1A – Thursday 26th April

We had an extra special visitor today- ‘Super Cycling Man!’  Mr Will, from the UK, is cycling across all the continents of the world in 5 years to raise awareness of Parkinsons disease. So far he has been travelling for 3 years. You can watch his video below…


Will came to our class and showed us his bike and some of his equipment. The children had lots of questions to ask him, but he didn’t have time to answer them all. You can visit his website and ask further questions there. Will’s main message is, ‘We can all be superheroes’ in our own ways. www.supercyclingman.com 

At the moment, Grade 3 and Grade 1 are doing similar units of inquiry. We are looking at how artists/writers share ideas through their work. Last week we visited 3A to be critical friends. We took our SDG poems up to their classroom and our buddies were able to give us some feedback on what we could change to make improvements. Then we got to give them some feedback about the art work that they had created. What rich conversations were had!

Here’s what you need to know for next week…

  • Monday and Tuesday are public holidays.
  • Wednesday is the beginning of Book Week- lots of activities are happening at school.
  • Thursday – Book Character Parade. Please come dressed as your favourite book character. Bring along the book that you are dressed up as.
  • Friday- Wear your pyjamas and bring a soft toy friend to read to AND our poetry cafe. See you at our classroom at 2:30pm. Children will need to bring a change of clothes so they don’t have to present in their pyjamas!

Have a wonderful long weekend!

1A – Thursday 18th April

Thank you all for coming out today to celebrate your children’s learning. The children did a great job leading their conferences and sharing what they have learnt.

Book Week is coming up! Here’s what you need to know…

 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. (we will do this at school)

Thursday May 3-Character costume dress up day + Parade. Students dress up as their favourite BOOK character

Friday May 4 Pyjama 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

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.

Yesterday you received your invitation for the Poetry Cafe. If you are able, please come and have a drink and snack while you listen to some amazing poems about the SDGs. We appreciate that we have asked for your presence a lot at school lately. Please let us know if you are un able to come and we can video your child and share the video.

Final reminders- SCO book sale. We are still accepting book donations.  A Grade 5 exhibition group are collecting any old clothes and shoes to donate to Blue Dragon.

1A – Thursday 12th April

Welcome back! We are excited for the last 9 weeks of school before the summer. It is crazy how fast this year has gone and I can’t believe our wee cherubs will be Grade 2s before we know it! Lots of hard work to do before then though! 🙂

Lately, we have been doing lots of work around the 100s chart. We’ve been looking at a number and then thinking about 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, 1 less, etc. Ms Beth taught us a great new game called ‘Neighbours’ that helps us practice these skills. Yesterday we built our own 100s chart. We made some interesting discoveries…

  • the numbers needed to be quite accurately placed otherwise when we counted in 10’s the numbers weren’t in the right places and it didn’t make sense.
  • it was different to a number line because when we got to 11 we had to go down a line. If we didn’t then the 10’s didn’t match up
  • we know that we count down in 10’s and across in 1’s

We continue to work on our narrative skills. This week we have finished our 3 Little _____ And The Big Bad _____ stories. The children have used an iPad app called Toontastic to recreate their adapted story. They will be posted on their blogs by the end of the week.

Sports Day was a blast. The PE team did a great job of organising many fun activities. Here’s a few pictures from the day.

Nikki’s mum came to be our mystery reader yesterday. She taught us lots about the Chinese language and read us a book about Loving ourselves. We discovered that there are a lot of similarities between Chinese and Japanese!

Remember to sign up for a Student Led conference on Wednesday the 18th. There is no school that day but we invite you in to share in your child’s success and learning.

Books are now being collected for the SCO book sale. Please send any books for donation to the classroom.

Save the date! We have some important messages about the SDGs to share with you through the form of poetry! We will be having a Poetry Cafe on Friday the 4th of May at 2:30pm. You will receive an invitation on the day of student led conferences.

Finally- a message from one of our PYP exhibition groups…

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

1A – Thursday 22nd March

This week we started our new unit. Please read the overview to see what we will cover over the next 6 weeks.

To begin our UoI we visited all of the G1 classrooms to learn about some different forms of poetry. We learnt about list poems, acrostics, rhyming poems and cinquains.

We have been looking at the differences between similar fairytales. This week we looked at ‘The Three Little Pigs And The Big Bad Wolf’ and we compared it to ‘The Three Little Wolves And The Big Bad Pig’. Here’s what we discovered.

Look out for our adapted story- ‘The Three Little Hamsters And The Big Bad Cat’ – in an upcoming blog post!

Next week I will be away in Hong Kong for professional development, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please include Ms Hue in any emails regarding changes to your child’s schedule.

On Friday the 30th we have our whole school sports day. Our children will be participating from 8:20-11:30. You are welcome to come and join us for the fun!

1A – Thursday 15th March

We were so proud of the children at the wax museum today! What risk takers they were as they spoke in front of all those grown ups! I hope you got some good footage on your cameras! We will post our green screens next week on the children’s individual blogs. Watch out for the post.

Here’s a few pictures from today.

Wax Museum 2018

In math we have been working on building up our strategies for adding and subtracting. We do this through humber talks. Ask you child what strategies they know to work out addition and subtraction problems to 20.

We had another mystery reader this week. Mr Kacper (Zosia’s dad) came and read us a story in Polish. We made lots of connections between the languages we know and the language Zosia speaks at home. Thanks Kacper!

Don’t forget to remind your child to wear blue tomorrow for the whole school assembly! Also, as per my email sent, there will be NO music class tomorrow for open classrooms.  You can visit for math from 9:10-9:50 and World Language from 10:55-11:35.


1A – Thursday 8th March

We were so proud of the children’s performance today in assembly. They were great risk takers up on stage and showed the audience how knowledgable they are.

This week we have been busy doing our green screen performances. They look fantastic and we can’t wait to share them with you once the wax museum is over. Thank you for helping your children with their costumes. They all look amazing and we are looking forward to sharing our research with you at the wax museum. Here’s a few photos of us dressed up- can you guess who each child might be?!

Next week on Thursday the 15th and Friday the 16th we will have open classrooms. Here is the schedule:


Please note that for the wax museum we will be in the foyer of the Centre for the Arts building- upstairs. We will not be in the classroom. If you are unable to make it for any reason, please send me an email and I will arrange for your child’s Grade 5 buddy to be there for them.

Next week is busy- here’s what you need to know.

  • Monday: No school- teachers have a professional development day
  • Thursday: Open classrooms / wax museum
  • Friday: Open classrooms & spirit assembly for the whole school. We will be welcoming the soccer players who are coming to UNIS for a tournament. The children can wear blue to support our UNIS players.


1A- Thursday 1st March

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, relaxing with family and friends!

We had a wonderful TET celebration at school before the holiday. Lizzie and Long were superstars up on stage in the TET performance!

We were also lucky enough to have TWO mystery readers! William’s mum read us the story of Chinese New Year and Lizzie’s mum and dad read a story in Dutch and Vietnamese.

It’s been great to hear about all the holiday adventures this week. We shared some oral recounts on our blogs- I hope you got to hear them!

We have begun to learn about a new writing genre- narrative / story telling. We made puppets of lots of different characters and have been practising using our speaking skills to tell stories. The children are really enjoying using their imaginations and working together to create stories with characters, settings, problems and resolutions.

In math, we continue to work on addition and subtraction but we are also learning to measure with standard and non standard units. We drew around our bodies and used equipment from the classroom to measure body parts.

The children really enjoyed sharing their significant event photographs with each other. Please come in to the classroom and see the posters they have created. They look fantastic and all the children now understand the word, ‘significant’.

We are currently writing our ‘scripts’ for the wax museum, about our chosen significant people. Please help your child to organise their costume over the weekend. It needs to be brought into school on Monday.  Remember to book Thursday the 15th, from 2:30-3:20 off work for our wax museum! You will not be disappointed!

Thank you to Hiromi who was this weeks mystery reader. We enjoyed the Japanese story about the rice balls. If you would like to come in to read, please contact myself, or Hiromi and Ha, our class parents.

Next week, on Thursday, March 8th, 1A and 1C will be presenting in assembly. Please come along if you are able! It will be in the ECC gym from 8:30-9am.





1A – Thursday 8th Feb

Happy 100 days of school!! What fun we had on Tuesday celebrating 100 days of hard work in Grade 1. We had books about 100, 100 games to play, 100 pieces of popcorn, lego creations with 100 pieces, 100 water balloons, 100 paper chains and 100 stickers….but most deliciously… 100 cupcakes!!!!

On Wednesday we celebrated Global Play Day with our ECC buddies. The children enjoyed sharing their toys from home and playing lots of games with our younger friends. There was communication, cooperation, problem solving and a chance for our G1 children to be the ‘older buddies’ and show responsibility.

And today we saw a very significant person from Vietnam. Mr Ho Chi Minh. The children made some great connections with our new unit and understood that he was a man who helped the people of Vietnam to live a happier life and helped the country to become independent (make their own rules!) The children were awesome, they showed great respect and our Grade 5 buddies helped to keep everyone safe and organised.

Reminders- next week there is a special TET assembly from 9:10-9:50 in the theatre. Lizzie, Long and Radin will be performing- good luck to them!

This is the last blog post before the TET vacation so, Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! 

See you back at school on Monday the 26th of February. Have a wonderful holiday!

1A – Thursday 1st February

It’s February already! Time sure does fly!

Thank you so much for coming to share in your child’s learning last Friday. The children loved sharing their creations and it makes the learning so much more meaningful with an audience. Here’s a few photos from the day.

This week we started our new unit- Where We Are In Place And Time. Please read the unit overview to see what we will be covering over the next 6 weeks.


We had our provocation for our new unit on Tuesday. You might have heard about it! The teachers all dressed up as significant people and created a ‘wax museum’. The children moved around the different classrooms and found out about each person, who they were and what they had done in their lives that was significant/important. Ask your child who was their favourite and what they remember.

We were super lucky to have 2 mystery readers on Wednesday. Jacob’s mum, Jutta came and read to us in German and our favourite Grandma, Baba, came back again to read us a very silly book called, ‘The Book With No Pictures’.

Next week is a very busy week. Here’s what you need to know:

Monday: Please bring in 4 photographs of significant events in your child’s life. You may email them and I can print them at school or send in photos if you have them.  Some significant events might be, first time eating food, first steps, first tooth, brother or sister being born etc.

Tuesday: Is the 100th day of school. You child might like to create something that has 100 things/pieces to bring to school. It might be a necklace with 100 beads or a t-shirt with 100 tally marks on it, 100 lego pieces, 100 cotton balls…the ideas are endless. If you need further ideas there are a load in Pinterest. Just search 100 days of school ideas. Please note this is optional- not compulsory! 

Wednesday: On Wednesday we will celebrate Global Play Day. The children are allowed to bring one toy to school. It must not require batteries or electricity. No devices. Some possible ideas might be board games, dolls, Legos, blocks, trucks, cars, racetracks, playing cards, empty cardboard boxes, markers, jigsaw puzzles, blankets (for forts), social games (charades, Pictionary, etc.) The games will be returned on Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday is also the Snack Sale. G1 are required to bring in healthy snacks to be sold. Please see email that has already been sent out for guidelines.

Thursday: We will go on our field trip to see Ho Chi Minh, as part of our unit on significant people. Please remember good walking shoes, warm clothes and a snack and drink.

Phew! Thank you for supporting and helping your children be organised and ready for the week ahead.

It was great to see everyone at conferences today. I hope that you have a good understanding of where your child is at and what goals they are working on.

Have a relaxing weekend! Stay warm!!

1A -25th January

Just a very brief blog post this week, due to report writing, a day out sick and trying to catch up from being out on PD!

We’ve had a busy week reading, writing, mastering our numbers to 100, and completing our Light and Sound unit of inquiry.

We are looking forward to sharing our finished products with you tomorrow. Please come to our classroom at 2:50 and see the creativity that has taken place!


  • Parent conferences are a week from today, Thursday the 1st of Feb. Please make an appointment through Veracross to speak with me, or any of your child’s other teachers. Remember there is no school for the children.
  • Reports are available for you on Monday the 29th. Please make sure you have read the report before coming to the conference. Then I can answer any questions that you might have, and we can discuss what’s been said in the report.