Celebration and Creativity

Our second to last full week has been a time of celebration and creativity for our community.

For Arts Week, we’ve danced, sung, drummed, illustrated and painted. We used the knowledge gained during our HWEO unit to create amazing abstract pieces which will be displayed in the Arts Centre.

UNIS celebrated the graduating class of 2020 with some great signs and lots of cheering during the Grand Walk.

Next week, we will wrap up the year with more fun, reflection and connection.

Our final frontier….for this unit.

Our second week back has been a great success! The whole-school morning wellness Zooms (photos) were great fun, getting us up and moving in the classroom. It is great to stay connected and have fun as a community, wherever we may be.

With our new routines streamlined, the kids let loose with their enthusiasm and newfound independent learning skills to wrap up the WWAPT unit. There was a fantastic buzz to the finale of our inquiry into space. The students have been working hard to polish up their informative paragraphs, create presentations and spent time in the Maker Space crafting their representation of learning. Take a look through our WWAPT Photos folder here. 3D did a FABULOUS job of reports and presentations. They are sharing to you on Seesaw.

Next week we will loop back into our ongoing unit Who We Are, to reflect on our beliefs, values and the strangest school year in history- certainly one we’ll never forget. There is a huge amount to celebrate!
And don’t forget – SWIMMING starts next week – yay!

We’re Back! 11-15th May 2020

We have been so excited to be back in school! It is hard to believe that the last Blog Post was back in January.
It has been wonderful to reconnect in person with the students and see how much more independent they have become. Friendships and classroom communities have been renewed. A special treat from the SCO today was welcomed excitedly. 
New routines for snack, lunch and recesses are in place and the students are doing a great job of following these.
We have been staying connected with those students unable to attend through our regular classroom morning meetings and we have all been participating in the Book Week activities. 
Students have been completing their individual “Space” research and are drafting a report on their findings. Next week they will have the opportunity to decide how they would like to share some of their learning and discoveries. 
We look forward to the new normal becoming even more normal next week!
Please follow these links to see some photos and videos of our week:
Have a wonderful and safe weekend.

20-24 Jan.

Thank you to all those who were able to attend conferences this week. It is always so lovely to have time to connect with you and share.

We were excited and proud to have some of 3D performing at the Tet assembly today.

Wishing everyone an enjoyable Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

School resumes Monday 3rd February.

6-10 Jan. 2020

Ms. Beth our Maths coach shared the following site and video that you might be interested in: http://mathleadership.org/what-happened-to-math-class/
“Understanding the shifts in mathematics teaching and how to support your child’s learning.”

We are starting a new unit of inquiry: How We Organise Ourselves. There is a lot of new language and some big concepts for us to try and understand and Home Languages are important!
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.

Central Idea:

Economic activities affect people and impact the environment.

Lines of Inquiry

An inquiry into:

  • Buying and selling is an interconnected system

  • Fairness and sustainability in growth and development

  • Our power as consumers to affect change

Key concepts:

Causation, Function, Responsibility

Related Concepts:

Sustainability, Choice, Fairness,

The provocation for the unit involved students pretending they were Paper Bag Makers. Each family was taught how to make a paper bag and tasked with making as many as possible, using recycled paper, and were paid according to the number and quality they produced. The bags will be used for the G4 Market Service Day. Each “family” will then be working out if they made enough money to survive based on expenditures for food, rent, materials, etc. Please take a look here for photos of the simulation. Part of 3D’s discussion afterwards, centered on money – where or how you can get it and what you might, or need to, do with it. It would be great if you can follow up with further discussion at home in your home language.

Maths this week has focussed on how to visualise “rows of” in relation to multiplication. Please ask your child if they can explain to you  about “rows of” and arrays. Can they explain the shape an array might take based on the number of rows and the number of items in a row?

News/Reminders:
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!

UNIS Hanoi will be hosting a Lost and Found display days. All items that have lost their way this school year will be gathered into one location. Please come and look for anything you are missing between 8.00 – 18.00. The ever supportive SCO will be helping to organise the items into different categories to make it easier to search through. If you want to help in the setup, please contact sco@unishanoi.org. All remaining lost items will be donated to our service partners at the end of the year. Questions? Contact ntbhien@unishanoi.org

Wednesday 22nd Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences 10am-6pm
There will be no school for ES students – There are no ASAs/Aquatics Academy for ES Students.

Friday 24th No school. Start of Tet holiday. School resumes Monday 3rd February Week A.

9-13th December 2019

Lots of fun this week, despite being indoors for a number of recess times. On Thursday, students got to celebrate the season with a party organised by G5. Singing, dancing and game playing.. In addition, students worked on a “product” to share their StP learning. Many chose to make a board game which they are  looking forward to playing with other students when we return in January.

If you are in need of a maths game for the holidays, here’s one from Marilyn Burns: http://www.marilynburnsmathblog.com/one-of-my-all-time-favorite-games/

Happy holidays to all and see you in 2020!

 

2nd – 6th Dec.

This week in maths we began to explore the concept of multiplication. We started by listening to the story One Hundred Hungry Ants and modelling what was happening with the ways the ants were arranging themselves. This led us to the idea of an array, the importance of knowing rows from columns, and what exactly “x” means (groups of…, or rows of…). Please take a look at this folder to see some photos of students in action and key learning discovered: Arrays in Maths.

For those who are interested, here is a great video explaining the progression of how we try to teach the concept of multiplication.

In English, students are busy drafting and then publishing an Information Report on their chosen animal. As the use of plurals is very common in this text type, we have been looking at how words are made plural by the addition of “s” or “es” – and when to use each of these suffixes. Please ask your child why “s” might be added to one word to make it plural, but another word might have “es” added  e.g. chair+s, beach+es. Students also discovered what happens if a word ending  with “y” is made plural e.g. library. Please ask them!
Following on from the use of plurals, students learned that if the subject of the sentence is plural, then the verb with it, must also be plural. In other words, there needs to be subject-verb agreement. But how to know what the subject of the sentence is? Students learned that it’s easiest to first identify the VERB and then ask who or what is doing that action.

Students have also been self-assessing their readaloud skill. They are posting in their Seesaw.

Reminders:

ES Grades 1-3 Musical Friday 6th Dec. 6pm, Saturday 7th Dec. 3pm
Winter Service Fair, Thursday 12th December 5:30pm-7pm

 

Students have been working away this week researching a chosen animal. We have also been looking more at the features of an Information Report. Today students studied some reports and identified many of those features that they will have to try and incorporate into their own report. Take a look at them here, working away.

In maths, students have been revisiting counting – skip counting in various ways and choral counting, as well as looking for and describing patterns that they notice. Please practice skip counting forwards and backwards with your child at home in: 2s, 5s, 4s, 10s. Challenge them by starting from different numbers.

Another maths practice  that can easily be done at home is asking your child: What are two numbers that make ……….(provide a number between 10 and 20). What are another two numbers that make that number? And another pair of numbers that also make that number? And so on. Many children have learned a particular pairing and find it challenging to think of other possible combinations.

Building on this, you can also then ask an example like: So if I have 7 but need 18, how many do I need? Again, children find this a challenge to be able to mentally manipulate such combinations.

Reminders:
IB/WASC/CIS Visit is next week.
Amazing Arts Auction – starts next  week
Winter Service Fair – Thursday 12th from 5pm

Thank you

A huge “thank you” to everyone, from Ms. Ngan and I, for your response to Teacher Appreciation Day. We were overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity. Especially touching were the notes and letters from our students. It is a pleasure to work with them.

Thank you also to all of those who were able to attend the Open Classroom Day. It was great to see so many of you. I hope it gave you some greater insight into your child’s life at UNIS.

If you attended the maths lesson during the Open Classroom Day, the children continued to work on creating a graph to show data. They gave each other feedback in the form of what they “noticed” (yellow post-it) and “wonderings” (pink post-it) that they had about their peers’ graph. On reflection, they came up with some criteria of what makes a good graph and why.

Later in the week, students worked in teams to learn more about animal adaptations. Lots of cool animals and interesting facts.

Today 3D went on a fabulous trip to visit the bear rescue sanctuary in Tam Dao. We saw so many bears and learned so much! Please ask your child about their visit.

Message from MSHS  Students:

Hello G2-G5 students and teachers,
My name is Chau Nguyen (Cc) and I am from the service group Bamboo Music School and this year, we are the people managing the stage for the Winter Service Fair on Thursday 12th December from 5-7pm – please flier and pictures for the event
Something that we would like to do this year that is different from the years before is that we would like to invite ES classes from G2 – 5 to perform on stage as a class. Please, if you are interested, please fill out the survey below with the instructions that have been placed below that.
Link to working form for Winter Fair Stage Performers applications
To fill out the form, you just need to fill it like how the survey has been set up but for the people performing, please write your class name. In the Group name section, just write N/A (unless your class wants to have a group name then sure). And that’s it. After this, we will be sending emails to see when your class is free so that either me or one of the other students in our group will come to see your class performance as an “Audition”. Anyways, see you soon.

Sincerely,
Bamboo Music School

 

Open Day Tuesday 19th November

Open Doors – Open Classrooms – Open Minds! 

Dear Elementary Families,
We warmly invite you to our Elementary School Open Classrooms –  Tuesday 19th November.
Your child’s homeroom teacher will soon be sharing a schedule with you, indicating which lessons are open for you to enter and observe.  

What are Open Classrooms?

Have you ever wondered what inquiry-based learning is like for your child? Here is your chance! Open Classrooms showcase learning in action. 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’ 
  • 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 on your child’s blog

 What might I see?

All lessons are different, though you may expect to see:

  • Classes will be a reflection of our PYP programme.  What you will see will be a snapshot of our regular lessons, routines and activities.  Lessons that have a clear learning objective which has been explained to the students
  • A variety of lessons and subject areas open for parents to observe (and in some cases, you may be invited to participate). 
  • Lessons may showcase students demonstrating the Learner Profile
  • Lessons may involve students using a variety of transdisciplinary skills (thinking, research, problem solving, social and self-management skills)
  • Lessons that are based on students’ understanding of broad concepts, in addition to specific content (e.g. the concept of “form” in addition to the content of balanced gymnastics movements in PE). 

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).  

We look forward to welcoming you on Tuesday, November 19th.
Sincerely,
Julia 

The following classes are “open” for 3D:

N.B. Angela Brienza, Literacy Coach, and Beth Murray, Maths Coach, will be offering parent sessions on the morning i.e. prior to 9:25am.