Grade 4 - Sept. 26 / 2019


Unit of Inquiry

In the Primary Years Programme, there are 6 transdisciplinary themes that guide our units of inquiry. Our current unit of inquiry is under the theme of Who We Are. The description for this theme is as follows: An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

Our main focus is how the concept of where we live in Canada influences who we are and how we live. We hope that the dinner discussion topic aided in the development of this concept. Thank you for having those conversations.

This week we have been working on mapping skills. We have been learning about the differences between a physical and a political map. The students have been researching a little bit about each province and territory to find out what makes each one unique.

Just a reminder that the Canada Fun Facts are due on Friday, Oct. 4.


In Mathematics, we have been exploring Number Sense and ways to represent numbers.

(Standard Form, Expanded Form, Written Form, Base Ten Blocks, Place Value Chart) Next week we will start working on rounding numbers.


Today we finished our first round of our Words Their Way spelling programme. The children have tested each other on their 10 chosen words. In Seesaw this week, we asked your children to demonstrate the process of sorting their words according to their spelling pattern. We hope this was helpful. We would like your children to be sorting their words, and practising them at home over the 2-week spelling cycle. When we assign a spelling list, your child will bring home a sheet of 10 spelling words highlighted. They can cut them out and sort them. The process of sorting the words is very valuable in that it allows them to focus on the pattern which will allow them to transfer this understanding to other words with the same pattern.

In guided reading, we have been focussing on the reading strategy of summarizing. As savvy readers, this is an important skill in that allows our students to identify the main ideas of a fiction or non-fiction text. It also helps in developing the skill of taking notes. We will continue the development of this skill next week.

We have been looking at recount writing. Students are encouraged to use a 5-finger recount system when writing in their Journals and recounting their weekend or past events.  (Who? What? Where? When? Why?) Next we will be introducing opening statements and transition words.


In PHE, the Grade 4’s have begun the Invasion Game unit. Students have discussed skills and strategies that will benefit them in an invasion game. Students are exploring how to travel with a ball and what are the most effective techniques to use to be successful.


As mentioned last week, students begin each class with full-body listening to a piece of music. The intention here is to show students what music can do for us, beyond the entertainment and enjoyment aspect. Students are asked to share their observations by incorporating how the different elements are used to communicate a specific feeling or mood for example. This week’s selection wasAutumn” from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”. I encourage you to play music you think your child should hear and have similar discussions at home. Due to technology, many children are in control of what they listen to and aren’t aware of the wonderful music that is out there waiting to be discovered. If there is a piece of music from any genre, decade, style or culture you feel the students should be introduced to at school, please let me know via email or in person, if we happen to cross paths! I love to discover music I haven’t heard yet! 


In French this week we have been continuing our “C’est Moi!” projects in preparation for our presentations which will start on Monday in class. On Thursdays in class, students have started center activities to review and practice high-frequency vocabulary.  Next week, students will be using SeeSaw to record their center activities and how they work.   


The Grade Four students continue to create their unique self-portrait collage/multi-media art pieces. This fun art piece really ignites creative energy and allows the students to demonstrate their unique personality and style through their artwork. We look forward to displaying them around the halls soon! 


A few reminders:

  • Students should have a pair of indoor and outdoor shoes

  • Water bottle for the classroom to prevent students from leaving during lessons

  • Agendas will be sent home on most Mondays with a note for the week and should be kept in school bag in case we need to add a reminder

  • Students are to go outside in the morning for drop off and should not be coming upstairs to their cubbies before 8:15AM

Please see our schedules linked below. Please note that subject blocks may change from time to time but we will use this as a guide.

4B Class Schedule

4A Class Schedule

Click here for instructions on how to set up your child's Yorkschool Google account at home.

Should you like some additional practice, here are some great options:

IXL **- online math and language-based skills practice 

To sign in to your child’s IXL account - you need to access IXL through the York School website/portal. Once there, you need to click on JK-Grade 5 resources in the top green toolbar. After this, click on IXL. Their username is their first initial + last name + 28. Example: snewell28. Their password is: 123456.

BrainPop **- educational videos and quizzes on a variety of subjects

Students can log in to Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. from their Chrome Account. Once there, they need to go to Google Drive. In Drive there is an icon on the top toolbar that looks like a waffle or a 3x3 grid. Click on the icon - a variety of apps appear. If you click on “More” an icon for Brain Pop appears. Once this icon is clicked, your child will be directed to their account. They can switch between Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. once they are in Brain Pop.

Raz Kids - **reading programme with comprehension questions

In previous years, Grade 4 did not have access to Raz Kids. Due to its popularity, we are working on getting a license for all of our students. Stay tuned.

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.


Junior School Climate Strike

This Friday, September 27th, Junior School students will spend time at their house meetings learning about climate change and Greta Thunberg’s Climate Strikes. At 9:00am, students will march around the block with their signs for climate justice. All students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 will participate. Kindergarten students will be partnered with older students and all students will be supervised by teachers. If parents would like to observe, please watch from the park at Yorkminster church. If you have any questions, please email Andrea Hughes at


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

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