grade 1 curriculum

Language Arts

  • • Read a variety of genres of literature, and develop decoding and encoding skills
  • • Develop and practice spelling words and begin to develop understanding of words used in context
  • • Develop and practice the writing process using a variety of styles
  • • Introduce and practice writing concepts, writing mechanics, sentence structure, and grammar usage
  • • Develop and practice a variety of comprehension strategies
  • • Continue to develop and practice listening, organizational and study skills


  • • Develop skills in number awareness, place value, money, adding and subtracting, geometry, and measurement
  • • Begin to develop quick recall of addition and subtraction facts practicing daily
  • • Time, calendar, estimation and temperature will be part of daily number routine
  • • Be able to communicate mathematical ideas, work in cooperative learning groups, and understand mathematical terms


  • • Use appropriate tools to gather and draw conclusions
  • • Develop a scientific vocabulary
  • • Engage in the study of living things, plants, animals ,weather, the sky, earth resources, and properties of matter
  • • Develop ways to communicate findings using oral and/or written expressions

Social Studies

  • • Explore the areas of school life, family life, shelter, work, neighborhoods and communities, map skills, holidays, and our country
  • • Engage in discussions on citizenship and values, and being respectful to workers from all walks of life
  • • Develop ways to communicate ideas orally, in written expressions and through presentations

Arabic/Islamic Studies/Quran

These subjects are part of a sequence of courses per the Kuwait Ministry of Education main curriculum regarding arabic and religious education. AFL for foreigners and/or students who speak arabic as a second language is also offered. Arabic is scheduled once a day, everyday of the week for all grades. Religion/Quran is scheduled 3 times a week.

Physical Education

  • • Continue competency in managing body
  • • Explore different ways to move body, and different positions the body can take
  • • Develop concepts in space, time, force, eye-hand and eye-hand-feet coordination and follow simple verbal directions
  • • Show good sportsmanship and teamwork in games and activities


  • • Practice identifying loud/soft, brass instruments, fast/slow, moving at different tempos, moving to a steady beat, notations, beats in groups of 2’s and 3’s
  • • Folk dancing
  • • Participate in choral presentations


  • • Understand basic art terms
  • • Apply basic principles of design
  • • Gain an understanding of warm and cool colors, similarities, and differences, line structure, and recognize textural qualities
  • • Use a variety of media to create art projects


  • • Introduction and review of computer basics and keyboarding
  • • Continue to develop skills using word processing, drawing and graphics, peripherals, presentations, electronic references, internet, and spreadsheet
  • • Continue to use the computer as a tool to enhance the learning process through curriculum integration in the classroom
  • • Understand the importance of internet safety

Library / Character Development

  • • Continue to review skills learned in previous grades
  • • Identify and locate collection of materials
  • • Identify shelf arrangement, alphabetizing of books on shelves, use of shelf markers for re-shelving and non fiction materials
  • • Continue to develop as appreciate for literature and story telling
  • • Develop skills in self awareness, relationships, decision making and safety awareness