Grade 5 - May 10 / 2019


Happy Friday! It has been an ACTION filled week! We have brainstormed and gathered materials. Make sure to bring it up for discussion this weekend. The students have truly started to change their thinking around their inquiries. WOW!

Mark it on your calendar today… Exhibition is MAY 23rd!

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Measurement comes to an end next week and the students are tasked with a project based assignment where they are to build a model railway. They will have a budget, be measuring how much time it takes to get around the railway and measuring the volume of the train cars.

As we come to the close of exhibition we will be reviewing number sense for the next few weeks, including word problems, long division and double digit multiplication. The students should be feeling like experts by the end of Grade five. Keep practicing at home. Math is all around us.

Our reading love continues and we will be starting a final lit circle activity group next week around the genre of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Start thinking of your book!

We are gearing up for Camp George!! May 28th to May 30th. Please return your forms asap and if you have any questions/concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out! Andrea Lossing, Trip and Camp Curriculum Coordinator, hosted a parent information session about Grade 4 and 5 camp in May. Please see the presentation here. If you have any questions about the Grade 4 and 5 camp, Andrea can be reached at ext 1221 or

In Art class, the Grade 5s continue to document their Exhibition process through creative expressions in the form of an accordion book. These books will be displayed in a gallery on the upcoming Exhibition Day!


This month, we will be looking at the reproductive system and human development component of our programme. The aim of our programme is to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will benefit them and enable them to lead healthy lives.

Students may have awkward or nervous feelings about this unit. In light of these potential feelings, students will not be called on to answer questions. Only students who volunteer to answer a question will be called upon. There will be an anonymous question box available throughout the unit for those who have questions they may not be comfortable asking in front of the class. Most classes for this unit will be co-ed. In addition, Mr. Daoust will teach one class with the boys, while Ms. Cornacchia will teach the girls.

The Human Development component in Grade 5 focuses on the following outcomes:

  • Identify the parts of the reproductive system, and describe how the body changes during puberty;

  • Describe the processes of menstruation and spermatogenesis, and explain how these processes relate to reproduction and overall development;

  • Describe emotional and interpersonal stresses related to puberty (e.g., questions about changing bodies and feelings, adjusting to changing relationships, crushes and more intense feelings, conflicts between personal desires and cultural teachings and practices), and identify strategies that they can apply to manage stress, build resilience, and enhance their mental health and emotional well-being (e.g., being active, writing feelings in a journal, accessing information about their concerns, taking action on a concern, talking to a trusted peer or adult, breathing deeply, meditating, seeking cultural advice from elders)

Our main teaching points during the health unit will be:

  • Puberty - stages of development, and emotional and social changes

  • Personal Hygiene - cleanliness (body, skin and oral care)

  • Reproductive Systems - female and male reproductive systems, with a focus on the menstruation cycle and spermatogenesis (and how they relate to reproduction and development).

For your reference:

  • Teaching Sexual Health -

  • Always Changing - PHE Canada Guide -

  • OPHEA Understanding Puberty: A Time of Change -

In 2018, the Ontario Ministry of Education removed the Human Growth and Sexual Health topic from the Health and Physical Education document and replaced it with Growth and Development curriculum expectations from 1998. We have chosen to address the curriculum expectations from the 2015 document:

Human Development and Sexual Health

  • C1.3 identify the parts of the reproductive system, and describe how the body changes during puberty

  • C1.4 describe the processes of menstruation and spermatogenesis, and explain how these processes relate to reproduction and overall development


In French, we have read the third chapter of our novel study, “Brandon Brown veut un chien” by Carol Gaab. Each week students will choose a different independent chapter activity highlighting the events in that chapter. Students have had class time to complete their activity but they also have the option to bring their novel and activities home to work on. This independent chapter activity is due this Friday. At home, you can discuss what activity your child has chosen for their independent chapter activity and the events in the chapter. Please note: Each student received a novel with the expectation that it will be brought to each French class and returned at the end of the school year.

Next week, we will take a break from our novel study and turn our attention to the French component for exhibition. Students will be translating their lines of inquiry and creating poems about who they are as individuals and learners. There is no preparation needed unless students want to get a jump start and translate their line of inquiry.

The sentence starter will be “ An inquiry into the… ” in french « Une enquête dans le sujet de... »


In Music, students continue to rehearse a song for exhibition opening ceremony, with instrumental accompaniment and in addition to compose a piece of music based on their feelings experienced during the exhibition process.


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.


Here is the timeline of the exhibition.



The Junior School Showcase is right around the corner and we want students to be a part of it! We are looking for all kinds of different acts to showcase their talent. Examples of talent acts include:

  • Juggling

  • Singing

  • Dancing

  • Making a video

  • Playing an instrument

  • Telling jokes

We would even love to see some ‘hidden talents’ at auditions.

The sign-up sheet for showcase is available to students outside of the cafeteria. Students have until Tuesday, May 14th to sign up. Auditions will be held the following week from May 21st - 24th. All students who signed up will be given to opportunity to perform during Showcase.

Challenge by Choice: Spelling Bee

The York School has been invited to participate in a Spelling Bee with two other PYP schools on Monday, May 27, 2019. The York School may send two students per grade from the Junior School to compete at the Spelling Bee. Students representatives will walk to The Sunnybrook School to participate and compete in age/grade categories.

This is a Challenge by Choice activity. Students may choose to participate or may choose to not participate. There will be five grade-level Spelling Bees held for each grade with students from both classes participating. The top speller from each grade will be invited to complete at the Spelling Bee at The Sunnybrook School.

Grade-level spelling bee dates are:

  • Friday, May 10, 2019 - Grade 5

  • Monday, May 13, 2019 - Grade 4

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Grade 3

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Grade 2

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Grade 1

Each grade Spelling Bee will begin at 1:00 PM on the designated day. The location of the bee will be determined by the number of participants.

If you are interested in having your child participate in the spelling bee, please complete the registration here. More information will be provided, including the Spelling Bee rules, practice word lists, and days and times that students may practice during lunch.

Please let me, ext. 1616 or, know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance!

Take care, Karen McCallum-Ryan
Director of Curriculum, Junior School


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

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