Elementary School Grade 1 Curriculum
Personal and Social Education
T.H.I.S students develop an awareness of their self-identity, strengths and weaknesses. They learn to recognize, communicate and manage their own feelings: reflect on their abilities and behavior: and set achievable personal goals. Grade 1 students study the views of others and the importance of respecting these views.
Grade 1 students develop listening, speaking, reading, writing and observational skills by exploring topics, materials and resources that are meaningful to them. Students develop language skills and understandings at individual rates and continue to refine and extend them throughout the Lower School years.
Grade 1 students work with number patterns; the commutative property; read, write, and estimate numbers up to 100 and use addition facts to 10; describe the meaning and use of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; work with 2-D shapes and symmetry; use the concepts of sets, subsets, and supersets; and work with surveys and data, probability and units of measurement.
Grade 1 students study individuals, groups and how they interact with each other: how items and activities have changed over time and how communities provide for their members.
Grade 1 students learn about atmospheric process, water cycle and life science.
Grade 1 students use a wide variety of art materials, tools and media, and are encouraged to use the environment and their imagination in their work. Students have art lesson once a week. Grade 1 art work is often connected to Units of Inquiry.
Grade 1 students learn to enjoy music through singing, dancing and playing both games and instruments. They begin to read, create and experience music and are exposed to simple rhythms and melodies. Students also perform for others. Grade 1 students learn to play the recorder.
Grade 1 students do a variety of activities, including dance, fitness, coordination training and cooperative games, on a range of equipment. Students learn abut teamwork, balance, agility, action and reaction. Grade 1 students have one 60-minute P.E. session per week and one 60 minutes session of tennis.
Additional Languages ( i.e.French/Spanish/German/Hebrew )
Every student whose academic standards allow an additional language, have the choice of French, Spanish, German or Hebrew. (Minimum amount of children needed.)
The lower school additional language program aims to develop and improve comprehension, expression and grammar. Vocabulary, grammar and research are integrated into the program according to the student’s level. Students learn about customs through cultural activities.