Grade 5 - January 11 / 2019


First week back and we jumped right in! Our new unit, How the World Works has started with some awesome leadership activities as well some preliminary structure building. Below are some pictures of the students in grade 5 building structures with Lego during a team building activity.

We also built structures using cards!

Next week we will dive deeper into bridges, why and how they are built to sustain events such as natural disasters and the other forces acting on them. Stay tuned for some 3D printing and some Virtual Reality investigations.

In our transdisciplinary approach to learning, connecting our bridges exploration to math, we are investigating geometry and more specifically, triangles. How are triangles classified? and how they are made and measured. It is a very hands on unit and we will have a ton of fun with a protractor. Pull yours out at home!

In Library this week, we introduced our next book club theme, MYSTERY NOVELS. Dust off your old Hardy Boys and Nancy Drews…


This week in Art, the Grade 5s reflected and responded to some recently completed art pieces. They were able to compare their form sculptures to the work of Henry Moore, describe their animal totems in detail, and write a short story about exploration and discovery that resulted in the creation of a clay artifact.


Congrats to all students on a wonderful performance of Swingfish Blues at this morning’s assembly. This is a piece consisting of 10 different melodic and rhythmic patterns which combine to create a blues accompaniment for the recorder melody. Everyone focussed and managed to keep in tempo with the ensemble. A video recording will be uploaded to Seesaw shortly.


In PHE, the students have started off the year with building on their basketball skills. We have been playing invasion games, building up to a basketball game. We are strengthening their skills that were taught in the first term - passing, dribbling, and shooting. We will continue this for another week to allow for lots of practice.


The Grade 10 students have invited the Grade 5s to view the MYP Personal Projects on Wednesday, February 13 at 2:30 PM. Grade 10 students will show the Grade 5 students their Personal Project and Grade 5 students will be encouraged to ask questions. Inspiration for Exhibition and we are looking forward to it!


Our next contest date  will be taking place Wednesday, January 16, 2018 at 8:30 AM in the cafeteria. Students will be reminded to bring Chromebooks to the cafeteria for the contest.

The next interactive question will be the Tower of Hanoi. This can be accessed on the Games/History page. It will not be accessible one day before the contest but not during the 2 contest days.  

There will also be a history question about Rene Descartes. Information about Descartes can be found on the history page. For Grade 3 and 4 students it will be enough to read and know the first few sentences.


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

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