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
    8:00-8:30 Warning Bell- DUTYWarning BellWarning Bell- DUTYWarning Bell- DUTYWarning Bell
    8:30 – 8:40Planner First FivePlanner First FivePlanner First FivePlanner First FivePlanner First Five
    8:40 – 8:45AnnouncementsAnnouncementsAnnouncementsAnnouncementsAnnouncements
    8:45 – 9:20Prayer
    C. E. Calendar
    C. E. Calendar
    C. E. Calendar
    French 1Prayer
    C. E. Calendar
    9:20 – 9:55MathChristian EducationMathPrayer/C.E. CalendarChristian Education
    9:55 – 10:30Guided Reading Guided Reading Guided Reading LIBRARY 1
    C.E. - Miracles
    PE 1
    10:50 – 11:25Language ArtsLanguage Arts Language Arts Language Arts
    (Printing, Spelling,
    Reading, Writing)
    Language Arts
    11:25 – 12:00LIBRARY 1Language ArtsLanguage ArtsLanguage ArtsLanguage Arts/Drama
    12:00 – 12:20Playground Outside/PlaytimePlayground Outside/PlaytimePlayground Outside/PlaytimePlayground Outside/PlaytimePlayground Outside/Playtime
    12:20 – 12:40LUNCH
    (Read and Feed)
    (Read and Feed)
    (Read and Feed)
    (Read and Feed)
    (Read and Feed)
    12:45 – 1:20Art integration
    Visual Art
    PE 1 Mrs. Gaudet - onlineFrench 1MathMath
    1:20 – 1:55Art integration
    Visual Art
    PE 1French 1Science/SocialsCareer Prep/ Centre Time
    1:55 – 2:20MusicScience/ SocialsScience/ Socials Science/SocialsCareer Prep/ Centre Time
    2:20 - 2:30Clean UpClean UpClean UpClean UpClean Up
    2:30 - 2:45AFTERSCHOOL - DUTY
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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.