1st Grade

First Grade


First Grade Curriculum Guide


First grade Vermont Private School

Learning Best by Doing

First grade is a magical year during which students become successful learners and it is our belief that they learn best by doing. First graders build confidence and skills through active learning as individuals, in small groups, and through shared activities. The class works together to build a safe and friendly atmosphere in which to discover the world around us throughout the year.

  • In the fall, first graders embark on a map making journey. They can be found drawing maps of the classroom, the Head of School’s office, and the playground. As a culminating project, the class takes a field trip to downtown Putney in order to “take notes” that are used to build a 3-D map of Main Street.
  • Students use pictures and creative spelling to write stories in their journals. They learn about the editing process through peer and teacher conferences. First graders are always excited to share their work during “author share” at the end of each writing period.
  • One of the highlights of the year is our chemistry unit called Secret Formulas. The class works in cooperative groups to make things such as glue, cola, toothpaste and ice cream. Learning about the Scientific Method has never been so fun and messy!
  • For French, first graders work to develop the four skill sets of speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing.
The Grammar School is a Preschool through 8th grade Private School in Vermont.  Since 1960, the Grammar School located in Putney Vermont is a private school dedicated to the development of the whole child. Tours are available throughout the school year. Submit an inquiry request to schedule a visit or contact Admissions at 802-387-5364.