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 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
  • 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.

November 9th

A huge thank you to those parents who were able to come and assist at the Walkathon yesterday! We really appreciate your help.  I’m sure you’ll all agree that it was a wonderful event, raising money for such a great cause! Your child’s sponsorship form is in their reading folder today with the amount of laps recorded. Please take the next few days to collect any money owed and bring it back to school.

This week we began to look at nutrition. You may have heard your child talking about Body Builders, Body Protectors, Energy Givers and Treats. We looked at what these different food groups are and how we need a balance of all of these things to be healthy. We are keeping a snack and hygiene diary to keep a track of how balanced we are.

On Monday the 20th of November, we are going to walk to Fivimart, just down the road from school, to go shopping for ingredients to make a healthy snack. There is a letter of permission in your child’s reading folder today. Please see Ha (Lizzie’s mum) or Hiromi (Jayden’s mum) if you are interested in being a parent help for the day. The children will choose the snack to make, write a shopping list, shop and pay for the food and then make the snack to share with everyone when we get back to school.

UN Day was a wonderful celebration! The children all looked amazing in their outfits. Thank you for providing the delicious lunch and to those of you who were able to help set up and tidy up! Here are some photos of the day.

Remember there is no school on Monday the 13th and Tuesday the 14th due to the teachers taking part in some professional development.

November 2nd

November already?! Wow time flies! We welcomed a new student into our classroom this week, Ryo.  We are enjoying getting to know each other and helping him to become a part of our team.

The children loved dressing up for Halloween! It was fun to see everyone in their costumes.

We have had a germy week watching our bread grow mould and learning all about how important it is to wash our hands. The children have become far more conscious about keeping clean and germ free- what a perfect time to be learning about it with the change of weather and lots of bugs going around, too!


In math, we have continued our ‘stock take’ and have begun to think about how many more of an item are needed to get to the next multiple of ten. This helps the children to think further about the place value patterns and prepares them for adding numbers.

We are looking forward to UN Day tomorrow. I hope your child has their national dress all sorted! Here’s the timetable for the day: 10:30 ceremony, 12:00 lunch and 1:00 the children may go home. Please drop your contribution for lunch to the classroom before 9:30am on Friday morning.


  • The children will need to wear outdoor shoes for PE next week as their lesson will be outside.

26th October

Another busy week in Grade 1!

We have begun to dig into our unit ‘Balance in our lives can promote health and well-being’. We looked at what this sentence meant and wrote some definitions of the big words.

  • Balance=a balance of things you do and things you eat
  • Promote=to make something better
  • Health=taking care of our body and making healthy choices
  • Well-being=our brains health. How we feel inside.

So first up we are learning about hygiene. We did an experiment about germs. we used oil and cinnamon. Ask you child to explain what we did!

We learnt that washing your hands, with soap for a certain amount if time, is VERY important. Without soap the germs are still there and can make us sick.

We also went back and looked at the pictures of our family lunch. We surveyed what everyone ate and made a graph to show the results. It will be interesting to see if our children are making different choices as the unit progresses.

We have finished publishing our holiday writing and have a much better understanding of a recount format. Orientation, sequence of events and conclusion/feelings statement. Your children will put theirs on their blogs tomorrow but here’s a sneak preview from Kaoru.

In math, we are continuing to do a stock take in our room. We have learnt that it’s much easier to count in 10s where there are a lot of objects. Here’s our thinking so far!

Reminders for next week:

  • United Nations Day- Friday 3rd Nov. Ceremony 10:30, Lunch 12pm, Children go home at 1pm. Please help your child to dress in their national dress from their home country.
  • October 31 Dress Up Day- your child may come to school dressed in a fun costume for Spirit Week/Halloween


19th October

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and enjoyed some time together as a family. It’s always nice to come back to school and your children’s smiling faces!

This week we have begun our new unit- Who We Are. Here is the overview.

We had our family style lunch in the classroom and the children served themselves. They were given no boundaries as we wanted to see what kinds of choices they would make. Would they choose a balanced meal or not? Here are the photos of their choices. *Disclaimer- after the photograph some children were encouraged to eat more than just biscuits!!

Over the course of this unit we will look closely at hygiene, nutrition, relaxation/mindfulness and exercise. Please ask your child about these areas and encourage them to share their learning.

In math this week, the children heard a story about organising materials and ways to keep track of them. Then they started to take inventory of the supplies in our classroom. This context provided ample opportunity for children to count large numbers of items, keeping track of the count and organising both the count and the recording. They discovered it was easier to count and keep track if we grouped the items in 5s or 10s and then skip count.

We also looked carefully at the number 12 and discovered that we knew 17 things about 12!

We had a lot of fun at the whole school assembly today. The kids made flags and all looked great dressed in black and yellow. The players from WAB definitely appreciated our efforts!


  • Tomorrow is the last day to hand in photograph orders before incurring a late fee. Please take the envelopes to the Advancement Office.
  • Swimming – the last lesson is now Friday. Next week we return to normal PE.
  • Wear UNIS colours tomorrow for spirit day!





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.