Unit 3 Who We Are

We finished our Celebration Unit. Students have been engaged in a variety of learning, such as creating a rhyme for the Legend of Monster Nian, learning language through the traditional Chinese games and eating Chinese New Year food. Some photos showing students’ learning are stored in their Chinese notebook.

We have started our new unit of Who We Are.                                                            Central Idea: Communication enables us to connect and understand more about ourselves and others.                                                                                                           We are learning about the personal information about some Significant People whom are explored by our students in their homeroom, such as Walt Disney, Eric Carle, Dr. Sue, Mar Polo, etc.                                                                                                                    At the end of the unit, students will be able to tell the name, country, what significant things they did. In addition, students will be able to talk about themselves regarding name, nationality, age, colors and animals they like, as well as activities they like to do. They will create a photo frame with all their personal information at the back side.

Unité 3 : La dispute !

Bonjour !

It was great to see you today for our Parent-Teacher conferences and share learning strategies.

It is our Unit 3 under the year-long transdisciplinary theme of Who We Are, and our central idea is Languages allow me to communicate with the world.  Our world is the Grade 1 community so we have learnt how to name our country and how to say Bonjour in all the languages we speak in Grade 1. It was great to see our students greet each other in so many ways! We also learnt that disagreements are part of our world and that we need to work together and learn certain phrases to solve problems. Next week we will work on our written presentation and try to use full sentences to introduce ourselves.

Our learning intentions for the unit are:

  • Students will be able to say where they come from;
  • Students will be able to list the languages they speak;
  • Students will inquire about simple sentences that say a lot about themselves and their environment.

Au revoir !

Sắp đến Tết rồi! – Tet is coming

Tết is coming!


Tết or VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR marks the biggest and most significant festival in Vietnamese culture. It is an occasion for the Vietnamese people to show their respect to their parents, ancestors as well as welcoming the New Year with the entire family members. According to the Lunar Calendar, 2018 New Year’s Day falls on Friday, February 16th. This year is the year of the Dog.

At UNIS, the Elementary students will have Tết assemblies on Wednesday, February 14th in the theatre. The assemblies are hosted by the grade 1, 3 and 5 students attending Vietnamese classes.

There are 2 performances scheduled as bellows:

Performance 1 for Grade 2,3,4,5: From 8.25 – 9.05 am

Performance 2 for Grade 1,  ECC and parents: From 9.10am – 9.50 am

Parents are kindly invited to the second assembly to join us for this special event. All the students are encouraged to wear “Áo dài” on the day.


During this week, all students from ECC up to grade 5 in Vietnamese class have been so busy making Banh Chung – Vietnamese sticky rice for Tet.  It is a wonderful learning experience for our UNIS students to explore the tradition of the host country. Bánh chưng is a traditional Vietnamese sticky rice cake which is made from sticky rice, green beans, pork and dong leaves. Its origin came from the story of Lang Liêu, a prince of Hùng King, who became the next King because of his thoughtful creation of bánh chưng and bánh dày, which symbolized the Earth and the Sky. It is considered as an essential food that every Vietnamese family must have on their altar at Tet time. The making and eating of Bánh Chưng during this time is a well-preserved tradition of Vietnamese people.







Right after Tet, on February 26th, all the grade students from grade 1 -5  in Vietnamese and Chinese

classes are going to take part in calligraphy writing activity during their World Language Time.

It’s in front of the canteen and parents are all welcome to attend.

Tôi mạnh khỏe

“Tôi mạnh khỏe- Healthy me” is the second unit that the grade 1 students are currently working on. They are learning to name most of the typical Vietnamese food, fruits and drinks. After that, the students can sort out the healthy and unhealthy food. They can express what they like/ dislike and is able to suggest to each of everyone in their family what they should and should not eat in order to be healthy.

Tôi là ai?

“Tôi là ai” là bài học thứ hai của lớp một. Trọng tâm của bài học này là: “Trường học giúp em trưởng thành”. Thông qua các câu chuyện được kể và được nghe ở trên lớp, các em đã biết cách xưng hô và biết phân biệt rõ ràng các mối quan hệ trong gia đình, họ hàng của mình như:

Bố: Ông nội, bà nội, chú, cô…

Mẹ: Ông ngoại, bà ngoại, dì, cậu…

Các em đang bắt đầu học viết về những người thân yêu trong gia đình của mình.

Song song với việc học khám phá về bản thân, gia đình, trường học và bạn bè, các em tiếp tục học về những âm, vần phức tạp hơn và phân biệt quy tắc khi viết chính tả với các âm r/d/gi, x/s, g/gh, ng/ngh…Luyện tập đánh vần, thêm dấu thanh để viết những từ, câu hoàn chỉnh được đặc biệt chú trọng ở trên lớp. Các em rất yêu thích những hoạt động ngữ âm này.

Hàng tuần các em đều được khuyến khích mượn truyện để về nhà luyện đọc thêm.


Unit of Celebrations

We are beginning our new Unit of Celebrations. We will be able to understand

Celebrations and traditions are expression of shared beliefs and values.

Inquiry into:

– How people celebrate.

– What traditions people have to celebrate.

At the end of the Unit, students will be able to describe the traditions of the celebrations and understand legends for Chinese New Year, and able to transfer to other celebrations which connects to their identity.

For the detailed learning throughout the unit, please visit students school personal blog.

Open classroom on Friday period 4!


Friday the 1st of December, you will be able to come and see how your child is learning french. We are currently working on colors.

Our content objective will be about colors and objects and

our language objectives will be about repeating, listening and connecting colors and objects they know.

My room is located in the library (110)

Thank you and I hope to see you on Friday!


Unité 2 : je celèbre avec ma famille.

Bonjour !

This week we have started our unit 2 in Grade 1 under the year-long transdisciplinary theme of Who We Are, and our central idea is languages allow me to communicate with the world. This week we learnt about everyone’s family. It was great to observe similarities and differences between our families. Can you spot your name in the picture below?!

We also learnt 2 songs, a French nursery rhyme, and another one that didn’t seem that new!

Our learning intentions for the unit are:

  • Students will be able to answer who and what questions;
  • Students will be able to talk about their close family;
  • Students will be able to identify Noel as an important French celebration;
  • Students will be able to label objects with colours.

We will focus on being risk-takers and open-minded learners, showing enthusiasm and curiosity.

Please note that you are welcome to come to your child’s French class on Friday December 1st for ES Open Classrooms, 10:55-11:35, in B8-109 (library building).

Au revoir !


G1 Unit 1 : l’Alphabet qu’est ce que c’est?


We have started our new unit: languages allow me to communicate with the world.

We will focus on being open minded and risk-taker.

Our success criteria:

  1. Alphabet : I can recognize the sound of letters in French;
  2. Common object: I can talk about common objects and people;
  3. Numbers: I can identify numbers from 0 to 16;
  4. Actions: I can label more actions.