MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent



Grade 1 French Immersion students learn how to get along with others, develop problem-solving skills, and experiment with technologies. Daily activities – in French and/or in English – help them to develop their communication and comprehension skills. Instruction is in French for at least 75% of the school day, although some schools opt for more.

ARTS EDUCATION: Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts

Kindergarten to Grade 2 children experiment with ways to express themselves creatively and begin to develop skills and knowledge in one or more of the arts. They explore the questions “who”, “where”, “when”, and “why” related to the arts. They think about the importance and meaning of the arts in their own lives, and in the lives of their families and communities. Children learn to think critically and talk about their experiences with learning the arts.


Grade 1 students experiment with language to talk, ask questions, and think about experiences, stories, and new ideas.

Please note that some schools have opted to delay teaching English until Grade 2 in order to concentrate on growing students’ French language vocabulary.


Grade 1 children participate in daily classroom activities in French to develop their listening and speaking skills. In Grade 1, children learn to communicate ideas in different ways such as using everyday words to talk about what they need and writing sentences based on a model.


Grade 1 children learn what numbers are by describing, comparing and showing numbers up to 20. They learn to count forward and backward to 100 and to add and subtract to 18 using mental math strategies. The children work on recalling math facts that are doubles (such as 1+1 , 5+5) and number facts that are one more (such as 5+1) and one less (such as 7-1). They explore ways to solve a problem and explain what they did and why. Recognizing and creating patterns and learning about 2-D shapes and 3-D objects are important parts of Grade 1 Mathematics.


Grade 1 children learn about living an active and healthy lifestyle. They participate in physical activities for fun and for fitness and to improve basic movement skills such as running, jumping and catching.

Children learn ways to stay healthy, look after themselves and recognize things that are safe and unsafe. They also learn about following safety rules and getting along with others.


Grade 1 children observe their surroundings and participate in hands-on explorations to learn about living things, the senses, characteristics of objects and changes from day to day and season to season. They recognize that they can learn by asking questions and by using their senses to discover new ideas and make sense of their world.


Connecting and Belonging

Grade 1 children learn about connections and relationships in their local community, Canada, and the world. They become aware of their responsibilities and rights as citizens and discover how they can contribute to their groups and communities. Children become more aware of Canada as a country and consider the connections that bring people together in communities, past and present. Your child learns about diversity, interdependence and the importance of connecting and belonging.