1A – September 28th

Thank you for helping your child participate in Naked Snack Day! It was good to see no trash coming from our lunch boxes and the children were really excited to show us their healthy snacks.

What a huge difference we could make if we made this conscious effort every day!

It’s been a busy week of learning in 1A. We wrote our pre assessment response text about our cuddly reading buddy, learned a new math game with Ms Beth, began to learn about the different food groups, had our first ever spelling test, and did a really cool science experiment about germs! Phew!

Here’s a few questions you can ask your child to find out their connections to our new learning.

  1. Why do you like your teddy? What did you write in your response writing?
  2. Can you remember what Ms Beth taught us about the rekenrek? What side should the white beads be on?
  3. Can you tell me the different food groups and what they do for our bodies?
  4. How can we stop germs? What are germs?
  5. What do you do doing mindfulness time? Why do we have mindfulness time?

Here’s some photos from our week…

Response Writing Pre Assessment

Food Group Sorting and Learning

Being Mindful

Rekenrek and Tens Frame Game with Ms Beth


In the back cover of your child’s blue communication book…

…is the log in details for Raz Kids Reading A-Z. This is a reading programme that you can use at home to help your child be successful in reading.  Go to www.kidsa-z.com and then follow the username and password instructions. Once in the reading room click on the spaceship that says ‘level up’ and your child can read a whole range of texts at their independent level. They can earn points and do comprehension questions as well. Let me know if you come across any difficulties.


  • Don’t forget to sign up for a parent conference by Sunday. I’m looking forward to seeing you all on Monday to talk about your children.
  • Grade 1 math coffee morning is Wednesday October 31st. 8:30am. More details to come after the break.
  • On Monday the 22nd of October we will be taking a field trip to our local Fivimart to buy ingredients to make some healthy snacks. If you would like to be a parent volunteer for this trip (from 8-10am) please let me know at parent conferences.


1A – September 21st

The Moon Festival celebration on Thursday was so much fun! The children all looked great in their Ao Dai and we really enjoyed the show that everyone worked so hard to put together.  Here’s a few photos from the day!

We have been talking about the number 13 this week. We know a lot about it! Maybe you could talk more about it at home.

We hope you have been enjoying the children’s descriptive writing stories on Seesaw. Next week we will move away from writing together and have a go at writing independently. We will be writing about our soft toys that we have at school. If your child has not brought in a soft toy friend yet, please help them to bring one on Monday.

In UOI we continue to think about our central idea…

We looked back at our Family Lunch and what we chose to eat that day. We made a pictograph to show what foods were eaten. Here are our results.

It will be interesting to see how our knowledge of food groups grows over the next few weeks. Watch this space!

Here are some reminders for this week:

  • Swimming starts next week 24th
  • Global Goals Week
    Next week is global goals week at UNIS.  During this week we put the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals front and centre in our thinking and our learning. As part of Global Goals week we will be having a Nude Food Day on Friday 28 September.  Put simply, nude food day means sending your child to school with a snack that contains no disposable packaging. For more information click here
  • EAL coffee morning for any new families or families with children in EAL. Above the new canteen at 8:30 Thursday 27th of September
  • Mystery readers sign up- Here is the link
  • Parent conferences will be on Monday 1st October. There is no school that day. More information about sign ups will come next week. 
  • Grade 1 math coffee morning will take place on Oct 31st. More details to come closer to the time. 

1A – September 14th

Happy weekend! Here’s the unit overview for our current Unit Of Inquiry. Please take some time to read through to see how you can help at home.

This week it finally got cool enough for us to move into our outdoor play space. The children have enjoyed connecting with friends from other classes, exploring new resources and of course enjoying play! Here’s a few photos for you to talk about with your child.

In our classroom we have been working on learning routines. One of our routines that we practice daily is our Daily 5 Program. Daily 5 helps support our children’s literacy skills. The children have agency in their choices but they must have a balance of the 5 activities over the week. Ask your child to explain the 5 elements of Daily 5 to you.





We have also learnt a fun math game called 3,2,1 Salute!  If you have a packet of cards, you can also play this at home. Here are the rules…

You need 3 people and a deck of cards, with the face cards and jokers taken out. Just keep the numbers A-10. To make the game easier you can just use A-5

Player #1 and #2 sit facing one another, with the deck of cards split between them. Player #3 sits off to the side so that she/he can see both players’ faces. Player #1 and #2 each pick up a card, and without looking at it, place it on their foreheads. They can see what each other has, but they do not know which card they are holding. 

Player #3 (who can see both cards) mentally adds the cards together and says the sum out loud. E.G, Player #1 is holding a 6 and Player #2 is holding a 10, so the sum is 16. Once Player #3 has said the sum out loud, Players #1 and #2 each try to figure out what card s/he is holding. So if the sum is 16, and Player #1 can see that Player #2 is holding a 10, s/he can perform a mental subtraction equation to figure out what he has (16-10=6). The first player to correctly state which card they are holding keeps both cards. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins.   Try it at home!

A few weeks ago we got together with 1B and made a video called ‘What If Everybody Did That?’. We were learning about the systems in our school and why it’s so important to have them. Here’s our video!

Reminders this week…

  • Snack sale is on Monday. Please send 20,000 to school if you want your child to buy something tasty from the sale.
  • Swimming lessons begin on September 24th. Every PE lesson will be swimming. Please make sure your child brings their swimming costume, a towel, goggle (if needed) and a swim cap for anyone with long hair.
  • Please make sure your child wears their Ao Dai to school on Thursday the 20th for the Moon Festival.
  • Remember to share your child’s Seesaw digital portfolio with family members. Each child can have up to 10 family members. Just send on the original email and I will accept all requests.


1A – September 7th

I hope you all enjoyed the extra day off on Monday- this short week sure has flown by!

This week we started to set up our outdoor Play Based Learning Space.    As part of our ‘How We Organise Ourselves’ unit we asked the children to make themselves familiar with our resources so they could make a shared plan about what we will do with the space.

We drew up a plan with our ideas so far.

Unfortunately it got too hot to be outside so we are hoping for some cooler afternoons next week to collaborate with the other G1 classes and put our plan into action.

Your children were wonderful risk takers in our assembly on Thursday! Here’s a video clip if you missed it.

On Wednesday we had our provocation for our Who We Are unit. Our central idea is ‘Balance in our lives promotes health and wellbeing. We will look at hygiene, food groups and exercise. We had a family style lunch together where the children were allowed to choose anything they wanted to eat. We hope that by the end of this unit we will see the children making more balanced, knowledgeable choices. (Disclaimer: after the photographs were taken the sugary foods were monitored!! 🙂 )


Stayed tuned for our next steps!

Thank you to those of you who made it out for Back To School Night. Here is the presentation. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Every second Wednesday from 2-2:20 we love to have readers in our classroom to share a book in their home language. Here is the link if you, or one of your family members, would like to sign up. Please keep it a ‘mystery’ from your child! It’s always fun to surprise them! We will email you a few days before to remind you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

1A – August 31st

This week we have been getting to know some important people from our Grade 1 community.

Ms Beth came for a math lesson about patterns. Play this song to your child and see if they can remember the marching/counting/whispering pattern.

Ms Kris, our guidance counsellor, came to chat with us as well. She will come every two weeks to help us with social and emotional lessons.

We also got to meet our new buddies from Grade 3! We will meet with our buddies every two weeks and do lots of fun activities. Ask your child who their buddy is and what interesting fact they learnt about them.

We have been learning how to orally write a description about an object. We use our descriptive cards to help us describe something in different ways. Here’s a few examples.


Next week 1A will be presenting in assembly. If you wish to join us to watch your child on stage please come to the theatre at 9:25 on Thursday the 6th of September.

Back to School night is also on Thursday the 6th from 6-8pm. We hope you can be there to hear about the exciting things your child will learn this year.


  • Remember to sign up for Seesaw, your child’s E-portfolio. An email was sent on Wednesday the 29th of August with instructions on how to do this. 
  • Please do not send money with your child to update top up their lunch cards. They are too young to use the machines. Please either top up online, ask an older sibling to top up, or do it after school with a grown up.
  • Thank you to those who have brought in headphones. If you haven’t, please send in a pair over the next week. 
  • Parent Questionnaires- we still have a few that haven’t made it back to school. It’s very useful information for us. If you need another copy please let me know. 

1A – August 24th


Something crazy happened on Wednesday morning! When the children got to school the classroom was a HUGE mess! We couldn’t understand what had happened!

We came up with some ideas…

And then we talked about what we should do next…

We decided that cleaning up was the best option so no one got hurt, and so we could carry on with our learning for the day. It really made us think about how important it is for our classroom to be organised so we can be safe and do our best learning. After we’d cleaned up we felt…

Later that day Ms Penny told us that it was actually the teachers who messed up the rooms!! They were trying to help us think about how important it is to have systems and routines and what happens if we don’t have them. It’s all part of our new UOI- ‘Communities have systems and routines to help them function’.

Do you have any systems and routines at your house? Maybe you could talk about them with your child to further help their understanding.

Did you know that a community is a group of people who have something in common? We’ve been continuing to build our 1A and our Grade 1 community. We played some community building games with our whole grade on Monday. It was fun!   

Here’s our present unit overview…


  • Please return your student questionnaire if you haven’t already
  • Our school photo will be on Wednesday at 8:20am
  • Monday 3rd Sept– Vietnam National Day – No School
  • Thursday 6th Sept- Back to school night 6pm
  • Please send in a family photo, if you haven’t already
  • Your child will need a set of headphones to stay at school for the year. Please send one in at some stage over the next couple of weeks.

1A – August 17th

Welcome to our first blog post of the year!

We’ve had a wonderful three days together, getting to know each other and our new environment.


  • Been for a walk around our new facilities and found a few important places like the nurse and the front office.
  • Had some Play-based Learning with our G1 friends in 1B.
  • Learnt more about each others family and where we come from.
  • Had fun choosing some math activities.
  • Drawn self portraits and talked about what we liked about them and what was tricky to draw.

Here’s a few photos from our time together.

Here’s a copy of our weekly schedule. A paper copy will be sent home on Monday.

This year our timetable looks a little different and lunch is earlier. The school is providing fruit for a morning snack in Discovery to Grade 1. Your child will eat their snack from home in the afternoon recess. If they do not like the fruit they are able to pick something from their lunch box. Let us know if you have any questions.

Please send in (or email) a photo of your whole family for us to display in our classroom. Your child will share a little bit about who you are and where you come from in the world.

Thanks! If you have any questions or need clarification please email me at psnedden@unishanoi.org

Have a wonderful weekend!