Grade 1 - April 5/ 2019



In Literacy this week, we have delved into the world of storytelling, paying close attention to characters, setting, plot and ending. Students have been drawing, writing and discussing these four story elements and using them to build their comprehension of stories and writing.


In Math, the students have been looking at addition and subtraction equations and filling in unknown quantities (perhaps the add or subtract sign is missing, or an addend is missing and they need to look at the sum to figure out the missing number). The focus centred around what they know about numbers and adding and subtracting and using that knowledge to problem solve, communicate their thinking and then apply the strategies they’ve come to learn the past few weeks.


In our Unit of Inquiry, the students transformed the knowledge gained from our community walk by relating it to their own personal lives. They filled out reflections on what their community provides them and how it makes them feel. We continued to enjoy presentations from some parents this week and from Ms.Turner and the school Occupational Therapist, Jordana.

Did you enjoy our Habitats presentation?! If so, mark your calendars because we’d like to invite you to another learning celebration! We’ve only just begun our Community Helpers Unit of inquiry, however, we’ve already set our presentation date. We would love if you could join us on Thursday, April 25th from 9:00-9:45 am. More details will follow, but mark your calendars in the meantime!


In PHE this week, the grade 1’s finished up the hockey unit by playing a game of Sideline Hockey and Four Corner Hockey.


This week in French, the students have started to read our play, Le petit chat cherche une famille, in class. The students have done a great job with their initial reading of the play.


In Music, the Grade 1s practised the new verses to You are my Sunshine for Grandpals day. The students also started a dance to the folksong I’se the B’ye.


In Art this week. the Grade 1s began creating a stained glass window. They used shapes to create an abstract or realistic design. They transferred this design to transparency paper and will start to add tissue paper next week. The art room is always looking for recycled materials that can be used for creation. This could include boxes, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, and so on. If you have anything at home you would like to donate, please bring your recycled materials to the art room.


If you are looking for some Mathematics apps to add to your child’s at-home device, here are some recommendations:

Attendance Reminder

A gentle reminder that all student absences should be emailed to
As well, if your child arrives late, please have them sign in with Ms. Kate or reception.


International Day of Pink

On Wednesday, April 10th, The York School will recognize Day of Pink. Students can add pink accessories to their uniform (tshirt, socks, headband, tie, necklace, etc.) Please do your best to find pink accessories, but if necessary, red will be accepted. Students and teachers will participate in classroom activities promoting diversity, inclusion and caring friendships.

Grandpals & Special Friends Day

Join us for a special morning at the Primary school! To rsvp, click here.

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Please make sure to check The York School’s full school calendar regularly for updates, locations and times.

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