Welcome to 5C!

Dear 5C Students, Parents and Guests,

You’ve found my blog! I hope you will find this site useful for finding information about what has done, what we are doing, and what we will do throughout the year. It will serve as a showcase of student work, and it will be a place to find additional resources to support student learning.

In partnership,

Nathan Smith
5C Homeroom Teacher

5A Final Post (June 11-14)

Greetings 5A Community,

The drum has sounded, and the school-year has ended! What a pleasure it has been to work with your children. I wish each and every family a wonderful summer, and for those families not returning to UNIS, we wish you all the very best in your coming adventures.

Thank you to all the families and friends who joined us in celebrating the end of Elementary learning for G5 students on Monday. The students were excited to receive their certificates from Dr Barder and to share their “trans-identity” products with you. Here is a link to the photos from the G5 Certificate Assembly.

It has been a privilege to watch your children grow and develop into the individuals they are now. The transition ahead of them will be a big one as they ready themselves for Middle School. Please always remember that even though grade five is over, my door is always open.

The Aquatics Coordinator, Martin Hamilton created this clip of the Swim Relay Extravaganza for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy your summer!

Week 38: June 4-8

Greetings 5A Community,

First, a few important reminders regarding the G5 Assembly Celebration on Monday, from 9am to 11am. We hope all G5 families will be there to support this important transition to middle school! The student dress code for the celebration is business attire (collared shirts and pants/skirt). At 11am, parents are invited to join their child for an early lunch in the canteen.

For part of the celebration, students will present art forms that they created for their final assessment, representing elements of their identity and transition. Students spent most of the week looking through family photos and designing their products. Check out the pictures below:

Swim Relay Extravaganza
What a fun way to cool down and enjoy a little bit of competitive fun.

Week 37: May 27-June 1

Greetings 5A Community,

Please remind your child to bring their swimsuit tomorrow for the swim extravaganza!

As I write, 5A students are “stepping up” into the middle school, where they spent the day getting a glimpse of the transition that they will make next year. What a great topic for dinner conversation.

Speaking of transitions, this week students identified at least five factors that make up their current identity as gymnasts, singers, readers, etc. Challenged to think deeply, they researched their minds to determine the reasons for their talents and interests. This weekend, students are encouraged to gather materials to create an artifact to represent the transitions they have made and how these transitions have affected their identity.

Students brainstormed factors that shape their identity.


In literacy, students will write a final recount text on their experience in middle school. Look for it on their blogs next week. In math, students practiced estimating angles and learned how to use coordinates to find a point on a grid. Some students reviewed decimals while others analyzed data.

Students explored geometric principled by looking at sides and angles.

We also went to Hanoi International School to check out their PYP Exhibition. They did a great job presenting, and we asked thoughtful questions that showed how much we have grown as thinkers and communicators.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Week 36: May 21-25

Greetings 5A Community,

Continuing our investigations into transitions, this week Grade 5a students categorized the factors of our changing identity as either physical, social and/or emotional. Nurse Susan met with each gender to answer questions pertaining to physical changes, such as menstruation for girls and nocturnal emissions for boys. Students individually researched different social and emotional changes, such as peer pressure and stress. We also celebrated transitions as we joined in a parade for the graduating seniors.

During literacy, students learned to create and include metaphors and similes into their writing. They also discussed the transitions of Edward Tulane, a china doll in our current read-aloud novel who shares his changing emotions. What a great book, so far! In math, students continued their hands-on exploration of area and volume by making “nets.” Three students teamed up and found all the possible ways to make a net for a cube.

Pictured below are a few pictures of students working together to create banners for the G12 Graduation Walk. Enjoy!

Week 35: May 14-18

G5 Celebration of Learning
(save the date)
UNIS Center for the Arts
Monday, June 11 at 9:00am

Please join us in celebrating the end of your child’s Primary Years Program.

Greetings 5A Community,

This week students took the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) Test over three days, covering reading, math and language. We will receive the results in the next week or two. While this test is only one measure of student academic achievement, it will provide a glimpse into your child’s academic growth.

As we continue our units on “identity” and “transitions”, students identified many types of transitions, from moving to maturity. They researched topics such as puberty and hygiene, and thought about how they are changing, physically, socially and emotionally.

In literacy, students practiced adding description into their writing. You can see their reflections and sample paragraphs on their blogs. They also discussed literary devices, such as metaphors and symbolism, during our read-aloud of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. In math, students continued to practice solving problems involving different types of measurement.

Finally, please put the G5 Celebration of Learning on your calendar for June 11. We will use this event as a way for students to showcase their changing identities through artifacts and presentations, as well as a way to say goodbye and provide closure on a wonderful year.

In continued partnership,

Week 34: May 7-11

Greetings 5A Community,

This week we introduced our last unit of the year on “transitions,” and we began our exploration with a visit to a Kindergarten classroom to help students realize some of the transitions they have already made as learners.

Ms. Cathie leads G5 students in Kindergarten activities, including songs, building blocks and writing the alphabet.

As part of understanding transitions, students attempt to organize their own seating arrangements in the class.

Next, we brainstormed other types of transitions and created a list that included physical, social and emotional changes. And yes, puberty was on the list! The following presentation slides give a brief overview of topics covered during the unit.

Now that Exhibition is over – although some groups are continuing their actions – we are back to a more normal schedule of math and literacy. In math this week, students learned about the different types of measurement through hands-on activities. In literacy, students learned to provide descriptive details into their “recount” writing.

Student explores volume by finding out how many cubic centimeters will fit in the rectangular prism.

Students measured the weight of objects in grams.

Next week, students will take the standardized MAP assessment on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Families can help students by ensuring that their children come to school rested with full stomachs.

During a recess break, students wait for updates of the NBA basketball playoffs.

Have a splendid weekend,

Week 33: May 2-4

Greetings 5A Community,

People are still talking about the wonderful PYP Exhibition that the G5 students presented to the community last week! Several of my colleagues said that it was the best PYPX ever, based on all of the actions that our students took and are still taking to help meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Attached are pictures of the special event.

The theme of this short week is “books.” On Wednesday, students had extended reading time and chose a meaningful word to share. One student taught us the meaning of “cryptozoology.” On Thursday, students dressed up as favorite characters and we had a “mystery reader” stop by our class. On Friday there will be a book sale for students to purchase books at discounted prices. Books cost between 10 and 40 thousand dong.

As the year starts to wind down, we are starting our final units for all subjects. Our last unit of inquiry will be about “transitions,” physical, social and emotional. The focus of Math will be geometry, and students will investigate the various types of measurement through hands-on activities. In literacy, students will review “recount” writing and take reading assessments.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Week 31: 16-20 April

Greetings 5A Community,

Next week is the long awaited PYPX! The following is the schedule for the two day event.

Tuesday 24th of April Schedule
Students arrive at school at the standard time. They will finish setting up for the presentations (which they started the day prior) and attend any specialty classes up until 12:30 pm. This is when the first visiting schools begin to arrive. G5 students are presenting the PYPX process and then station themselves at their exhibits until 3:20 pm. There will be a short 15-minute break between 1:45 and 2:10. Students will travel home as per normal travel arrangements.

Wednesday is a public holiday, so no school

Thursday 26th of April Schedule
Students arrive at school at the standard time and attend the normal school assembly. At 9:10 am students greet the first round of guests. Students continue with their exhibits until 2:55 pm. Normal lunch and break times are observed over the course of the day.

Thursday 26th of April – Parent and Guest Evening Schedule
Students are required to be at school by 5:30 pm to tend to their exhibits and prep for the parent presentation which starts at 6:00 pm. The presentation will take approximately 20 mins. Students will then return to their exhibits and explain their PYPX journey and learning, to parents and a variety of other guests.

At  7:15 pm students will return to the theatre to sing their closing song and listen to the closing statements from their PYP coordinator, Ms Angela Meikle. The event should be finished by 7:30 pm

I look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday night!

After a hard week of work and leading a successful assembly, students relaxed with some “off-line” games.

Students peer-edited their informational reports for the PYPX.

Students played a variety of strategic board games.

Students worked on their PYPX displays.