5th October

This week we became experts in our chosen system! Some of us visited Mr Adrian in the Admin building to find out all about the very complicated ASA system…

…And some of us interviewed Mr Josh who is a recycling expert!

Now we are experts too! We had to take our new knowledge and describe our chosen system using pictures and words. We also made a blog post and had to describe how our system worked, how it helps our community and what would happen if we didn’t have this system at UNIS. Watch out for some awesome blog posts!

Here’s a sneak peek from Leila and William…

Today our buddies came to visit and taught us how to stack cups! It was really great for our hand/eye coordination and it was loads of fun!

After the vacation we will begin our new unit of inquiry- Who We Are. We will be looking at how to stay healthy and balanced by eating right, staying fit and keeping clean. More information to come!

Under the resources tab on the blog you will now find a recommended reading list for our children. Please have a look- you might find something exciting there that you could borrow from our library to read over the holidays together!

Have a wonderful, relaxing holiday! See you back at school on Monday the 16th of October.

28th September

This week, in Fundations, the children in 1A have begun to learn about digraphs- two letters that go together to make one sound.

We went for a digraph hunt around our room and took photos of the ones we found. Try and continue this at home- if you are reading in books or see them in street signs encourage your children to practice these sounds.

We continue to work on our response writing and are slowly learning that a response text gives an opinion. Yesterday we tried some Green Bean Vietnamese Cake. We had to decide if we liked it, or not, and why? We wrote 3 sentences about taste, texture and colour. Here are two examples of our awesome writing.

Green Bean Cake

I  like green bean cake because it is sweet.

It felt sandy.

Green bean cake is yellow with a golden package.



Green Bean Cake

I like green bean cake because it tastes yummy and sweet.

If feels soft and sandy.

Green bean cake is brown and dark yellow. 


On Wednesday in math we explored mathematical practice #3- I can explain my thinking and try to understand others. We all looked at the same dot pattern…

…and then had to show how our brains saw the dots. Look at all the different ways our brains think! We learned that math is such a creative subject and that there are lots of ways to get to the same answer.

The children looked awesome in their áo dài today. Here are a few photos from our day.

Reminders for this week:

  • A big thank you to Ha (Lizzie’s mum) and Hiromi (Jayden’s mum) who have volunteered to be the class parents for 1A. We really appreciate you giving up your time to help us!
  • Parent conferences are on Tuesday October the 3rd. Please sigh up for an appointment through Veracross. Remember there are no classes for students that day.




21st of September

Happy 30th birthday UNIS!   What fun we had celebrating our wonderful school! Singing together, celebrating friends who share their birthday with UNIS and delicious cupcakes! Everyone looked great in their blue clothes!

Mr Jeff, Grade 4 teacher, came and read us the story Mortimer by Robert Munsch. He was in full character and was very animated telling us this wonderful book. We loved having him read to all of the classes in Grade 1. Thank you Mr Jeff for making the story come alive!

This week we learnt that a response piece of writing makes an opinion about something. I like….because….. OR I don’t like…..because…..    We had fun writing a response about our special soft toy friends. We followed a structure and used our descriptive cards to help us.

Here are a few examples:

Puff Ball

I love Puff Ball because she is fluffy with a round body, so I can throw her in the air.

She is white with a black nose.

Puff Ball sleeps with me on the couch.



I don’t like Scuppy because he is too big or tall.

He has black and white stripes.

Scuppy is visiting 1 A class.


Your child will put their writing on their blog tomorrow.


  • Moon Festival, Thursday, September 28-please have your child wear his/her Ao Dai to school for a fun day of celebrations. 
  • Swimming continues for 3 more weeks. Please send your child to school with the following item in a swim bag:
    • swimming costume
    • towel
    • googles
    • hair cap (for medium-long hair)
  • Wednesdays are library days. Please send library books back each Wednesday. 
  • If you haven’t done so already, please send in headphones for your child as soon as possible. 


14th of September

Another busy and productive week in 1A!

We’ve been finishing up assessments, learning more about systems and organisation, becoming masters at math games and continuing to build our community!

On Tuesday we went on a systems hunt around our school. We found loads of different systems and took photos of them.

Then we made a human graph to find out which ones we were most interested in finding out more about.

The ASA and recycling system were the winners so watch this space to see where our inquiry takes us!

Here’s a new math game that you can play at home to practice number combinations to 10.  It’s called Flip 10.  This link has the instructions.

Ask your child to teach you how to play!


  • Swimming starts next week! The children will swim every P.E lesson so please help them to be organised with their swimsuit, towel, goggles, and swimming cap for long hair.
  • All children are now bringing home readers every day. Please read with your child and sign their communication book
  • Please remember to send in headphones so your child can listen to stories on the IPads.
  • On Tuesday 19th at 2pm we will have the 30th birthday celebration of UNIS, in the Sports Centre. You are welcome to join in the fun.
  • Wednesday 20th is Snack Sale day. Please send 10 or 20 thousand to school so your child can buy something delicious!
  • On Friday 22nd, Ms Sharon will host the EAL coffee morning from 8:30-9:30 in the Community Room. Please go along if you wish to know more about our EAL programme.


7th of September

This week we were movie stars! We read the book ‘What If Everybody Did That?’ by Ellen Javernick and had a lot of fun discussing how just one small thing can add up to a big thing if everyone does it. Nikki made the connection to our unit of inquiry. She said, “It’s like how we are learning about systems and how they help us to be organised.” We talked about the systems that we have in our grade like our cubbies, our playground equipment, our library, and then we made our own “What If Everybody Did That?” movie. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it!

We have finished reviewing all of our letters from Fundations and are ready to move into the next set of lessons.

Please drop into our room anytime and see our beautiful self portraits. The children have done such a great job!

Below is our 6 week overview for this unit of inquiry.

Please send in a set of headphones for your child to keep at school for the year. The ones that fit over the ear are best. The bud ones that are inserted in the ear often fall out and don’t block out the classroom noise. Thanks!

I am looking forward to seeing you at Back to School night, tonight.  6-8pm. B9 G:34


A Note From Our Librarian

Dear Parents, 

Ms. Conroy here, your Grade 1 student’s Librarian and Information Fluency teacher!  Welcome to UNIS Hanoi.

A few notes on book borrowing from the UNIS Library:

With their Homeroom teacher, Grade 1 students shall be able to borrow two books each week to take home to share with you.

Please supply a water resistant book bag for your child to use to carry their Library books to and from school.  Books can be easily damaged by food, dirt, and water.  As we are a green school, we would encourage the use of something sustainable.

SCO offers water resistant Book Bags available for purchase in the SCO store in the Sports Center.

We offer a few weeks grace period for borrowing without a bag to support families in preparing for the new school year.

Borrowing books is an important part of your child’s learning journey and we encourage you to repeatedly share the book your child brings home from the Library over the course of the week.

Please note that lost books or books damaged beyond repair must be paid for in order to replace the book and resume borrowing privileges.

As a parent and UNIS community member, you are welcome to borrow up to 6 items from the Library.  Library hours are M-F 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please email me ateslibrarian@unishanoi.org

Ms. Conroy, Elementary School Librarian

31st August

Another week down and we are becoming familiar with our surroundings, routines and new friends!

Something crazy happened at school on Tuesday! When we got to school all of the Grade 1 classrooms were very messy and disorganised! It was such a mystery who could have made such a mess in our space!

It turned out that the teachers had played a trick on the children! We were trying to help you to understand how important it is to have an organised space. How we can’t learn well when our space is all messy! This is linked to our new Unit of Inquiry, How We Organise Ourselves.

We have been practicing using our 6 different perspectives; colour, number, texture, doing, position and size, to help us describe. Here is a descriptive piece that we wrote together about T-Rex.

Today we met our new Grade 5 buddies. We had fun making up a secret handshake and getting to know each other!

Reminders for next week: 

  • No school on Monday- enjoy the long weekend!
  • ASAs begin on Tuesday.
  • Back To School Night is on Thursday 7th of September. Please come to our classroom in B9 G:34 to hear all the information you need about the year. There will be 2 sessions. 1 from 6-6:30pm and the other from 6:35-7:05pm. Specialists will be available from 6-8pm in the foyer for the Centre of the Arts.
  • Please save, and send in, your recyclables for us to reuse in our maker space! Thank you!
  • We are still looking for a class parent. If this sounds like a job you would enjoy, please come and talk to me.



Our First Blog Post

What a fun and exciting first few days we have had! All of the children have settled in so well and we continue to learn each others names and build our 1A community!

Here are a few pictures from our days at school so far.

Some time spent getting to know each other…

Opening of the school year with the Dragon Dance!

Some math activities…

We have been focusing on cooperation in our morning meetings.

Our first ECC assembly where we now get to sit on the risers at the back!


Monday 28th- Auditions for the musical. Please email me if your child is interested in auditioning.

Tuesday 29th- D-2 Social. We will begin in the 1A classroom at 3:30pm and then move to the courtyard at 3:45.