1A- Thursday 7th June

The last blog post of the year! And what an amazing year it has been. There are only a few days left together and although we are excited to hand our children up to the next grade level, this time of the year is also tinged with sadness as we say goodbye to all of our wonderful students! We really will miss them!

A few exciting things have been happening lately. We have been the ‘big buddies’ as we help our K2 friends, who will be in Grade 1 next year, get ready for eating in the canteen. It was so good to see how grown up and responsible our Grade 1 kids were. Helping their friends with what to do and keeping them safe in the big playground.

We hope you enjoyed hearing all about Romeo the Rhino at your house? Liza and Olivia came to speak to us about how Rhinos are being killed everyday for their horns. We learnt to check medicines for rhino horn and to be ambassadors for the rhinos by telling everyone we know to ‘Say NO to rhino horn’!

Today we had a farewell assembly for Dr. Barder and we said good bye to the Grade 1 students, as this is their last assembly with the Lower Elementary.

Remember next week you can come and watch your child swim at the open swimming lessons. Here’s the information…

Tomorrow is Moving Up Morning. The children are excited to learn who their new teachers will be and who will be in their class. Expect an email tomorrow with a class list and a note from your child’s new teacher.

Next week on Tuesday at 1:15 there will be a whole school leavers assembly. You are welcome to join us in the Sports Centre. Afterwards we will be having our class party and shared afternoon tea. Please contact Hiromi our class parent if you have any questions about what to bring.

Have a wonderful summer vacation! Thank you for sharing your precious children with Hue and I this year. It really has been a wonderful year full of learning and fun.

1A – Thursday 24th May

Wow! Your children were spectacular in the concert today!  And what amazing art! Such a celebration of the Arts in our Lower Elementary. We are so incredibly proud, as I’m sure you are too, of the well rounded young people they are becoming!

Here are some photos from the event.

Outdoor play morning last Friday was a huge success! The children had a wonderful time outside with friends showing agency and using so many Learner Profile skills. There were many activities to choose from and lots of water to play in when we got too hot!

Today we celebrated our Grade 12 students who will graduate tomorrow. Our children made signs and cheered for them as they walked through our Elementary courtyard. We wish them luck as they take the next step into adult life.

Don’t forget that tomorrow is an early finish. Please pick your children up at 11:30.

Have a wonderful weekend!

1A – Thursday 17th May

This week we continue to think about how humans are having an impact on the plants and animals in our environment. We looked at the rubbish that we collected and sorted it into groups. Here’s what we found…

This was our pile of wood and natural things.

Bricks, tiles and concrete.

Paper and cardboard.


And a pile of things we didn’t know how to sort!!

We recycled everything that we could and then put the rest in the rubbish bin. Ask your child why they thought there was so much plastic- more than any other group. Our next activity was to think about what UNIS used to look like before our school was built.

We talked about what kinds of animals might have lived there and why they didn’t live there anymore. Nikki made an awesome connection- she said that the animals that used to live on the farmland all ate grass but now that we have built buildings and put children around there is no grass to eat!

We went for a walk to see what animals and plants do still live at UNIS. Thanks to Mr Duc who helped us on our adventure!

Watch this space to see where this UOI takes us next!

Next Thursday at 8:30am is the concert and art exhibition. The children are excited to share their musical abilities with you! If you haven’t already done so, please send in their clothes. Black pants or leggings and a plain coloured top.

Last chance to sign up for Mystery readers! If you would like to sign up please do so here

Did you buy any of these books at the Book Sale? These books accidentally ended up in the book sale and they actually belong to Ms Ronke. If you know where they are please return them to her for a reward.

Have a restful weekend!


1A – Thursday 10th May

Thank you to everyone who could make it to the Poetry Cafe. I think you’ll agree that the children did an outstanding job! We were very proud of them! If you didn’t manage to get there you can see your child’s dress rehearsal video on their personal blog. Here are a few photos from the day.

This week we have been ‘mathmagicians’! Hopefully your child has come home and tried out our new magic trick on you. It’s a fantastic way to practice combinations to 10 and really makes them think fast. If your child has tried it at home but it getting confused, here is the link so you can help them be successful at home.

We started our final UOI for the year this week. Sharing the Planet. Please read the overview for the details.




To begin to think about how humans interact with the environment we did a small rubbish clean up. We looked around UNIS to see how much trash we could find and then we went just outside UNIS. Ask your child what they noticed.

Rubbish inside UNIS

Rubbish just outside UNIS

There are a lot of things coming up- here’s a few need to knows!

  • Swimming starts next week and runs to the end of the year. At every PE lesson your child will need their swimming costumes, towels, goggles (if used) and a swimming cap for long hair.
  • The Snack Sale is Wednesday May 16th. Please bring 20,000 to spend.
  • Friday, May 18th we will take part in a Lower Elementary play morning. Please make sure your child has a hat, large drink and wears sunblock if they burn easily.
  • Spring concert and art exhibition is May 24th. Please send in your child’s clothes for the concert by the end of next week. See email that was sent on Wednesday 9th for more details.
  • 25th May- early dismissal due to graduation. Children need to be picked up at 11:30am

1A – Thursday 3rd May

Book Week has begun! The kids all looked great wearing their words yesterday!

We read some outdoor books…

Visited the library…

Had a mystery reader…

And did 10 mins of Drop Everything And Read! What a lovely literacy filled day!

Today was Book Character dress up day. What imaginative costumes! We had fun sharing our stories and talking about our characters. Check out some photos of the day.

Ms Megan read us a hilarious chapter from a story called Junie B Jones! We loved it- ask your child to explain about the monkey brother!!!

Tomorrow is wear your pyjamas and bring a soft toy friend. The children have been asked to remember these three things…

  1. Pyjamas and soft toy
  2. A change of clothes for the Poetry Cafe
  3. Money to spend at the book fair. The books are priced between 10,000-40,000 vnd. The amount your child brings is totally your decision.

Our poetry Cafe is TOMORROW! Please be outside our classroom just before 2:30. The children are looking forward to sharing their messages.

Because our class was one of the top book donators we get a free pizza lunch next week on Wednesday! I’ll send an email reminder closer to the time but THANK YOU for all of the donations!

Have a happy weekend!



1A – Thursday 26th April

We had an extra special visitor today- ‘Super Cycling Man!’  Mr Will, from the UK, is cycling across all the continents of the world in 5 years to raise awareness of Parkinsons disease. So far he has been travelling for 3 years. You can watch his video below…


Will came to our class and showed us his bike and some of his equipment. The children had lots of questions to ask him, but he didn’t have time to answer them all. You can visit his website and ask further questions there. Will’s main message is, ‘We can all be superheroes’ in our own ways. www.supercyclingman.com 

At the moment, Grade 3 and Grade 1 are doing similar units of inquiry. We are looking at how artists/writers share ideas through their work. Last week we visited 3A to be critical friends. We took our SDG poems up to their classroom and our buddies were able to give us some feedback on what we could change to make improvements. Then we got to give them some feedback about the art work that they had created. What rich conversations were had!

Here’s what you need to know for next week…

  • Monday and Tuesday are public holidays.
  • Wednesday is the beginning of Book Week- lots of activities are happening at school.
  • Thursday – Book Character Parade. Please come dressed as your favourite book character. Bring along the book that you are dressed up as.
  • Friday- Wear your pyjamas and bring a soft toy friend to read to AND our poetry cafe. See you at our classroom at 2:30pm. Children will need to bring a change of clothes so they don’t have to present in their pyjamas!

Have a wonderful long weekend!

1A – Thursday 18th April

Thank you all for coming out today to celebrate your children’s learning. The children did a great job leading their conferences and sharing what they have learnt.

Book Week is coming up! Here’s what you need to know…

 Wednesday May 2– Wear a Word Day: Students wear a word on their clothing-Can be a word they identify with, have fun saying or simply enjoy. (we will do this at school)

Thursday May 3-Character costume dress up day + Parade. Students dress up as their favourite BOOK character

Friday May 4 Pyjama dress up day and bring your best buddy soft cuddly toy to school day  + SCO Book Sale!


Plus week long activities including Literary Lunches, DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Time, Book Walks, Poetry Pathways and AMAZING Library displays!

                                             The Book Week Team

Autism Awareness Month
Thank you to Ms. Sara for raising awareness and asking the school community to wear blue in support of this worthy cause. We came together as a Grade 1 community to take a photo with Ms. Sara, thank you for supporting.

Yesterday you received your invitation for the Poetry Cafe. If you are able, please come and have a drink and snack while you listen to some amazing poems about the SDGs. We appreciate that we have asked for your presence a lot at school lately. Please let us know if you are un able to come and we can video your child and share the video.

Final reminders- SCO book sale. We are still accepting book donations.  A Grade 5 exhibition group are collecting any old clothes and shoes to donate to Blue Dragon.

1A – Thursday 12th April

Welcome back! We are excited for the last 9 weeks of school before the summer. It is crazy how fast this year has gone and I can’t believe our wee cherubs will be Grade 2s before we know it! Lots of hard work to do before then though! 🙂

Lately, we have been doing lots of work around the 100s chart. We’ve been looking at a number and then thinking about 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, 1 less, etc. Ms Beth taught us a great new game called ‘Neighbours’ that helps us practice these skills. Yesterday we built our own 100s chart. We made some interesting discoveries…

  • the numbers needed to be quite accurately placed otherwise when we counted in 10’s the numbers weren’t in the right places and it didn’t make sense.
  • it was different to a number line because when we got to 11 we had to go down a line. If we didn’t then the 10’s didn’t match up
  • we know that we count down in 10’s and across in 1’s

We continue to work on our narrative skills. This week we have finished our 3 Little _____ And The Big Bad _____ stories. The children have used an iPad app called Toontastic to recreate their adapted story. They will be posted on their blogs by the end of the week.

Sports Day was a blast. The PE team did a great job of organising many fun activities. Here’s a few pictures from the day.

Nikki’s mum came to be our mystery reader yesterday. She taught us lots about the Chinese language and read us a book about Loving ourselves. We discovered that there are a lot of similarities between Chinese and Japanese!

Remember to sign up for a Student Led conference on Wednesday the 18th. There is no school that day but we invite you in to share in your child’s success and learning.

Books are now being collected for the SCO book sale. Please send any books for donation to the classroom.

Save the date! We have some important messages about the SDGs to share with you through the form of poetry! We will be having a Poetry Cafe on Friday the 4th of May at 2:30pm. You will receive an invitation on the day of student led conferences.

Finally- a message from one of our PYP exhibition groups…

Dear Parents,

We are one of the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition groups called ‘Plastic Ocean’s’. We are screening a documentary called, ‘A Plastic Ocean’, directed by Craig Leeson and Produced by Jo Ruxton and Adam Leipzig.

A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particles that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

Plastic pollution isn’t new. But awareness of just how catastrophic it is for the environment has grown in recent years – especially its impact on the oceans. It may be second only to global warming as a threat to the health of the seas.

Here in Vietnam, we’ve seen very little action. And that’s despite the fact that Vietnam has been identified as one of five countries responsible for more than 60% of the world’s plastic pollution.

We want to invite you to attend the screening at UNIS, on the 17th of April, at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, to learn and explore ways you can make a difference. A ticket costs 50,000 VND, Feel free to watch this short video to show you why you should attend this screening.

The ticket proceeds will go towards covering the costs of the screening fee, advertising and 100% of the remainder will go towards the ‘Plastic Pollution Coalition’, which is a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, organized and existing under the laws of California (Federal Tax ID #94-2889684), located at: 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460, Berkeley, CA 94704.

With many thanks from us, a group of 10 & 11 year olds trying to make a difference.

Olivia, Lily, Rei and Amara

The Plastics Oceans Group

G5 UNIS Students

1A – Thursday 22nd March

This week we started our new unit. Please read the overview to see what we will cover over the next 6 weeks.

To begin our UoI we visited all of the G1 classrooms to learn about some different forms of poetry. We learnt about list poems, acrostics, rhyming poems and cinquains.

We have been looking at the differences between similar fairytales. This week we looked at ‘The Three Little Pigs And The Big Bad Wolf’ and we compared it to ‘The Three Little Wolves And The Big Bad Pig’. Here’s what we discovered.

Look out for our adapted story- ‘The Three Little Hamsters And The Big Bad Cat’ – in an upcoming blog post!

Next week I will be away in Hong Kong for professional development, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please include Ms Hue in any emails regarding changes to your child’s schedule.

On Friday the 30th we have our whole school sports day. Our children will be participating from 8:20-11:30. You are welcome to come and join us for the fun!

1A – Thursday 15th March

We were so proud of the children at the wax museum today! What risk takers they were as they spoke in front of all those grown ups! I hope you got some good footage on your cameras! We will post our green screens next week on the children’s individual blogs. Watch out for the post.

Here’s a few pictures from today.

Wax Museum 2018

In math we have been working on building up our strategies for adding and subtracting. We do this through humber talks. Ask you child what strategies they know to work out addition and subtraction problems to 20.

We had another mystery reader this week. Mr Kacper (Zosia’s dad) came and read us a story in Polish. We made lots of connections between the languages we know and the language Zosia speaks at home. Thanks Kacper!

Don’t forget to remind your child to wear blue tomorrow for the whole school assembly! Also, as per my email sent, there will be NO music class tomorrow for open classrooms.  You can visit for math from 9:10-9:50 and World Language from 10:55-11:35.