Thursday October 5th 2017

Thank you so much to everyone for coming to our first parent-teacher conference. It was great to see you all again and to get to know you and your child better.

This week we met with our Grade 5 buddies. We practised “Read to Someone” which forms part of our Daily 5 English activities. Our Grade 5 friends were great teachers. Here they are:

Book recommendations

Please note that there is now a UNIS list of recommended books for your child. You can find this list under the “resources” tab on the blog.


Three of our friends have turned 7 recently!


  • Students should wear blue on Thursday October 19th to support UNIS in the APAC boys volleyball tournament.

Wishing you all a very relaxing October break!


Thursday September 28th

In UoI this week we went on a mini field trip to find out more information about systems in our school. One group went to the nurses’ office and interviewed Nurse Susan about the systems that are in place there.

The other group, who chose to find out more about the ASA systems, went to the administration office to find out more from Mr Adrian, the school’s co-curricular activities manager. He showed the group the different parts which form the complex ASA system.

In both groups, the children asked the questions and recorded the information in photographic form. Next week, they will show how their chosen system works.

Moon Festival

We had a wonderful day celebrating the Moon Festival today. Everyone looked beautiful in their áo dài.

Here are some photos of what we did:

1D looking amazing in their áo dài.


  • 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.

Thursday September 21st 2017

On Tuesday we celebrated UNIS’s 30th birthday. We all wore blue, sang a whole-school “happy birthday” song with our mascot, Phelix, took a whole school photo (official photo to come) and finally we ate blue and white cupcakes. It was a fun day.

Also on Tuesday the whole of Grade 1 was treated to the story “Mortimer” told by our very talented 4th Grade teacher, Mr Jeff. Please ask your child to retell the story. It was a lot of fun.

In UoI this week the students hunted for different systems around the school, they voted on their favourite and then made a human graph to choose the top two. The children will be inquiring into the ASA system and the nurses’ computer system over the next couple of weeks. 

In Maths this week we had our first “dot” number talk. We are working on the Mathematical Practice, ” I can see how numbers and shapes are put together”. The children were shown a dot pattern and first asked how many dots they could see. When we all agreed that there were 7, the children explained how they saw the dots. In total we found 13 different ways of seeing the dots. Can you find any other ways of seeing the dots?

The next day we looked at the patterns and described the way we saw the dots using the algorithms. This is what we found:

Important notices:

  • Thursday 28th Sept – We will celebrate the Moon Festival. Please encourage your child to wear an Ao Dai to school.
  • Please remember to give your child some headphones for our listening station. These should be clearly named and will stay at school until June.

Thursday September 14th, 2017

Tomorrow is International Dot Day, a day which celebrates creativity. Please encourage your child to wear something dotty! In preparation for the auspicious occasion we got creative today with our G5 buddies. Tomorrow we’ll have a photo with the finished product. This is what we did:

This week in Maths we learned a really fun game to practise making 10s. It’s called Flip 10! This game is a great one to play at home and just requires a normal pack of cards. Here’s a link for the instructions (although your child should be able to explain how it goes!).

Reminders for next week:

  • Swimming starts on Monday (September 18th). The children will be swimming in all their PE classes from Monday for the following 4 weeks. Please make sure your child has a swimming costume, towel and a swimming cap (for long hair).
  • UNIS’ 30th Birthday is on Tuesday September 19th. There will be a special whole-school assembly at 14.15 in the sports centre to celebrate. All the children and faculty will then have a photo taken together on the field. Parents are invited to the assembly but please pick up your child from the classroom at 15.20 (not before) as usual.
  • Snack Sale is on Wednesday September 20th. Children should bring 20,000 VND to purchase a snack.
  • Take-home readers. The children are now taking home a book in their blue folders. This should be brought to school daily so that your child can change the book.


Thursday 7th September 2017

We’ve had another great week of learning in 1D. Here is some information about what we’ve been up to:

In English this week we practised “Read to Self”. We learned that we have to pick good-fit books, stay in one spot, read quietly and read the whole time. We’ll be practising this a lot over the coming weeks to build stamina. This is what it looks like:

Also, in English we continued creating descriptions orally, this time with our furry soft-toy friends. The children are learning to look at an object from different perspectives (colour, size, number, shape, position and texture) in order to create an interesting description. They are also learning to use the Noun-Pronoun-Pronoun-Noun pattern in their texts. Here they are practising together:

For our unit of inquiry this week we continued to think about the importance of being a cooperative member of our 1D community. The children loved trying to untangle themselves “cooperatively” from their human knot:

Another activity which helped us practise team work was doing team jigsaw puzzles. This required excellent communication and problem-solving skills. The winning team showed good communication skills and impressive perseverance.

For more information on our current unit, please see the following information:

Important notices:

Our library day for returning/borrowing books is Tuesday. Your child can, however, return and borrow books from the library during lunch recess.

Please could your child bring in a set of headphones (clearly labelled) so that they can listen to stories on the iPads.

Thursday August 31st, 2017

It was lovely to see so many of you at the first Grade 1 social on Tuesday. I hope that you were able to catch up with old friend and meet new ones. I would especially like to thank Emi, Yukari’s mum, who has volunteered to be our 1D class parent. Emi will be the point of contact for any activities which require parental help.

A few notices for next week:

  • Remember: No school on Monday due to the Vietnamese National Day holiday.
  • Please encourage your child to bring in a small soft toy. The children will be writing descriptions about their toy.
  • The After School Activities (ASAs) will be starting on Tuesday September 5th.
  • Back To School Night will be next Thursday September 7th between 6pm-8pm. Our room number is B9 G11.
  • Library borrowing day for 1D is Tuesday. Please make sure your child has a book bag (these can be purchased from the SCO shop).

This week at school:

On Tuesday the children had a real shock when they arrived to class in the morning to find that everything was in a big mess. Some children were such principled classmates that they started to tidy up even before the bell rang at 8.10. The children felt “sad”, “shocked”, “surprised” and “unhappy” that everything was out of place. Everyone decided that things needed to be organised so that we don’t get hurt, we can find things easily and so our space is comfortable. This was the introduction to our first unit of inquiry under the theme of “How We Organise Ourselves”. Our central idea is: Communities have systems and routines to help them function.

The class was such a mess!

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at systems and routines which are in place at UNIS. During library time this week Ms Conroy discussed how the system of “checking in” books works. The children learnt about what happens to the books once they feed them to the crocodile. Everyone had the chance to sit in Ms Quynh’s chair and have a go at being the a librarian. Here they are in action:


Every 2 weeks we will meet with our Grade 5 buddies. Today 1D and 5D got together for the first time. Here we all are:

Last but not least, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Monae, who celebrated her birthday today!

A message from Julie Conroy, the librarian.

Dear Parents,

Ms. Conroy here, your Grade 1 student’s Librarian and Information Fluency teacher!  Welcome to UNIS Hanoi.

A few notes on book borrowing from the UNIS Library:

With their Homeroom teacher, Grade 1 students shall be able to borrow two books each week to take home to share with you.

Please supply a water resistant book bag for your child to use to carry their Library books to and from school.  Books can be easily damaged by food, dirt, and water.  As we are a green school, we would encourage the use of something sustainable.

SCO offers water resistant Book Bags available for purchase in the SCO store in the Sports Center.  

We offer a few weeks grace period for borrowing without a bag to support families in preparing for the new school year.

Borrowing books is an important part of your child’s learning journey and we encourage you to repeatedly share the book your child brings home from the Library over the course of the week.  

Please note that lost books or books damaged beyond repair must be paid for in order to replace the book and resume borrowing privileges.

As a parent and UNIS community member, you are welcome to borrow up to 6 items from the Library.  Library hours are M-F 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please email me at

Ms. Conroy, Elementary School Librarian


Welcome to our 1D blog

We’ve had a wonderful week in 1D. We’ve continued getting to know each other and we’ve been getting lots of practice with our routines. We were very happy to welcome Vidisha and Mai Linh back to school on Monday and we were able to take our first photo all together:

We have spent a lot of time over the last few days thinking about team work and what it means to be a cooperative team member. The kids did a great job solving a word problem together. Here they are in action:

A couple of reminders:

  • Our official class photo will be taken on Monday. As we have PE on Mondays please pack a change of clothes if you would like your child to be photographed in “regular” clothes.
  • Please come to the Grade 1 Social after school on Tuesday 29th August. We will meet in the 1D classroom at 3.30 for 10 minutes for introductions and then continue our get-together in the ES courtyard. It’ll be a great opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones!
  • Please let me know via email if your child would like to audition for the school musical.
  • Please share this blog with family and friends. We will look at the 1D blog in class together and I’m sure the children would appreciate your comments. I certainly will!

Finally, here are some more photos from the first days of school: