Grade 1 Grammar

Discover Grade 1 grammar standards

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Children are at the beginning of their reading and writing learning journey at Grade 1 level, and therefore it is very important that they master the basic skills they will need as they progress. Your child will need to work on the following elements of writing and language:

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation

Grammar, at its most basic level, is a set of rules about the types of words we use and what they do. It also tells us how words work together in sentences. As a subject, grammar can be overwhelming for some children as there are many rules, and they tend to come thick and fast. We suggest breaking these rules down and working through them slowly and at a pace that suits your child.

Grade 1 grammar covers all of the following skills:

  • Use common, proper, and possessive nouns
  • Use basic subject-verb agreement
  • Use personal, possessive & indefinite pronouns (I, you, he, she, they, them, it)
  • Use action verbs to apply past, present, and future tense in sentences (walk, walks, walked)
  • Use frequently occurring adjectives to give details and describe
  • Use the articles "a", "an", and "the" in complete simple sentences
  • Use the conjunctions "and", "but", and "so" in complete compound sentences


Nouns are naming words. Grade 1 students will learn all about common nouns and proper nouns. Nouns are essential words for children to learn as each sentence they write must have a subject, which will always be a noun.

Common nouns name everyday objects, places and things, such as chair, beach, and toothbrush.

Proper nouns name people and places, such as Will and New York City. This type of noun always begins with a capital letter.


Adjectives are describing words. They tell us more about a noun. These are fun words to work with and your child will enjoy exploring the different ways they can use them to describe things in interesting ways.

Example: The tall giraffe was running through the woods.

tall = adjective

giraffe = noun


Conjunctions are linking words that join parts of a sentence together. "And", "but" and "or" are all conjunctions!

Look at how we can join these two sentences using "and":

Combining setneces with Sam

How Night Zookeeper can help

The Night Zookeeper program is a great place for first-grade students to develop their grammar skills. Challenge your children to complete the grammar video lessons and interactive challenges. This is a fun way for them to learn key grammar concepts whilst earning gaming points for their Night Zoo.

Related articles:

Grade 1 Reading

Grade 1 Writing

Grade 1 Spelling

Grade 1 Punctuation

Grammar Resources

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