I hope that you all had a wonderful, restful break. It’s been so interesting to read the children’s recounts of their holidays. We’re in the process of making a class book with the students’ published stories so that we can all read what each other did.

On Wednesday we had another mystery reader. This time Monae’s mum, Nathalie, read us a story all about volume called Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice. It was a great link to our current unit of inquiry. Please ask your child to retell the story. Many thanks, Nathalie!

Happy Holidays from 1D

Maker Day

Last Friday all the Elementary School children took part in Maker Day. This year the Grade 1 children experienced 6 of the following activities. Please ask your child which activities they did and which they liked best.

Here are some of the children in action:

Mystery Reader

On Wednesday we had another mystery reader – Emi, Yukari’s mum. She read us a story in Japanese and then taught us to say a few words. Ask your child if they can remember any of the new words in Japanese! Thanks, Emi!


Today we celebrated the holiday season with our grade 5 buddies. We made special treats together, and then wrote a recount about what we’d done.


Happy birthday to Yukari who will celebrate her birthday on December 21st.

Farewell to Luke

Today we said farewell to Luke. He will be moving to Hong Kong and starting school there in the New Year. We wish Luke and his family all the very best for their new adventure. We’ll miss you, Luke!


  • School starts again on the 8th of January.
  • Please do some reading and counting with your child over the holidays if you have time!


1D this week


Last Friday Ms Michelle came to 1D to teach us about electrical circuits as part of our new Light and Sound unit. Later the children worked in small groups to create their own circuit using a battery, wire, play-dough and a bulb.
Here they are in action:

A Skating Champion in 1D:

Last week Hiro participated in the South East Asian Figure Skating Open Challenge in Thailand. Hiro received first place for his category! We very much enjoyed watching the video of his performance and finding out more about his passion for skating. Many congratulations, Hiro!

Mystery Reader:

On Wednesday we had our second mystery reader, Miss Penny – Logan’s mum. Ask your child what the story was called. It was very funny!


Winterfest is tomorrow at 5pm!

Thursday November 30th, 2017

It was wonderful to see so many of you today in our English class. Thank you so much for coming! I look forward to seeing you (again) tomorrow for maths from 10.10 – 10.50.


On Thursday we launched our new unit of inquiry about light and sound. Please find more information about this unit below. As a provocation to this unit, we visited the school theatre. Together we created a recount of this experience.

Our Theatre Visit

On Wednesday morning 1D went to the theatre with the rest of grade 1.

First Mr Ngoc flashed the lights on Miss Penny. Then Miss Penny put different sounds on. We had to guess what they were. Finally we visited the control room. Mr Ngoc showed us the sound and light controls.

We had fun!

Here are some photos:


On Thursday morning we got together with our Grade 5 buddies. They have been learning all about energy and were able to show us some cool ways to make light and sound using circuits.

Information about our new unit of inquiry (including important dates!):

Finally… there was an unusual visitor to 1D..

Ask your child to tell you who (or what)!

Thursday November 23rd, 2017

Open Classrooms

The children and I are really looking forward to welcoming you next week during our “open classroom” sessions. This will be a “hands-on” opportunity for you to join in with your child’s learning experiences. Please see the timetable below for the 1D time-slots.

Unit of Inquiry

This week our unit on “Balance in our lives promotes health and well-being” culminated in a family-style lunch. The children were again given freedom to choose their own food. Here is what they chose:

And here they all are enjoying their shared-lunch together.

Please let me know if you notice your child taking action at home by making healthy choices. It would be great to celebrate this action together in class.

Mystery Reader

Thank you so much to Keunwoo’s mum, Luck, who was our first Mystery Reader. She read a book about healthy eating in Thai. It was amazing how much the children were able to glean and understand from the pictures in the story and Luck’s fabulous story-telling. We look forward to our next Mystery Reader – who will it be?! If you have not yet signed up, please do so here.


On November 15th Ibtihaaz turned 7! Happy birthday Ibtihaaz!


  • Tomorrow morning Ms Michelle, our tech expert, will be hosting a coffee morning and chat on the subject of blogging. 8.30am in the Community Room (B7)
  • Tickets for the G1-3 musical, “How to Eat Like a Child”, are on sale now. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see Logan, Kreshaa, Yui, Monae and Tian Tian perform!
  • Please don’t forget to sign up to be a Mystery Reader! 


Thursday November 16th 2017

It’s been a short, yet very busy week so far!

Field Trip to Fivimart

On Wednesday, the children designed their healthy snack making sure that it had at least 2 food groups – “body builders” (protein), “body protectors” (fruit/vegetables) and “energy givers” (carbohydrates). They then made a shopping list. This morning we set off on our field trip to buy the ingredients for their snack. Back in class, the students made their creations and enjoyed them for afternoon snack. Please ask your child about the healthy choices they made! Many, many thanks to Emi, Jonathan, Chi, Luck and Akiko for all your help!


Before and after

Year book cover competition

If you’re child would like to create a cover for the 2017-18 year book, please read the letter from Advancement here.

The Grade 1 teachers are learners too:

This 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.


Mystery Readers

As I mentioned a week or so ago, it would be wonderful if you or a family member could come to class as a “mystery reader” for 1D. It would be a surprise for the children, so please don’t mention it, and we would love to have stories in your home language.


  • The next ES snack sale will be on Wednesday November 22nd. Please give your child 20,000 VND so that they can purchase a healthy snack.
  • Tickets for the G1-3 musical are on sale after school outside the canteen.
  • Library day: from next week onwards, 1D will go to the library on Fridays.






Thursday November 9th 2017

UN Day

What a wonderful day we had on UN Day! It was wonderful to see all the children so proudly representing their countries in their national dress. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch together afterwards with some delicious flavours from around the world. Thank you so much to all the parent-volunteers for making it happen, and to all of you for providing food and participating in the occasion.

Blue Dragon Walkathon

This wonderful annual event followed closely on the heels of UN Day. The children gave it their all and should be very proud of their achievement. Again, many, many thanks to the parent volunteers who helped out on the day. Please send in the money the children raised so that we can add it to our class money collection chart, and ultimately send it on to Blue Dragon! Here is our class recount of the day:

        The Walkathon

Yesterday at UNIS we did the Walkathon.

First we went to the field. Next we did the warm up exercises. After that we ran. Finally we ate ice-cream.

We felt proud because we tried our best!

Coming up!

  • Our field trip to the supermarket is next Thursday, November 16th. Today the children have taken home the information and consent form. Please check all the boxes on the form and return it, signed, tomorrow.
  • No school on Monday 13th or Tuesday 14th of November.


Thursday November 2nd 2017

Dear parents

I would like to invite you to come to class as a “mystery reader” on Fridays at 15.00. It would be wonderful if you, or another family member, could read a story to the 1D children in your home language. Please email me if you’d like to sign up, and don’t mention it to the children!

Many thanks!


This week in 1D


We have started learning about hygiene as part of our unit. To be able to visualise how germs spread, we all covered our hands in talcum powder and then touched different objects in the class. We then started our first science experiment for the year. We made a list of places that we thought would have germs and came up with a question: Where are there more germs? We then put the germs from each place on the bread slice and predicted which bread slice would grow the most/least amount of mould (and therefore germs). We predicted that the toilet seat would have the most germs and that the lego would have the least germs. We’re now closely observing the bread slices to see if our prediction was correct.

Dress up day

We had a fun “dress up” on Tuesday. The children took part in a mini parade and then wrote descriptions about each other which they posted on their blog. Here are the kids all together:


We met with our 5D buddies today. We spent time playing together in the playground and then the older children taught the G1 children how to use our new word-work resource, Word Mania.


  • I look forward to seeing you all at our UN Day celebration tomorrow, Friday 3rd November. Children and adults are encouraged to wear national dress or colours. The ceremony starts at 10:30 followed by a community lunch in the class at 12pm. Children go home at 1pm.
  • If you have any old white shirts, and/or medical equipment such as bandages, slings, neck braces, doctors kits, small plastic empty medicine bottles, we would love to borrow them for our unit play centre.
  • The annual ES Blue Dragon Walkathon is on Wednesday November 8th. Your child will be bringing home more information tomorrow together with a sponsorship form.
  • There will be a field trip next Thursday to the supermarket. More information to come.

Last but not least, a very Happy Birthday to Mai Linh who was 7 on November 1st.

Thursday October 26th 2017

Last Friday we had a very special guest to 1D: Monae’s 91 year-old great grandfather, Ralph. Ralph read the children a story and then answered some of the children’s questions. We worked out that he was born in 1926!

Also last Friday we had our first Guidance lesson (T.I.G – Technology, Information Fluency and Guidance) with Ms Anissa. Ms Anissa will be visiting our class weekly on Friday to help us learn well-being as part of our unit, Balance in our lives can promote health and well-being. 

Please note that our T.I.G time has changed to Fridays (see timetable below). Our library borrowing time remains on Tuesday.

In Maths this week we started a unit of work on organising and collecting. We decided to take an inventory of some of the things in our class. We soon discovered that it was quite hard to keep track of the bigger quantities. By grouping the objects by 10s, we found that the task was more manageable. We will continue working on this next week.

On Wednesday we said goodbye to Ehyun. We wish her and her family all the very best for their move to HCMC. We will miss you, Ehyun!


On Friday, Kreshaa and Vidisha treated their Grade 1 friends to a performance of a typical Indian dance to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Light. They did an excellent job and we very much enjoyed learning a little bit about their culture. If any other child (or parent!) would like to share a cultural tradition with the grade, please do not hesitate to let us know!

Important dates:

  • October 31st is Dress Up Day.
  • UN Day is next Friday, 3rd November. The assembly is at 10:30 in the Sports’ Centre followed by lunch in 1C/1D at 12pm. The children depart at 1pm.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday October 19th, 2017

We’ve had another very busy week of learning in 1D. Here are a few snapshots of what we’ve been up to!

In Maths this week we worked collaboratively to create a number line from 1-100. The children’s cooperation and communication skills were particularly impressive.

We also worked on a story problem using different maths tools available in the classroom to model the problem.


On Wednesday we had a shared lunch in the classroom. This was the provocation to our new unit (Balance in our lives promotes health and well-being – see below for more information). We gave the children complete free-choice to help themselves to whichever food they wanted. We recorded this in photos and will be referring back to it throughout the unit. If you’d like to see what your child chose, here are some pictures:

Here is the new unit overview:

Thank you so much for your collaboration with the yellow and black clothing today for the APAC Volleyball opening assembly. Everyone looked great and the gesture was much appreciated by the visiting teams, particularly WAB!


  • 1D will have their last swimming lesson tomorrow.
  • Please remember to hand the envelopes with the money for your child’s photos to the Advancement office (B7).