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!





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.




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