Grade 2 - Sept. 19 / 2019


What a fun week in Grade 2! It was nice to see so many families and the whole The York School community gather together for the Terry Fox run on Wednesday. 

Thank you for placing your Scholastic orders. Your child’s homeroom teacher will contact you when the books have arrived!

In Grade 2, students are expected to read for 20 minutes daily to help build their reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension. To help complement your home reading program, we recommend that children make use of their Raz-Kids online reading account. Instructions on how to access Raz-Kids were sent home last week. However, if you encounter any problems logging in, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher. 

Unit of Inquiry

As you know, we kicked off this week with a field trip to Ninjaz!! The students took time upon returning to school to reflect on how the activities at Ninjaz pertain to our inquiry and discussed which learner profile traits they exhibited the most that day. This week the students also examined the personal choices that are involved when making decisions between our wants and needs.


The students are examining the form and structure of journal writing. They were given several journal samples (from Grade 4 students across Ontario) and, in groups, discuss which samples were exemplary (and why) and which ones were not (and why). The students then began to build criteria from their investigation as to what they believe makes a great journal. We will use this criteria this year as we write our own journals throughout the year.


The students continued to work with number bonds to 20 and place value this week. They were investigating these concepts through games and collaborative discussion. If you are looking to practice these concepts on IXL, please click on L.1, L.2 and L.3.


The Grade 2’s had a lot of fun working on team building and cooperative games. Next week, we will be building on their locomotor and travelling skills. These include walking, galloping, jumping, hopping, side-sliding, leaping and skipping.

To help your child not mix up their clothing with other students, we advise that your child’s name is written on all of their belongings. This will help them and myself identify any missing clothing. 


Looking forward to seeing many of you at Curriculum Night! To learn more about our PSE units of inquiry, please look for my posts on the class Seesaw app or contact me directly at


In Music, we started chants (poems) about unhealthy food choices. Using the rhythms of the chants, the students used non-pitched percussion instruments and played in canon. Next week, we will discuss good food choices and put them in our own chant. The students also worked in small groups and started to create tableaus for our story Drum Dream Girl.


In French, the students have started to learn about the body. The students have started to learn a song about different body parts called, Tete, epaules, genoux et pieds. Here is a link to the song that the class is singing:

Tete, epaules, genoux et pieds


The Grade 2 artists will begin the year focussing on some basic clay skills. We will review how to prepare clay and the tools that can be used to achieve the desired result. 


Reporting an Absence?

If your child(ren) are going to be absent from school for any reason, please send an email to as well as to their homeroom teacher. If your child is returning to school during the day, please have him/her sign in with reception.


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