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Grade 1


What your child is learning

Your Grade 1 child will listen to, make and move to music. They will describe the sounds around them and explore beats and rhythms. Through simple action songs and singing games (where students might sing alone or in a group), by following stories told by music, and by using rhythm instruments, they will begin to understand how music can express feelings. Your child will also add their own sounds and rhythms to poems, stories and songs. For more about Grade 1 Music, refer to the program of studies PDF.

How your child is assessed

Your child’s learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask your child’s teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you and your child’s teacher about your child’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well your child is doing throughout the course. Your child’s teacher can then change or refine their teaching plans to ensure that learning activities better meet the needs of your child. At the end of the course, your child is assessed and their achievement is reported so that you know if they have achieved the expected learning outcomes for their grade.

Resources to help your child

A variety of digital and print resources, developed by publishers, Alberta Education or Alberta teachers, are available to help students learn. Teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your child. Visit to learn more about the resources your child may encounter.

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