Last Full Week of School, Friday, June 5th

How We Express Ourselves

We continue to inquire into many ways that we express ourselves both as a group and individually. This week, we thought about the ways that we choose to express ourselves best and generated lots of ideas such as singing, playing instruments, playing, cooking, etc. 

As authors, we continue to express ourselves by choosing a variety of ways to express our narrative stories. We explored Toontastic, Book Creator, puppet-theatre and bookbinding as just some of the ways that we can share our stories with others. Our stories will be uploaded onto Seesaw very soon for your enjoyment. 

Long vowels 

As word inquirers we have continued to review long-vowel patterns within words. We are focussing on long <u> and the different ways this sound can be represented. We are also approaching the end of our Magic 100 words for Grade 1 and encourage daily practice of both the indigo and violet word lists.

We continue to review the different ways that long vowels are represented in words and have been doing so with the support of some fantastic read alouds. We understand that long vowels can be represented in many different ways and we are having a lot of fun exploring and analyzing the different combinations in terms of both meaning and structure.

Saying Goodbye to 1A Friends

Eimear and Maddi are both leaving UNIS and had a special morning today with all of the other ES leavers. We have all signed a special UNIS t-shirt for them and they have created a beautiful moving journal that they are having all of their friends sign. We wish all of our leavers the best in their new schools: Eimear, Maddi, Olivia, Julian and Gigi.


This week we have been reviewing measurement in its different forms. While reviewing the time to the hour and half hour, we made some great connections to counting by 5’s and seeing these patterns on the hundreds chart and number lines. We also reviewed how to make accurate measurements using a variety of non-standard measurements. As we approached the end of the week we focussed on reviewing the attributes of 2D and 3D shapes by engaging in shape hunts around the classroom and the use of pattern blocks to create 3D shape creations.

Moving Up Morning

Moving Up Morning looked a little bit different this year but it was still a lot of fun. We visited Grade 2A and had the opportunity to find out some of the fun things we can look forward to in Grade 2 next year. We look forward to finding out who our new classmates and teachers will be at the beginning of the next school year.

This week’s reminders:

  • Summer library reading: If your child has returned all outstanding loans they are welcome to check out their summer reading choices on Monday. Please ensure your child brings in their book bag if they wish to take home summer reading.
  • We will have our class party on Monday afternoon. We look forward to celebrating with each other and acknowledging each other for all the hard work that has been done this school year. 
  • The final day of school: Wednesday, June 10th. Early dismissal will take place at 12:00pm. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher if there are any changes to your child’s usual pick up routine.

This Week in 1A, May 29th

Friendship Friday Zoom Call

Since we have been back at school, we have invited Olivia and Rionne to join our class each Friday afternoon for Friendship Friday since they are both out of the country. We have LOVED seeing both of them and they have enjoyed seeing all of the students. Today, we welcomed Saad to join us because he has recently traveled outside the country. We laugh, say lots of hellos and tell each other some stories. It has been so valuable for all of our students to have some closure with each other during this time. Today we tried a new thing and put the students into breakout rooms so they could chat with each other. It was so much fun!



Math this week has been an opportunity to show what we know about place value, counting forwards and backwards, and practicing our understanding of the number line to solve addition and subtraction questions. We are revisiting standard and non-standard measurement, and time to consolidate our skills at telling time to the hour and half hour.


We continue to work through our 100 Magic High Frequency words and this week we focussed on our penultimate list: Indigo Magic Words. We analyzed each of the words by looking at both the meaning and structure of each word in order to help us better read and write these important words. Don’t forget to practice reading and writing these words at home as well as looking out for them during Home Reading each day.


Narrative Writing

This week we continued to express ourselves as authors by constructing narratives. We are reviewing and making edits as we work towards being ready to share stories through a medium of our choice. Next week, we will choose a platform to showcase our stories. We can’t wait to see which one each student picks and then see their stories come to life. 


We were so excited to return to the swimming pool during our PE lessons this week. It made for a welcome break from the hot weather and another chance to build our skills and confidence as swimmers before the summer holidays. Well done to everyone for remembering to bring in their own goggles and swimming gear each day. Remember next week is Week A. We will have swimming on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Arts Week

To celebrate Arts Week in the Elementary School the Arts Team put together a fantastic variety of Art and Music-related activities for us to enjoy during each Morning Meeting. On Monday, we began the process of creating an Abstract Art Drawing by exploring geometric and organic shapes, straight lines and curved lines. On Tuesday, we joined Ms Liz, Ms Noor and Ms Abella for some fun singing activities. On Wednesday, we returned to our Abstract Art Drawings and added color. Thursday’s celebration involved the whole ES in an Arts-themed assembly. Thank you to the Arts team for these wonderful learning experiences and for challenging us to consider the many ways that we can express ourselves.

Making Predictions

In literacy, we also started to learn about making predictions in stories. The students were able to look at a picture and be creative with how the story might continue or end. Making predictions helps us to understand that the students are comprehending the stories.

Grand Walk

On Thursday afternoon we gathered as a whole school community throughout the campus to wish our Grade 12 Graduates the very best on their future endeavours.

Farewell UNIS Hanoi!

Friends across the entire school who are leaving us this year are invited to tell us about their favorite place in the school and why it is so special to them. If you are not joining us in Grade 2 next year we would love to hear from you.  Share your favorite place here on Flipgrid.


  • Moving Up Morning, Friday, June 5th: Moving Up Morning will look a little differently this year.  Instead of meeting our new class group and teacher, we will have the opportunity to visit our partner class in Grade 2 (Grade 1A will visit Grade 2A) to learn about some of the great things that await us next year. The leaving students will have a special morning during this time as well. 
  • Monday, June 8th: Reports made available on Veracross
  • Week of June 8-10: Bring in book bags to carry extra items such as journals and art work home. Please return all outstanding library books
  • Wednesday, June 10th: Final Day of First Grade, early dismissal for students at 12:00pm (no lunch at school)

This Week in 1A, Friday, May 22

We had another very busy week back at school. Here are some of the exciting things that we did this week.


In Math this week, we have continued to explore place value and consolidate our understanding that a pack or group of ten has the same or equal value as ten loose parts or units. We have continued to build on this concept through number talks, word problems and 3-Act Math Tasks. Next week, we will continue to use number lines to model our thinking. The students enjoyed making number lines and using them for addition and subtraction equations.  We will also revisit concepts covered earlier in the term such as measurement and time to the hour and half hour.


This week in Literacy, we have started to use Story Maps as a tool for organizing the narrative stories we plan to create in the coming weeks. We have identified the key elements (Characters, Settings, Feelings, Problems and Solutions) that are necessary to construct a successful narrative and are working towards combining these elements to create a story.

We read the book Where the Wild Things Are to continue our exploration of monsters last week. As a result of our word inquiry we are getting much better at noticing parts in words. We are beginning to better understand that when we notice what we think might be a long vowel combination it may not always be! We are learning to be critical word analyzers!

We also made a story map of the book. The students had to remember the setting, the main character, and three things that happened in the story. They also got to rate the book. The students did an excellent job with their writing and drawings of the story. This is all leading up to the students being able to write their own narrative story.

Next week, we, as authors, will choose from a variety of multi-modal options about how best we wish to share our stories with others. We will use online tools such as Puppet Pals, Book Creator and ToonTastic as other physical materials such as booklet making, puppet creations and the use of drawings.

UOI: Where We Are in Place and Time

This week in UOI, we have been watching some of our friend’s significant people videos and giving them feedback, using the TAG approach. You are welcome to go on this link and watch the videos from home too. We are so proud of all of our Grade 1 friends for doing such important research of a significant person, writing their scripts and presenting their information in a video. Well done, Grade 1!!!

Grade 1 Significant Person Link


Swimming Starts Next Week

Swimming Costumes – Girls must wear a one piece costume during swim lessons and boys can either wear trunks or shorts. Note that baggy shorts can inhibit the swimmer’s progress. UNIS costumes are available from ‘The Shop’, which is situated outside the gymnasium. Please label your child’s swimming costume.

Swimming Caps – These are essential for pupils with long hair for both hygiene and clearance purposes. Silicone caps provide a good fit with latex caps often being extremely tight. Cloth caps can also be a good alternative for the younger swimmers.

Goggles – Goggles can be an extremely important part of a swimmer’s experience. Good fitting goggles can promote confidence and exploration whereas ill-fitting goggles, which let water in, can have a negative effect on certain swimmers. Moulded nose bridges rather than adjustable nose pieces are recommended. To test, push the goggles on the face without the strap and if they stay put then they fit well. Masks are not allowed during lessons as they affect the natural breathing process. Finally, goggles should be changed regularly as the rubber seal wears out causing leakage.

This Week in 1A, January 17th

Happy Birthday to Giana

We wished Gigi a very Happy Birthday at the end of the day last Friday. What a fun treat to help her celebrate turning 7 years old! Thank you for the delicious cake.

Market and Service Day

Thank you to all our Grade 4 friends who organized and carried out a fantastic Market and Service Day event on Tuesday morning. We had the opportunity to support many local charities by purchasing treats and participating in games. Thank you, parents, for your generous contributions, it is very much appreciated.

Mystery Reader

This week we had the pleasure of having Audrey’s mom, Ms Aimee, come and read to us. We learned that she speaks English, French, Portuguese and is learning Vietnamese. Thank you for coming and sharing the story Part Time Princess by Deborah Underwood.

Learning Conversations


See you all on Wednesday, January 22nd for Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences. Thank you to everyone who has already signed up via Veracross, if you have not already done so please do so over the weekend. Similar to our last set of conferences students are invited to attend. The purpose of the conference is to discuss your child’s report which will be made available to you via Veracross on Tuesday. Please ensure that you have had a chance to look over it ahead of time in case you have any questions or wonderings. Specialists will be available throughout the day and it is optional to meet with them.

Vietnamese New Year

On Thursday we will come together as the Elementary School community to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year. Students studying Vietnamese throughout the ES will host and special assembly and we ask that all students play their part by wearing a traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai. Each year we look forward to this wonderful celebration and we are sure the Year of the Rat will be extra special.


  • Term 2 begins next Monday, January 20th. Term 1 reports will be made available on Tuesday via Veracross in time for Wednesday’s conferences.
  • The New Year Tết Holiday commences on Friday, January 24th. Classes resume Monday, February 3rd.

This Week in 1A, December 13th

UOI: How We Express Ourselves

We were very entertained this week by the Grade 12 DP students. Please enjoy one of the performances that we were able to listen to.

Holiday Fun in Grade 1

We had so many wonderful activities this week in 1A. Please ask your child about the holiday stories, the holiday parties and all of the fun treats that we had. Thank you, parents, for sending in popcorn and cookies for our party today and for our gift certificates for the movies. Ms Lam and I love movies and can’t wait to use them!

Happy Birthday, Andy and Se Ah.

We celebrate Andy and Se Ah’s birthday this week. Wishing both of them a wonderful new year ahead being 7!!!

Habitat and Animal Show and Tell

While you are on holiday with your families, please do continue to discuss animals and habitats. If you see or find a cool habitat, please do take some pictures of these animals and habitats. We would love to share your pictures at Show and Tell on the Monday we return from break. Please email any pictures you collect of animals and habitats during your travels. 

National Geographic Kids Habitats


  • Please note that there will be no school from December 14-January 5. Wishing you all a wonderful Winter Break.
  • Term 1 ends on January 17th
  • Term 1 reports will be available for viewing on January 23

This Week in 1A, December 6th

UOI: How We Express Ourselves Overview

Our students are learning about the TAG review system in our How We Express Ourselves Unit of Inquiry. Here are some examples that we talked about after watching the performance of Aristocats this morning.
T=Tell a Compliment
  • It was a good musical
  • Great
  • I liked it so much.
  • I loved it so much, I want to watch it again.
  • It was so funny.
  • It was so funny, it made me cry.
  • The mouse was super cute.
  • Thank you for inviting us to watch the show.
A=Ask a Question
  • Why did you pick that show?
  • Why was Tom in a wheelchair?
  • Why is it named Aristocats?
  • Why were there dogs in a cat show?
  • How long did you have to practice?
  • Why did you want to be in the school musical?
  • Why is it only for Grades 2 & 3?
G=Give something to work on, a suggestion
  • I would like to see more songs in the show.
  • The microphones could be a little more clear (a bit scratchy at times).
  • Please put more animals in the show.
  • Please make it longer because we liked it so much.
  • Please do it again

UOI How We Organize Ourselves Overview

UOI Sharing the Planet and Literacy

This week, we learned more about habitats and dived into word inquiry based on habitats. We looked for diagraphs, silent e words, suffixes and prefixes. We are learning so much about spelling through word inquiry. Some of the words that we came up with are:

mushy, green, slime, freezing, muddy, salty and squishy

We also started to learn about writing and organizing information to write an Information Report. We picked one animal, the Bearded Dragon, from our field trip and each student wrote one. Please enjoy a few samples of our reports. We will be doing more of this in the weeks to come.

This week’s reminders:

  • December 2-12: Please stop by and support the Amazing Art Auction this year organized by the Arts Team in collaboration with both students and members of the UNIS community.
  • Kick start the festive season by attending Winterfest on December 12th. There will be lots of delicious food, fantastic crafts and entertainment to be enjoyed.
  • Please note that there will be no school from December 14-January 5. Wishing you all a wonderful Winter Break.
  • Term 1 ends on January 17th
  • Term 1 reports will be available for viewing on January 23 

This Week in 1A, November 29

We have had a fantastic week of fun learning and parent engagement this week. A huge thank you to Thomas’ mum Geralda from 1B for sharing her wonderful story of Linh and the missing slipper, and for bringing it to life through a captivating performance by her friend Sylvie and her wonderful slipper bicycle.

This week we had 2 field trips. Our first one was biking on the Eco/Green Path around Ciputra. The students were such risk takers riding around the Ciputra neighborhood. More photos to come next week.

This morning, we visited Curious Kids as part of our UOI unit on Sharing the Planet. We saw rats, iguanas, sugar gliders, ferrets, rabbits, tortoises, bearded dragon, guinea pigs and of course, the Seth the python snake. We inquired into external characteristics and habitats of the different animals. We wil have more photos to come!

Finally, you will have seen that the students have new cloth bags for their reading books. Thank you for supporting their reading at home, we are seeing a real difference in the classroom.


  • December 2-12: Amazing Art Auction.
  • December 7 & 8 ES Aristocats Musical for students in Grades 2 & 3- Tickets are on sale now. 
  • December 14-January 5 UNIS Winter Break, no school

This Week in 1A, November 22nd

Open Classroom Day

Thank you to all of the parents that joined us for Open Classrooms. It was so nice to see you and to have you be a part of our classroom for the morning and for the specialist classes in the afternoon. The students were so excited to share with you.


Thank You for a Wonderful Teacher’s Day

Thank you to all of the parents and students who honored us on Teacher’s Day! We loved all of the flowers, sweet treats, presents and most importantly all of the special messages that we received. We feel very honored being your child’s teachers.


This week during math, we learned some new math games with 1C. The students in 1C taught us some new math games and we taught them our math games. The students had to share their knowledge and they did a fantastic job.

Fieldtrip Next Week

Next Friday, November 29th, our class will go to Curious Kids for a field trip. The students will need to bring a home snack. lunch and water bottle on this day. We are excited to learn more about animals and how they relate to our new unit of inquiry. The permission slip will be sent home on Monday, please sign it and return on Monday.

This Week in 1A, November 15th

International Kindness Day

This week, we learned more about Kindness and how to be kind to our friends, teachers and family. We took fun photos near our letters this week and read many books about how to be kindWe wrote about what kindness means to us and drew pictures of how we can be kind. How can you share and show kindness?

Our New Unit of Inquiry

This week we transitioned to a new inquiry into how understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources. We completed a pre-assessment task outlining what we already know about a chosen animal and used non-fiction book resources to find out more information. Over the course of this unit we will look at developing our research skills particularly through the use of non-fiction resources such as Epic!, Pebblego and library book resources. Below is an overview of what we will be learning throughout this unit.
* Please note that we will go on a field trip to Curious Kid as part of our inquiry on Friday,  November 29th from 8:15am-12:30pm. You will receive a field trip form next week outlining the details. Your child will need a snack and home lunch on this day.

To kick of our new unit, we searched for Non-Fiction books in the library! Check your child’s library bag and home reader bags for non-fiction books.  Please remember to discuss the Table of ContentsGlossary and Index pages in these non fiction texts.


Mystery Reader

This week we had Yulysis’ mom and her friend ‘Goblin’ come and read us a story in Korean. We loved all of the interactions and theatrics from the story. Thank you for being a very entertaining Mystery Reader.

Open Classrooms: Tuesday, November 19th

We warmly invite you to our Elementary School Open Classrooms –  Tuesday 19th November.

What are Open Classrooms?

On the day, at selected times, our classrooms are open for you to observe lessons that put the philosophy and pedagogy of the Primary Years Programme into practice.

Purpose of Open Classrooms

Open Classrooms is for parents to get an insider’s view of what life is like inside the classrooms at UNIS.  By opening up our classroom doors we would like to give parents a glimpse of student-centered, constructivist teaching and learning in action. We aim to demonstrate our inquiry based teaching philosophy which is central to our identity as an IB school.

How does it work?

  • Classrooms across all subject areas in the ES will be designated as ‘open house’ events for certain lessons – 19th November, 2019.
  • A minimum of two lessons will be designated as ‘open’ in your child’s homeroom class
  • All specialist lessons will be designated as ‘open’
  • Parents may attend any of their child’s open lessons – both homeroom classes and specialist lessons.
  • Parents may only visit open lessons in classes that their child attends.
  • Please be aware that not all lessons are designated as ‘open’.  Be sure to check the schedule below

The designated lessons for 1A are:

In addition to open homeroom and specialist classes, our Literacy and Math coaches (Ms. Angela and Ms.Beth) will be running concurrent sessions on number talks and word inquiry. If you have the time please join them for one or both of these highly informative sessions in B08b rooms 115 & 116 (rooms above the canteen).

  • 7:50 -8:10am
  • 8:10 – 8:30am
  • 15:00 – 15:20pm


  • On Tuesday, November 19th there will be Open Classrooms.
  • December 2-12: Amazing Art Auction.
  • December 7 & 8 ES Aristocats Musical for students in Grades 2 & 3.


This Week in 1A, November 8th

UOI-Who We Are

We are approaching the end of our inquiry into Balance in our Lives promotes Health and Wellbeing and have been working hard to demonstrate what we have learned about making healthy and balanced choices everyday. Over the course of the week, we have been creating a ‘Balanced Me’ poster outlining different actions and choices that we can make to be more balanced. Each piece of the puzzle comes together to represent how balance is often difficult to achieve and balance is achieved through making conscious decisions each and everyday. We also wrote sentences about how we can have good nutrition, be balanced and have good hygiene. We also did a food sort of all of the different kinds of food. We look forward to sharing our posters with you at home and via Seesaw.


During math this week, we had many opportunities to explore different math materials and games like geoboards, number bingo, creating a November calendar and thinking about what objects go together and what objects don’t go together.

Ms Beth also joined us this week to demonstrate a new choral counting routine. This routine allows students to notice, to wonder and to pursue interesting ideas. Choral counting also provides opportunities for children to reason, to predict and to justify as they notice what happens to numbers as they count together.


  • Please note that next Monday, November 11th there will be No School due to a staff professional development day.
  • On Tuesday, November 19th there will be Open Classrooms. Please save the date, more information to follow.
  • December 2-12: Amazing Art Auction.
  • December 7 & 8 ES Aristocats Musical for students in Grades 2 & 3.