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.


This Week in 1A, November 1st

UOI-Healthy Choices

We started this week making healthy snacks in each of our Grade 1 classes. The students had to cut cucumbers and cheese and place it on top of the rye bread. Some of our students used a real knife for the first time. After each class made the snacks, we did a Healthy Snacks Kahoot and then we ate the delicious snacks. Your child now knows how to make healthy snacks. I wonder what they will make for you?


This week during math, we had the opportunity to work on our coding skills. The students learned how to code first before making a robot out of legos. The robots were able to change color and make sounds based on the codes that each pair of students put in the program. The students will continue to build on their coding skills and create robots to perform certain tasks.

Mystery Reader

This week’s Mystery Reader was Olivia’s dad, Mark. Mr Mark learned English as his first language. He read us a book called The Firebird by Mairi Mackinnon. We loved hearing the story about the small carving that was given to the prince. Thank you for sharing it with us, Mr Mark.

MRISA Basketball 

UNIS Is part of an organization called MRISA (Mekong River International Schools Association). Each year our school hosts sporting events and our grade-level sponsors a team. This year basketball teams from around the region came and we hosted ISE (International School Eastern Seaboard, from Thailand). The students made headbands, we took a photo with their team and we cheered them on at one of their games. ISE comes to UNIS without a cheering section, so this is a great way for them to feel great about their team. Go Eagles.

We always support our UNIS TEAMS and we want our UNIS teams to do their best and it is important for other teams to feel welcome and supported.


Math-3 Act Math Task

This morning our students were introduced to a 3 Act Math Task. We based it on Halloween candy. The students had to estimate the number of candy bars in the bag and then show their thinking using pictures and numerals. Our students are amazing mathematicians and they worked so hard in solving this problem.

SDG (Sustainable Development GHOULS…) Happy Halloween





This Week in 1A, October 25th

UN Day

Thank you to everyone for joining us for this year’s UN Day celebrations. It was a fantastic celebration of our school’s identity and a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together. An extra special thank you to Jasmin, Rionne’s mom, for all her hard work in organizing the delicious lunch buffet and to all parents for providing food for the event.

I Wish…

During SDG Week, we made an ‘I Wish’ posters and presented them to each other on UN Day. The students were so excited to see their special creations and talk about their wishes with parents, special guests and friends.

After UN Day, we had an opportunity to share our wishes with each other. We noticed that some of our wishes for the planet are the same. The future will be bright with all of these wonderful human beings in charge of our planet.

SDG Week-A Plastic Ocean

Here is the video that we made of the students swimming in all of the plastic last week during SDG Week. Please enjoy!

Happy Birthday, Eimear!

Eimear’s birthday was on UN Day, but she wanted to celebrate it the next day. We had a lovely time singing to her in both English and Vietnamese. Thank you to her parents for bringing in the special muffins. We loved them! Happy Happy Birthday to Eimear!

Literacy-Our Current Text Type: Response

We have started the first of our text types for this year: Response. This text type focuses on  responding to and analyzing objects or events in a structured format. Students will be learning to distinguish between nouns and pronouns, justifying their opinion using the terms like/dislikes and will build a repertoire of adjectives to support their opinions.

Literacy-Mr Brian Visits Grade 1A

Mr Brian, our UNIS Speech and Language Specialist, came to our class this week to help us remember how to breath when we are speaking and saying our letter sounds. He even brought a special teeth and tongue puppet to show us where to put our tongues when we say certain letters like D, T, K, G and more. Mr Brian will continue to work with our students throughout the year for special, whole-class lessons. Thank you Mr Brian for coming and teaching us.

Math and UOI-Graphing

During math and UOI this week, we talked a lot about our special lunch from last week. Ms Jill came in and introduced why graphs are important. We made a whole class graph and were able to make comparisons with our graph. We learned that we use a graph for various reasons such as:

  • I can talk about data on a graph.
  • I can describe data on a graph using numbers and words like more and most and fewer and not very many.

Plau Based Learning

Here are some photos of our time in Play Based Learning this week. The students are enjoying getting to know all the friends from Grade 1 and working together to explore the materials.

An Important Notice about Home Readers

Thank you for your patience with our paper folders. Please be assured that fabric book bags are coming soon. We ask that you support your child be re-reading their chosen text with you each night and returning it to school the next day. This is an important daily routine to best support your child’s literacy growth this year.

Children are encouraged to choose a book that is a good fit (they can read the majority of the text with ease) and is of interest to them. While the level of the book may give some indication of the complexity of the book we fully encourage students to choose books that they are motivated to read for this reason you may notice your child choosing to reread a book or from time to time taking on a more complex book that they wish to tackle with your support.

Bikes to School on Monday
The Grade 1 Wheels Unit will begin next week, October 28th.
1. We request that all students bring their bikes and helmets to school on October 28th from 7:45-8:30 from the Main Gate. Upon arrival, you will be directed by the PE staff to the storage location where all bikes will be stored (see attached).
2. If your bike has training wheels on them, we request that you remove them.
3. To help us with the organization, it would be helpful if you put a label on your child’s bike and helmet that includes your child’s name and homeroom.
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4. The unit will end on November 22nd, and all bikes can be collected on that day from 3:30-4:00.


  • October 31st ES Dress Up Day: Please discuss with your child what they may wear for our dress up day on Thursday. We ask that children do not wear masks and highly encourage some creative home grown costumes.
  • There will be no school on November 11 due to it being a staff professional development day.
  • Save the Date: On November 19th open classrooms will take place across the Elementary School. More information to follow.


This Week in 1A, October 18th

SDG Week

This week we have had so many wonderful opportunities to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals. We have read many books that connect to an SDG, watched Thomas the Tank Engine videos about the SDGs and had many experiences to help us think more deeply about how we can help people, animals and the entire world.

UOI-#3 Good Health and Well Being

We started our week with a lunchtime provocation of having the students take as much or as little food as they wanted to. We continued our learning about balance and how we can have a balanced plate. We did some graphing about what each student picked and we will continue to graph next week to analyze our food choices. We will also start to look at healthy snacks.

Mystery Reader #4 Quality Education

Thank you to Calliope’s mom, Ms Lindsey, for coming and reading us a wonderful story about some adventurous bears. We learned that Ms Lindsey speaks English and a little bit of Vietnamese and French. Thank you for coming and being our Mystery Reader. We wonder who the next Mystery Reader will be.

UOI and PE #15 Life Below Water

During swimming this week, the students got to experience what it is like for animals to swim in our polluted oceans filled with plastic. We will be talking more about this in the weeks to come. At frist the students were laughing and having a great time moving around the plastic and then they reflected on it a bit more. It was hard to swim in and around all the trash. It was so difficult. How do animals do it? What if the animals think the plastic is food? What is happening to the animals? These are some of the questions that we are goign to explore.


The students have been learning about different word families and which words are in the family and which words are not in the family. We have also been adding prefixes and suffixes to words. We had some fun looking at the word PLAY this week. Words are in the family when they are spelled the same (structure) and have the same meaning.

Play Based Learning #4 Quality Education

This week we started Play Based Learning OUTSIDE with all four classes. The students have enjoyed being with their peers and investigating all of the different areas of exploration outside. Please ask your child about their experience with the flubber, the maker area, the puppets on stage, the mud kitchen, the big blue blocks, the kitchen area, the painting area, the construction and building area and all the friends that they are exploring with. We are excited to see what happens with this space and time once the students take the lead and plan our time.

Buddies and UOI #3 Good Health and Well Being

During buddies the week, our Grade 4 buddies wanted to teach our students how to ride skateboards. The Grade 4 students have a skateboard unit and they wanted to share their learning. The students first had to put on their helmets and pads. Our buddies worked very hard to teach our students how to stand on the skateboard, how to balance and how to move without support. Our buddies thought that teaching our students was hard work. We have amazing communicators and risk-takers in Grade 1. Way to go!!!


  • UN Day is Monday, October 21st begiing at 11am for the UN Day Assembly in the Sport’s Center. Please arrive around 10:30am to get a seat. Please bring your food to the classroom in the morning when your child arrives at school. If your child does not have a country costume, please have them wear a nice outfit on this day. Thank you for all of your support. We appreciate it.



This Week in 1A, October 4th


Thank you for coming to the Learning Conversations this week. It was so wonderful to be with each of you and have your child tell you about their 2 Stars and 1 Wish. The students were wonderful communicators in sharing their learning with you. Thank you for being a huge part of their learning journey.


UOI-Thank You

This week we made Thank You cards to Nurse Jo for helping us learn so much about hygiene. Nurse Jo was so excited to receive so many cards from our Grade 1 friends. Thank you to Nurse Jo for making such a big difference in our unit.

SDG Week

In preparation for our UN Day Celebration, we will spend the week after the break investigating the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals. Today, your child chose one goal from the 17 SDG’s that we would like you to translate into your home language. Please translate the title of the goal and discuss the goal with your child at home. Please only translate the title of the goal not the entire text. 

Please look at your child’s SDG and input the translation here is this document. We will be reading lots of books on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and watching some interesting short films. We will also collaborate with other classrooms in the ES. Our activities will include painting pictures and writing poems. Please remember October 21st is UN Day, and please send your child to school in his/her traditional country costume or dress. We will have an early release day on UN Day.

UN Day Announcements

UN Day is coming on Monday, October 21st. It is one of the most important days at UNIS. Please join us in the Sports Center for a morning full of fun and then a wonderful community lunch, beginning at 10:30am. Our Room Parent will be sharing more information with you about the lunch. Here are some photos of students, teachers and parents dressed for this special day. Please have your child come to school in the following:

  • Dress in their national/cultural costume
  • Adopt the national/cultural costume of a country to which you feel a special affinity through family, friends or having lived there

Global Read Aloud

This week during our literacy time, we started the book Stella Diaz Has Something To Say by Angela Dominiguez. It is a story about a young girl who is learning to speak English in her school. She speaks Spanish at home. Young readers all over the world are reading this book and we are a part of that. We even had our Literacy Coach, Ms Angela, come in and read a few chapters to us. We are all wondering who the new student will be in Stella’s class. Please ask your child about Stell and what we already know about Stella.



  • October 5-13 UNIS School Holiday, No School
  • Please bring in plastic water bottles or containers for a special project that we are doing after the holiday.
  • October 21 UN Day