In Grade 1, students develop their roles as contributing members of a learning community. There is focus on developing their sense of self, identity as a learner, and their role in belonging to a larger group. As they engage in academic pursuits, they develop social emotional skills such as learning to name and regulate their emotions, express their wants and needs, and understand perspectives different from their own. Students practice social and emotional strategies throughout the day, while engaged in learning activities and during free play. Grade 1 students demonstrate responsibility, ownership, and confidence allowing them to take increased academic risk. Learning activities are stimulating, challenging and suited to the individual needs of the children.