Grade 5 - Oct. 10 / 2019


Unit of Inquiry

The Grade 5s have been researching the four major parties in the Canadian Election. Each group is becoming an expert on their parties’ platforms and are preparing to share what they have learned with the rest of the class. Their goal is to provide enough information from each group in order to make an informed decision during our Student Vote Election next week. 


We have started to explore different strategies for multiplication. The goal is for the Grade 5s to choose a strategy that is the most efficient for a particular problem. One mental math strategy we have learned is to break down a larger number into “friendlier” numbers (please see below). We are encouraging the Grade 5s to play games to help memorize their math facts.

Should you like some additional practice, here is how to access IXL.

To sign in to your child’s IXL account,  you will 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 + 27. Example: pou27. Their password is 123456.


The Grade 5’s continue to work on their invasion game unit, however, the focus has now shifted to soccer skills and soccer-like games. Students have explored dribbling techniques which have allowed them to become more confident with the ball. We are playing a variety of soccer-like games, building our way up to a 2-net soccer game. 


Students are performing rhythm patterns on a variety of un-pitched percussion instruments to the song One Drum, composed by award-winning Indigenous singer/songwriter Leela Gilday. Students continue to work on creating a rhythm accompaniment to their climate change chant using Soundtrap.  Students can log into this software here.

Login: Example
Username: lyorke27
Password: 123456

This will open up the MusicFirst dashboard. Select the software tab, and Soundtrap is located here. 



Grade 5 have finished their “C’est Moi” presentations and have completed self-reflections based on their performance. The grade 5 students are becoming more comfortable in their leadership roles in the Junior School and now in the French Classroom. This year in Grade 5 each day there will be a new “enseignant de la journée” (teacher of the day) who will lead their peers in the entry routine. As an extension of the Grade 5 Canadian Government unit, the grade 5 will be talking about the different traits in a leader. 


In addition to her role as the Junior School Leadership Coordinator, Andrea Hughes will now be supporting student learning in Grade 5 classrooms every afternoon from 12:15pm - 2:20pm. Andrea looks forward to sharing her time with both classes while supporting small groups and all inquiries. Andrea will also be an integral part of the Grade 5 Exhibition helping to guide independent and personal inquiries in the PYP culminating learning engagement. We believe this opportunity to forge deeper relationships with our young leaders will serve the students and our Junior School exceptionally well.


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.


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

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