week of June 5th


This week in Math we have been practicing our number knowledge looking at Doubles and Doubles plus one. We are reviewing our knowledge of Shape and investigating new shapes such as Trapezoids and Parallelograms. We are beginning to understand that 2D shapes with 4 sides are called Quadrilaterals. We continue to work on the numberline, place value and the 100’s chart and to show our mathematical thinking in different ways.


In Literacy this week we have worked hard to finish our narratives. We have continued to read from the works of Oliver Jeffers and have focussed on our skills of inferencing to understand hidden messages in his stories. ‘The Heart and the Bottle’ by Oliver Jeffers was a particular class favourite. We have looked at different ways authors present their work and chosen different ways to publish our stories. 1B is excited to share them with you next week – no sneak previews just yet! 🙂

UOI – How We Express Ourselves

Our Unit of Inquiry has encouraged students to think about the different ways they express themselves. They have enjoyed exploring different sides to their personalities and looking at how word families arise in connection to specific ideas.

Moving Up!

This Friday 1B had the chance to visit 2B to savour a taster of Grade 2. It was an hour of learning and curiosity. The students are more than ready for their move on up and returned to the classroom excited for their next challenge!

Finally, the end of the year is always a good chance to share notes of appreciation and thank yous. The students thoughtfully produced beautiful thank you cards for our. cleaners and operations staff, as well as lovely digital creations for Ms Jill and our students who remain outside Vietnam.

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.
  • Final day of school: Wednesday June 11th. 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.

Week of May 28th

Arts Week Highlights

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 Chu Chu 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. We finished up the week on Friday with an array of choice activities. 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.


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 Monday and Thursday


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 numberline 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. Learning through play, students have begun to explore elements of Shape and Symmetry using Lego and Magnatiles as their inspiration.


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. We have enjoyed thinking about different types of settings and developing the characters in our stories.

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 have enjoyed practicing them in lots of different ways.

As readers we continue to review strategies that help us to tackle some of the tricky words we encounter when reading. Stop and think! is one strategy that encourages us to take the time to consider the question ‘Does it make sense?’ by taking the to slow down and consider this helps us to become more skilled readers. 

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

Friends across the entire school who are leaving us this year are invited to tell us about their favourite 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 favourite 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 1B will visit Grade 2 B) to learn about some of the great things that await us next year. 
  • 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 12:00

Week of May 22

Dear families,

It has been a very busy fortnight in 1B! We have continued our work on place value looking at the number of tens and ones in 2 digit numbers, for example, 63 contains 6 groups of ten and 3 ones. It is important for the students to understand that the ‘6’ in 63 represents 60 as we move into addition and subtraction questions.

We have introduced the Number Line to the students, which they have used to support their addition and subtraction skills. Students have also begun to use the number line to show how they can use their facts to ten to solve larger problems. .

Next week, we will continue to use number lines to model our thinking and revise 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 organising 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.

Next week the students, as authors, will choose from a variety of ways to share their stories with others. They can use online tools such as Puppet Pals, Book Creator and Toontastic, or other physical materials such as booklet making, puppet creations and drawings.

In word study students continue to work on their High Frequency words and are practicing their understanding of long vowel combinations. We have all enjoyed reading the books of Oliver Jeffers to support this work in the classroom. It is clear the reading stamina of 1B has improved a lot since the winter break and as a whole class we broke our reading stamina record this week, with every student in the class reading uninterrupted for 20 minutes! Well done 1B! Maybe it was also something to do with Ms Monica’s inspiring book week activities last week too! Thank you to all the students who dressed up and/ or shared their favourite bedtime story with us.

UOI: Where We Are in Place and Time

This week in UOI, we have been watching some of our friends’ significant people videos and giving them feedback. You are welcome to go on the link below and watch the videos from home too. We are very proud of all our Grade 1 friends for their excellent research of a significant person, writing their scripts and presenting their information in a video. Well done Grade 1 and thank you to all the support from you at home too!

Grade 1 Significant Person Link

Above all, it has been great to have almost everyone back in the classroom again! We have enjoyed our lunchtimes in the classroom and connecting with our friends. We miss those of you still studying via distance learning and send a big wave and a happy hello to you in Korea and Taiwan. You are still very much a part of our 1B Community!

Have a wonderful week!

Ms Jenny and Ms Noi

Things to remember:

Home Reading – We are not sending books home for reading, but students can still access Raz-Kids or Epic, or swap their books from the library when they need to.

Swimming Starts Next Week

Swimming resumes next week (Week B: Monday and Thursday)

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.


Week of January 20th

Dear families of 1B,

It has been a busy start back! Last week in Maths we began a mini unit on Measurement starting with a challenge to see how the students would decide to measure an apple. They came up with many creative and effective ways to measure which began a great process of inquiry into their mathematical understandings about measurement. We also spoke about accuracy and efficiency, dipping our toes into the concepts of standard and non-standard measurement – ask them about the meatballs!

On Monday 1B was invited to the Makerspace to work with Mr C on a Lego We Do challenge. They programmed a lego snail to flash different colours and play sounds…. watch this space for Stage 2 of our next visit!

In Inquiry we continue to work on our Non-Fiction animal reports, while in Literacy we are focussed on writing, researching and consolidating our understanding of consonant and vowel digraphs, oo, sh, ai, ch etc.. The students all agreed that a teacher’s favourite digraph is most probably ‘sh’… ! (Apologies for the terrible joke).

On Tuesday we enjoyed the Market Service Day led by the Grade 4 students. Thank you for supporting it with your donations. There was slime, snow cones, brownies, bracelets and all manner of exciting goodies to be had. Needless to say 1B was delighted and made the most of it!

Finally, we ended the week with a playdate down at the ECC playground. 1B had a wonderful time playing soccer, digging in the sand and cycling on the track. It has been great to get outside in the clear air and to make the most of it!

Thank you very much this week to Katie’s mum for the delicious cupcakes to celebrate Katie’s birthday – and a very Happy Birthday to Katie! Thank you also to Ms Nitasha for our read aloud this morning, it was lovely to have you in the class.

Next week:

  • Parent, Teacher, Student Conferences are on Wednesday. Please sign up for a time slot if you have not already done so. The purpose of these conferences is to discuss your child’s report, which you should receive Tuesday evening.
  • Thursday is school as usual and we will celebrate Tet with a special assembly for the students. Students are asked to wear Ao Dais on Thursday.
  • No school on Friday January 24th. We will return on Monday February 3rd.


Week of January 10th

Dear families of 1B,

Welcome back after what I hope was a relaxing break for you all. This week we have a number of reminders for you to highlight some important events coming up in the next few weeks. Please see below:

  • Tuesday, January 14th Field Trip


All Grade 1 classes will be going to Xa Dan Elementary & Secondary School. This school is for Vietnamese deaf students. As a part of our Unit of Inquiry on How We Organize Ourselves we have been learning about how language is a cultural schema that we use to communicate. Our UNIS students will learn how the students communicate and learn. We will be leaving school at 8:30am and returning before lunch. The students will need to bring their snack and water bottle with them. 


  • Tuesday, January 14 Market Day


What:Grade 4 Market Day

When: TUESDAY 14 January 10:45-12:00

Bring: maximum of 100,000 VND to spend

The products and services being sold will range from 10,000 VND to 50,000 VND.  All profits will go to organizations that support Children’s Rights


  • Wednesday, January 22, ES Learning Conversations


ES will be hosting Parent, Student and Teacher Conferences from 8am-4pm. We will talk about your child’s report card and review the goals that your child made earlier in the school year. Please note that conferences will only be held with your child. Siblings will be asked to wait outside our classroom. Also, it is optional to see specialist teachers for this conference. 


  • Thursday, January 23rd TET


We will be celebrating TET (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) at school. Students are invited to wear their Ao Dais to honor our host country. 


  • Thursday, January 24-February 2 TET Holiday

Thank you also to Thomas’ mum this week for providing us with delicious homemade Belgian waffles to celebrate Thomas’ birthday! Happy Birthday Thomas!

Have a wonderful week!

Ms Jenny and Ms Noi

Week of December 13th – Happy Holidays!

Dear Families,

We have come to the Winter Break! Well done to all of our students for their hard work and friendships this year. It is wonderful to see them grow in their learning and in their relationships with others.

I have posted to Seesaw a video of just some of our highlights since August. See below:


On Thursday the students celebrated a Festive Party in the lunchroom with their ES buddies. They were treated to music and dancing, as well as a sing a long with Mr Charlie!

Habitat and Animal Show and Tell.

While you are on holiday with your families, please continue to discuss animals and habitats. If you see or find a cool habitat, please do take some photos of these animals and habitats. We would love to share your pictures during Show and Tell in class. Please email any pictures you collect to Ms Jenny.

Below is a great resource for extra reading over the break from National Geographic Kids.


UOI Sharing the Planet and Literacy

This week, we learned more about habitats . We looked for digraphs, silent e words, suffixes and prefixes with Ms. Angela our Literacy Coach.  We are learning so much about spelling through word inquiry.

We also started to learn about writing and organizing information to write an Information Report. We picked an animals we really want to learn more about. We are writing interesting facts about all of the animals we are reading about  in guided reading groups and in our UOI book baskets. We also researched features of our clay animals on the internet and added some labels to our feature sculptures.

Goodbye to Jimmy anf Thomas P!

Finally we are sorry to say goodbye to two classmates this week. Goodbye to Jimmy and to Thomas P. They will be missed by all their friends in 1B and we wish them lots of love and luck in their next big adventure! Safe travels onward and please stay in touch!

Thank you also to Kellie – Jimmy’s mum for being our mystery reader this week!

Dates to Remember:

  • Please note that there will be no school from December 14-January 5.
  • Term 1 ends on January 17th
  • Term 1 reports will be available for viewing on January 23 

Wishing you and your families a fabulous Winter Break!

Week of December 5th

Happy December families of 1B!

This week we have begun to inquire into How we express ourselves, and How we organise ourselves. We have been lucky enough to have a sneak preview of the Aristocats in our investigation of performance as a means of personal expression and have been working with the World Languages Department to consider how language is structured in different ways. We have begun to find out what different alphabets different languages use and to compare these with the languages we speak at home and at school.

In our reading and writing this week 1B has focussed on Fiction vs Non-Fiction texts and identified the different features found in Non-Fiction reading. We are using this knowledge to begin to compile a non-fiction report, and have started with some observational drawing and labelling.

This week we have had Ms Angela working with 1B on Structured Word Inquiry. We have been exploring base words, their meanings and affixes. We are considering what happens when words change, for example from ice to icy, or slip to slippery.

In maths this week we investigated a 3 Act Math task with our Maths Coach Ms Beth. The students had to figure out how they might represent different numbers in different ways to solve a math problem. Thanks Ms Beth!

We hope that you have a fabulous last week of school next week and for those of you going to see the Aristocats tonight and tomorrow, enjoy the show!

Ms Jenny and Ms Noi

Week of November 29th


Hello again families of 1B!

We have had a fantastic week of fun learning and parent engagement this week. A huge thank you to Thomas’ mum Geralda 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.

On Tuesday morning we visited Curious Kids as part of our UOI unit on Sharing the Planet. We saw rats, iguanas, sugar gliders, ferrets, rabbits, hedgehogs and of course, the python. We inquired into the diet of a hedgehog and the external characteristics and habitats of the different animals. We delved deeper into why the ferret smells and were delighted by ‘ferret skittles’ (see below!) or which coloured tubes the mice would wander through. The highlight of course, was our exploration of the python and a fabulous photo opportunity for our 1B risk takers!

This week in maths we have continued to explore the 100s chart as an introduction into place value. The students have individual maths goals which we will be working on over the next 2-3 months and these have now been posted on Seesaw should you wish to talk them through with your child.

In reading we are continuing to work on our individual goals (these are on Seesaw). For our class goal we are looking at connections as our class goal. Students are encouraged to consider how texts can connect to themselves, to other texts they know, or to the outside world and knowledge they already possess (their schema). We are very grateful to Suria’s mum, Maria, for helping us to explore connections further through her role as the 1B Mystery Reader this week. Thank you Maria!

This week 1B connected with our 4B buddies. We worked together to make plasticine animals and habitats to support our research writing. Over the next two weeks we will begin to research different animals and to explore non-fiction features that support our understanding. Our goal is to produce a non-fiction report on a chosen animal including facts on habitat, environment, external features and human impact on their existence.

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.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Ms Jenny and Ms Noi



Week of November 22nd

Open Classrooms 2019

Thank you so much for joining us for our Open Classroom Day this week. The children loved sharing their learning with you and teaching you some of their favourite maths games. We hope that you will have an opportunity to practice some of them at home too! Thank you also for the many beautiful gifts that were shared with Ms Noi and I. Coming from Europe, it was a lovely and unexpected surprise for me, thank you.

Next Tuesday we will have a field trip to Curious Kids to support our unit on Sharing the Planet. The children will have a chance to get up close to a number animals as we begin our conversations around habitats, environment and human impact. Thank you everyone for returning the field trip forms so promptly.

In addition to our Unit on Sharing the Planet, we have two other units ongoing; How we express ourselves (HWEO) and How we organise ourselves (HWOO). As part of our learning 1B attended a Middle School music lesson and were treated to a rendition of ‘Baby Shark’!

As in every week B, Ms Kris our counsellor came to visit. This week she spoke to the children about times when we can follow the ‘Me Plan’ and times we need to follow the ‘Group Plan’ for the benefit of a wider group. Please see below to see how we are approaching this at school.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Ms Jenny and Ms Noi

Week of November 17th

We’ve come to the end of another great week of learning in 1B.

We have begun our new Sharing the Planet Unit in UOI and are looking forward to delving deeper into the environments of living things and human impact upon them. If you have professional experience in this area, we would love to hear from you.

In library this week Ms Monica explained to students how they can search for authors by name using first three letters of the author’s name. They were excited to practice this using their own name and to see if there were any authors in the storybook section that shared the same name as them.

On Thursday Ms. Beth our math coach, joined 1B to introduce us to choral counting and to see what patterns the students noticed between numbers. Our primary goals in math at the moment are:

  • Counting forwards and backwards to 30 and beyond.
  • Looking for patterns in numbers, shapes, and pictures.
  • Representing numbers in different ways.
  • Knowing our number facts to 10 and 20 (addition and subtraction)
  • Practising and getting used to explaining our maths thinking.

We are looking forward to welcoming as many of you as possible into our Open Classroom next Tuesday November 18th when our students will share with you some of the maths games we have been practicing in the classroom.

A huge thank you to Seongwon’s mum, Mrs Yun this week for coming to read to 1B as our first mystery reader! We would love more readers, so please do get in touch!

We are looking forward to welcoming as many of you as possible into our Open Classroom next Tuesday November 18th when our students will share with you some of the maths games we have been practicing in the classroom.

Please note that your child has a new cloth bag for sending home their reading books, reading log and letters from school. This should be returned to school every day with their reading book so that we can keep track of home reading. Some of the students are regularly changing their books and completing their reading logs. I am also sharing a link for students to log in to Raz Kids at home as another way to keep track of their reading goals.

Thank you for all of your help in supporting their learning!