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Message from Year 5

Thank you so much for your participation in our luncheons last week. It was such a pleasure to have everyone enjoy the fruits of the students’ labour. They really enjoyed sharing what they made and eating all day long!

We have just finished our first unit of inquiry under the lens of “Sharing the Planet.” Students spent the past six weeks diving into food – where and how it is grown, how it is distributed and our choices as consumers. They looked at these aspects of food under the concept of sustainability and how what we eat makes a difference to the planet. The unit nicely complimented the garden in full bloom, where the students were able to maximize the produce in art, design and embedded into our language arts program.  Terminology such as factory farming, organic, fair trade, packaging, waste, carbon footprint, locavore, GMOs and natural selection were used in active discussions. Feel free to incorporate these terms into your dinner conversations. 

Using the election as our springboard, the students are now launching into our next inquiry under the lens of “How We Organize Ourselves.” Students will begin looking at sports organizations and charities and how they are organized and governed. We will then delve into types of government around the world. The students will study dictatorship, communism, democracy, republic, constitutional monarchy and traditional monarchies to understand the complexity around governing bodies. To complement this upcoming unit, we will soon start our second novel study, “Girl Who Owned a City.” We will bring this full circle with a look at the Canadian Government and learn how it is organized for decision making and operation.

In language, we studied the structure of paragraphs. We’ve created criteria and practiced writing for a variety of audiences. This past week we moved to persuasive paragraphs and finding effective ways to convince others of our ideas. Embedded in the paragraph structure, we have explored parts of speech, specifically nouns and plural rules. Next up will be verbs with lessons on tense and their suffix rules. 

In math, we are completing Unit 2 in addition, subtraction and multiplication strategies. Unit 2 focuses on algorithms for larger numbers. To make the process manageable for the students, we selected two algorithms for each computation. Please refer to the chart below to see the algorithms taught to your child:

Our next unit will explore geometry- categorizing and measuring angles and triangles. 

PYP Exhibition

As you know, Year 5 is the last year of the Primary Years Program at Upper Canada College and, as such, Year 5 students engage in the PYP Exhibition. The PYP Exhibition is a collaborative, student-directed, research-based, action-oriented culminating activity. Students lead their own inquiry in the Spring Term. We celebrate the completion of the PYP Exhibition with our community, including parents, on Friday, May 8, 2020. More information will be forthcoming in the new year. 

You should know that the students in Year 5 have begun talking about the PYP Exhibition and we expect some conversations will continue at home. We are encouraging students to take an interest in the news which will feature current and local issues.

We will host a parent session about the Exhibition in the new year. In the meantime, feel free to direct any questions about the PYP Exhibition to Dianne Jojic djojic@ucc.on.ca 

Enjoy your rich pre-Exhibition conversations at home.

The Year Five Team

Jennifer Harper jharper@ucc.on.ca

Paul Faggion pfaggion@ucc.on.ca

Lisa Fleming lfleming@ucc.on.ca