In Math, 1st Grade students continue their understanding of counting and number sense. They use many visual tools such as number lines and hundreds charts to compare, add, and subtract numbers. 1st Grade students learn to identify different types of 2-digit addition or subtraction problems, and choose from a variety of explicitly-taught strategies to solve them. Math topics also include geometry, data, and word problems. Through a daily calendar lesson, students practice telling time, counting coins, skip-counting, and identifying patterns. All math topics are introduced with concrete, hands-on manipulatives with the goal of moving towards abstract understanding.
Our 1st Grade students move from Primary School to Lower School with an intentional, structured transition that helps them develop focused learning behaviors and ownership of their work. Hands-on learning opportunities are carried into 1st Grade, with a greater emphasis on independence and depth of understanding. Students also spend time in more structured, sequential lessons that encourage them to develop listening skills, engage in active participation in academic discussions, and apply new knowledge to follow-up assignments. Our 1st Grade students participate in whole-group, small-group, and independent learning experiences around the classroom, with frequent chances for movement and active learning.