Grade 4 - October 26 / 2018


  • Friday November 2nd - Field Trip to the Norval Outdoor School

    • Pack a nut free lunch (if not on meal plan) and extra snacks (everyone!)

    • Bring a water bottle (everyone!)

    • Wear gym uniform

    • Wear extra layers and be prepared for cold or wet weather (raincoat, rain pants, rain boots, toque, mitts)

    • Pack an extra pair of socks and dry clothes for bus ride home

  • Fall Weather - we encourage students to wear raincoats, and appropriate outdoor footwear for recess. Students will be expected to go outside and should be prepared for wet weather

  • Agendas - help your child to get in the habit of checking his/her Agenda and bringing it to school every day

  • Uniform reminder - students should be wearing black dress shoes and grey or green socks with their uniform. Girls can wear the green socks or tights with their kilts/tunics.


Math - Number Sense and Numeration

We practiced the standard algorithm for addition this week and began to explore mental math strategies for subtraction. We hoped to introduce measurement as a link to our unit of inquiry; however, we noticed a more natural link to grid systems and mapping, which we have been exploring this week.

Next week, we will continue with our work in subtraction. For extra support, continue to have conversations with your child about how he/she uses mental math strategies. Additionally, students may work through the Subtraction section on IXL.


Next week, we will go back to practicing our spelling patterns in our small groups. Please look for the spelling list on Monday and help your child to identify the spelling pattern for his/her word list. The students will be expected to apply their knowledge of the spelling pattern by sorting new words as part of the spelling quiz on Thursday, November 8th.

Please encourage your child to bring a book to read daily during DEAR.

Unit of Inquiry

Students will continue to explore the natural resources found throughout Canada and the industries connected to each resource. They will begin to look at how industries have impacted the natural environment.

There are many websites on the Junior School Resource page connected to this unit. They can be found under the Transdisciplinary Theme ‘Who We Are’.


This week in Art, the Grade 4s worked with clay! Students looked at the history of cameras and created their own camera design using clay.


We have reviewed our recorder notes from Grade 3 and played a couple of our familiar pieces. Moving forward, we will be incorporating recorder into an ensemble instrumental piece including Orff xylophones and un-pitched percussions. There are still some students who still have not located their recorder. Please let me know if a new instrument needs to be issued to your child by November 8th.


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 access here.


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