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.

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!

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:
“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?

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 All remaining lost items will be donated to our service partners at the end of the year. Questions? Contact

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.


30th Sept. – 4th Oct.

This week in maths 3D has been exploring the concept of “rounding” and building their understanding by using a number line. The use of a number line helps students to visualise  what tens or hundreds a number is CLOSEST to so as to “round” it appropriately.
The use of terms like “round up” and “round down” can confuse 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. Asking questions such as: “What multiples of ten is 32 between and which is it closer to?” and developing the understanding of what the answer choices are before rounding can alleviate much of the misconception and confusion related to rounding.

To support at home you might like to ask your child questions such as, “What tens number would 63 round to? Why?”,  “What hundreds number would 567 round to? Why?” or “If my number could be rounded to 40, what might my number be?” Ask your child what might happen to a number that is in the middle between two “tens” numbers or two “hundreds” numbers.

On Thursday 3D performed their gymnastics routines for the ECC children at their assembly. Take a look here.

In uoi time, we revisited our list, from the start of the unit, of things around UNIS that we thought were simple machines. We marked those we are now more sure about, those that we now believe are definitely NOT and some we’re still wondering about. We also added some we didn’t realize actually were simple machines.

We have also begun designing our own creations that make life, work or play easier or more fun. We are excited to announce……….

We hope you can make it. To support the building of designs we are looking for: toilet roll tubes, small cardboard boxes (e.g. milk cartons, gift boxes), plastic bottle tops, ribbon.

October break: Saturday 5th October through Sunday 13th October
Grade 3 Innovation Fair, 2:45pm Friday 18th October
UN Day Monday October 21st

As we missed a post last week, there’s LOTS to look at in this one. Following are links to folders of photos, plus a video made by Ms. Ngan

Moon Festival  – masks and us.

Ms. Megan joined us for community time and taught us about how our brains work when we are learning something new and how to take care of our brain. The analogy of a field was used. Photos here of Ms. Megan’s visit.

The provocation at the start of our “How the World Works” unit of inquiry was a Marble Run. We had to get a marble across the room without pushing or dropping it; it had to move on its own. We could use anything we liked in the room. There was lots of design, try, fix, improve, try again, rebuild and try again and again and again!

Later we tried to build a “Wheel and Axle” – not as easy as we thought!

We decided that as glue is a form of plastic, we really shouldn’t be using it unless we have to so Mr. Neal showed us different ways to make attachments: Making different “attachments” so we don’t need to use glue!

At the end of this unit, students will be asked to design and build something that incorporates at least 2 Simple Machines and be able to explain the forces involved.

In maths we have been describing the ways we see numbers and patterns. How would see these dots and know there were 7 – without really counting them?

We saw them in lots of different ways:

We have been celebrating Peace Day and talking about what peace means to people. We read Quentin Blake’s “The Sailing Boat in the Sky”. Max and Martin even made a Peace Boat using their MakerSpace ideas.

Reminders & Notices:

Monday 30th October Conferences with child, parents and teacher.

Friday October the 18th October at 2:20 the last period of the day – mark your calendars! This will be a Showcase of our How the World Work Designs.

Have a lovely weekend.

Meeting our Buddies and starting Seesaw

This week 3D have started using Seesaw. They learnt how to log in – both through Google and using a QR code. How to check they were in the correct folder before working. How to add photos, use the microphone and the drawing tools. Please take a look at your child’s work and leave them a comment. Our final project on Seesaw this week was creating our own copy of 3D’s Classroom Agreements and annotating them. Students can complete this activity at home by going to  The Classroom Agreements are:

  • Do your best
  • Be kind
  •  Be helpful
  • Play and work with anyone

On Thursday, 3D met their K1C Buddies. Take a look here for some photos.  Please ask your child who their buddy is.

This afternoon the whole of Grade 3 got together for some fun community time and to practise listening skills. We definitely need more practice! However, ask your child if they can teach you the “Double This, Double That” activity.

Finally, 3D are SUPER excited that 5 of their classmates have been chosen to perform in the Grade 2-3 Musical, Aristocats. A huge “well done” to them and all who auditioned. Great risk taking!


Monday is a holiday.
Back to School Night, Thursday 5th September (see TinTuc for details) – hope to meet lots of you there.

Updated Schedule & some fun photos

In addition to getting to know each other a little better, 3D have also been spending time with other grade 3 classes. Here they are having fun playing Blind Drawing with 3C and doing some shared reading with them also.

Below is 3D’s full class schedule. Although maths, uoi (unit of inquiry) and English times are all marked, we often use a transdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning meaning that these subjects can be merged.

Next week we will welcome a new student to 3D: Mei Kanno.


Please let both Miss Julia and Ms. Ngan know whenever there are any changes in your child’s “end of day” routine i.e. if they are being collected by a different person or not taking their usual school bus that day. If there is a change in the usual Bus routine, please also inform Mr. Lai the Transport Manager.

Hat, Water Bottle & a healthy Snack are needed every day. Labelled hats and water bottles are a BIG help!
Thank you.