Grade 3 - October 26 / 2018


Unit of Inquiry

During inquiry this week, the Grade 3s started their summative task. They are going to write and perform a skit to demonstrate how early Canadian communities responded to challenges. Each group worked with a teacher to scribe their scripts. Their knowledge was impressive! We are hoping to film them on a green screen next week and share with parents in the weeks to come. Stay tuned!


We also got started on some spooky Halloween writing! Students chose from a list of 15 Halloween writing prompts or made up their own Halloween-inspired piece. The goal of writing this week, was simple to write for the fun of it! Imagine that!


In math, students reflected on the last few weeks’ of motion geometry. Their reflections are shared on SeeSaw. We also began our next unit on addition and subtraction. This will be a longer unit as it’s important to master the foundations of two- and three-digit addition for future application and development.

A note about SeeSaw: Ms. Cummings & Ms. Newell have been experimenting with SeeSaw this week. We are first time users!  We are keeping a growth mindset about using this as a teaching and learning tool. Please stay tuned for more details about how we are using SeeSaw to communicate with students and families AND how we plan to document students’ learning! We are excited by its potential to provide more consistent and transparent school-home communication.

How to access SeeSaw:

  1. Click on this link:

    1. 3B families (Cummings)

    2. 3A families (Newell)

  2. Choose your child from the list

  3. Create your account

  4. Once you are approved, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at

If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the 'Sign in' tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.


This week in Art, the Grade 3s learned about Emily Carr’s landscape paintings. Each student created a painting of a forest while paying attention to foreground and background.


Recorder is coming along. There is definitely an improvement in the sound quality, particularly from students who are practising regularly. Encourage your child to practise for 5 minutes every day or ten minutes every other day. It really helps to establish muscle memory regarding breath control and covering the holes with fingerprints in order to produce a pleasant tone.


Don’t forget to register your child in one of our Junior School Athletic Programs that are being offered for the winter term Check out our Gladiator Athletic Development Programme where we offer alternative sports!

Click here to sign up!

If you have registered your child for the Athlete Institute for the High Performance basketball led by led by NBA and International Shooting/Skills Development Coach, David Nurse please note there has been a change in dates due the gym being used for the Drama Production. Sessions originally scheduled for Friday, November 30th to Sunday December 2nd have been moved to Friday January 11th to Sunday January 13th. An email will be sent out as well for a friendly reminder but the session details will remain the same and will be changed on the google form that can be accessed here.


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