Grade 1 - May 10/ 2019



This week we continue assessing geometry knowledge but we also kicked off our measurement unit. The students will have many opportunities to measure, compare, and describe lengths and heights. They will use measurement terms such as longer, shorter and taller and will use non-standard units (e.g., snap cubes) to determine size. You can help at home by using measurements to solve mysteries in your house (Find out who is the tallest, smallest foot, etc.). Encourage your child to suggest a way to solve each mystery. Also, you could have your child make a personal “measuring tape” by linking 10 paper clips together. Go on a scavenger hunt and find things that are longer, shorter, and about the same length as the paperclip measuring tape.


Students dove into learning about two forms of energy this week- mechanical and wind energy. To explore these concepts further, the students learned about windmills and wind turbines. Next, they created their own pinwheel to test out their new found knowledge!


In French, the students continued to complete a language manipulation activity called Choisis le bon mot (choose the right word). The students need to read a sentence with a missing word, select the correct word between two choices of words and write the appropriate answer. This activity helps with reading and writing comprehension in French. The sentences were about our play, Le petit chat cherche une famille.


In Music, the Grade 2s explored different percussion sounds as we added instruments into the song, She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain. The students also reviewed beat and rhythm in the circle game, Go All Around the Village.


In PHE, the grade 1’s started a health unit. We explored why people need to eat healthy food. We took a look at Canada’s Food guide and what types of foods we should eat daily. We played couch potato and did some fun relays to help them understand the different food groups.


This week in Art, the Grade 1 created cityscapes using shapes and a horizon line. Their challenge was to add as much detail as possible. When they were finished, they added colour using pencil crayons and watercolour paint.


This week we also kicked off a new writing theme- procedural writing. The students analyzed various types of procedural texts and brainstormed the features they noticed. With this information, they next guessed the purpose of procedural texts. This helped developed an initial understanding of the text form and will prove helpful next week when they begin to dabble in writing some of their very own texts.

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 Junior School Showcase is right around the corner and we want students to be a part of it! We are looking for all kinds of different acts to showcase their talent. Examples of talent acts include:

  • Juggling

  • Singing

  • Dancing

  • Making a video

  • Playing an instrument

  • Telling jokes

We would even love to see some ‘hidden talents’ at auditions.

The sign up sheet for showcase is available to students outside of the cafeteria. Students have until Tuesday, May 14th to sign up. Auditions will be held the following week from May 21st - 24th. All students who signed up will be given to opportunity to perform during Showcase.

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.

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