In Grade 1 Social Studies, students will examine various roles, relationships, and responsibilities, how and why these may change, and how they are connected to one’s identity, culture, and sense of self. They will develop their appreciation of the need to treat all people, as well as the environment, responsibly and with respect. Students will also examine their local community, its characteristics and services, and how it meets the needs of the people who live and work there and develop an understanding of the social and environmental responsibilities of citizens as well as various levels of government.
Students are provided with opportunities to explore various topics which will enable them to develop an understanding of the interactions within and between diverse communities, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities and students’ own communities. Students will be introduced to the inquiry process, and will use this process when conducting various investigations. They will study the impact of colonialism, what effect it continues to have today, and of the rights and responsibilities associated with citizenship.