Grade 3 - May 17 / 2018

Our Junior French teacher, Ashley Beatty, is having a baby and will begin her maternity leave in the next few weeks. Lara Irick will be covering the maternity leave, teaching Grades 3-5, for the remainder of this school year and during the 2018-2019 school year. Madame Irick already knows the students as she has often supply taught in the Junior School. Madame Irick will be co-teaching with Madame Beatty until Madame Beatty takes leave. We wish Madame Beatty the best of luck and welcome Madame Irick to The York School! 

Highlights
We would like to wish you a very happy and fun holiday weekend.

The Grade 3s will be visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens as part of our next unit. The trip is on Monday, May 28. Please find the form here. Please note the special information section about the facility not being completely nut-free. If you would like to volunteer for this trip, please let us know.

We have started a new unit under the theme of Sharing the planet. The central idea for this unit is: The protection of plants and their habitats is vital to our survival.

The lines of inquiry are:

  1. Plants have similarities, differences and distinct characteristics.
  2. Plants adapt to ensure survival.
  3. Plants are important to the environment.

This week we have delved into the concept of money. We will focus on estimating and counting money and making change. The final section of this current measurement unit is mass and capacity. We will begin looking at these concepts next week.

In Art, just in time for spring, the students are exploring nature and land art. They’ve learned a bit about the work of artist, Andy Goldsworthy, and begun to collect items in nature, like small stones, leaves and twigs to use for their nature art self portraits. 

In Music, students are reinforcing fluency and sound quality of the notes B, A and G. Students are encouraged to practise frequently for short amounts of time (10 minutes) in order to see noticeable improvement in these skills. This week we focussed on the theme and rhythmic variation of Hot Cross Buns. Students can compose a second variation in their recorder book using the same notes as the main theme and change the rhythm.

In PSE we continue to learn about the Thinkable and Unthinkable characters from the Superflex programme. The students are now creating their own Thinkable or Unthinkable character. This activity allows them to exercise their creativity and self-awareness skills as they create a character that is not represented by the programme list. Here are some of their creations: Enthusiastic Eddie - makes you celebrate what you or others are doing, Screen-Glued Sally - makes you not able to get off your devices, Lazy Larry - makes you not able to find the energy to do things. Stay tuned as these creations will be going home in the next couple weeks.


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