Grade 5 - April 12 / 2019


Exhibition: This week students have been researching. The students have learned how to use Google to safely find articles related to their specific topics. Please help your child at home to navigate the searches at home. We will continue with the research next week as well. The students should find at least three articles and/or books to support their topic as well they are beginning to think about a primary resource to support their learning. A primary resource can be an interview of someone who is knowledgeable about their topic, including family members or our very own staff members.  On Tuesday, Ms. Ryan lead a workshop focusing on the development of individual groups’ Central Ideas. It was informative and exciting to be working in our small groups of 3-5 students to create something that is their own.


Math: This week we focussed our attention on area of a rectangle and irregular polygons. The students are tasked with a project to set up a Zoo map, calculating the area and perimeter of animal habitats as well as including snack bars, washrooms, free space. Let’s see what they come up with :)


Literature Circles: Realistic Fiction is the focus. Students should have completed about a third of their book this week. The second third will be completed for next Wednesday (5B) or Thursday (5A). This week the students made connections to self, world and books during the literature discussions this week. Next week their focus will be Word Wizard - finding interesting and new words in the text. Students have mentioned this is their favourite activity because it makes them learn new words. Our hope is that they will write down and look up new words without the assigned task of Word Wizard!


In Art class, the Grade Five students continue to work on their personal accordion books in support of their Exhibition Inquiry. These creative books will document each student’s process throughout Exhibition. We look forward to displaying this creative work on Exhibition Day!


In PHE, Grade 5 students have begun a new invasion game unit, Hockey! Each class we begin with a hockey specific skill and then incorporate this skill into a game. Students have explored passing, stickhandling and shooting. We will continue developing more skills, such as hand-eye coordination and agility, next week.


In Music, students are applying their rhythm and melodic skills to their “Inquiry Cycle” compositions. If our experience as we move through the inquiry cycle for exhibition could be composed as a movie soundtrack, what would it sound like? We are using Noteflight, Soundtrap, GarageBand and live performances to explore this inquiry.


In French, students watched a short silent film in class then we wrote a narrative for the story as a class. This was in preparation for their upcoming novel study in class. Students will be split up into reading groups and will be reading “Brandon Brown veut un chien” by: Carol Gabb. At home students can start reading books in French or download the Duolingo app.    

CISMF Performance

Congratulations to the Junior Choir students who participated in the CISMF rehearsal and performance last weekend. They were excellent York school Ambassadors and loved being part of such a large choir. The York School was also awarded the CIS Winter Classic Breezin’ Thru Theory first runner up award. We placed 2nd after the overall winners - St Andrew’s College out of a total of twenty-five CIS schools.


A gentle reminder that all student absences should be emailed to
As well, if your child arrives late, please have them sign in with Ms Kate or reception.

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International Week is Here!

The York School’s very first International Week is set to take place from Monday, April 15th to Thursday, April 18th. Students will participate in an international activity every day, culminating in a Parade of Nations and activity afternoon on Thursday, April 18th. Please send your child to school on Thursday with an outfit to represent their country, that they can change into after lunch. This could be clothing, jewelry, accessories, flags or cultural items. The Parade of Nations will take place from 1:15pm - 2:00pm on Thursday, April 18th and students will be following a parade route around the neighbourhood. Parents are welcome to come to this event. If you have any questions about International Week, please e-mail Andrea Hughes at

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If you have any questions, please ask either the Homeroom teachers or the Director of Curriculum, ext. 1616

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

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