Week A: January 13th – 17th


Welcome: We welcome Tellesson Myles and family (Mrs. La’Tressa Myles and Mr. Telly Myles) to 3B and the UNIS community.

Buddies: Our first session after the winter holiday break, and the kids were excited to be with each other again. Ms Nitasha also popped in to read a story.


Math- We have commenced our inquiry into Division. We began by making a connection to other operations (multiplication, repeated addition, repeated subtraction). To begin, conceptually it is important for the kids to understand division as GROUPING (number of groups) and SHARING (how many in each group). Understanding the difference is particularly important when they apply their understanding to word problems.

Literacy- We have started our unit on Persuasive writing. We are reading examples of persuasive texts and teasing out purpose and language features. We will follow the 5 paragraph structure that was introduced during our Exposition unit (Information Writing).

UOI- Our ‘How we Organise Ourselves’ unit started last week with a simulation activity to introduce the idea of equity/inequity in a market system. The kids worked in groups to produce and sell paper bags. The income from their product had to cover basic living expenses. They had to contend with fluctuations in pricing and demand, and a company with less than ethical business practices.

The vocabulary for this unit is particularly heavy, so the translations into mother-tongue are very helpful (words for next week- consumer, price, wage, company)


Parent/Teacher Conferences: January 22nd (8:00 – 16:00)

Tet holiday: Friday 24th (No school). School resumes Monday 3rd February (Week A)

-Have a restful weekend-



Welcome to 2020


UOI: We have commenced our next unit of Inquiry (How we Organise Ourselves). We will be inquiring into the role that economic activities (production, buying and selling) have on people and the environment.

Home Languages are important!  The beginning of a new unit is a good opportunity to discuss ideas and vocabulary in home languages.  Please take some time to talk with your child about the following words and concepts.  These conversations will continue to develop your language AND deepen understanding in English.


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 Childrens’ Rights.
Thank You!
Grade 4 Team
Parent/Teacher Conferences: January 22nd (8:00 – 16:00)

-Have a wonderful weekend-

Happy Holidays from 3B

We wish Seewon and Gabriel a wonderful transition to their home countries. The kids and I are very sad that they are leaving us, but we know that they are off to new and wonderful adventures.

Thank-you parents for your support and great vibes this first part of the year- And now it’s time for some well earned relaxation and reflection!

Week A: November 25th – 29th


Buddies: The kids enjoyed playing outside with their buddies, though apparently their endless energy took a little bit of managing- “Ms Pagoli, little kids are exhausting”… 


UOI– We had a wonderful time visiting the bear rescue centre in Tam Dao. It was refreshing being surrounded by endless green and inspiring to witness the efforts made to protect a vulnerable species.

Math- We continue with multiplication. We are beginning to put multiplication into context through real world examples and story problems.

-Have a restful weekend-

Week B: November 18th – 22nd


Thank-you for all the lovely Teacher Appreciation goodies and cards. Ms. Nguyen and I are incredibly grateful for your kindness and generosity.

Thank-you also to all family members able to join us for open classrooms. The kids loved having you in our learning space, and the extra set of hands and brains is always welcome.


Math: We have commenced our unit on multiplication. We have looked into multiplication as a number sentence, repeated addition and groups of. It is  important to understand that although 5×9 and 9×5 share the same product (commutative), when represented into ‘groups of’ and repeated addition, the sums are in fact different. We have also created a multiplication chart as a class to emphasize this point.

I also introduced Multiplication Madness. This deck of cards game is a great way for kids to not only practise their multiplication facts, but do so with full conceptual understanding. They must say ‘groups of’ and record the related number sentence. Please see below for the instructions.

EXTENSION: The game can be extended by applying 11, 12, and 13 to the character cards- or any values that will challenge (multiples of 10 for example)

SUPPORT- The character cards can also be taken out if kids are not ready. It is important to note, that they can and should be encouraged to count the dots if they are not familiar with the fact- simply memorizing does not build understanding.



We continue to inquire into the words conservation, adaptation and environment. the deconstruction of words via prefixes, suffixes and bases develops a much deeper understanding and connection to other words.


Moon Bear Field Trip- Friday 29th November (forms back by Thursday 28th November please)

Last day before Dec holiday- Friday 13th December


-Happy Weekend-

Open Classroom- 19th Nov

Open Doors – Open Classrooms – Open Minds! 

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.
  • two lessons will be designated as ‘open’ in your child’s homeroom class
  • All specialist lessons will be designated as ‘open’
  • All ‘open’ lessons will be detailed on your child’s blog – communicated by their homeroom teacher
  • 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

What is my responsibility as a visitor to an active learning environment? 

  • Silence and put away all mobile devices.
  • Please enter classrooms quietly and be on time. We recommend you stay for at least 20 minutes to see the flow of the lesson.
  • Please be aware of not interrupting the flow of a lesson/your child’s learning.
  • Interact with your children only when/if invited to do so.  Some classes will be ‘observe only’ while others may be more interactive.

Other important reminders: 

  • Please leave younger siblings at home with a caregiver, so that you may give you full attention to your child’s class.
  • All parents must wear their UNIS Parent ID badge.
  • Photographing students is not permitted.
  • Parents must wear their Parent ID lanyards at all times.
  • Parents may purchase food from the CAFE only, but may not purchase lunches from the canteen (we are unable to cater for unknown numbers).

Below you will find the schedule for 3B’s open classroom sessions. Parents are invited to our Math, UOI, P.E and Art lessons. We hope to see many of you on Tuesday to share in our learning.


Lockdown drill: Monday 18th of Nov.

Moon Bear field trip: updated forms will go out next week. We have rescheduled the moon bear sanctuary for the 29th of Nov.

Have a restful weekend.

Week A: October 28th- November 1st


Math: We have reviewed our understanding of commutative and associative properties of addition. As concepts, understanding of these properties is required before commutative and distributive properties of multiplication.

Literacy: We begin our unit on information report writing by brainstorming sub-topics (Micro) around a main topic (Macro). The macro topic is ‘living things’ (animals, insects or plants) and research is currently underway. Kids will begin writing their first information report next week.

UOI: We have commenced our ‘Sharing the Planet’ unit. Our central idea is “The struggle to share the environment impacts living things”. The next week will focus on how species adapt (structurally and behaviorally) to their environment.


PD Day (no school): Monday 11th of November

Open Classrooms: Tuesday, 19th of November

-Have a relaxing (and cooler) weekend-



Week B: October 21st- 25th


Math: We have worked on the estimation strategy of rounding. Rounding is used to simplify computation in a story, chart or conversation and should be context specific.

The use of terms like “round up” and “round down” confuses many students. for example, the number 37 would round to 40 or they say it “rounds up”. The digit in the tens place is changed from 3 to 4 (rounds up). This misconception is what causes the problem when applied to rounding down. The number 32 should be rounded (down) to 30, but using the logic mentioned for rounding up, some students may look at the digit in the tens place and take it to the previous number, resulting in the incorrect value of 20. To remedy this misconception, students need to use a number line to visualize the placement of the number and/or ask questions such as: “What multiples of ten are 32 between and which is it nearest to?”. 


UOI: As part of SDG week, we looked into SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. We have been unmaking our machines and planned for the repurposing of materials as part of our sustainability goals as a school.


UN Day: Thank-you so much for the amazing spread and celebrating with our community. Cheers to all parents who lent a hand on the day with setting up and cleanup. A special Thank-you to Paola (Diego’s mum) for stepping up as our class parent and helping to get us organised and fed- The kids and I are incredibly appreciative.


  • Open Classrooms: Tuesday, 19th of November (8:10- 12:20)

– Have a wonderful weekend-

G3 Innovation Fair


Thank-you for supporting and celebrating with our learners today at our Innovation Fair. The kids did a wonderful job (of-course) and feel really proud of themselves (as they should be). Your support is always the icing on the cake for them- so thank-you again. Some of you may have noticed a cool video playing in the background- so, thank-you to Mr Big C for putting it together.

Have a wonderful weekend, and we look forward to seeing you at our UN Day lunch on Monday.


Week B: September 30th- October 4th


Math- The kids are already great at breaking numbers apart, and a revision of parts/wholes gives them greater clarity about how to use this strategy more effectively when adding and subtracting. This is particularly handy when breaking apart to subtract.

Literacy: A scavenger hunt to locate different features of a procedural text will support their own writing of instructions.

UOI: The kids have completed plans for their compound machines. The week after the October holiday will be spent making and refining their designs. The kids will showcase their machines at our Innovation Fair on Friday the 18th of October. Please come along and help to celebrate their learning.


– October Break: Return to school Monday 14th of October
– Grade 3 Innovation Fair: Friday, October 18th
– UN Day: Monday October 21st
– Have a wonderful October break-