5B Literacy Response for Thursday 17th May 2018

“Attention is the brains most valuable resource”

How do you imagine your brain?

Step one:

Draw an image to show how you see your brain. Take a photo and add it to this response.

Don’t skip ahead do step one first.

Step two:

Then watch the video called Brain Power. Take notes and then redraw your brain to show what you have learned. Post your second picture and respond in writing (200 words +) explaining what important information you took from the video.

Brain Power Video Link




5B Literacy Response for Monday 14th May 2018


Sleep helps our bodies to grow, and recover from illness or injury. We also need sleep for our brains to work at their best.

Click on the link below and listen carefully, take notes and then write an opinion piece answering the questions below. Ask your teacher for the username and password to log into BrainPOP.


  • Why is sleep important?
  • What will help us to sleep well?
  • What is NREM sleep and REM Sleep?
  • What do you believe happens while you dream?

If you want to go further, research “How much sleep do we need at different ages?” and add that to your response.

Good luck and stay awake!

Week 34 – May 7th to 11th

Welcome 5B Community

This week we introduced our last unit of the year called “Transitions” and we began our inquiry with a visit to an ECC discovery classroom to help students realize some of the transitions they have already made as learners.

Next, we brainstormed other types of transitions and created a list that included physical, social and emotional changes. And yes, puberty was on the list! The following presentation slides give a brief overview of topics covered during the unit. This is the same presentation presented at the Friday’s coffee morning.

Who We Are_Transitions coffee morning 2018-yzi1bq

PYPX is over!

But the Action hasn’t stopped.

Jonathan (5B), Nathan (5B) and Moriz (5A) had been working with David Buckner to plant a tree as part of their action to combat air pollution around UNIS. The boys had to prep the tree for transplant and then dig it up and replant it in its forever home. It currently looks like a bald tower and they are looking forward to seeing it flourish in its new home in the car park. This process has taken eight weeks and the boys will be sharing their experience in the next edition of the ES Tin Tuc.

5B is back to a more normal schedule of math and literacy. In math this week, students inquired into the properties of shape, the ways they can demonstrate a problem and how they can use their mathematical knowledge to craft a lesson that develops areas for improvement.

In literacy, students are perfecting their ability to read criteria and apply it when writing. The current text type is ‘recount’ which means students should be able to recount an event in order, using describing words and reflection to enable the reader to imagine what the event was like. 

5B had a visit from Mr Dylan this week to talk about ‘Safe touch’. The student’s roleplayed and took part in a continuum quiz which incorporated many different scenarios.

Next week, students will take the standardized MAP assessment on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Families can help students by ensuring that their children come to school well rested and well hydrated.

Table Talk:

  1. How many systems are there in the human body?
  2. Which system works independently of the other systems?
  3. What is the name of the body system that your skin belongs to?
  4. Tell me about the rice video from China that you watched in class?
  5. What should we never leave at school overnight?

Save the date:

11th June – G5 Assembly Celebration and morning tea @ 9 am




Letter to Parents from the Music Department

May 4 th 2018

Dear Grade 5 Parents,

As we approach the end of this 2017/18 School Year, the time has come for all students to return the instrument that they have been borrowing from UNIS. We will be doing a check of all instruments before the summer holiday to replace broken or missing strings, accessories and small repairs. These costs will be covered by UNIS.

Hopefully, we won’t have any larger breakages or missing instruments
which will require your attention. These costs might be extra under the loan agreement form.

This letter is to let you know the days that students must hand in their instrument and have it checked off by Ms Sally and Ms Mai. Prior to this day, students have a responsibility to thoroughly clean their band instrument at home. We will be watching some youtube links on how to do this.

Here is a link to get started.

After this day, all instruments will be kept at school to practice during classes for the last few weeks of this school year.

Thank you for your support at home with your child’s instrumental learning. It is great to hear of their enthusiasm to continue learning an instrument next year in Middle School. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this particular group of young musicians and watching their confidence grow in their learning and performing.

It has been a great year of music making!

Sally Oxenberry
ES Music

Week 33 May 2nd – 4th – Book Week

Welcome back 5B Community

People are still talking about the PYP Exhibition that the G5 students presented last week! A number of people have said that it was the best PYPX ever, based on all of the actions that our students took and are still taking to help meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

This Week in 5B

The theme of this short week is “books.” On Wednesday, students had extended reading time and chose meaningful words to wear and share. On Thursday, students and teachers dressed up as favourite characters in stories and paraded with their G1 Buddies.  

The Grouchy Ladybug Book by Eric Carle

On Friday 5B had a “mystery reader” stop by our class to share a story.

Thank you Mr Stef, you were outstanding. 5B students loved your antics and stories.

Students had an opportunity to buy from the large range of second-hand books on Friday along with the chance to come to school in their PJ’s. 

5B and 5A students visited ISV as they present their PYPX journey.

As the year starts to wind down, we are starting our final units for all subjects. Our last unit of inquiry will be about “transitions,” physical, social and emotional. The focus for Math will be geometry, and students will investigate the various types of measurement through hands-on activities. In literacy, students will review “recount” writing and take reading assessments. 

The week may have been shorter, but there was still a surmountable amount of learning going on.

Dinner Time Conversation
What PYPX actions are still continuing?
What book characters did you see on Thursday?
What school are you visiting on Friday to watch their PYPX?
What Math task are you working on at the moment?

Save the date:

  • Friday 11th May – Coffee Morning (8:30 am) to explain the G5 Transition UOI. Please note this date is different from the advertised date on the school calendar.
  • Monday 28th May – 5B Stepping Up into MS for the day
  • Tuesday 29th May – 5B Field Trip to HIS to attend their PYPX presentation
  • Monday 11th June – G5 Assembly Celebration

Enjoy your weekend

Week 32 – 23rd to 27th April

G5 PYPX Live Streaming Details
Looking forward to an amazing day celebrating your child’s success as PYPX continues to come to life with visiting schools, presentations, and our evening event.
The evening presentation has live streaming that it can be shared with our global UNIS community.
It will be available via https://goo.gl/AxKPPB on the YouTube channel of the Elementary school.

Week 31 – April 16th to 20th

Next week is the long-awaited PYPX. The following is the schedule for the two-day event.

Tuesday 24th of April Schedule

Students arrive at school at the standard time. They will finish setting up for the presentations (which they started the day prior) and attend any specialty classes up until 12:30 pm. This is when the first visiting schools begin to arrive. G5 students are presenting the PYPX process and then station themselves at their exhibits until 3:20 pm. There will be a short 15-minute break between 1:45 and 2:10. Students will travel home as per normal travel arrangements.

Wednesday is a public holiday, so no school

Thursday 26th of April Schedule

Students arrive at school at the standard time and attend the normal school assembly. At 9:10 am students greet the first round of guests. Students continue with their exhibits until 2:55 pm. Normal lunch and break times are observed over the course of the day.

Thursday 26th of April – Parent and Guest Evening Schedule

Students are required to be at school by 5:30 pm to tend to their exhibits and prep for the parent presentation which starts at 6:00 pm. The presentation will take approximately 20 mins. Students will then return to their exhibits and explain their PYPX journey and learning, to parents and a variety of other guests.

At  7:15 pm students will return to the theatre to sing their closing song and listen to the closing statements from their PYP coordinator, Ms Angela Meikle. The event should be finished by 7:30 pm.


5B Literacy Response – Tuesday 17th April

Watch the following Youtube Clip about ‘Global Algae Innovations’.

You must respond to one of the following prompts.

  1. What information did you find the most convincing and why?
  2. Write an overview of the whole clip, as if you were explaining the clip to someone who has not watched it.
  3. Give a brief overview of the clip and explain your ideas on how this action could be implemented in Vietnam.


Tell One, Tell All – Support for the Plastic Oceans Group

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