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.

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!