Coming soon we will be starting our new Unit of Inquiry which is from the transdisciplinary theme of How We Express Ourselves.

Our central idea is ‘Cultures express creativity in many ways’ We will be inquiring into types of art forms from different cultures and WE NEED YOU!

Examples could be:

Traditional dance, architecture/design, engineer, musician, storytelling, visual arts, puppeteer, drama, ceramics, bookmaking, sculpture, photography, printmaking, jewelry, textiles, film, collage, graphic design, papermaking, painting, quilter, illustrator…….Sign up here. Please sign up by May 3 so we can start organizing. Your children will appreciate it.


Book Week Is Next Week

ES Book Week is Coming! MAY 3 – 5, 2017

Celebrate your love of literature!

Each day of Book Week has a special event:

Wednesday— Read with your Buddy Day

Thursday– Book Character Dress-up Day AND Parade

Friday— Share a quote or line from a favorite book and ask a participant (noted by wearing a badge)  to try to guess what book it’s from!


Week long events:

Multilingual (your home language) Story Bites during

ECC and ES lunch recess times.

Parents-  We need you!   

Please sign up below to share a story.


Come Check it out in the Library!

Questions?  Please contact ES Librarian, Julie Conroy, at

Following Book Week, May 8-12, will be Read-A-Thon

where we will invite students to Read Around Vietnam.

A special celebration will be provided by the class that ‘tours’ the most

More information to come.

Collaborative Learning with 2B

Today we planned our own towns with 2B. We had to plan our town’s buildings and streets. Then we had to design our town on a big piece of paper. We had to be good communicators to share our ideas and listen to others. We had to think about directions on a compass rose and how we might describe how to get from one point to another on a map.

Support literacy initiatives by donating your used books!

The much anticipated SCO Used Book Sale will be held on May 5 & 6, 2017 this year!

The active Homeroom Book Donation Competition begins TODAY and ends on April 28! Time to sort through those bookshelves and donate your pre-loved books:

  • Do you have books that you no longer need that someone else would enjoy?
  • Are you leaving Hanoi in June and don’t want to ship all of your books to your next posting?
  • Do you want to donate your books to promote literacy in Vietnam?

The Book Sale will be glad to accept your books. Used Book Sale is an opportunity for both kids and adults to purchase some ‘pre-loved’ books, in their native tongue (or another language!), at bargain prices.

Kids’ books, adults’ books, fact or fiction, English, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, German, Swedish, French – we’re interested in books on any subject, in any language spoken within the UNIS Hanoi community. If it’s a book that someone else might enjoy, donate it (please no out-dated travel guides, class readers or inappropriate books please!).

Books will be collected in each ECC/ES and MS classroom. HS will have one central collection box in front of Common Room.

Where does all the money go?

The funds raised at the SCO Used Book Sale will be used to empower a variety of literacy projects created and led by UNIS Hanoi students through the Service Learning Programme. Currently, a Middle School service group is working in collaboration with a Grade 12 design student to develop a library in a school in Pu Bin and more literacy initiatives are in the works!

Volunteers Needed!

A lot of volunteers are needed to help sort/price books and then sell during the book Sale. This year, the SCO has decided that each hard-working volunteer will have the opportunity to pre-purchase 1 book per 1.5 hour shift!

Book Sorting: April 20 and May 3 from 8.00 – 11.00 (Canteen)

Book Sales: May 5 from 8.00 – 16.30 and May 6 from 8.00 – 13.00 (Centre for the Arts)

Sign-up for shift here

If you have questions, or would like to be part of the team, please let us know!

Kelly Kim and Winnie Fano, Book Sale CoordinatorsContact us at:

Our new Unit of Inquiry

This week we began our new Unit of Inquiry which is from the transdisciplinary theme of Where we are in place and time.

Our central idea is ‘Curiosity drives exploration to discover and understand the world around us’ and we will be inquiring into types of exploration, how and why people explore and the outcomes of exploration. Our 6 week unit includes elements of geography and time.

We started with a great provocation activity yesterday afternoon which we encourage you to ask your children about.  Students worked in small teams to solve problems and work their way through an adventure challenge to piece together clues and puzzles to solve a problem associated with the unit.

In Maths, we are investigating how we use multiplication in our daily lives. This new unit of inquiry also lends itself to investigations into length and area. As per the ACARA math standards that we use to guide our instruction, we will begin to work with the addition and subtraction of 3 digit numbers up to 1000. For more information on the learning progression of addition, subtraction and multiplication please watch these short clips from Graham Fletcher, a respected math educator.  

We also began a new literacy unit this week in our writing focus. We will be learning about the features of Information Reports and possible applications for writing these non-fiction texts when learning about explorers and explorations.

We have completed our unit on technology and by now we hope that you have connected with your children either by email or via their blog. If you have not we really encourage you to do so.

Please come a cheer on our children as they put all their efforts into helping their houses achieve their very best. The day promises to be a fun one and is a highlight on the elementary sports calendar.
Please remember to
– pack your child’s house uniform
– provide a full water bottle
– provide an additional afternoon snack
– pack sunscreen
– label everything
We look forward to your supportive smiles and positive cheers.

How to support your child at home

Now that we have started our new units, there are words and vocabulary that the children will encounter. While we will learn these new words and discuss their meaning in class, you can also support your child’s learning by introducing them at home either in English and/or your home language.

How we Organise Ourselves:

technology, password, email, network, digital, citizen, interaction, online, internet, blog, digital footprint, app, device, reliability (of information), global


information, data, collect, gather, display, objects, symbol, tally mark, picture, row, line plot, graph

Thank you for your support,

Grade Two Team

New Year, New Inquiries

Dear Parents,

Now that the year of the Rooster is in full swing it is time for some new inquiries. Here is what learning we are aiming for in grade 2 for the upcoming weeks:

Unit of Inquiry is How We Organize Ourselves.

Our central idea is Choices digital citizens make contribute to the global community.

Our inquiry questions include:

  1. How do we manage the information we find on the internet?
  2. Why do we empower people to share ideas?
  3. What responsibilities do we have as digital citizens?

This week we have been focusing on making responsible choices and learning how to send an email. We have discovered our user names and have now been emailing our classmates. Getting comfortable with the keyboard and finding out the correct formatting of an email as been a focus as well.

Next week students will be investigating and setting up their own blogs. Be on the lookout towards the end of next week for your child’s blog. Our big focus is teaching our students to be safe and responsible with their choices regarding technology and its many uses.

MathData Handling and Number

Students are investigating the steps within data handling.

  1. Formulating Questions
  2. Collecting Data
  3. Analyze Data
  4. Interpreting the results

We will be working on all of these steps for the next couple of weeks, and continuing to work on building our number knowledge with addition and subtraction. Our focus is always working within the Math Practices- Looking for Shortcuts, Checking our Work, Thinking about Math, Keep on Trying, Using Math Tools, Looking for Patterns, Modeling Math and Talking About Math.

In Literacy, we are looking at the Response Text. Responses include looking at a piece of work either written, performed or created and making a judgement about it. We are then building a bank of vocabulary to help us give positive critiques and some areas for improvements. We are continuing to work on reading of non-fiction texts and looking at the text features to help us build our skills. We will be looking at various blogs, and creating our own as well. 

Be on the look out for some amazing learning surrounding the use of technology and responsible use.


Grade 2 Team