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Look at me—I’m in Grade 1! Grade 1 is the start of an exciting journey. All Grade 1 students in Alberta take eight required subjects: Art, English Language Arts, Health and Life Skills, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science and Social Studies. Some schools may offer additional optional subjects.
English Language Arts (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
What are words and how can I use them? How can I speak well with others and know I am using the right words? Grade 1 students see why words are important and how words can be used to create beautiful stories. Your Grade 1 child will experience the fun of communicating, learning and expressing themselves.
Mathematics (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
Building the basics through addition and subtraction facts. Your child will count to 100 in different ways, and describe quantities to 20. They will understand and apply strategies for addition and subtraction facts to 18 and recall facts to 5. They will connect numbers to their everyday life, and find geometric shapes in their surroundings. Your child will solve problems involving numbers, patterns and measurement.
Science (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
Do you know why fall is my favourite season of the year? Grade 1 Science will foster your child’s natural sense of wonder about their world while they learn about the seasons, colours and living things. By using their hands, their senses and their mind, your child will make exciting discoveries and satisfy their curiosity.
Physical Education (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
What are the benefits of an active lifestyle? Your child will take part in various activities that will help them to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. They will grow to appreciate the importance of physical activity, while discovering essential life skills, such as cooperation, leadership, fair play and teamwork.
Health and Life Skills (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
I won’t forget to wash my hands! Grade 1 students see the importance of establishing healthy habits, eating well and following safety rules at home and in school. They understand that they can be a good friend by taking turns, being kind and sharing. They also learn how to set goals to work toward.
Art (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
How do I create things? In Grade 1, your child will create visual art by using a variety of media and techniques and will begin to think about what visual symbols mean. Through the four major components of the art program, they will explore form and function and develop decorative styles.
Music (REQUIRED SUBJECT)
Let the music move you! Your Grade 1 child will explore and describe the sounds around them, noting whether they’re high or low. They will echo rhythms and express their feelings by using action songs, singing games and rhythm instruments.
Drama (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
Express yourself! Drama students experiment with dramatic play and discover creative ways to express themselves. Through puppetry, storytelling and other types of dramatic play, students discover who they are and discover the connections they have with others.
Languages (OPTIONAL SUBJECT)
Languages open the door to other cultures and new ways of thinking. A variety of language courses are offered across Alberta. Your child may have the opportunity to learn a First Nations language or an international language.
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