Grade 1 - May 3/ 2019


This week the students spent time reviewing and reflecting on their learning. They examined their journals and learning logs to see how far they’ve come in terms of reading, writing, spelling, printing, questioning, problem solving and reflecting. This was a nice build up to Student Led Conferences where they could finally show you their work. Thank you for attending and supporting our work at school!

Our literacy activities this week centred mostly around reflecting on our Job Fair and Grandpals Day and writing recounts of those events. Reflection pieces such as these serve as nice mementos to preserve and remember such special days, such as Grandpals Day!


As you may have heard, we kicked off our last Unit of Inquiry this week! The students were given an assortment of objects (batteries, scissors, picture of a matchstick, flashlight, etc.) and asked to brainstorm what those items had in common. The answer? Different forms of energy! The students then watched a video about what energy is and shared what they learned. Please ask your child this weekend what they’ve already come to know about energy in such a short amount of time!


In French, the students started a language manipulation activity called Choisis le bon mot. It is an activity where there is a sentence about the play with two words to pick from to complete a sentence. The students must choose and write the appropriate word. The students practised their reading comprehension and their writing skills with this activity.


In Music, the Grade 1s practiced rhythmic patterns by using their sense of touch only. The students tapped rhythmic messages to their team members (on their shoulders) and then the leader had to write the pattern on the whiteboard. The Grade 1 students performed enthusiastically at the Grandpals Day Assembly last Friday. Thank you and congratulations to everyone!


In PHE, the students work hard preparing for the student-led-conferences. Over the next few weeks weather permitting we will be starting our track and field unit.


This week in Art, the Grae 1s finished their wire sculptures and painted their base using watercolour paint.

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


The students finished up a geometry assessment this week and we look forward to starting our Measurement unit next week. Families can start the measurement discussion at home by asking, “Approximately how long do you think this is?”, or “How many shoes long do you think our couch is?”

Challenge by Choice: Spelling Bee

The York School has been invited to participate in a Spelling Bee with two other PYP schools on Monday, May 27, 2019. The York School may send two students per grade from the Junior School to compete at the Spelling Bee. Students representatives will walk to The Sunnybrook School to participate and compete in age/grade categories.

This is a Challenge by Choice activity. Students may choose to participate or may choose to not participate. There will be five grade-level Spelling Bees held for each grade with students from both classes participating. The top speller from each grade will be invited to complete at the Spelling Bee at The Sunnybrook School.

Grade-level spelling bee dates are:

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 - Grade 5

  • Monday, May 13, 2019 - Grade 4

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Grade 3

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Grade 2

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Grade 1

Each grade Spelling Bee will begin at 1:00 PM on the designated day. The location of the bee will be determined by the number of participants.

If you are interested in having your child participate in the spelling bee, please complete the registration here. More information will be provided, including the Spelling Bee rules, practice word lists, and days and times that students may practice during lunch.

Please let me, ext. 1616 or, know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance!

Take care, Karen McCallum-Ryan
Director of Curriculum, Junior School


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