This Week in Grade 1D: November 1st, 2019

Healthy Snack Creations

On Tuesday each class set about making a healthy snack to share across the grade level. In connection with our current unit of inquiry into Balance in our lives promotes Health and Wellbeing we created snacks relating to each of the food groups that we have been learning about. In Grade 1D we created vegetable kebabs using a variety of vegetables. We collaborated to wash, chop and assemble our vegetables and made enough for everyone in the grade level to enjoy.

Descriptive Writing

This week we started to incorporate more adjectives into our writing. We use categories such as number, size, color and texture to describe objects, food as well as events that we watch together as class. Our healthy choice creations provided a great opportunity to put this to good use!

A Collaborative Kahoot

After creating our healthy snacks, we came together as a grade level to review what we have learned so far about food groups and balanced choices. We had a lot of fun taking part in a Kahoot quiz in small groups and demonstrated our knowledge be both answering questions and reviewing our responses.

Phoenix Pride

On Thursday we took part in the opening ceremony for the MRISA Middle School Basketball Tournament being hosted at UNIS. We were so excited to meet our mascot Phelix after the celebrations.

Grade 1 was assigned the International School of the Eastern Seaboard from Bangkok and we showed up in force to support them in their first game again the SSIS Dragons. We practiced counting by twos for each basket scored and had a lot of fun counting down the timers between each quarter.

On Friday we went to support the girls teams and made some more math connections!


3-Act Math Tasks

In order to develop our mathematical thinking in flexible and creative ways we conduct 3-Act Tasks regularly throughout the year. This week we tackled our first task and what better way to connect it than through Halloween candy. As a group we shared our wonderings and noticings before setting out to estimate the total quantity and individually demonstrate our understanding in both pictorial and numerical form.


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 chose 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 chosen 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 which to tackle with your support.

This week’s reminders:

  • November 7th: Outdoor Play Day. Please support your child in this ES-wide event by making sure they have their hat, water bottle and an extra set of clothing for the day. 
  • November 11: Professional Development Day for staff and teachers. There will be no school for students on this day. 
  • November 19th: All parents are invited to join us for open classrooms. More information will be sent closer to the time.
  • December 2-12: Amazing Art Auction. More information to follow from the Arts Team.
  • December 7 & 8 ES Aristocats Musical
  • December 12th Winterfest
  • December 14-January 5 Winter Break

This Week in Grade 1D: October 25th, 2019

UN Day Celebrations 

Thank you to everyone for joining us for this year’s UN Day celebrations. Once again 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 Khuthadzo for all her hard work in organising the delicious lunch buffet and to all parents for providing food for the event.

Before joining attending the UN Day assembly we spent the morning discussing our wishes for the planet as well as representing our translated SDGs as illustrations. Thank you for your support in translating and discussing these important Global Goals with your child.

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.

Counting, Subitzing in Math

Throughout the week we have been working on skills such as forward and backwards counting to 20 as well as identifying the numbers that come before and after in this sequence. Another important math routine that we engage in regularly is number talks. During our recent number talks we have been focusing on subitzing (to perceive at a glance the number of items presented) and justifying our thinking based on the number patterns presented. This week we have added an additional element of working on number sentences to represent our thinking.

Unit of Inquiry: Balance in our Lives supports Health and Wellbeing

We continue to inquire into Balance in our Lives and the ways we take care of ourselves and this week we focussed on what balance looks like in terms of the food choices that we make. Each day we have focussed on a nutrition through the specific food groups listed above. Next week we hope to combine what we now know about these food groups to create balanced snacks that we will share together as a grade level.

Mystery Reader

Thank you to Noah’s Mum Maria for joining us this week as our Mystery Reader. We would love to have you or any visiting family members come to read to us.

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 chose 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 chosen 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 which to tackle with your support.

Reminder from the P.E. Team

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 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.
Thank you for your support in this unit. Please email with any questions.


  • 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.

This Week in Grade 1D: October 18th

SDG Week: A successful week of integrated learning connected to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We had a fantastic week integrating the SDG even more than usual into teaching and learning. Each morning started off with a read aloud connected to an SDG in each of the four grade one classrooms.

As we know there are 17 SDG’s. This math scavenger hunt helped us to consolidate the number of each SDG connected to our current math goals. Do you know the number of each?

Thomas the Tank Engine proved to be a knowledgeable source on all things SDGs. We enjoyed a range of videos connected to the global goals and engaged in writing tasks connected to each video’s content.

Thank you to the P.E. team who supported our idea to create a ‘plastic ocean’ provocation. This lesson provided much discussion about the actions we can take to reduce the use of plastic in our daily lives.

On Thursday we joined our buddies in 5C for a collaborative painting project. Throughout the Elementary School students designed fish which will be used to form a collective installation connected to SDG #14: Life Below Water

Thank you for your support in translating your child’s chosen SDG into your mother tongue.

Play Based Learning #4 Quality Education

This week we started Play Based Learning in our outdoor environment 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.

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

Thank you to Ella’s Grandma for coming to read to us on Thursday. If you or a visiting family member wish to be a Mystery Reader please let us know. We love to have visitors.

This Week’s Reminders:

  • 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.
  • ES Dress Up Day: Get your costumes ready! All students are invited to wear their most creative costumes to school on October 31st.



This Week in 1D: October 4th

After the break, the week of October 14-18, we will come together as a school community to celebrate what makes us unique at UNIS: Our UN Connection & The Sustainable Development Goals. During this week, as we do throughout the school year, will be chance for us to better understand the importance each of the 17 SDGs on both a local and global level.

We need your help!

In preparation for this week your child has chosen one SDG which they will translate in their home language. Please support your child in doing so and record the information here. Your child has also taken home a short explanation of what this goals means. We would greatly appreciate your support in talking together with your child about their chosen goal and what it might mean to them or you as a family.

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. Most parents dress in their national dress too. 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


  • Home Reading Routine: Please note your child will take home one home reader each night to be read in the company of an adult or older sibling. These books are a level below their instructional reading level in class to ensure the experience is fun and stress free. We ask that you support your child in returning their home reader each day.
  • Due to the October Holiday classes will resume on Monday October 14th. Wishing you all a restful and happy holiday.
  • Please note that the community lunch on UN Day is a celebration of foods from our different cultures. Our homeroom parent will be in touch during the week of October 14 regarding the logistics of the event. Please consider a national dish which you may contribute to this event.


This week in Grade 1D: September 27th

Preparing for Learning Conversations

This week we have been reflecting on the Approaches to Learning skills (ATL) that we feel we demonstrate really well as those that we feel we could get better at. During our Learning Conversations next Monday (September 30th) you and your child will meet with Ms. Anna to discuss the 2 Stars (two ATL skills that your child has identified as a strength) along with 1 wish (one ATL skill that your child would like to improve upon). The template below will support our conversation. Ms Anna will also share 2 Stars and 1 Wish with you and your child as feedback.

Please note that your child will be involved for the first half of the meeting (approximately 5-7mins) and the second half of the meeting will be an opportunity for you as parents to discuss progress with Ms. Anna. Ms Dung will lead a task in the classroom with your child during the second half of the meeting. Here are the ATL categories that will be discussed.

Our Current Unit of Inquiry

Below is an outline of our current Unit of Inquiry. Please note that there are some suggestions about home connections that could be made to what we are inquiring into. If you and your child take action at home connected to our unit please send us a photo and we will share it during a Morning Meeting.

Ways we take care of ourselves

This week we had two visits from Nurse Jo to share with us some information about how we can take care of ourselves by focussing on hygiene. We discussed dental hygiene as well as how we clean our hands thoroughly in order to remove any remaining bacteria. We had a lot of fun checking our hands for bacteria using special glow gel and UV-A light box.

This Week’s Reminders

  • Please note that there will be no school on Monday, September 30th however your child will attend for the beginning part of our Learning Conversations.
  • Swimming continues until October 25th during each P.E. lesson. Please ensure that your child brings their swim suit, goggles and cap for these lessons.
  • October Break Dates: 7-11. Classes will resume on Monday October 14.

This week in Grade 1D: September 20, 2019

Buddy Class Collaboration for International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. This week we got together with our Grade 5D Buddies to create collaborative acrostic poems. It was a challenging task but we succeeded in writing some meaningful poems that contained significant messages regarding this years Peace Day theme: Climate Action for Peace.

Unit of Inquiry: Balance in our lives can support health and well-being

This week we continued to talk about balance in our daily lives and shared our thoughts with each other about how we balance our busy day with play and mindfulness activities. Next week we will inquire into how we can make balanced choices when it comes to food choices. We will explore healthy snack options and discuss what makes a balanced and healthy meal. Please support your child in preparing healthy snacks for school and preferably nude snacks that contain no disposable plastic packaging.


  • September 27th 8:30am EAL Coffee Morning
  • Learning Conversations will take place with you, your child and their teachers on Monday September 30th. We look forward to seeing you then.
  • Grade 1 students will be starting their swimming unit on September 24th. This unit will run until October 25th. Please visit the swimming expectations page to learn about the requirements for swimming units at UNIS. You can also check out the swimming curriculum page to learn more about the swim program at UNIS.

This Week in 1D, September 6th

Back to School Night

Thank you to everyone who attended our Back to School night on Thursday For those who were unable to attend please see the slideshow below for the information that was discussed. If you have any questions please feel free to send me an email to clarify.

EAL Coffee Morning

If you are the parent of a child who is beginning their English language journey or are someone who is interested in how we integrate EAL into all aspects of teaching at UNIS please join Ms.Jill for a parent coffee morning.

Mystery Reader

This week we had Ms.Megan come to be our first Mystery Reader this year. As discussed at Back to School Night we invite you all to participate in our Mystery Reader sessions throughout the school year. Parents are invited to read a book in their native language each Wednesday (Week A) from 14:15-14:30. Please sign up here. We very much look forward to having you come to read this year.

Thank you Khuthadzo!

Thank you to Sophia’s Mum, Khuthadzo, for volunteering to be our class parent this school year. You will hear from Khuthadzo throughout the school year regarding events such as our U.N. Day shared lunch, snack sale and field-trip chaperones.


  • Thursday September 12th: Please ensure that your child wears their Ao Dai to school next Thursday as part of our Moon Festival celebrations. They are welcome to bring along a spare change of clothes to change into in the afternoon if they wish.
  • Each Thursday: Please support your child in returning their library books each week and ensure that they have a book bag to transport their books.

This Week in 1D, August 30

Our second full week in Grade 1 D got off to a great start. We have continued to get to know our class community and are working towards putting our classroom agreements into action.

Sharing our Learning with Seesaw

We started of the week with an introduction to Seesaw with our technology and innovation coach Mr.C. We had so much fun layering photos and getting to know some of the great features of this learning tool. We will use Seesaw throughout the school year to share our learning with you. Please check your child’s take home folder for information on accessing your child’s Seesaw account, an email has also been sent to you with instructions.

Mums and Dads, today you will have the chance to view and comment on our first piece of learning for the Grade 1 School Year: Our Chatterpix Self Portraits! We ask that feedback is Kind, Specific and Helpful so as to help us improve as learners. Below are some examples of feedback that you may want to share with your child using the comment function on Seesaw.

Buddy Time!

On Thursday we met with our buddies from 5D for the first time. We look forward to our bi-weekly get togethers throughout the school year. We had so much fun playing together in our classroom and visiting their classroom that we forgot to take some photos to share with you!

What is Math?

As we begin to build our confidence and skills as mathematicians this year we have been discussing what math means to us and what it is the mathematicians do? We took a walk around the Elementary School and took photos of examples of Math that we see around us each day. Here are some photos taken by us….What connections do you make to math when you look at them?

Meeting Ms.Jill our EAL Coach

Hello Grade 1 Families!

My name is Jill Landretti. I will be working with the Grade 1 Homeroom teachers this year to support students’ learning of social and academic English in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

I am originally from the United States and have taught in the U.S., Japan, and Ghana as a classroom teacher, EAL teacher, and first grade learning support teacher. I am so excited to join this amazing team of educators at UNIS Hanoi this year!

At UNIS Hanoi, we believe that English Language and Literacy development are integral to learning, therefore, EAL support happens in the classroom and is integrated into all aspects of teaching and learning throughout the school day. As first grade teachers, we recognize that all of our students are language learners who are learning how to read, write, speak, and understand new vocabulary and concepts, therefore, all students receive integrated English language instruction provided by Homeroom Teachers, myself, and Teaching Assistants. Our philosophy is to immerse students in language-rich learning activities and to explicitly teach grammar and vocabulary within context. Students who are at a beginning English level also receive additional targeted support during the World Language lesson times and all students are monitored by the team throughout the year to ensure that they are making positive language progress.

I look forward to meeting you at our ‘Back To School’ Parent night next week. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly at


  • Due to the Vietnamese National Holiday there will be no School Monday (September 2nd).
  • We look forward to seeing you all on the evening of Thursday September 5th for our Back to School Night. Session 1 takes place from 18:00-18:30 and session 2 runs from 18:30-19:00. Both sessions will be in our classroom G32.
  • On September 12th we will celebrate the Moon Festival. Please ensure that your child wears their Ao Dai on this day.
  • For those that have not sent in a family photo please do so in the coming days.
  • Please ensure that your child has Library Bag each Thursday for returning and checking out new books.
  • Please note that ASA’s start next Tuesday September 3rd from 15:40-16:40.


This Week in 1D, August 23rd

An Introduction to the Maker Space

We started off our week with our first visit to the Maker Space. We met Mr.C for the first time and had a lot of fun working together as a team to make cup towers. Ella and Rafael demonstrated a silly sound trick for us.


This week during math, we learned about math stations. Our focus is on exposing our students to math problems that they can explain his/her thinking in multiple ways. The students really enjoyed the mystery bag/ten frame counting and making equations, playing treasure hunt, working together on a puzzle, doing dot to dot, playing with lego and answering some questions through rolling the dice. Working in small groups is one strategy that we use during math.

Grade 1 Community

Did you know that a community is a group of people who have something in common? We’ve been continuing to build our 1A and our Grade 1 community. We played some community building games with our whole grade on Monday. The students did such an awesome job of working together as a team and community.

Meeting Ms Nitasha

This week we had the pleasure of having Ms Nitasha, our ECC Deputy Principal, come in and read to us. We loved her book Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal. The students shared with a partner the special meaning of their names. Does your child know where their name came from?

First ECC Assembly

This week we went to our first ECC Assembly of the school year. We sang songs, learned about playground safety and at the end of each assembly, we celebrated birthdays and sang to all of our August birthday friends- Scarlett and Huy Khanh.

  • Photo Day. We will have photo day on Thursday, August 29th. Please have your child wear a nice outfit in the morning and pack his/her PE uniform in backpacks. The students will change after the photo. Thank you.
  • Family Photo: Thank you to the parents who have emailed or sent it a family photo. If you have not emailed me yet, please send it to me next week.
  • Snack: Please pack a big snack for your child (at least 2-3 things). The students will eat two snacks during the day.
  • Library Book Exchange: Each Thursday we will have library time to check out books and return books from the week before. Please send your books back on Thursdays with a library bag (can be a UNIS bag from the UNIS shop).
  • Brown Paper Take Home Folder: When needed, your child will bring home a brown paper take home folder. Please read the contents and send the folder back to school the next day.
  • Birthdays in Grade 1D: If you would like your child to celebrate his/her birthday in class, please send a special treat along in the morning. We will find a special time during the day to celebrate your child and his/her classmates.
  • Headphones: Please send a set of headphones for your child to use at school. We will keep them all year and send them home at the end of the year. They will be using them during our reading times. Thank you for all of the students who have brought them in already.

Welcome to the Class Blog for Grade 1D

Welcome to Grade 1D

We have had a wonderful time getting to know each other and learning the routines of Grade 1. Here are a few pictures from our week. We started the school year with an opening Assembly with our entire school (D-12). We watched the Dragon Dance and cheered for the 2019-2020 School Year.

Our Grade 1D Class

Back Row: Chun An, Alex, Noé, Noah, Liam, Scarlett, Sophia, Ella, Eleanor, Bao Yen & Ms.Maya.

Front Row: Ms.Anna, Shih Min, Khanh, Rafael, Lily, Coco, Benjamin, Sheungha, Seojun, Minsan & Ms. Dung

Getting to Know You

We had a lot of opportunities to get to know each other these first 3 days. We played name games, explored our classroom and toured parts of the school. All of the students (and teachers too) are excited for the year ahead.

Grade 1D Time Table

This year the Elementary School is on a 10-day schedule. We have a Week A and Week B. The PE days and Library days (every Thursday) will remain the same for your child each week.


  • Please email me one family photo for us to use this school year
  • Birthdays-if you would like to have your child celebrate his/her birthday at school, please bring in a sweet treat in the morning and we will celebrate sometime during that school day. Please see Ms Anna if you have questions.
  • ID cards are kept at school. Students do not take them home. If you need to add money to the card, you can do that online or come to school to add money manually.
  • Send in a snack and water bottle for your child, daily. Please label all items (water bottles, clothing etc)
  • If there are any changes to drop off/pick up or relating to absence please email myself ( and cc’ Ms.Dung ( ).