This article lists the expectations of the English language program for grades 1-3.

The expectations in the English language curriculum are organized into four strands: Oral Communication, Reading, Writing, and Media Literacy. 

By the end of grades 1, 2 and 3 students will be expected to have understood and applied the following:

Oral Communication

Oral communication skills are fundamental in the development of literacy and essential for thinking and learning.  Through talk, students communicate information; explore and understand ideas and concepts; identify and solve problems; organize their experiences and knowledge and express their thoughts, feelings and opinions.

  • listen in order to understand and respond appropriately in a variety of situations a variety of purposes
  • use speaking skills and strategies appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes
  • 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

An effective reader can grasp ideas communicated in a text and is able to apply them in new contexts. 

  • 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 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

Writing involves a range of skills and tasks. 

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

Media Literacy

Media literacy explores the impact and influence of mass media and popular culture by examining films, songs, video games, advertisements, action figures, CD and DVD covers, clothing, billboards, tv shows, magazines, newspapers, photographs and websites.

  • 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
  • reflect 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.

For more specific expectations by grade, download the curriculum here.