MY CHILD IN SCHOOL
MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent

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 your child is learning, we encourage you to talk to the teacher. You may also find helpful information on the Curriculum Essentials posters, which are interactive PDFs designed for teachers that provide an overview of the knowledge, processes, and skills for this subject area.

The first page gives an overview of what your child will be learning, grouped into learning targets (concepts) so that the curriculum is easier to understand. The number codes correspond to the curriculum learning outcomes. The arrow at the top of the page highlights the mathematical processes, which are described in more detail on the third page. These are the ways through which mathematical concepts are taught. The second page offers a more detailed description of the expectations related to each concept and the categories found on the provincial report cards regarding assessment.

You may also wish to refer to the Grades K-8 Mathematics - Manitoba Curriculum Framework of Outcomes.

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.

Resources

Helping Your Child Learn Math: A Parent’s Guide
This guide offers suggestions of hands-on activities that promote problem solving, communication, and links to daily life to help develop your child's math skills and understanding.

Early Years Mathematics Activities and Games
These games and activities, presented in MS Word and Adobe PDF files, can be used at home.

Each newsletter offers a variety of interesting and challenging activities to support student thinking and learning of mathematics.

Glossary

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.