Grade 5 - Sept. 26 / 2019


Our first field trip was a success. Taking the subway was an exciting way to travel to Queen’s Park to learn about the Legislative Assembly. We had a tour and learned about The Mace, and conversations about the responsibilities of each of the different levels of government. One group of students had the opportunity to debate whether homework should be mandatory or not. The other argued for a three-day weekend versus a two-day weekend.

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This week, the Grade 5s started to review strategies for adding three different numbers and subtracting three-digit and four-digit numbers. As we are reviewing these concepts, the Grade 5s are exploring and making connections between the different strategies and algorithms their peers come up with. 


In PHE, students have begun the Invasion Game unit and students were introduced to lacrosse equipment. We explored different techniques to trap, scoop and throw the ball using the stick. 


This week, we applied the rhythm skills we have been reviewing and practising to a composition project. Students created eight-beat chants as a connection to the “Fridays for Future” movement. They will teach these chants to their house friends on Friday ahead of our one-period walk. We discussed how chanting to a drumbeat helps alert the community so they can listen to our message as we spread awareness about the climate crisis. 



This week in French, we have been continuing our “C’est Moi!” projects in preparation for our presentations which will start on Friday 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.  


In art class this week, we took a break from contour drawing skills to inquire into “Fridays For Future” movement, led by teenage Climate Crisis activist, Greta Thunburg from Sweden. We watched her speak at a recent UN summit and discussed her initiatives to mobilize students from around the world to take action. We created catchy slogans and posters to carry on our one-period walk to fight against climate change this Friday. We discussed how our contribution, no matter how small it may seem, can make a difference. We are excited to flight for a healthy planet this Friday! 


Click on the links below for the class timetables.

5A Timetable

5B Timetable

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

We are asking the Grade 5s to check-in on Workspace to ensure that everyone has access to the platform from home. They should each have bookmarks on their Google accounts to access the site. Here is a link to the Workspace in case it is not there. 

Class 5A - Click here to connect to your child’s SeeSaw account

Class 5B - Click here to connect to your child’s SeeSaw account

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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