Grade 1

  • Class Overview

  • Grade 1

    Welcome to Grade 1. This year is full of leaps and bounds as it is very exciting to see students develop and increase foundational skills in Language Arts and Math by reading, writing and computation.

    This year the Grade 1’s will be using the iPads to discover and learn how to use some exciting new apps, programs, robotics and coding.

    In Physical and Health Education, the Food Explorers program which focuses on healthy eating, provides students opportunities to discover, cook and enjoy foods.

  • Curriculum Summary

  • Christian Education

    The school theme, “Walk with Jesus our Living Hope?”, will be the focus throughout the year and integrated throughout subjects.  In Grade 1 the learning standards include: prayer; demonstrating love; being good stewards of creation; defining their relationship with Jesus and how God loves and cares for us. 

  • Language Arts

    The major goal for Grade 1 students is to learn how to read through phonics, including alphabet name and sound recognition, letter printing and formation. This is followed by sight words and blending of sounds to form words. Writing simple sentences using sight words and sounding out and progressing to several sentences, using punctuation, capitals and details is the writing goal.

  • Math

    The focus is on number sense, mental math, and addition and subtraction facts to 20. Card and dice games provide repetition and practice to solidify concepts taught and are also engaging and fun.

  • Science

    Units covered will be: patterns and cycles (seasons & weather), light and sound, plants and animals, and matter.

  • Socials

    The Grade 1 curriculum focuses on communities, covering characteristics, diverse cultures, relationships and key events.  The Second Step program is used to teach strategies to address school-based problems.  Integrated in all subject areas and throughout the year is the concept of classroom and school expectations.

  • Fine Arts

    The Visual Arts content includes creating images using a variety of materials, processes, and art elements integrating Science units of seasons and plants.  Dramatic arts include music, drama and speech arts which are integrated in subjects such as Language Arts and Religion.

  • Class Schedule

    for the 2020-2021 school year
      Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    8:00-8:30 Warning Bell
    8:30-8:40
    Planner / First Five
    8:40-8:45
    Announcements
    8:45-9:20 Prayer / Calendar Prayer / Calendar Prayer / Calendar French Prayer / Calendar
    9:20-9:55 Math Christian Education Math Prayer / Calendar Christian Education
    9:55-10:30 Guided Reading Guided Reading Guided Reading
    Guided Reading / Library 1 – Miracles
    PE
    10:30-10:45
    Recess
    10:50-11:25 Language Arts Language Arts Language Arts Language Arts
    (Printing, Spelling, Reading, Writing)
    Language Arts
    11:25-12:00
    Library
    Language Arts
    Language Arts
    Language Arts
    Language Arts/Drama
    12:00-12:20
    Lunch Recess
    12:25-12:45
    Prayer/Read and Feed
    12:45-1:20
    Art integration / Visual Art
    PE
    French
    Math
    Math
    1:20-1:55
    Art integration / Visual Art
    PE
    French
    Science / Social
    Career Prep / Centre Time
    1:55-2:30 Music Science/ Socials Science/ Socials Science/ Socials Career Prep / Centre Time

    Monday

    • Warning Bell
      8:25
    • Planner and First Five
      8:30 – 8:40
    • Announcements
      8:40 – 8:45
    • Prayer / Calendar
      8:45 – 9:20
    • Math
      9:20 – 9:55
    • Guided Reading
      9:55 – 10:30
    • Recess
      10:30 – 10:45
    • Language Arts
      10:50 – 11:25
    • Library
      11:25 – 12:00
    • Prayer / Lunch
      12:00 – 12:15
    • Lunch
      12:15 – 12:45
    • Art integration / Visual Art
      12:45 – 1:55
    • Music
      1:55 – 2:20
    • Clean Up
      2:20 – 2:30

    Tuesday

    • Warning Bell
      8:25
    • Planner and First Five
      8:30 – 8:40
    • Announcements
      8:40 – 8:45
    • Prayer / Calendar
      8:45 – 9:20
    • Christian Education
      9:20 – 9:55
    • Guided Reading
      9:55 – 10:30
    • Recess
      10:30 – 10:45
    • Language Arts
      10:50 – 11:25
    • Language Arts
      11:25 – 12:00
    • Prayer / Lunch
      12:00 – 12:15
    • Lunch
      12:15 – 12:45
    • PE
      12:45 – 1:55
    • Science/ Socials
      1:55 – 2:20
    • Clean Up
      2:20 – 2:30

    Wednesday

    • Warning Bell
      8:25
    • Planner and First Five
      8:30 – 8:40
    • Announcements
      8:40 – 8:45
    • Prayer / Calendar
      8:45 – 9:20
    • Math
      9:20 – 9:55
    • Guided Reading
      9:55 – 10:30
    • Recess
      10:30 – 10:45
    • Language Arts
      10:50 – 12:00
    • Prayer / Lunch
      12:00 – 12:15
    • Lunch
      12:15 – 12:45
    • French
      12:45 – 1:55
    • Science/ Socials
      1:55 – 2:20
    • Clean Up
      2:20 – 2:30

    Thursday

    • Warning Bell
      8:25
    • Planner and First Five
      8:30 – 8:40
    • Announcements
      8:40 – 8:45
    • French
      8:45 – 9:20
    • Prayer / Calendar
      9:20 – 9:55
    • Guided Reading / Library – Miracles
      9:55 – 10:30
    • Recess
      10:30 – 10:45
    • Language Arts (Printing, Spelling, Reading, Writing)
      10:50 – 11:25
    • Language Arts
      11:25 – 12:00
    • Prayer / Lunch
      12:00 – 12:15
    • Lunch
      12:15 – 12:45
    • Math
      12:45 – 1:20
    • Science/Socials
      1:20 – 2:20
    • Clean Up
      2:20 – 2:30

    Friday

    • Warning Bell
      8:25
    • Planner and First Five
      8:30 – 8:40
    • Announcements
      8:40 – 8:45
    • Prayer / Calendar
      8:45 – 9:20
    • Christian Education
      9:20 – 9:55
    • PE
      9:55 – 10:30
    • Recess
      10:30 – 10:45
    • Language Arts
      10:50 – 11:25
    • Language Arts / Drama
      11:25 – 12:00
    • Prayer / Lunch
      12:00 – 12:15
    • Lunch
      12:15 – 12:45
    • Math
      12:45 – 1:20
    • Career Prep / Centre Time
      1:20 – 2:20
    • Clean Up
      2:20 – 2:30
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  • Class Teacher

    • Mrs. Tara Gaudet
      Grade 1 Teacher

      Mrs. Tara Gaudet

      Grade 1 Teacher

      Mrs. Gaudet received her Bachelors of Music and Education from the University of Victoria. She has taught Grade One for seven years in the Abbotsford school district primarily at Asia Fine Arts School. She is delighted to be teaching Grade One at St. James Elementary.

    • Mrs. Rita Wakely
      Grade 1/Grade 7 Teacher

      Mrs. Rita Wakely

      Grade 1/Grade 7 Teacher

      Mrs. Wakely received her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia. Mrs. Wakely has taught a variety of grades from Kindergarten to Grade 10 in such locations as Prince Rupert, Nanaimo and Abbotsford. Mrs. Wakely has gained a wealth of experience in her more than 25 years of teaching. Mrs. Wakely has completed the Google For Education Fundamentals Training.