MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent


What your child is learning

There are three areas, or “strands,” in Grade 1 math.

In the Number strand, Grade 1 children:

  • count forward from 0 to 100 by 1s, 5s and 10s, by 2s to 30, and backward by 1s from 100 to 0;
  • recognize how many dots are in a group of 1 to 10 arranged in a familiar way;
  • use mental math strategies to add and subtract numbers to 18;
  • recall math facts: one more and less than a number up to 10, doubles up to 5 + 5, numbers that add up to 5 and 10 and related subtraction facts.

In the Patterns and Relationships strand, children recognize and make patterns using objects, pictures, sounds and actions.

In the Shape and Space, children measure and compare objects. They also sort and build 2-D shapes and 3-D objects.

In order to achieve lifelong learning in mathematics, children:

  • communicate what they are thinking and learning;
  • connect math to everyday situations and other subjects;
  • estimate and use mental math strategies;
  • learn through problem solving;
  • reason and explain their thinking;
  • use technology to enhance their learning;
  • use visual images (think in pictures) to describe their thinking.

To find out more about what you child is learning, we encourage you to talk to the teacher. The department has also developed Curriculum Essentials posters that provide an overview of the knowledge, processes and skills for this subject area. You may also wish to refer to the Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes.

How your child is assessed

Your child’s teacher will assess children on the four math strands.  Your child’s progress will be measured in three categories, shown on your child’s report card:

  • knowledge and understanding
  • mental math and estimation
  • problem solving

The teacher will report on your child’s progress three times a year.
The information from each report helps you to support your child’s learning. You can use it to talk with your child and your child’s teacher about results, strengths, challenges and what your child will be doing next.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions that are often asked about mathematics:

If you have a question that isn't answered here, you can ask your child's teacher or use the comment form on the left of the page.

What has changed in the new curriculum?

How can I stay informed about the revised mathematics program?

Will my child learn basic addition, subtraction and multiplication?

What do you mean by mental math and estimation?

What are mental math strategies?

How can I help my child with mental math and estimation?

What is meant by personal strategies?

What is meant by problem solving?