Sherwood Middle School

Ms. Maguire / Mrs. McDonald  

6th Grade Health Education

To: Parents & Students

Welcome to the Health Education Program. This program for middle school students provides the opportunity to develop and demonstrate health-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Physical, mental, and social dimensions of wellness are integrated throughout the curriculum. The course of study will enable students to thrive, persevere, and maintain a positive attitude through preadolescent and adolescent development.   

The focus of this curriculum is to promote health and wellness, and not merely to prevent disease and disability. Each grade level will include topics that will be presented through a variety of teaching styles and techniques. During the middle school years the students will investigate six of the fourteen units identified in the Massachusetts Health Curriculum Frameworks.  

Grade 6

The Grade Six Health Curriculum focuses on a Healthy Heart for life. The students will learn the structure and function of the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems and understand the impacts of a physically active lifestyle and healthy eating behaviors on those systems. The units in this course also cover Peer Pressure and Refusal Skills, and the Male & Female Reproductive Systems. The course is part of the Allied Arts strand and runs for six weeks. Each unit includes projects and assessment. Students are responsible for providing a pocket folder for this course.

Topics to be covered include:                                               

  • Structure & Function of the Respiratory System and Structure & Function of the Cardiovascular System
  • Understanding and managing peer pressure with refusal skills and assertiveness training
  • Structure & function of male & female reproductive systems; Conception, pregnancy and birth    

*Due to the sensitive nature of some of our topics, please alert your health teacher if there is any information they should know prior to teaching that could assist your son/daughter in processing the subject matter.                                                

If you have any questions pertaining to any of the topics, please do not hesitate to call the Middle School for further information or email your health teacher at:

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