This week in 1D – March 15th

Thank you so much for coming to our Wax Museum today. I hope you enjoyed it, and are as proud as I am of all the children. They did such a great job! Many thanks for all your help in gathering costumes and props: I’m sure you’ll agree that they all looked fabulous! Watch out for the children’s “green screen” videos which they will be posting on their blogs next week. Meanwhile, here are some photos from today:

In Maths this week we practised our strategies for adding and subtracting. We do this through “Number Talks” where the children try and think of as many strategies as possible to solve mental maths problems. Please ask your child to tell you some of the strategies he/she knows.

Don’t forget to remind your child to wear blue tomorrow for the whole school assembly!



This week in 1D – March 8th, 2018

Please find below your long-awaited invitation to the Wax Museum. Also, please find below the timetable for Open-Classrooms next week.

This week the children have been doing an excellent job at recording their speeches using the Green Screen app. Here are some photos of the kids dressed up – can you guess who they all are?

Please note that for the wax museum we will be in the foyer of the Centre for the Arts building- upstairs. We will not be in the classroom. If you are unable to make it for any reason, please send me an email and I will arrange for your child’s Grade 5 buddy to be there for them.

Next week is busy – here’s what you need to know.

  • Monday: No school – teachers have a professional development day
  • Thursday: Open classrooms / wax museum
  • Friday: Spirit assembly for the whole school. We will be welcoming the soccer players who are coming to UNIS for a tournament. The children can wear blue to support our UNIS players. I will be attending a course and will be absent from school.

Open Classrooms Timetable

1D March 1st, 2018

I hope you all had a great Tet break. It’s been wonderful to hear the children’s wonderful stories about their holiday adventures!

Many thanks to Ibtihaaz’s grandfather who was this week’s Mystery Reader. He read a story in Bangla and then taught the children to say a few words (see if your child can remember any of the new words!).

In English we have started learning about stories, and specifically Fairy Tales. The children were able to name an impressive number of Fairy Tales and were also able to think about the typical characters which feature in them. With our Grade 5 buddies today the children invented and acted out their own stories. Here are some photos:


  • Please help your child find some items and/or a costume for their famous person. We will need this for filming a “green screen” video next week. Many thanks for your help with this!
  • Please remember that on Thursday March 15th at 2.30 you will be invited to the Wax Museum.
  • Please see the letter below regarding the Rice Drive for San Sa Ho Primary School.
  • The UNIS service learning team are holding a “Rice Drive”  for the San Sa Ho (Sin Chai) Primary School near Sa Pa. Rice donations can be received at B5-G18, or you can donate money (to buy rice in Sa Pa) at MSHS Office. Please fill in this form then give money to Ms Phuong HS Secretary. Thanks Ms Phuong for helping with this.
    Any donations will be collected until Wednesday next week (7 March 2018). 

This week in 1D – Thursday 8th February

This was one of our busiest weeks so far in Grade 1! Read on to find out what we’ve been up to!

100th Day Celebrations

On Tuesday we celebrated our 100th day at school. We first brainstormed everything we know about the number 100, and then the children chose from a range of activities all focussed around our star number. At the end of the day we took a 100th Day photo of the whole grade and then enjoyed the 100 delicious cupcakes (many thanks to all the parents who contributed!).

Snack Sale

On Wednesday morning the children bought snacks to enjoy at snack time. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the sale.

Global Play Day and Play-Based Learning

Also on Wednesday we celebrated Global Play Day. To mark this event, we invited our K2 friends to our Play-Based Learning space to enjoy some child-initiated, self-directed play together.

Field Trip

On Thursday morning we went on our field trip to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. Here is a recount of our trip, which we wrote together, followed by some photos of the day:

This is 1D’s last post before the Tet holiday. See you back at school on Monday 26th February. Wishing you a wonderful Tet break. Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!


This week in 1D – Thursday 1st February

Thank you so much for coming to the parent-teacher conferences today. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to chat to you about your child! There are lots of things happening next week – please scroll to the end for a list of reminders!

Sound and Light Exhibition

It was lovely to see so many of you at the “sound and light” exhibition last Friday. Here are some photos from the event:

Mystery Reader

Thank you so much to Sophia’s mum, Olga, who read a story in Russian about friendship. We learned a few words in Russian and Sophia showed us how to write some letters in Cyrillic.

New Unit of Inquiry


  • In order to support our new unit of inquiry please could you provide 4 photos of your child showing significant events in their lives (eg, first day of school, moving to a new country, special holiday,  etc) by Tuesday February 6th.
  • Please could you bring in any recyclables (boxes, tubes etc) you may have for our “maker space” outside.
  • Next Wednesday, February 7th, is the healthy snack sale. You should receive more information about this from the SCO.
  • Global Play Day is also next Wednesday, February 7th. Your child may bring a toy to school to help celebrate (please, no battery-operated toys or anything electronic).
  • We will be going on a field trip to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on February 8th.

This week in 1D

Sound and Light 

Here’s a sneak peak of the children’s wonderful “light and sound” boxes that will be on display tomorrow. We look forward to seeing you in the class at 14.50.

Mystery Reader

Many thanks to Sophia’s dad, Stefan, who read a story in German to us. The children enjoyed it very much. They also noticed that some of the words sounded “a little bit like English”!


  • You are invited to class tomorrow at 14.50 to see the students’ Light and Sound boxes
  • Parent-teacher conferences will be next Thursday, February 1st. Please sign up!
  • You will receive your child’s report at the beginning of next week. Please read this before the conference on Thursday.
  • Operation Smile – please bring any unwanted toys and leave in the bucket outside the nurse’s office. All of these toys will be given to children awaiting mouth surgery in hospital, to make the waiting process more bearable.

This week in 1D – January 19th, 2018

Looking at vibrations

During our technology integration time with Ms Michelle, we learned how to make sounds through vibrations. The students were paired up and given a rubber band. Then they had to take a video of the rubber band making the vibration and sound. Then we took the video and moved it into an iMovie to slow down the video. The videos will be on the student’s blog very soon!

Mini Field Trip to the G9/10 String Orchestra

Continuing on with our inquiry into how light and sound affect our lives, we visited the Grade 9/10 string orchestra. The class first played an original piece of music which they are practising for an up-coming concert, and then the older students showed 1D how their instruments work. Some children even had a go at playing the instrument.
A message from Operation Smile

We would like to inform you that, from January 8 to February 8 of 2018, Operation Smile will be running a toy drive. There will be a large bucket placed outside the nurse’s office, and we would greatly appreciate it if you could encourage the students to donate toys they no longer want or need, to be placed in the bucket. All of these toys will be given to children awaiting mouth surgery in hospital, to make the waiting process more bearable.
Thank you!
Mystery Reader 
Many thanks to Haru’s mum, BK, who was our mystery reader this week. We very much enjoyed the story and learning a few new words in Korean.
Light and Sound Boxes
As a culmination to our unit on light and sound, the children are working collaboratively to make a space which incorporates natural and man-made light and sound sources. Here is the process so far:


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!