Wow! 2019-20 will be a year to remember. Our students have shown themselves to be courageous and resilient. They have grown as learners, becoming more independent and creative. We are very proud of what they have achieved. 
For the last few days, a period each day has been given over to students, for them to become teachers for their classmates. Volunteers have been sharing their interests and passions and students have been learning from each other.
Due to the extreme heat, a number of recess times have been spent indoors. Students have been playing a variety of games: some provided for them, some they have made up themselves.
This morning students “Moved On Up”. Although teachers and classes for next year will not be arranged until August, students were able to spend some time in Grade 4.
‘Thank you’ to our Parent Community. This year has been more of a partnership in education than ever before. We have greatly appreciated your care and support.
The best of luck and happiest of UNIS Hanoi memories to those of our students and families who are moving on.
We wish you all a safe, healthy and restful summer break. 
Julia, Ngan and the Grade 3 Team.

Please return any outstanding Library books.
ES Leavers Assembly: Tuesday 9th June 1:15pm, via Zoom.
Last day for students: Wednesday 10th June – departure 12 noon.

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.

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

 

We have started a new unit of inquiry: Sharing the Planet. Our Central Idea is, “The struggle to share the environment impacts living things.” We have been begun looking at different biomes (tundra, rainforest, ocean, grasslands) and their characteristics. Students will be choosing an endangered animal, from one of these biomes, to research as well as exploring conservation efforts and threats within the biome. In literacy, we have started an investigation into the “Information Report” text type. Students will then be composing a report from their research. Any inquiry into these biomes, the creatures that live in them and how they might be threatened, at home in the student’s own ‘home language’ would be of great benefit to them.

In maths we have extended our understanding of addition and subtraction by figuring out that with addition, the order of  the numbers when you add them doesn’t really matter (Commutative Property). You still get the  same answer. If you have more than two numbers to add, then can even group them in whatever way is easier for you and still get the same result (Associative Property). However, when you are subtracting the order matters! If you  want to group numbers to make subtracting easier, you have to be careful to subtract a smaller one from a bigger one. And of course, adding or subtracting zero from a number doesn’t change it (Identity Property). Watch out for our Seesaw posts where we try to explain our learning.

On Thursday we celebrated Outdoor Play day by counting the poles outside the canteen and applying some of our counting strategies to answer questions like, “How many poles are there altogether?”, “How many more red ones are there than yellow?”, “How many fewer pink ones than and green?”. Take a look here: Rainbow Poles.

Last week, we had to apply some of our number knowledge to reading data in our uoi. There were some really big numbers on graphs that we tried to understand. We worked in  small groups to interpret our graph and then presented our findings back to our class. It was fun!

Reminders:
Monday 11th November – no school for students. It is a Professional Development Day for teachers.
Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th November, Miss Julia will be attending some extra PD. Please email Ms. Ngan if there are any changes in your child’s usual dismissal routine.