The Grade 1 curriculum lays the early-years foundation in mathematics and the weekly 1.5-hour class is fast-paced. By the end of Grade 1, students gain a solid conceptual understanding in addition, multiplication, division, as well as integers. Through drills, they develop automaticity and fluency with their basic number facts, and they use this within the numeracy unit building their skills with numbers. Grade one students learn how to move numbers around, to represent fractions, add fractions, and find equivalent fractions with and without manipulates. Students at this grade do a research project on famous mathematicians and their mathematical ideas such as Pascal triangle, Venn diagram and others. Students also learn skip counting, the Cartesian coordinate system, data analysis, exponents, and more. Grade 1 students all write the Spirit of Math International Contest during class time, and they write tests and an exam at the end of the year. The overall curriculum engages our Grade 1 students and instills in them a strong interest in mathematics.
Here’s what we cover in Grade One: