1st Grade Curriculum
The major objectives of the Language program are literacy appreciation, vocabulary development, critical and creative thinking, reading comprehension, and application of reading and writing skills. Speaking skills are also emphasized at the elementary level. Students will use phonetic reasoning and the six syllables of the English language and enjoy entertaining others with stories, poems and through other dramatic venues.
First Graders begin to use their growing language skills by writing personal narratives, friendly letters, descriptive essays, short stories and poetry. By frequently using their writing skills, students will learn the writing process and grammar.
The Mathematics program at Banff Elementary explores a variety of concepts including logical reasoning, problem-solving, number sense, geometry, time and money. In the First Grade, students are introduced to fact families, graphing patterns, logic, and basic mathematical concepts through the use of manipulatives, creative games and practicing the fundamentals.
Elementary students begin to learn about the world of science in the First Grade by studying plant life, animals, weather, matter, magnets and nutrition.
Social Studies is an important area of study for all Banff Elementary Students because it provides the children with a greater understanding of the world in which they live. First Graders begin with the basics by gaining an awareness of their families, neighborhoods, and country. They will learn about citizenship, economics, and map skills. They also acquire a broadened perspective by observing the customs of other families in different parts of the world, including their special holidays and celebrations.
All Banff Elementary Students supplement their understanding of Social Studies by reading non-fiction books and novels, both as a group in class and individually, that compliment the topics they are studying in class.
Our Elementary students study Spanish. Students are taught basic vocabulary and greeting skills as well as more complex skills such as verb usage and tenses. Students are encouraged to converse in Spanish with other students in order to build an even greater understanding of the language. Tools such as literature, music and video are also used.
Students take part in two full-scale musical productions each school year in our brand new fine arts complex. While rehearsing for their productions, students learn proper breathing techniques, performance skills, and basic theatre terminology and practices.
All students follow a program of visual art throughout the year culminating in the Banff School Art Festival, where they show several pieces of art. The program explores the use of diverse media and various sources from photographs to famous paintings to the student's own environment.
A full curriculum is taught that includes skill building, hand/eye coordination and motor skill refinements. Students will be taught to utilize agility, endurance and teamwork by participating in exercise drills and sport games. Healthy lifestyles in and out of the school gym are encouraged and supported.
Our Elementary students refine their computer skills in a number of classes. At Banff we introduce technology at an early age to prepare students for future classes.