Grade 1





Happy New Year!

Term 2  

Religion: This term we continue to read and learn about Jesus through Bible stories.  We are focusing on the words and meaning of the Our Father prayer.  We are also identifying the current liturgical season and its colour.

Math:  This term we have been working on creating, translating and predicting patterns.  We are also learning to recognize Canadian coins and their values.

LA:  After completing all the consonant and vowel letter sounds, we have moved on to learning digraphs and blends in reading and writing including, sh, ch, th, wh.  

We are working on identifying story elements including character, setting, problem and solution as well as ordering events into the beginning, middle and end.

We continue to write in our journals and are working on capitalizing the beginning of sentences and the names of people, and adding a period to the end of sentences.

Science: This term we will learn about artificial and natural light and sound.

Social Studies: We continue to learn about communities and how they meet our needs.  We also have been creating a class timeline to distinguish what is old and what is new, and order events.









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Welcome to Grade 1  2016-2017

St. Matthew’s Elementary School




Healthy Lunches: Please ensure that your child has nutritious food for both recess and lunch. I would encourage you to save snack foods such as chips and cookies for treats at home.  Also, please only send the amount of food that your child will eat, as we are trying to have “no waste” and teach kids not to throw away unwanted food.

Please also send a water bottle with your child so that they are well hydrated throughout the school day.

Allergies: Please be aware that there are a number of students who have allergies in our classroom.  Please refrain from sending your child to school with nut products, particularly peanut butter and Nutella.

Birthdays: We look forward to celebrating your child’s birthday in our classroom!  Due to allergies please do not send food treats for your child’s birthday.  Instead you may want to buy a book or game for the classroom, or send another kind of treat (stickers, pencils etc.)  Thank you for your understanding.

Home Reading:  It is expected that students read for about 15 minutes each day.  Furthermore, it is also important that parents read to their children each day to help them continue to develop decoding and comprehension skills.  The Home Reading Program will begin in October.  More information will be sent home at that time.  For the month of September, students will be given a sight word booklet to practice the Dolche sight words.  Please practice the list your child is on during the week and send the booklet to school on Fridays.

A homework calendar full of daily activities will be sent home with your child.  All activities are optional.  If students complete all the activities on the calendar, they can bring it back to school at the end of the month and receive a sticker for completion.

Communication: Any newsletters, class notices or other information will be sent home inside your child’s Home Reading bag.  Please put any notes, questions, or concerns on a paper inside the bag, as I will be checking them each day.  Also note that you can reach me by email ( or by phoning the school. 

Special Helper: Each day a different student will be the Special Helper and lead the class in Calendar time and various other jobs.  You will receive a note the week before it is your child’s turn to be the Special Helper.  On their day, your child should come to school with an item from home (a favourite book, a picture they’ve drawn etc.) to share with the class.  He/she is asked to tell the class three things about the item.  Please practice with your child prior to their day.   This activity is meant to help the children develop their public speaking skills and confidence in presenting in front of their peers. 

P.E.: The students will have P.E. everyday, and need their P.E. shirt/shorts/runners Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  On Thursday and Friday, they only need to bring their runners.  Students can leave their gym bag and runners at school throughout the week and it will be sent home on Friday for laundering.

We are progressively teaching the students how to change quickly and quietly in the change room, so please be sure to have ALL of your child’s clothing and footwear labeled clearly (including runners and black dress shoes).  If it is warm outside, and your child stays in their P.E. clothes, please send the shirt, shorts and runners back to school the next day.   

**Also please note that students are only required to have 2 pairs of shoes for school, black dress shoes (indoor and outdoor) and runners (P.E.).  If the weather is wet/snowy, feel free to send your child in boots and they can change into their dress shoes once inside the classroom.

Library: We have Library time every Friday.  Please ensure that your child brings their library book to school on Friday morning (or earlier) so that they are able to borrow another book from our school library.


Check out Miss. Baldissera's school instagram account for pictures of what your child is doing in school.  Use the pictures to begin a discussion with your child about what they did at school that day.  


Grade One is an exciting and challenging year.  Your child will make great advancements this year and it is important to celebrate each and every achievement, and also be patient and encouraging when there are challenges along the way.  I am excited to have your child in my class and I look forward to working alongside you throughout the year.



Miss. F. Baldissera











Grade One Curriculum and Ways to Support Your Child

Below is a brief overview of the New B.C. Curriculum for Grade One in the main subject areas.  Under each subject description are some suggestions on how you can support your child at home to reinforce the learning that is happening at school.

Language Arts:  Language Arts (oral language, reading, and writing) is the primary focus in Grade One.  Throughout the school year your child will be engaged in a variety of activities to increase their understanding of stories: the elements of stories, vocabulary to talk about texts, decoding and comprehension strategies, how to create stories etc.  They will also learn oral language strategies, basic phonics, spelling patterns, punctuation and proper printing.

Find books at the public library that your child is interested in and read each day.  As well, encourage your child to write in a journal at home once or twice a week.  Model how to sound out words so that they can try writing on their own, rather than telling them the correct spelling. 

Math:  Topics that we will cover include:  skip counting (by multiples of 1, 2, 5,10), number concepts to 20, patterns, addition and subtraction to 20, comparing 2-D and 3-D shapes, measurement, financial literacy, and concrete graphs.

You can help your child by encouraging them to count orally by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s to 100 and by 2’s to 20.  Also, playing simple math games with playing cards (addition, subtraction, one less/one more) is a good way to practice skills learned at school.

Religion:  Our diocesan theme this year is “Care for Our Common Home”.  As a class we will brainstorm and plan ways that we can care for God’s creation.  In addition to this theme, we will also cover: various Bible stories, the holy seasons of Advent and Lent, developing our relationship with Jesus through prayer and Mass, and the sacrament of Baptism.

I encourage you to pray daily with your child; this time spent in prayer together will change your own spiritual life in a profound and meaningful way.  Take time to be with Jesus as a family by reading the Bible together, ask your child what the monthly bible verse is, and make time to attend weekly Mass together. 

Science:  The Science curriculum includes different concepts such as: features and behaviours of living things, seasonal patterns and changes, properties of matter, sources and properties of light and sound, Aboriginal perspectives of the seasons and local plants and animals.

Ask your child what we are learning about in Science.  Encourage your child to be a “Scientist” and use their senses to discover new things at home and at school.

Social Studies:  The Social Studies curriculum includes: rights and responsibilities, how the environment shapes how we live and how we shape the environment, communities and cultures, including that of local Aboriginal communities.

Talk to your child about your cultural traditions as a family and introduce them to various other cultural events, foods, and traditions.