First grade (called
Grade 1 in the metric
system nations) is a year of
primary education in schools in
States, Canada and some
It is the first school year after kindergarten
. Students are usually 6 to 7 years
students may learn about
addition and subtraction of natural numbers, and about measurement.
may be introduced. Clock and
calendar time and money may also be in the curriculum.
In language first graders are taught the fundamentals of literacy,
including reading sentences, writing very simple statements and
mastery of the alphabet, building on what the students have learned
in kindergarten or other forms of pre-school (although because
first grade is the first compulsory level of education in many U.S.
states, the level of literacy in incoming students can vary
Students are also typically introduced to the concept of social studies
with an emphasis on
establishing the idea of history, both personal and in a larger
sense; often the very basics of American history and patriotism are
taught, with a focus on the founding fathers
the time period surrounding the American Revolution
Ireland, the equivalent is known as Junior
Infants (for 4-5 year olds) which is the first year of
the first year of
school is called Reception, and the pupils are 4 to 5 years
pupils usually enter the
corresponding stage one year younger.
Ireland they are two years younger.
In Brazil the minimum age for the first grade was changed from five
to six years old.
In New Zealand students start first grade the day they turn six