Grade 1

Grade 1 is an exciting and busy time for students of ASK. Students are actively engaged in activities and projects that help them to further develop and execute previous skills learned in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten 5.

It is our belief that our students need to be active participants in their own learning. Our teachers’ role is to assist their students by observing their interests and strengths and providing the materials and time for them to explore and develop these skills and others further.

Social integration and the development of positive social skills is an integral part of our academic program. Our students learn to share and be supportive of each other while working together collaboratively on projects and classroom activities. Strong friendships are further developed as are the skills required to be confident independent learners.

At ASK we strive to ensure that our students’ years in elementary education further promote a positive basis for the remainder of their academic lives.

Language Arts

Generally, by the end of Grade 1, our students will have progressed in their reading and listening and be able to manage a broader range of topics and styles. They will also be able to demonstrate a growing sense of confidence and purpose in their ability to secure meaning from printed text.

In writing, Elementary students will show an increased proficiency in their ability to communicate in a written format for a variety of purposes including stories, reports, poems letters and directions.


By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

  • By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to
  • match, recognize and apply letters and sounds
  • successfully read predictable, familiar text
  • recognize many words by sight
  • read for pleasure
  • use picture clues, spelling patterns and context strategies
  • read for specific purposes
  • choose a variety of text
  • read for meaning
  • extend reading through response activities such as discussion, drawing and written response and
  • Identify story elements such as character, setting, problem solving and resolution.


By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

  • develop and plan ideas through drawing, thinking, discussion and brainstorming
  • represent ideas through pictures, letters, words and sentences
  • retell or read their own writing
  • use a mixture of inventive and standard spelling to write complete sentences
  • begin to edit
  • begin to recognize the need for revision
  • begin to write stories that include a beginning, middle and end and
  • use upper and lower case letters appropriately.


By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

  • legibly form upper and lower case manuscript letters
  • legibly form the numerals from 0 – 9 and
  • use appropriate spaces between letters and words.


By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

  • use a mixture of invented and standard spelling to represent beginning, middle and ending sounds and
  • apply phonetic rules to assist in spelling

Speaking and Listening

By the end of Grade 1 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

  • listen attentively
  • express ideas clearly
  • make relevant contributions to group discussions


By the end of Grade 1 the following Math concepts will be covered:


  • students will count forward and backward by ones, twos, fives and tens
  • students will also read, write , compare and order numbers to 100 and
  • using objects students will explore the components of numbers and their relationship to place value (2 tens + 4 ones = 24).


  • students will use objects and understand addition and subtraction number facts to 18 and
  • students will solve addition and subtraction problems mentally and by using pencil and paper.

Patterns, Relationships and Functions

  • students will recognize and create repeating number patterns with Objects.


  • students will identify and crate three dimensional figures using spatial diagrams and identify the properties of those figures and
  • students will explore size and area through the use of objects.

Standards Measurement

  • students will measure length, volume and weight and
  • students will explore time and temperature as related to daily living.

Problem Solving

  • students will collect and graph data and
  • students will solve word problems.

Social Studies

Social Studies concepts and skills are developed throughout the Elementary school years in an ever broadening perspective. In Grade 1 emphasis is placed on how the individual lives within the context of the family, school and community. Current events and important national and international holidays are discussed at all grade levels.

In Grade 1 the following concepts will be covered:


  • getting to know ourselves and our families and
  • understanding the ways in which we are alike and different from each other.


  • getting to know our homes and why they are important and
  • developing an understanding of our location in the world.

Working Together

  • understanding positive ways of working, sharing and playing together
  • understanding the notion of friendship and
  • understanding the importance of working together at home, at school and in the community.


  • understanding why we celebrate and what we celebrate and
  • developing an understanding of a variety of celebrations around the world and how they are alike and different from each other.


By the end of Grade 1, students will receive instruction in the following:

  1. the similarities and differences between plants and animals and
  2. the classification of plants and animals according to one characteristic.


  • the properties of magnets and magnetic fields and forces and
  • the nature of temporary magnets, magnets and compasses.

Weather and Seasons

  • factors that affect the weather and
  • seasonal weather changes and how people, plants and animals respond to weather conditions.
  • Earth’s Land and Water
  • the properties of soil and rocks
  • how water and soil mix
  • how water flows and
  • recycling through the process of composting.

Keeping fit and Healthy

  • the importance of good nutrition, exercise, sleep and proper hygiene and
  • the food pyramid and the importance of a healthy diet.


The intent of the Art Education program in ASK is to develop visual thinkers and to encourage creative problem solving on all levels of instruction. This program promotes visual literacy through studies in art history, aesthetics, art appreciation and criticism as well as through the process of creating original art. Art encourages inquiry and discovery and wonder.

Structured learning situations are an essential part of the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of every child, and the art curriculum is designed to develop the unique mental capabilities which foster flexible, divergent, original, fluent, and imaginative thinking.

While art enhances learning in all subject areas by providing visual, auditory, and sensory experiences, it has intrinsic value and is worth learning for its own sake.

By the end of Grade 1, students will:

  • become familiar with a wide range of art materials, tools,equipment and techniques
  • learn about the elements and principles of art, line, color shape, texture, value, pattern, balance and emphasis
  • learn to express ideas and feelings in visual form investigate artists’ motivations, learning about their livesand their contributions to society
  • study the history of art making and artistic achievement in terms of traditional styles
  • create 2-D and 3-D images
  • demonstrate awareness of safety and environmental considerations for the use of materials, technologies, and processes
  • describe various purposes of visual arts and
  • identify personal preferences for artworks .


Theater arts are an important part of the lives of all students and the community. Our program is designed to promote the development of the individual’s need for dramatic self-expression. The program strives to develop the ability to appreciate the role theater arts plays in the improvement of the quality of our lives. Exposure to and appreciation of theater traditions from western and non-western regions and cultures is fundamental to our philosophy. Our department recognizes and benefits from the great variety of cultures represented at ASK.

Physical Education

Physical Education is an integral part of a student’s total education experience. The PE Curriculum emphasizes listening skills, fitness and gross motor activities leading to stronger and more efficient physical fitness. Grade 1 participates in PE classes daily.

Grade 1 students will be involved in:

  • learning skills and games to improve large muscle development
  • developing hand-eye co-ordination through the use of various manipulatives and
  • learning the basic skills of throwing, catching and striking.
  • developing listening skills
  • developing co-operative behaviours