Ontario curriculum for language grade one
Grade One – Overall Expectations for Language Skills

Below is a quick look into the Ontario curriculum for language arts, I’ve put together for parents. It is a good idea to go over this checklist before or throughout the school months to see where your child stands. The complete curriculum can be found here.

Oral Communication


By the end of Grade 1, students will:

  • Listen in order to understand and respond appropriately in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes.
  • Use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
  • 3. Reflect on and identify their strengths as listeners and speakers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in oral communication situations

Reading

By the end of Grade 1, students will:

  • Read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of literary, graphic, and informational texts, using a range of strategies to construct meaning;
  • Recognize a variety of text forms, text features, and stylistic elements and demonstrate an understanding of how they help communicate meaning;
  • Use knowledge of words and cueing systems to read fluently
  • Reflect on and identify their strengths as readers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful before, during, and after reading.

Writing

By the end of Grade 1, students will:

  • Generate, gather, and organize ideas and information to write for an intended purpose and audience
  • Draft and revise their writing, using a variety of informational, literary, and graphic forms and stylistic elements appropriate for the purpose and audience
  • Use editing, proofreading, and publishing skills and strategies, and knowledge of language conventions, to correct errors, refine expression, and present their work effectively
  • Reflect on and identify their strengths as writers, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful at different stages in the writing process

Media Literacy

By the end of Grade 1, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of media texts
  • Identify some media forms and explain how the conventions and techniques associated with them are used to create meaning
  • Create a variety of media texts for different purposes and audiences, using appropriate forms, conventions, and techniques
  • Effect on and identify their strengths as media interpreters and creators, areas for improvement, and the strategies they found most helpful in understanding and creating media texts.

This is a snippet from the Ontario Curriculum. It was meant to ease the process of reference for the Ontario curriculum language guide for fellow parents.

Reference: Mystery of Education. The Ontario Curriculum
Grades 1-8. (Latest Revision 2009).