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.

1A – 18th January

Ms Hue did a great job at keeping things ticking over in my absence this week. The Cognitive Coaching workshop was really valuable and we are looking forward to putting some of the skills to use over the next few months.

We were extra lucky to have 2 mystery readers this week. Leila’s mum came and read us a very funny story about some animals escaping from the zoo to go swimming in the public swimming pool. Again, we used our sense of hearing to listen to the Finnish language and we were able to empathise with others who are learning a new language.

We also had a story from Evelyn’s grandma who is visiting from Canada. We learnt that she used to teach French to older children- ask your child to tell you about the books that she read!

We tapped into our creative sides this week by creating our light and sound boxes. The children were asked to create a ‘space’ that had two sources of light and two sources of sound, one manmade and one natural. Here are a few photos of the work done so far. Ask your child to tell you about theirs.

A notice from Operation Smile…

We would like to inform you that, from January 8 to February 8 of 2018, Operation Smile will be running a toy drive. There will be a large bucket placed outside the nurse’s office, and we would greatly appreciate it if you could encourage the students to donate toys they no longer want or need, to be placed in the bucket. All of these toys will be given to children awaiting mouth surgery in hospital, to make the waiting process more bearable. Thank you!

             Operation Smile

Have a great weekend!

1A – January 11th

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! I hope you all had a relaxing vacation and spent some wonderful time with friends and family.

On Monday we were lucky enough to be able to visit one of the high school strings classes. We went there to listen to the instruments and learn more about how sound is made. We’ve been thinking about the word vibration and what it means. We’ve talked about sound waves and how sound travels. Ask your child what they saw and learnt.

We continue to learn about time in 1A. The G1 expectation is that the children will be able to tell the time to half past and o’clock. Most of us have mastered this and some are even able to read the trickier times like 9:45 or 12:03 etc.

Today the music teachers ran an awesome assembly all about the Nutcracker. All of Discovery, K1 and K2 sang some songs and danced for us. Grade 1B did a ribbon dance. We will get our turn to perform in assembly later in the year. Here’s a quick video of 1B doing their dance.

This weekend I am participating in some professional development. It is a 4 day course so I will be out of the classroom on Monday and Tuesday as well. Ms Hue will be here with the children. I will still be on campus so can still receive emails if you need to be in contact. 

Have a great weekend! Stay warm!


1A – December 14th

We had a great time during Maker Day last Friday. The children got to rotate around 6 different Light and Sound activities learning about things like shadows, vibrations, refraction, electrical circuits, and many more. Ask your child what activities they did from the sheet below.

Our mystery reader this week was Gabriel’s mum, Katja! She read us a very well known story, The Gruffalo, in German. Because most of us knew the story well we were able to pick out some words that we knew! Thanks Katja!

Today, for buddy time, we had a little bit of holiday fun and made chocolate balls with our Grade 5 buddies! The children had to follow a recipe and be independent. They looked pretty delicious!

Have a wonderful three weeks off with lots of fun family times! School begins again on Monday the 8th of January. Don’t forget to do a little reading and counting when you have some down time!

Thank you for sharing your kiddos with us so far this year!

See you all in the new year!

1A December 7th

Ms Michelle is now teaching our TIG lessons for this unit. On Friday she came to teach us about circuits and how lights need electricity. We learnt about conductors and insulators and used the different play dough to make our circuit work. The play dough that was made with salt made the light work but the play dough made with sugar didn’t. We will continue to explore light and sound through circuits.

We continue to master writing recounts. The children are very knowledgeable about what a recount needs and can self assess their work.

Thank you to Long, Evelyn and Quianna for sharing their recounts…

We celebrated one of our G1 friends huge achievements this week. Hiro from 1D won the South East Asian Figure Skating Open Challenge. We are so proud of him!


  • Winterfest is on at school tomorrow from 5-7pm on the new covered courts.
  • Gymnastics display- please come and watch your child’s gymnastics display in the sports centre on Thursday the 14th from 1:15-1:55- See Ms Clare’s post on the PE blog

November 30th

It was great to see so many parents in our classroom today. The children really enjoyed sharing their learning with you and we hope it gives you an understanding of what they do everyday.  Tomorrow we will be doing math from 9:10-9:50. Come along, if you are able.

This week we started our new unit. Sound and Light affect our lives in many ways. Here is the unit overview.

Ask your child about their visit to the theatre. What did they see? What did they hear? Over the next few weeks we will continue to unpack the properties of light and sound.

On Wednesday we had another mystery reader. Nikki’s dad, Mr Mike, came and read a story to us in Dutch. After he was finished Evelyn made the connection that she thought it was the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. She was right!  And she doesn’t even speak Dutch! Isn’t it funny that we can still understand certain things even in a different language?!

Last week we said we would report back our findings about the family style lunch. Here’s a few things we discovered…

  • The first time we ate 13 body protectors and the second time we ate 31! What a huge difference!
  • The first time we had 9 fruit and now we ate 16.
  • We think we were more balanced because most of the food groups were similar numbers the second time.
  • We ate less cookies this time

You can see all of our thoughts in the pictures below.



Don’t forget to get your tickets to ‘Like A Child’ the musical. They are sold out for Friday night but there are still a few tickets left for Saturday.


23rd November

Next week we invite you into our classrooms to experience how your children learn and see them in action! You will see a snapshot of our regular lessons, routines and activities.

Here’s the timetable. If you have any questions, please email me.

We have managed to pack a lot into the last week! We have begun to learn about Kelso the frog. Kelso helps us to solve small problems by giving us strategies to use. There is a poster on our door to remind us. Ask your child what they know about Kelso as we continue to practice these strategies over the next few weeks. We took selfies with Kelso and his friend Lily.

Our trip to Fivimart was awesome. The children really enjoyed the walk there, choosing their healthy foods, making their snacks and of course eating them! A huge shout out to the parents who came to help us. We couldn’t have experiences like this without your assistance so we really appreciate it! Here’s a few photos of the day.

And the final product…


Yesterday we had another family style lunch to finish our Who We Are unit. We wanted to see if the children’s choices would be influenced by their new knowledge. We are currently looking at the data and will report back to your next week about our findings. Here are the before and after photos of the children’s plates.

Remember: Blogging coffee morning tomorrow for parents from 8:30am in the Community room.

November 16th

Last weekend, the Grade 1 team, along with the other ECC teachers at UNIS and 40 colleagues from all around Asia, had the pleasure of attending the EARCOS workshop Listening to Learning in the Early Years, presented by Fiona Zinn. Fiona is an Educational Consultant based in Hobart, Australia. Drawing on 25 years experience in the early childhood, primary and tertiary sectors, Fiona consults widely with International Schools around the world to boldly re-imagine early years and primary pedagogy, curriculum and learning environments in response to research. During our two-day weekend workshop, we explored some of the ideas that underpin the pedagogical experience of Reggio Emilia, investigated our ‘image of the child’ and shared some deep reflection on the importance of relationships within our schools. We also examined the role of provocation and documentation for our work with transnational children in international school contexts. After our weekend of learning, we had another two days of professional development focusing on student agency on Monday and Tuesday. Our brains are now full of new questions and ideas!

We continued our learning about nutrition this week. We made a pie chart of the different food groups and sorted different foods into the right categories; body builders, body protectors, energy givers and treats.

The children now have a good understanding of the different food groups and are planning their shopping lists to make our healthy snacks on Monday.

We had our first mystery reader on Wednesday. Thank you to Kohavit, Tomer’s mum, who came in to read us a story in Hebrew. It was also Tomer’s birthday so a nice treat for him to have mum come in on his special day!

This morning we went to the Grade 2 Digital Citizenship Fair to learn about different technology programs. We really learnt a lot and were able to do some thinking about how that will be us this time next year!! Ask your child what they learnt.

Reminders for next week:

Monday 20th Nov– Our trip to Fivimart. Please wear suitable clothes and shoes for walking. 

Wednesday 22nd- Healthy Snack sale. Your child may bring 10,000 or 20,000 to spend on a healthy snack. 

Tickets for the Grade 1-3 musical, ‘How To Eat Like A Child’, are now on sale in the Centre For The Arts. Get yours quick as they will sell out fast. The performance dates are Friday 1st Dec, 5pm and Saturday 2nd of December at 5pm.

There is a ES coffee morning on Friday, November 24, 8:30am – 9:30am in the Community Room. It will be about blogging.

If your child wishes to enter the yearbook cover competition, the details are below. 

This year is UNIS Hanoi’s 30th Birthday – what better theme for the 2017-2018 Yearbook!
And it is now time for all students from Grade 1 to Grade 12 to get your creative juices going for our Yearbook Cover Design Competition! We want the best possible book cover for this special edition of the Yearbook and we want YOU to create it!
Your design should be all about UNIS Hanoi’s Birthday! Make it festive and make it unique! We are happy to accept designs created in a variety of formats: drawing, painting, digital (using Photoshop template), scrapbooked collage… let your imagination run wild!
And you are not limited to one! Students can submit multiple designs – no limit to the number of entries.
You can also work with your friends, just be sure to list full names of all those involved if it is a team effort.
    • For Digital designs please:
    • DO NOT compress/flatten your Photoshop design into a single image. Keep all layers.
  • For Drawing/Painting etc designs please submit two pieces of artwork:
    • A4 front cover
    • A4 back cover

Contact yearbook@unishanoi.org for any questions or guidance with any of the above.

DON’T FORGET TO INCLUDE the following two titles/information on your front cover:
  • Yearbook 2017-2018
  • UNIS Hanoi
16:00 on Friday, January 26
  • Bring your cover(s) to Advancement Office (Room 102, Admin Building) or share your digital file with yearbook@unishanoi.org.
  • If your creation is a drawing or painting, please clearly mark the envelope with your artwork with your FULL NAME & HOMEROOM
  • Please use the following naming convention for digital files:
    • YB1718_Cover Contest_Your First Name Last Name_Homeroom
    • (example: YB1718_Cover Contest_John Smith_5JH)
There will be an all school vote after the Tet Break to find the winner for the yearbook cover from the finalists. The cover will remain secret until publication of the Yearbook which will go out to all school on the last day of school, June 14.