This week in Grade 1C…

Student-Led Conference Success!!
Thank you to all our visitors who came to support and celebrate in our learning. I think you’ll agree that we all did a wonderful job sharing our learning. We look forward to reviewing your feedback and blog posts about what you learned on the day.
Celebrating Kanata’s Achievement!
We were so excited to celebrate Kanata’s wonderful violin achievement during today’s assembly. Kanata participated in a violin competition in Japan and was placed second, what an achievement!
Please take the time to watch this video of Kanata’s performance.

Book Drive Action!
Well done to all our friends who have taken action by bringing in used books to support the SCO Book Drive. We had a lot of fun counting all the books that Mai brought in as part of a math lesson. We counted by 2, 5’s and 10’s to find out the total and divided the collection into Foreign Language and English Books.
Autism Awareness Month
Thank you to Ms. Sara for raising awareness and asking the school community to wear blue in support of this worthy cause. We came together as a Grade 1 community to take a photo with Ms. Sara, thank you for supporting.
T.I.G. Time Poetry Walk with Ms. Conroy
Throughout our inquiry into poetry we will be collaborating with Ms. Conroy and making use of all the wonderful poetry resources that are available in our school library. On Friday we had fun taking part in a poetry walk around the library and learned about the poet Jack Prelutsky.
Book Week is coming up…check out what is coming up!
  • Wednesday May 2nd: Wear a Word Day- Students wear a word somewhere on their clothing that they identify with, have fun pronouncing or simply enjoy!
  • Thursday May 3rd: Character Costume Dress Up Day.
  • Friday May 4th:  Pajama dress up day + Bring your soft toy friend + SCO Book Sale!  The class with the most donations for the book sale will get to visit the sale FIRST!
  • Poetry Cafe: Please join us on Friday May 4th at 14:30 to showcase some of the poetry that we have written over the course of the unit. We will present in a cafe-style format and hope that you can come along and celebrate our learning over a cup of coffee!
  • Please note that there is no school on Wednesday April 25th due to Hung King Day.

This week in Grade 1C…

Holiday Stories…

On Monday, were very eager to share holiday stories with our friends. We reviewed the features of writing a recount and set to work. It was evident from our stories that we are becoming more independent and confident in our writing skills.

Place Value Math Tasks…

We engaged in a variety of number placement or ‘place value’ tasks this week to strengthen our understanding of number order (extending counting sequences) and value. We started off by discussing patterns that we recognize on the hundred chart and practiced counting forwards or backwards from a given number. We reflected afterwards on the challenges we faced when completing these tasks with a buddy.

Poetry Workshops…

This week, we continued our inquiry into poetry and ‘how writers use poetry to share ideas and connect with others’. We organised ourselves into groups of interest relating to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and creating list poems relating to our chosen goal. We look forward to sharing our poetry with you at the end of our unit. We plan to host a poetry cafe in our classroom to showcase our work.


  • Student-Led Conferences will take place next Wednesday, April 18th. SLC are a wonderful opportunity for your child to share their learning. Please sign up for an available time slot. We look forward to seeing you then.
  • SCO Book Drive: If you have any old or use books that you wish to donate please bring them to school. The SCO is accepting Children’s Books, Foreign Language Books and Young Adult/Adult book donations. Thank you to those of you who have supported already.

Some reminders from Grade 1C…

  • Please join us tomorrow to cheer on the buffaloes, tigers, lions and eagles! Sports Day will kick off on the large field at approximately 8:30am. We look forward to seeing you there.
  • Spring Break is almost here! Have a wonderful holiday and we hope to see you all back at school on Monday April 9th.
  • Save the date: Student-Led Conferences will take place on Wednesday, April 18th. More details to follow.


This week in Grade 1C…

Introducing our New Unit…

Provocation to our New Unit…

What is Poetry?

We began by asking the question ‘what is poetry’ and shared our thinking using a mind mapping tool. Afterwards we visited each of the four Grade 1 classes to learn about different types of poems: Rhyming poems, list poems, cinquains and acrostic poems.

Grade 2 & 3 Music Concert Rehearsal…

We had the pleasure of attending the Grade 2 & 3 music rehearsal this week ahead of their performance today. We were so impressed by their skills on the recorder and ukelele and can’t wait to have the same opportunity to perform when we are in Grade 2.

Grade 5 Buddy Time

We connected with our buddies this week to create poetry together. We combined what we know about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and acrostic poetry and create meaningful poems with a strong, clear message.

Exploring Narrative Writing 

We have been exploring narrative writing through familiar stories and fairytales. We begin by discussing the characters, setting, plot (including the problem & resolution) and develop our oral retelling skills before committing ideas to paper. We are learning how to compare and contrast elements of these stories and have look forward to reading more fractured fairytales.


  • Check out this week’s Tin Tuk for information regarding Sports Day!
  • When: Friday, April 30th 8:20-11:20
  • Where: Large Field

This week in Grade 1C…

Thank you very much for everyone who came to support and share in our learning today. We hope you enjoyed the experience. We think you’ll agree that the children did a fantastic job sharing their learning and showcasing their presentation skills.


  • Come along and enjoy the Spring Fair on Sunday, March 25th.

This week in Grade 1C…

Assembly Success! 

Thank you to all of you who came along to celebrate and share in our learning during this week’s assembly. I think you’ll agree that both Grade 1A & C did a wonderful job presenting their learning with confidence and clarity. Thank you to our volunteers for being such great participants, your input was greatly appreciated.

Open Classrooms Reminder…

Next Thursday and Friday, March 15 & 16,  you are invited to experience what life is like as a first grade student at UNIS. Please see below for available times, we hope you can make it.

Thursday, March 15th 

  • P.E. (12:30-13:10) come along to the Sports Centre to see Ms.Nikki in action.
  • Music (13:15-13:55) Ms. Alexis is looking forward to you join her in room Building 10, G17.
  • Wax Museum Exhibition (14:30-15:15): Following afternoon recess the children will need time to cool off and change into their costumes for our Wax Exhibition display. Please join us in our classroom (Building 9, G26) at 14:30 to share in our learning about significant people. First, your child will present about their chosen person. Then, you will be asked to visit the other children in the class to learn about their chosen people. Afterwards, the children may take their costumes homes. Please let us know if there are any changes to your child’s regular home time routine.

Friday, March 16th

Please note that I will be away for Professional Development on this day. 

  • Art (9:10-9:50) Join Ms. Emma in room Building 10, 108.
  • World Languages (10:55-11:35) Please join your child in their respective group to see what they have been learning in World Languages this term.

Important Reminder:

There will be no school on Monday, March 12th due to Faculty Professional Development. Classes will resume on Tuesday.

This week in Grade 1C…

We have a busy week ahead…be sure to check out or reminders below.

Grade 1 Researchers!

We have continued to inquire into the contributions of significant people and the affect that they have had on the world. This week we developed our research skills by collecting, organising and recording information about our chosen significant people. We recorded our findings in written, informational report format. We will use this information to create a script about our chosen person and present this in oral form next week when we create our green screen recordings. Don’t forget to gather your costume and practice your script this weekend!

Buddy Time with Grade 5A

We had a math focus to our time together this week with our Grade 5 buddies. Both grade levels are learning about probability and chance and we had a lot of fun exploring these concepts together. We worked with our buddy pairs to analyse statements, grade their level of probability or chance and explain our reasoning. Afterwards we create our own statements together.

Personal History Timelines

Thank you for supporting your child by sending in photos for their personal history timeline. We really enjoyed creating these together. Please feel free to drop by the classroom and enjoy these wonderful celebrations of how much we have grown, we are very proud to share them.

Important Reminders:

  • Please support your child in choosing or creating a costume of their chosen significant person this weekend. All costumes should be brought to school by Tuesday March 6th as we will begin recording our green screen videos.
  • To prepare for the green screen recordings each child will put together a script that they will practice and present. As they are pretending to be their chosen significant person the script will be written in the present tense. Please support your child by practicing this in front of a family audience over the weekend.
  • You are invited to our joint class assembly with Grade 1A next Thursday, March 8th. Children who have chosen speaking parts are asked to practice their line(s) over the weekend. We hope you can make it to the performance: March 8th (8:25-9:00) in the ECC Gym.
  •  Rice Collection for San Sa Ho (Sin Chai) Primary School in Sa Pa: Please support this important initiative by sending in supplies of rice that will be delivered to the school by UNIS students on March 8th.

Lots has happened in 1C this week…

TIG Time with Ms. Julie

To connect with our new inquiry we met with Ms. Julie to discuss the importance of biographies as an important source when researching significant people. We learned about three different types of biographies: biographies, autobiographies and collected biographies. We also learned where we can locate biographies in the library and hope to find some resources that connect to our chosen people….look for book starting with the call number 921!


Mystery Reader

Thank you very much to Masashi’s Mum for volunteering to be our Mystery Reader this week. Yumi chose a well known Japanese story “Hanasaka-Jiisan” to share with us. It tells the tale of a kind old man gets a puppy named Pochi. Pochi brings the old man good fortune. However, problems arise when another character tries to steel Pochi!

We would love to have some more sign ups…..if you have the time between 14:00-14:20 on a Wednesday please sign up here!

Unit of Inquiry Connections…

 Why was Ho Chi Minh so significant?
To answer this question Ms. Hue put together a short presentation to explain the significance of Ho Chi Minh to the Vietnamese people. We gathered together to learn more about this significant person prior to our field trip on Thursday. We came away with a strong understanding about the significant contributions Ho Chi Minh made and the reasons why he is remembered and honored in Vietnam.
Field Trip to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum with our Grade 5 Buddies!
We had the opportunity to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum with our Grade 5 buddies to further understand the significant contributions that he made to Vietnam. We showed our respect when entering the Mausoleum and enjoyed visiting his house. We reflected on how Ho Chi Minh’s simple house reflected his values as a leader.
100th Day Celebration
We celebrated our 100th day of school this week and reflected on all the wonderful learning that has taken place over the last one hundred days. We had fun engaging in a variety of 100-related tasks and definitely had a lot of fun enjoying our 100 Day cupcake celebration. A big thank you to everyone who supported by baking cupcakes for the event. We look forward to many great days of learning ahead.
Global Play Day & Play Based Learning
To follow up on the letter sent earlier in the week regarding Play Based Learning we would like to share some of the exciting initiatives that the children have been engaged in this week. On Wednesday we were joined by our friends in K2 to participate in Global Play Day. The children were engaged in a number of self-directed and collaborative learning experiences such as flag making, motion and force car play, water measurements, music and role, building structures and design and create.
Collaborating with Middle School Design Students
Students from our Middle School Design class have taken a keen interest in supporting our Play Based Learning initiative. The visited us this week to present their design ideas and sketches and we had the opportunity to vote on the ideas that we feel would impact our learning space most. We look forward to seeing these projects come to life over the coming weeks and hope to visit the Middle School Design lab.
Healthy Snack Sale!
Thank you to everyone for contributing to this week’s healthy snack sale. Your contributions were much appreciated!
  • As there will be no blog post next week, we wish you a happy and restful Tet break.
  • If you are available please join us for the Tet Assembly on Wednesday morning 8:25-9:50
  • See you back at school on Monday 26th February. 

Lots of reminders this week in 1C…

New Unit Letter


Parent Visit

Thank you to all parents who came along to support our end of unit celebration. We hope you enjoyed and appreciated the time, creativity and knowledge that went into creating these unique light and sound spaces. The children were extremely excited and motivated to share their creations with you and we look forward to coming together again at the end of our new unit on Thursday, March 15th.

Significant People Provocation

As a provocation for our new inquiry into how the contributions of significant people affect our lives we planned a surprise event for the children. Each teacher selected a significant person to represent and outlined the contributions they made to our lives. Over the course of the unit each child will choose one significant person to research…please discuss the term “significant” and the term “contribution” with your child and support them in choosing a person of interest. We look forward to finding out who will be researched this year!


  • Personal Histories Timeline: Please assist your child in choosing 4 photos that represent significant events in their life so far (e.g. first birthday, first tooth, first steps, moving countries, birth of a sibling)
  • Amazing Arts Auction: Tuesday, February 6th. Please come and support by bidding on some of the amazing creations submitted by our talented Grade 1 students.
  • Grade 1 hosting Healthy Snack Sale: Wednesday February 7th. Please support by sending in a healthy snack choice.
  • World Play Day is taking place on Wednesday February 7th. We ask that each child select a toy to bring from home that is suitable for playing with others. We have organised play dates with some of our K2 buddies.
  • Please sign the Field Trip Permission form: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Thursday, 8th of February (8:30-11:30)
  • Invitation to a wax museum exhibit at the end of our new unit: Thursday March 15th (2.30-3.20), also open classroom day





This week in 1C…

T.I.G Time

An Introduction to Robotics: Exploring directions and interpreting commands 

We had a lot of fun exploring directions and assigning commands during our introductory lesson to robotics with Ms.Michelle. It was an engaging way to review directional language as well as giving and following instructions. We look forward to building on today’s lesson and incorporating more robotics throughout the year.

Telling the time to the hour and half hour…

We continue to integrate telling the time to the hour and half hour into our daily math routine. We applied what we know about writing the time in both analog and digital format to create story books that follow a time sequence.


  • Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place next Thursday, February 1st
  • Student reports will be distributed over the coming days, please read through your child’s report prior to the Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Please support our Toy Drive by donating any used or unwanted toys