Grade 1:

In Grade 1, we learn through active and experiential approaches to the topics we are studying. Our learning topics range from Pirates to All Around the World, from Fairytales to Space and more, which gives children exposure to the whole British curriculum through exciting and varied themes. We make connections to the world around us so that learning is relevant and meaningful to life outside the classroom.
A key learning area in grade 1 occurs in the daily practice of interactive phonics sessions, where children are taught the phonetic sounds in words, which develops their early reading and writing skills. Children learn to decode and blend words, allowing them to access fiction and non-fiction books and stories, which forms another important aspect of the curriculum. In Grade 1, we celebrate a range of literature from traditional tales to poetry and incorporate role play and performance to engage, motivate and involve the children. By practically exploring literature, children experience the words on a page coming to life, which subsequently fosters a lifelong love for reading.
We also enjoy using concrete resources as often as possible, and particularly in maths. By practically experimenting with numbers in real life problems, children learn to explain their thinking in more detail as they manipulate the resources. Similarly, we use a hands-on approach in art, music, PSHE, and drama to explore concepts. Through first-hand experience, children learn more effectively and, as a grade, we enjoy memorable and significant understanding. We aim for our children to have a deeper level of learning and gain a greater understanding of the concepts behind abstract themes and topics.
In Grade 1, we have several opportunities for families to share in our journey. There are several themed days throughout the academic year, as well as school trips and open classrooms for parents to come and see us learning. Also, Grade 1 use the SeeSaw app on a daily basis to share our everyday learning with parents, and this is a great communication tool for interacting with your child’s teacher. We are always happy to liaise with parents and have an open door policy for any issues or matters arising. Please feel free to be in touch online or in the communication diary. The fun and learning is never ending in Grade 1, and we invite you to become a part of our adventure!

Communication :

Home and School Communication

Good parent/teacher communication is vital to the education process. If you have a question, concern or complaint parents should first address matters of concern with the class teacher. If a satisfactory solution to any issue is not established then the matter should be raised with the Grade Leader and then to the Head of Primary.
Enquiries about administration, accounts, buses or transferring schools should be directed to the Reception staff in the Front Office.
The following avenues for communication between parents and school are in place:
• All pupils have a Home School Diary
• Class blogs and online portfolios
• Open classroom events
• School and class newsletters
• Various reporting formats, including parent/student/teacher conferences
• Parent information evenings
• The school website (
• SMS messages to parents advising of important events

Contacting Teachers :

The home-school diary is the first method of communication between teacher and parent.
• Teachers will happily discuss small issues with parents in the playground at the beginning and end of the school day. If there are larger issues to discuss, we encourage parents to make an appointment to see the teacher at another time.
• Please phone the school if you wish to arrange a meeting with a teacher during the school day.
• All visitors to school must report to the Reception Desk first and collect a visitor’s badge.
• Teachers are not permitted to give out phone numbers or email addresses, so please don’t ask for them.

Contact with the Primary Leadership Team :

The Head of Primary deals with the operational aspects of the Primary section. Class teachers and Grade Leaders are the main channel of communication for any issues involving students.
Direct contact with the Grade Leaders should occur in any one of the following circumstances:
• you are unsatisfied with your discussion with the teacher regarding the matter concerning your child
• you feel the matter concerning your child is serious enough to warrant immediate action by the administration (i.e. by-passing stage one above)
• your concern is not with the normal classroom learning situation, but is of a general curricular, behavioral or school organizational nature
• you feel there is a sudden emergency situation and contact must be made
Should the need arise the Grade Leader will refer the parental concern to the Head of Primary


Primary newsletters are published monthly and will be accessible in the Primary section of the website. It is available in Arabic and English. In addition to this Primary and grade notices are published on a weekly basis. Grade newsletters are sent home regularly, usually at the beginning of each unit. Please check your child’s bag for letters on a daily basis as important information may be sent out as an individual letter rather than awaiting inclusion in a newsletter.

Home-School Diaries:

Children in KG 0 to Grade 6 have Home School Communication Diary in which important information about the work being done in class, behaviour and homework is recorded. There is also a reading record in this book, where students and/or parents can keep track of reading which is done at home. Please remember to check the home-school diary daily and sign it weekly. Please check your child’s bag regularly to make sure they have given you any notes


The school operates a text messaging service to advise of special events. Please ensure that we have your correct mobile number in our records.

Helping at Home:

Home learning tasks play an important part in consolidating your child’s attainment and developing good learning habits. Each week your child will receive a homework sheet that lists the objectives the class is currently focusing on and sometimes tasks related to these. The expectations for home learning differ between Grades as the children get older. Please speak to your child’s class teacher for Grade specific information. We recommend that all children read daily.

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Reading at Home:

Here at MIS we feel strongly about the importance of reading in every student’s life. Reading is the key that opens so many doors and we strive to ensure that all our students not only learn to read with confidence, but that they develop a love for reading and a respect for books that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
In each grade, students are expected to read every day for a minimum set amount of time in addition to homework. They may read any type of book they like and from any source; books from the library, books assigned by the teacher, books on the internet or books they have borrowed from friends. For younger students, parents and older siblings can assist them during the daily reading time as this will help continue to build their confidence in reading. For every night that they read, students must fill in information regarding what they have read and parents must sign for each night.

• Grade 1 & 2; students should read for a minimum of 10 minutes each night.
• Grade 3 - 6 ; students should read for a minimum of 20 minutes each night.

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Making Appointments:

If you have a question or concern parents should first address matters with the class teacher. If a satisfactory solution to any issue is not established then the matter should be raised with the Grade Leader and then to the Head of Primary.
Enquiries about administration, accounts, buses or transferring schools should be directed to the Reception staff in the Front Office.

Uniform & Appearance:

All pupils at M.I.S are expected to wear the correct school uniform. Failure to do so may result in your child being sent home from school.
Enquiries about administration, accounts, buses or transferring schools should be directed to the Reception staff in the Front Office.

Girl's Uniform:

• Navy blue trousers
• White blouse/shirt and a navy blue tabard
• Navy blue zip up jacket with the School Logo (optional, purchased from School Stores)
• Headscarf - white or navy blue
• Footwear – black, closed toe shoes with rubber soles. No heeled shoes and no trainers.
• A cap for outdoor play

Boy's Uniform:

• Navy blue trousers or shorts
• White Shirt
• Navy blue zip up jacket with the School Logo (optional, purchased from School Stores)
• Footwear – black, closed toe shoes with rubber soles. No trainers or football boots.
• A cap for outdoor play
Omani boys may wear either school uniform or National dress - grey dishdasha, kumma

P.E Kit:

Both boys and girls need to wear the following for P.E lessons.
• Coloured House t-shirt (Purchased from School Stores)
• Navy blue shorts or tracksuit trousers (Can be purchased from School Stores)
• Suitable sports trainers – correctly fitting, rubber soled. No football boots.


When it is your child’s turn to swim you will recieve a letter from their P.E teacher letting you know the dates for this and the items they need at school in order to participate.

Make-Up :

Nail varnish and make-up must not be worn.

Hair :

Hair should be kept neat and brushed well off the face. Girls’ long hair is to be tied back at all times. Boys’ hair should always be kept short, above the collar.

Jewellery :

Pupils may wear a watch to school. Girls with pierced ears may wear one pair of small stud/sleeper earrings. All other pierced jewellery is not accepted. The school is not responsible for jewellery items misplaced or lost at school. All watches and earrings must be removed before the pupils can take part in P.E lessons. Please do not allow your child to wear earrings to school on P.E days if they cannot remove their earrings themselves.
Clothing with logos or slogans are not permitted at school. Exaggerated, provocative, unusual or colored hair styles / footwear / jewellery / appearance are not considered appropriate for school and will not be accepted. Students will be sent home.

School Bags :

Children should bring their belongings to school in a suitable bag. It must be a bag that can be worn on their back and must be suitable to carry school books without damaging them. All children including Grade 1 are expected to carry their own belongings so please ensure their bags are not too heavy. When visiting the Library children must have a blue school library bag (purchased from the School Stores) in order to borrow books.

General Dress Code for Parents and Visitors :

As M.I.S is a public place, all parents and visitors are kindly asked to comply with the normal clothing conventions of Oman. Shorts above the knee, tops that do not cover shoulders and tight fitting clothing are inappropriate and may cause offence. Especially during the month of Ramadan we ask you to dress conservatively and cover up as much as possible.


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What are CEL’s (Common Essential Learnings)
• CELs are a set of 10 personal qualities which describe a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success, and are interwoven to help support the students’ in achieving their academic and personal goals.
• CELs imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them.
Through this focus our students are striving to be:
• Knowledgeable
• Inquisitive
• Thinkers
• Adventurous
• Communicators
• Principled
• Open-Minded
• Persistent
• Compassionate
• Reflective

• Supporting and developing the unique and universal nature of human learning requires a curriculum framework which responds to both the academic and social/emotional needs of the students.
• To help every child develop all aspects of their character in order to achieve their full potential.
• To develop internationally minded people who recognise their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.

After-school Activities:

At M.I.S we understand the importance of extra-curricular activities. Each year a variety of different after school activities are offered to pupils in Grades 1-6. These are determined by the availability of teachers to organize a particular activity.
At the start of each term an After School Activities booklet is sent home detailing the activities that are available and the Grades that can participate. Pupils’ along with their parents are asked to fill in their requests on the form provided and return it to their class teacher.
Every effort is made to provide pupils with the activity of their choice, however some activities are very popular in which case we will operate a waiting list system. Pupils are expected to attend all sessions of their activity for the full period it is offered as holding a place but not attending may cause someone else from missing out.

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Student Leadership:

We believe in the personal growth and development of every student. Opportunities for student leadership provide a forum for students to work collaboratively with teachers in some areas of decision-making. Leadership roles include informal classroom based responsibilities and formal school wide roles. Formal positions include school captain, House captain andStudent council representatives in Grades 3-6.



For this unit, students will be exploring the fascinating world of Pirates. They will have a chance to learn and perform poems, shanties and dances from the appropriate time period. Students will also be introduced to simple geographical language and gain a better understanding of the larger world around them.


English (writing)
English (reading)
Creative Arts



  • SPEAKING and LISTENING: Performance of poems
  • WRITING: Poetry, Lists, Labels and Captions, Instructions
  • READING: Author Focus: Babette Cole, Guided Reading, Poetry reading
  • PHONICS: Phonics Groups are set, working through Letters and Sounds

  • NUMBER: Counting in 10s, addition and subtraction, number bonds to 10
  • SHAPE, SPACE and MEASURES: 2D and 3D shapes, repeating patterns, positional language

  • LIFE PROCESSES and LIVING THINGS: Senses, parts of the body, keeping healthy and staying safe

  • VISUAL ARTS: Painting Skills, Oil pastels
  • MUSIC: Pirate sea shanties
  • DANCE: Pirate dances

  • GEOGRAPHY: Naming the oceans and continents.Using and drawing simple maps. Using geographical languag
  • ICT:

  • SKILLS: Keyboard and mouse skills
  • PROGRAMS: Word, Paint, Purple Mash
  • PSHE:

  • ACTIVITY: Goals and Targets

  • PROJECT/ACTIVITY: Pirate Day; treasure hunts, fancy dress, and building pirate ships.

  • ACTIVITY/PRESENTATION:Activity Carousels; students take their parents around a variety of activities showing them all the different things they have learned and can do.
  • Field Trip:

  • VISITORS: People who help us; nurses, police, etc.

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    In this unit, students will be learning all about themselves and their classmates. From this, they will produce personal poems, profiles and journals that are all about who they are.


    English (writing)
    English (reading)
    Creative Arts



  • SPEAKING and LISTENING: Poems about ourselves, different sentence types with a focus on interviews with people and questionnaires.

  • SPELLING: Long vowel phonemes

  • GRAMMAR & PUNCTUATION: Reviewing capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks and corresponding sentence types, nouns.

  • WRITING: Poems, sentence types; statements, questions, exclamations, commands, questionnaires, profiles

  • READING: Poems, sentence types; statements, questions, exclamations, commands, questionnaires, profiles


  • NUMBERS: Place value

  • MENTAL MATHS: Counting and ordering numbers to 100 / place value.

  • MEASUREMENT: Length / height.

  • SHAPE, SPACE and MEASURES:2D Shapes, Lines of symmetry, Length and Height


  • SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY: Classify different kinds of animal babies, learn about the basic needs that are shared by humans and animals and research differing needs of animals within our care.

  • EXPERIMENT: Exploration of the need for humans to eat a varied diet, to keep themselves clean and to take regular exercise.

  • LIFE PROCESSES and LIVING THINGS: Children learn about how humans and other animals are born, grow and change, and what we need to survive and be healthy. Children will keep a journal to reflect this.


  • VISUAL ARTS: Portraits/profiles of ourselves and our families

  • MUSIC: Perform poems

  • DRAMA: Write a role play of scenarios of unhealthy diet / lack of exercise

  • DANCE: Healthy body dance

  • ICT:

  • PROGRAMS: Paint program skills

  • PSHE:

  • CONTENT FOCUS: Keeping safe in and out of school


  • PROJECT/ACTIVITY: Portraits and profiles: ‘All About Us’


  • ACTIVITY/PRESENTATION: Gallery Exhibition: ‘All About Us’

  • Field Trip:

  • PLACE: Gallery

  • ACTIVITY: To view and explore Omani heritage, portraits and their artists


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    This unit will focus on writing simple sentences, using correct punctuation and recognising word classes.


    English (writing)
    English (reading)
    Creative Arts



  • SPEAKING and LISTENING: Oral book reviews, recreating The Twits story in dialogue and drama performances.

  • WRITING: Character Descriptions, Setting Description, Adventure Stories, Instructional Writing (revolting recipes).

  • SPELLING: Spelling intervention, Phonics screening in week 1; suffixes, Adding i sound spelt y, The u sound spelt ou, prefix –un.

  • GRAMMAR & PUNCTUATION: Conjunctions, adjectives, time connectives.

  • READING: Guided Reading, Extracts from The Twits, reading and following instructions


  • NUMBERS: Mental calculation strategies for addition, number bonds to 10, 20, 100 more and less than, adding multiples of 10 and 100, adding one digit numbers to tens and units (bridging through ten), subtracting one digit numbers to tens and units (bridging through ten).

  • MENTAL MATHS: Bonds to 20, doubles, multiples of numbers, counting in tens.


  • SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY: Exploring questions related to teeth and diet.

  • EXPERIMENT: Eggshell investigation – which liquids do the most damage to tooth enamel.

  • LIFE PROCESSES and LIVING THINGS: Nutrition, healthy teeth, animals’ diets.


  • VISUAL ARTS: Drawing and sketching.

  • DRAMA: Twit sketches/ hot seating.

  • ICT:

  • MS OFFICE: Word; Orientation of key board – changing font size, colour, bold and italic.

  • EDUCATIONCITY: On-going – link to homework.


  • CONTENT FOCUS: Our School Community – important people, who are they?

  • CONTENT FOCUS: Orienting our school – people and place. Orienting our school – maps and plans.

  • PSHE:

  • CONTENT FOCUS: Relationships (SEAL).

  • CONTENT FOCUS: Target setting.

  • Field Trip:

  • PLACE: Qurm Park/Mutrah Park

  • ACTIVITY: Healthy picnic.


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    Children will explore and learn all about a championship tournament in a different sport each year; rugby, football, gymnastics. Throughout the championship play, the children will learn about the rules of the sport, the different teams, the game’s history, and all about the players. From this information, the children will create a highlights programme complete with a running colour commentary.


    English (writing)
    English (reading)
    Creative Arts



  • SPEAKING and LISTENING: Commentary of events and performance and analysis.

  • WRITING: Note taking and script writing.

  • READING: online biographies of participants, reports on the championships and other examples of sports reports.

  • GRAMMAR: Present simple and continuous versus past simple.

  • SPELLING: Doubling letters for continuous ‘ing’ and past tense ‘ed’ forms.


  • NUMBER: place value, multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100, working on instant recall with basic facts, mental strategies with forum operations, problem solving and mental maths.

  • SHAPE, SPACE and MEASURES: Proportions, symmetry, reflection and length measurements.


  • LIFE PROCESSES and LIVING THINGS: the skeletal and muscular system and how they work along with joints to let the body move.


  • VISUAL ARTS: drawing body parts; to proportion, in motion, and x-ray. Create and design origami jerseys.


  • GEOGRAPHY: Study Europe; countries, languages, food, capital, statistics.

  • iPADS(iTC):

  • PROJECT/ACTIVITY/APPs: Create news reports/broadcasts using various apps; iMovie, voice recorder, Morpho, Explain Everything, Coach’s Eye.

  • PSHE:

  • FOCUS: Sportsmanship, abiding by rules, healthy lifestyle.


  • PROJECT/ACTIVITY: Video performance of; highlights programme of championship, commentary of performances and analysis.

  • Field Trip:

  • PLACE: Sultan Qaboos Stadium and Seeb Stadium

  • ACTIVITY: See behind the scenes.


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    An exciting unit focused on keeping healthy and healthy living.Instructions and persuasive language will be developed to help students persuade others to take up a healthier lifestyle.Students will also learn about what goes into our food and will be extracting data from ingredients; with a particular focu on sugar intake and fruit and vegetable consumption.


    English (writing)
    English (reading)
    Creative Arts



  • SPEAKING and LISTENING: Explaining instructions. Debating and arguing a point. Making something in class using and following instructions.

  • WRITING: Writing instructions.Using persuasive language in a poster and letter.

  • SPELLING:Spelling journal/Keywords.

  • GRAMMAR & PUNCTUATION:Connectives and imperative verbs.

  • READING: Reading and following instructions.


  • NUMBERS: Measurement using decimals.Division using the bus-stop method.Addition and subtraction (2, 3 & 4 digit numbers, including decimals).

  • MENTAL MATHS: Weekly practise and multiples.

  • SHAPES, SPACE and MEASURES:Nets.Measurement using decimals.

  • HANDLING DATA:Bar graphs and Venn diagrams.


  • SCIENTIFIC ENQUIRY:Looking at client examples and extracting data from a food survey.Tracking what we eat.

  • LIFE PROCESSES and LIVING THINGS: Healthy eating and healthy lifestyle. How animals are grouped. Physical fitness & health. Circulatory system.


  • VISUAL ARTS: Creating still life and fruit faces using a variety of mediums.

  • iPADS(iTC):

  • PROJECT: Research food groups using the Argus app.

  • ICT:

  • PROGRAMS: Sketch-up a 2D & 3D modelling program.

  • PSHE:

  • CONTENT FOCUS: World religions.

  • CONTENT FOCUS: Citizenship.


  • PROJECT/ACTIVITY: Healthy Bake Sale for all of Primary Section.


  • ACTIVITY/PRESENTATION: How fit and healthy are we? A series of activities held on the greenfield to measure pulse rate.

  • Field Trip:

  • PLACE: Sultan Centre.

  • ACTIVITY: Data searching on the shop floor – price and ingredients checks – and eating a healthy breakfast together.


    At MIS, students in grade 1 engage in a variety of creative arts activities, including visual arts, drama and music. Like all subjects in the Primary section, creative arts is integrated within the grade 1 Units of Study and allows students to explore and use their creative side to enhance their learning. In grade 1, students will use a range of materials creatively to make a variety of products; they will use drawing materials, painting, sculpting, creative movement, voice, and musical instruments to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. Students will also explore concepts and techniques through using colour, patterns, textures, line, shape, form, space, movement, and sound. In grade 1, students will begin to explore a range of work from a variety of artists, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work. Students will also begin to learn some of the language specific to the creative arts and start to express their ideas to help develop a better understanding of art as a personal expression of ideas.


    The English curriculum encompasses three broad areas of study – reading, writing and speaking and listening – and all areas are embedded within the wider curriculum. Students in grade 1 focus on continuing to build and consolidate the work they covered in KG 2. Students work towards being able to sound and blend unfamiliar printed words quickly and accurately using the phonic knowledge and skills that they have already learnt through the Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds programmes. Students also work on learning new grapheme-phoneme and revise and consolidate those learnt earlier, including common words containing unusual grapheme-phonemes. Along with these skills, students develop the skill of blending the sounds into words for reading and establish the habit of applying this skill whenever they encounter new words. With their growing bank of phonic knowledge and skill, students are supported by practicing to read books consistent with their developing reading level and of a high-quality to develop their love of reading and broaden their vocabulary. Writing during grade 1 generally develops at a slower pace than their reading as the students need to encode the sounds they hear in words (spelling skills) and continue to develop the physical skill needed for handwriting. Along with the basic skills of writing, students in grade 1 learn how to organise their ideas in writing to produce short stories of two or more sentences. Writing is also developed within the wider curriculum to help support of the overall development of the students’ writing skills. Students have a chance to develop their speaking and listening skills through a wide variety of class activities. Students’ oral vocabulary, as well as their ability to understand and use a variety of grammatical structures, is embedded throughout the English curriculum and the wider curriculum in general.


    The main focus for grade 1 ICT at MIS is on understanding the basics of, and using technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. Students will be able to recognise common uses of technology, both inside and outside of the school, and have a basic understanding of what these systems are for and how to use them. Students will also begin to explore what algorithms are and that they are part of what makes a computer and other digital devices work. Students will use a variety of programs to develop an understanding of the concept of how programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. Students will also be guided through the use of logical reasoning to try and predict the behaviour of simple programs. Our students’ safety is of paramount importance, therefore, we ensure that all of our students learn how to access and use the digital world safely and with respect. Students learn how to keep personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.


    For grade 1, our curriculum centres around the physical movement programme ‘Leap Into Life’. Students, in this programme, develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and can access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. Students are encouraged to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Students are also taught to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities. Students participate in team games where they develop simple tactics for attacking and defending. Swimming is also part of the physical education curriculum in grade 1 and students are taught to confidently enter the water and perform basic swimming strokes.


    The principal focus of science in grade 1 is to enable students to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at the natural and humanly-constructed world around them. Students are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. Students are supported in developing their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer their own questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information. The students also begin to use simple scientific language to talk about what they have found out and communicate their ideas to a range of audiences in a variety of ways. Most of the learning about science in grade 1 is done through the use of first-hand practical experiences; however, there is a strong use of secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos to help support the learning and understanding of science. Students are taught to ‘work scientifically’ in all aspects of the subject.

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    The principal focus of mathematics in grade 1 at MIS is to ensure that students develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numerals, words and the four operations, including working with practical resources such as concrete objects and measuring tools. At this grade level, students also develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Teaching mathematics in grade 1 also involves using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money. By the end of grade 1, students should know the number bonds to 10 and be precise in using and understanding place value. An emphasis on practice at this early stage will aid fluency. Students will also learn to read and spell mathematical vocabulary at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at grade 1.