnight Trip to Plimoth Plantation

In the Classroom

Grade 6 students make use of higher-order thinking skills when reading to make connections, see inferences, and determine meaning. Students learn how to annotate novels to keep track of their metacognitive process, and develop a love and a passion for reading. That passion can be shared with other readers and foster meaningful discussions about important ideas in literature.

Our students write for a variety of purposes and in a number of effective styles with a broad range of audiences in mind.  Students make full use of the writing process and principles of design thinking to work in an iterative fashion. With the goal of producing a high-quality and effective piece of writing, students grasp important concepts in grammar and mechanics in order to understand the structure of the English language and create a meaningful response.

The Grade 6 math program provides our students with a solid foundation of operations with integers and rational numbers. Our students are introduced to algebraic expressions, patterns, monomials, multi-step equations and inequalities, percent, as well as reading, writing, and graphing linear functions. Standard and honors level classes provide a wide range of opportunities for students to study math within the context of real-world problems, including tax, discounts, and scale models.

Our Grade 6 science students examine the forces of nature and living things as they cover land, water, and human interactions, force and motion, and environmental science through laboratory investigations, microscope training, dissections, and outside reading.

Students have the option of progressing their Spanish studies, or pursuing French or Latin as a foreign language, covering grammar, vocabulary, and the histories and cultures of the languages and countries.

Derby Academy, Hingham, Private School, South Shore