Week 29 – Explorers

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your attendance and engagement in the Student Led Conferences. As a parent I really enjoy this special time with my children. It really allows me to see where they are at and how they are improving their learning. It also is a time where we can set goals together. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Book Week is coming

Everyday of Book Week will offer special activities!

Wednesday May 2- Wear a Word Day:

Students wear a word on their clothing-

Can be a word they identify with, have fun saying or simply enjoy.

Thursday May 3-Character costume dress up day + Parade

Students dress up as their favourite BOOK character

Friday May 4 Pajama dress up day and bring your

best buddy soft cuddly toy to school day

+ SCO Book Sale!

Plus week long activities including Literary Lunches, DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Time, Book Walks, Poetry Pathways and AMAZING Library displays!

                                             The Book Week Team

Family Photos

UOI

We have chosen an area of our universe (land, underwater or space) to explore and some reasons why we will explore. Using the internet and books we are gathering information to share our exploration through a travel brochure. The brochure will include a map, fascinating reasons to go, fascinating facts, things to bring, photographs and other things that we learn.

Math

We have completed for the moment our inquiry into multiplication through repeated addition, arrays, number sentences, symbols and pictures. The students have impressed me with their increased understanding of multiplication and understand a great deal about this area of math which will continually be built on for the rest of this year and in the coming school years. We will use this knowledge in the coming weeks to connect it to fractions and division. Congratulations to all the students!

English

We have learned the structure of the information report and have written two drafts. One with the class about superheroes and one with a partner about a country or continent of interest. For our country we had to use books to find the information and then write it in our own words rather than just copy. This is a skill we will need to use as we complete our travel brochures. We also continued to develop our individual reading through our weekly reading to ourselves, through Raz kids, word study and focused guided reading with Mr. Daniel.

Reminders

  • Wednesday, 25 April – Hung King Day NO SCHOOL
  • BOOK DRIVE ENDS: Monday April 9 – Friday April 27 – Currently we have about 100 books!!
  • Monday, 30 April – Vietnamese Victory Day NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday 1st May – International Labour Day  NO SCHOOL
  • BOOK SALE: Friday May 4 – Saturday May
  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Hats in PE and recesses. Many students are forgetting their hats for recesses and PE. Please check your child has a hat for these times.

Week 28 – Student Led Conferences Next Week

Dear Parents,

Reminders – Coming Events

Today – Thursday 12th April Grade 2 -5 Art Show 5-7pm in the Centre for the Arts Centre

Wednesday 18th April – Student Led Conference – Sign up for your ALLOCATED time through Veracross. You received an email yesterday explaining the process and how the Student Led Conference is structured. This is not a parent/teacher conference but a time for parents and students to share their learning and progress.

  • Wednesday, 25 April – Hung King Day NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, 20 April – Vietnamese Victory Day NO SCHOOL
  • BOOK DRIVE: Monday April 9 – Friday April 27
  • BOOK SALE: Friday May 4 – Saturday May

Reminders – Weekly routines

  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Hats in PE and recesses. Many students are forgetting their hats for recesses and PE. Please check your child has a hat for these times.

Grade 5 PYP EXHIBITION ACTION – Movie showing next week – 17th of April, at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Dear Parents,

We are one of the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition groups called ‘Plastic Ocean’s’. We are screening a documentary called, ‘A Plastic Ocean’, directed by Craig Leeson and Produced by Jo Ruxton and Adam Leipzig.

A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particles that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

Plastic pollution isn’t new. But awareness of just how catastrophic it is for the environment has grown in recent years – especially its impact on the oceans. It may be second only to global warming as a threat to the health of the seas.

Here in Vietnam, we’ve seen very little action. And that’s despite the fact that Vietnam has been identified as one of five countries responsible for more than 60% of the world’s plastic pollution.

We want to invite you to attend the screening at UNIS, on the 17th of April, at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, to learn and explore ways you can make a difference. A ticket costs 50,000 VND, Feel free to watch this short video to show you why you should attend this screening.

The ticket proceeds will go towards covering the costs of the screening fee, advertising and 100% of the remainder will go towards the ‘Plastic Pollution Coalition’, which is a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, organized and existing under the laws of California (Federal Tax ID #94-2889684), located at: 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460, Berkeley, CA 94704.

With many thanks from us, a group of 10 & 11 year olds trying to make a difference.

Olivia, Lily, Rei and Amara

The Plastics Oceans Group

G5 UNIS Students

 

Week 27 – Fun Sports Day Tomorrow

Dear Parents

UNIS Fun Sports Day 

Please come share our celebration of movement, teamwork and school spirit at our UNIS School Sports day. Friday 30th March (tomorrow).
Times specific for Grade G2  – 8:20-11:20 (The calendar has a different starting time please ignore the calendar.)
Make sure students have a hat and water bottle.

English

Writing – Model writing of an information report. Topic: Super heroes

Reading – Investigating the structure of an information report.

Math

The relationship between arrays, groups of, skipping counting, repeated addition and multiplication.

Solving and writing word problems that involve multiplication.

UOI

Guest speakers on the topics of exploring the Himalayas and Vietnam.

Preparing for an exploration (What to bring on a field trip and creating a map of the route needed to be taken.)

Exploring a location through a field trip.

Reminders

  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Hats in PE and recesses. Many students are forgetting their hats for recesses and PE. Please check your child has a hat for these times.
  • Fri 30th March UNIS Fun Sports Day 8:20

Week 26 – Explorers, Arrays and the Genre of Reports

Dear Parents,

Grade 2 Field Trip

The grade 2 students will be going on a curious adventure to the Hanoi Botanical Gardens. Please help us to prepare.

When: Thursday, March 29

Where: Hanoi Botanical Gardens

Time: 11:40-2:30

What to bring: Packed Lunch from home, hat, water bottle, backpack to carry your things.

Permission forms will be sent home Monday- Please return all permission forms by Wednesday 28th March

UOI – Explorers – For all the Unit information please read below under the reminders

We explored the UNIS Campus by using a map and recording our observations using photos and written notes.

We completed a preassessment to show what we understand about explorers and learned about the concepts, profiles and attitudes that will be required in this unit.

English The genre of report writing

We have started to learn how to write reports and have been reading and examining reports during our reading sessions.

Math

We continue to expand our knowledge of multiplication through using arrays, our knowledge of area, repeated addition and using the multiplication equation.

UNIS Fun Sports Day 

Please come share our celebration of movement, teamwork and school spirit at our UNIS School Sports day. Friday 30th March.
Times specific for Grade G2  – 8:20-11:20 (The calendar has a different starting time please ignore the calendar.)

Reminders

  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home
  • Fri 23rd March, ES Parents & Administrators’ Coffee Morning – “Supporting your child’s literacy and language development at home.” Facilitated by Angela Brienza, English Coordinator, and ESLT.
  • Sunday 25th March UNIS Spring Fair
  • Thurs 29th March – Explorer Field Trip to Botanical Gardens (Permission forms will be sent home Monday)- Please return all permission forms by Wednesday 28th March. We will need a packed lunch.
  • Fri 30th March UNIS Fun Sports Day 8:20 -11:30
  • Sat 31st March – 8th April:  Spring Break

Dear Parents:  

Please be advised that Grade Two will begin a new unit of inquiry into Where We are in Place and Time on March 26, 2018.

The concepts below will be taught in class, however, it would be of great assistance to help your child become familiar with the main unit components and vocabulary in order to maximize their learning experiences and make connections in class.

This is especially important for non mother-tongue English speaking students. Please translate the following into your child’s mother tongue in order to develop their linguistic abilities and foster their conceptual development.

Any extra reading, websites, films or learning experiences you may give your child in their mother tongue to compliment this unit, would be extremely valuable.

Central Idea:
Curiosity drives exploration to discover and understand the world around us.

 

Inquiry into:
  • Types of exploration (form)
  • How people explore (function)
  • Outcomes of exploration (causation)

 

Vocabulary:

world, map, adventure, ocean, river, lake, sea, continent, country,

space, technology, mountain, exploration, to explore, curiosity, geography, to motivate, outcome, journey, to discover, to understand,

to trade

 

Thank you,

 

The Grade 2 Team

Week 25 – Science Expo and Open Classrooms

Dear Parents,

Thank you to the parents who attended the Science Expo today as part of the Open Classrooms. We enjoyed sharing our learning and having you in the class!

Open Classrooms#2

Friday 16th March

  • 8.15 – 8.45 MRISA Sport assembly.  If we finish we will have a small world language lesson until PE.
  • 9.10-9.50 PE
  • 10.05 – 10.50 ART
  • 10.55-11.30  – Math 

 

UOI

Chemical Change – Making pancakes

This week our focus was learning about chemical and physical change between the states of matter.

Preparing our experiments for the Science Expo

Math

In math this week we inquired into multiplication through using arrays and repeated addition. We played games, shared our knowledge in math talks and used modeling and written equations to show our understanding. We also inquired into the vocabulary that is required to understand multiplication and division.

Next week

New Unit: Where we are in place and time: Explorers

Math: Multiplication using arrays, modeling, repeated addition and the written equation

English: Reading and writing focus will be the Information Report.

Reminders

  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Fri, 16th March:  Open Classrooms #2
  • Thu 22nd March, Grades 2&3 Music Concert 9am
  • Fri 23rd March, ES Parents & Administrators’ Coffee Morning – “Supporting your child’s literacy and language development at home.” Facilitated by Angela Brienza, English Coordinator, and ESLT.
  • 31st March – 8th April:  Spring Break

Week 24 – OPEN CLASSROOMS NEXT WEEK

Dear Parents,

Open classrooms are next week and you are all welcome to join. Please see schedule below for the classes and times that you can attend. On Thursday in the homeroom we will share our science experiments to end our current unit and on Friday will be a math session.

 

 

Reminders

  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home
  • Monday, 12th March, NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Development Day)
  • Thu/Fri, 15th/16th March:  Open Classrooms #2
  • Thu 22nd March, Grades 2&3 Music Concert
  • Fri 23rd March, ES Parents & Administrators’ Coffee Morning – “Supporting your child’s literacy and language development at home.” Facilitated by Angela Brienza, English Coordinator, and ESLT.
  • 31st March – 8th April:  Spring Break

 

 

Week 23 – Welcome back

Dear Parents

Welcome back from your Tet Break. The students have returned to class in a very positive mood and have enjoyed their learning all this week.

On Monday we had a scientist/explorer visit our class to speak about his adventure to the South Pole. We used this experience to write informative and descriptive sentences about the life of an explorer. In our next unit exploration will be our focus. See photo below.

In UOI we experienced many experiments related to the properties of matter and also how we can change matter between the different states. (Solids, liquids, gases) For one of the experiences we visited the Secondary Science Lab. See photos below.

Math

This week we focused on measuring the area of a shape. We started with learning what an area is and then measured different areas using informal and formal measurement.

Math Blast: Place value has been the focus by using numbers and playing games that require the students to understand numbers up to 1000.

English

We have learned the Scientific Writing Process and started to learn how to write up an experiment. We will complete our first attempt by Friday this week.

We have continued to focus on the different types of fiction in reading. Remember reading at home is very important.

In word study we continue to inquire into the long vowel sounds.

Images from the week

Dr Henry Antarctic Explorer

Visiting the Secondary Science Lab

 

Reminders

  • Library Friday
  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home
  • Aquathlon this Saturday
  • Math evening for parents with expert Dr James Tanton 6pm on March 5th in the theatre
  • Monday, 12th March, NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Development Day)
  • Thu/Fri, 15th/16th March:  Open Classrooms #2
  • Thu 22nd March, Grades 2&3 Music Concert
  • Fri 23rd March, ES Parents & Administrators’ Coffee Morning – “Supporting your child’s literacy and language development at home.” Facilitated by Angela Brienza, English Coordinator, and ESLT.
  • 31st March – 8th April:  Spring Break

 

Week 22

Dear Parents,

Chuc Mung Nam Moi.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope you all have a wonderful Tet break.

Playing with our Discovery Buddies today.

Math

This week we focused on measuring for accuracy and choosing the most appropriate tool to measure with. We also discussed measurement vocabulary such as length, width, height and connected vocabulary such as widen, tall and long.

Math Blast: Each week during a part of our math sessions we continue to consolidate our knowledge of subtraction, addition, counting, place value and word problems using Math Talks and math games. We are really becoming experts with our use of numbers to 20 and using many math strategies.

English

In reading we have looked at the many types of fiction genre. We sorted our class library into different fiction categories such as realistic, fantasy, poems, science fiction, historical, traditional and many more.

Using these categories in writing we selected a topic such as a “cold day” and thought of the title of a story we could write in each category. For example in fantasy we thought of “The Talking Snowman” and realistic fiction, “The Stolen Coat”.

We chose one of the titles and wrote a beginning, middle and ending supported by an appropriate drawing (visual literacy).

We now are creating more story ideas on our own topics.

UOI

Investigating the characteristics of solids, liquids and gases.

Recorder Practice at home.

A message from Ms Sally showing where students can practice their recorder music. Please click on this link. For any questions please contact Ms Sally.

Aquathlon

For more information

Aquathlon Site or contact Martin Hamilton

Reminders

  • Library Friday
  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Wednesday 14th February Grade 2-5 Tet Assembly at 8.20
  • Thursday 15th February – No School Tet Break
  • Monday 26th February – Return to school from Tet Break

Week 21 – New Unit

Dear Parents,

Thank you for attending the parent teacher conferences today. I enjoyed talking with you about your child’s successes and goals for second semester.

New Unit Provocation on Wednesday.

Making Ice Cream – We had so much fun!!

Reminders

  • Library Friday
  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Wednesday 7th February Snack Sale
  • Wednesday 14th February Grade 2-5 Tet Assembly at 8.20
  • Thursday 15th February – No School Tet Break
  • Monday 26th February – Return to school from Tet Break

Week 20 – Taking Action

Dear Parents,

This week has been the last week of our current UOI – (Sharing the Planet) and genre of writing – (persuasion/exposition). In math we have started measurement and have continued to develop our knowledge of number.

Next week we will commence our new science UOI, Materials can be changed and used for different purposes, and genre of writing, narrative.

Importantly next week are the second Parent Teacher Conferences of the year, which are being held next Thursday, 1st February, 2018. Please check your emails to clarify how to sign up using Verascross. I look forward to meeting with you all Thursday. Also please read the Semester 1 Report which you will receive in Veracross. You will receive an email from the ES Office next week to inform you of when the reports have been added to the system.

UOI 

A week of taking action at home and listening to people who have taken action in our Hanoi Community. Thank you for your support at home and sharing your child’s enthusiasm for their chosen action. We wonder if you can sustain this action into the future.

Blue Dragon

 

Grade 6 students talking about action during their exhibition.

Koto

Math – Measurement

We commenced our measurement by understanding what we already know about measurement and completing a scavenger hunt in class.

Reminders

  • Library Friday
  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up on Thursday, 1 February. There is no school/ASA’s for students that day.  Information about signing up for conferences has been sent to you.
  • Wednesday 7th February Snack Sale
  • Wednesday 14th February Grade 2-5 Tet Assembly at 8.20
  • Thursday 15th February – No School Tet Break
  • Monday 26th February – Return to school from Tet Break