5A gets political!

Welcome 5A Community

Governance Provocation

This week has been an exciting week for students as they arrived at school each day wondering how their day would unfold. I’m sure there have been some interesting conversations going on at home about the different governing styles students have been exposed to during this week-long provocation into Governance.


Monday was based on Monarchy. G5 Kings and Queens were chosen using the French tradition of the Christian holy day of Epiphany (usually celebrated in January). Hidden inside a Galette des Rois (a puff pastry pie) was a little figurine called la fève. Queen Seyoon, who found it, was crowned for the day and as such was afforded all the privileges, duties and responsibilities that came with her regal status.

Tuesday was based on Anarchy. Faced with the challenge of trying to keep everyone happy, our benevolent ruler decided to abdicate and 5A descended into anarchy as students experienced what it was like to have no-one govern their day. Because no-one had paid the bills, there was no electricity or air-conditioning and the Chromebooks and Ipads remained locked as Mr Charlie had momentarily lost the key. Feedback from students suggested that they initially enjoyed this apparent freedom, but as the day unfolded, students found it frustrating and confusing as people’s attitudes and behaviours became increasingly unpredictable.

Wednesday was based on Dictatorship. To restore order to the community, Mr Charlie installed himself as The Mighty Leader, ably supported by General Linh. While order was restored and learning goals achieved with much greater efficiency, students quickly realised that this was at the expense of their own freedoms due to the combination of very strict rules and stern leadership. Students were given no voice in decision making and had their identities stripped, replaced by a numerical identification card. 

Thursday was based on Democracy. Following a civil uprising in response to the overly strict and dictatorial regime of Mr Charlie, power was returned to the people of 5A who learned about the concept of The Majority and set about spending the day voting on all decisions. Students also took to the corridors of UNIS having designed and made placards protesting a wide range of issues, as was their democratic right. 

On Friday, students were given the choice to once again either march, this time for Climate Action, or to research the science and facts behind Climate Change, to ensure that they were fully knowledgeable about the topic for the future. 

As we continue with this topic, students will have the chance to design and run their own system of government within the classroom, taking on more responsibilities for decision making.


In literacy next week, we plan to begin our new reading groups. Students will be split into groups according to their reading level and assigned a book based around the theme of migration (the theme of our next G5 unit). We will also be studying our new writing genre, Discussion writing, where students will learn how to consider a topic from two perspectives while using evidence and data from expert testimonials to add strength to their position. 


In maths, students have been consolidating their understanding of place value, factors and multiples. Next week, we will continue to strengthen our knowledge of whole-number operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, looking for flexible ways to solve word problems involving these calculations and experimenting with different ways to communicate our findings.

Learning Conferences

Now that the beginning of year assessments are complete, we will also be taking some time next week to establish learning goals before our Learning Conferences which take place next Thursday. I very much look forward to discussing the learning that all your children have been achieving so far this year as well as considering appropriate next steps to ensure that they continue to grow.

Class Parent

The SCO needs a few more Class Parents to help coordinate parents for activities that the teachers may need help with – for example, the teacher may ask the Class Parent to help recruit volunteers to accompany kids on a field trip, or organize an end of the year party. Being a class parent is a great and fun way to get involved with the school, support your child’s teacher and connect with other parents in your child’s class. 

Please do know that SCO is there for you to support. Because we are Stronger Together!

If you’re interested in any of these roles, have any questions, and want to know more, please email sco@unishanoi.org. Thank you for considering volunteering your time this year!

Dinner Time Talk

  • How do you play Fizz, Buzz?
  • Which government system was your favorite/least favorite and why?
  • Why do you think it is important to consider multiple perspectives when writing a discussion?

Save the Date

  • Learning Conferences: October 1st
  • October Break: October 10th – 18th

High 5 for 5A in week 5

Greetings 5A Community

We made paper cranes in preparation for UN Peace Day on 21st September

This week, 5A students completed their assessments for math and literacy. We have begun to review some of the data and set goals for student’s individual learning pathways. Along with academic assessments students have been reviewing elements of the PYP, such as the Key Concepts and the Approaches to Learning. These elements are embedded in our learning and support our understanding of how best we learn.

In Math, we have been busy identifying and describing factors and multiples of whole numbers, using this knowledge to solve problems.

In Reading, we are coming to the end of our class novel; Operation Frog Effect. Through the characters in this story, students have experienced how a person can make changes to improve their friendships and develop life skills such as thinking of others without judgments and making a difference in their community. 

In Writing, we continue to work on revising and editing our writing and students have reflected on. Our next genre to explore is ‘Discussions’. Students will learn the specific elements of how to write a discussion piece to view both perspectives of a topic while learning the vital skill of backing up opinions with evidence. 

Our current UOI about ‘Identity’ is coming to a close. Students have been reviewing all the work they have created about themselves in preparation for sharing their learning. Keep your eyes on SeeSaw as evidence of these pieces of work start appearing. 

Dinner Time Talk

  • What is the difference between a factor and a multiple? 
  • What initiative is being celebrated internationally next week? 
  • What decisions do you get to make?

Save the Date

  • UN Peace Day: September 21st – Wear white or blue
  • Moon Festival: September 24th – Students are encouraged to wear an áo dài
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: October 1st
  • October Break: October 10th – 18th

The score for week 4 is a 10!

Greetings 5A Community

This week Grade Five have been kept very busy with our beginning of the year assessments in both reading and math. Students have coped magnificently with the extra expectations on them, working independently and respectfully while we have got these important assessments out of the way. 

In Maths, we wrapped up our place value unit and began exploring multiples with some fun multiplication activities. Next week we will begin our multiplication and factors unit in earnest by ‘identifying and describing factors and multiples of whole numbers, and use them to solve problems’.

In Literacy, students have completed their DRA reading assessments. In reading, we practised inferring by taking notes while listening to prerecorded chapters of Operation Frog Effect. In writing, students continued to ‘add, remove, move and substitute’ our open genre writing tasks in readiness for publication. 

In UOI this week, we have continued to explore our identities by designing our own identity icebergs and filling them with our identity traits. Students considered all the people, places and experiences that have gone into making them who they are and have written Where I’m From poems using the iPad app, BookCreator. Keep an eye on SeeSaw next week for the finished products! Next week, we will explore beliefs and values by reading the book I Am Human by Susan Verde, before considering, discussing and recording our own values and beliefs onto our identity icebergs. Our final task next week will be to wrap up the unit by revisiting our provocation question ‘Who Am I?’ and considering why our answers to this might have changed. 

In other news:

We celebrated two birthdays this week on two consecutive days. A very happy birthday to Milly and Costanza and we hope you both had a wonderful day.

Happy Birthdays Costanza and Milly

MAPS Testing

We have three MAPS tests scheduled for the grade level next week. The reading test will take place on Tuesday, Math on Wednesday, and Language on Friday. The tests play an important role in determining your child’s educational needs this year, and I encourage you to have a chat with them about taking the tests seriously. MAPS tests are designed to get progressively more difficult. Your child is not expected (nor able) to get every question correct. This is why they are encouraged to do their best, and not to worry when they are unable to answer some questions. 

Dinner Time Talk

  • How many ATLs are there and what are they?
  • What is the difference between editing your writing and revising your writing?
  • Which times tables do you find the most challenging?

Save the Date

  • Reading MAP: Tuesday September 15
  • Dot Day: Tuesday September 15
  • Math MAP: Wednesday September 16
  • Language MAP: Friday September 18
  • October Break: October 10 – 18

(Week) 3 is the magic number for 5A.


Greetings 5A Community

As we draw an end to our third week together, it is great to reflect on another busy, hard-working and rich week of fun and learning for 5A. The highlight for many students was the “teacher passion” rotations, where students spent one period each day learning specific skills from different teachers. These special classes included art, music, chess, cooking, drama and macrame. 


Now that students have learned more about their teacher’s identities, they are expected to research their own identities. Students have been considering what makes up their own personal identity and have started to consider all the factors that make them unique. Next week, we will consider which of these traits are more or less visible by using the ‘Iceberg model.’ Later in the unit, students will be encouraged to interview their family members to gain insight into their own culture and ancestry.


During reading time, Operation Frog Effect has continued to entertain us with social drama in a 5th grade classroom. This week, we practiced making inferences. Next week, the focus will be on writing emotional responses to the text. During writing times, students continued to write in their genre of choice, and now they are learning to revise their writing by adding adjectives and adverbs.


In math, students started to make sense of place value by helping to build The Great Wall of base 10. Students considered the relationship between different place values and how these change the value of a digit. We played Place Value Battleships and determined how much space 1,000,000 small yellow base 10 blocks would take up. We also started to use mental maths strategies to multiply large numbers by factors of 10. 

Dinnertime Discussion Questions:

  • What do you value (types of books, music, etc) and why?
  • Which “teacher passion” was your favourite?
  • What is 34 x 100?


Wonderful Week 2 for 5A

Welcome 5A Community



A great week 2 in 5A

What a fantastic second week we have had together! Our routines, expectations and essential agreements are now in place and I have witnessed students supporting each other, cheering each other on and having fun, while they learn. I am very proud of the way 5A students have come together as a community. 



5A students have begun to consider what factors influence our identities and how we share and express our identities. We created mind-maps of all the different general factors before choosing specific elements of our own personal identities to share. Next week, students will be meeting with a variety of G5 teachers to see how they express themselves. Students have chosen to take part in four out of the following six activities that will be run over the week – Art with Ms Tina, String craft with Ms Linh, Chess with Mr Nathan, Drama with Mr Brewster, Cooking with Ms Huong or Music with Mr Charlie. 

“Nothing of me is original.

I am the combined effort 

of everyone I’ve ever known”

Chuck Palahniuk

Exploring Maths

Students have been taking part in a wide variety of activities and games that focus their attention of six key mathematical norms:

Students have started to review their understanding of place value by playing the game Place Value Yahtzee. Next week, we will start to consider the relationship between different place values and how we can use this knowledge to help us make flexible calculations with increasingly complex numbers. 

Literacy – Reading

We continue to follow the lives of the students in Ms Graham’s class. Students have been using different reading skills such as questioning, making predictions, visualising and making connections to other texts and the real-world to enhance their understanding of the story. 

Literacy – Writing

Students are continuing to experiment with a variety of genres and topics to write about. We discussed the difference between revision and editing and how both are important parts of the writing process. Next week, we will continue to look at how different authors add to, delete from, move and change parts of their writing as they revise in order to make it better before having a go with our own writing.  

In other news.

Congratulations to four of our students – Sally, Seyoon, Clara and Jana – who put themselves forwards to represent 5A on the Student Council. After a very collaborative discussion, the group agreed that Clara and Jana would take the lead for the first half of the year (supported by Sally and Seyoon) and that this would then be reversed for the second half of the year. Thank you, girls, for volunteering and we look forward to hearing about all the great endeavours that Student Council will be working on over the year. 

Happy Birthday Clara


We celebrated Clara’s birthday with a delicious pizza for everyone. Thanks Clara, and we hope you had a great day.


Welcome back to Van

It’s great to have Van join us this week in 5A and thanks to all the class for making her feel so welcome. We are now just waiting for Jaden who is still in Korea and will then have a full house!

                                      Back to School Night

Thank you for joining the Virtual Back to School Night. It was a pleasure to meet you all and share our intended outline for this year. A reminder that you can always drop me a line if you need clarifications.

Please access the Presentation, Flipgrid and Padlet using the links. 

Typing Practice

If your child would like to practice their typing skills at home, they have an account to a site called Typing.Com

Save the

  • Vietnamese National Day 2 September
  • School Photos Monday 7th September
  • ASA and Youth Sport Sign up opened on the 26th August – sign your child up if you haven’t already.

Dinner Time Talk

  • What is the difference between Revision and Editing?
  • What do you think is going to happen to Blake?
  • Why are errors gifts?

A warm welcome to the New School Year!

Welcome to our first blog post of the year. We have had a wonderful time this week getting to know each other by engaging in team-building activities, developing routines that allow us to work safely and productively and diving into our first units of study. I feel very privileged to be working with your children.

This blog is the main form of communication between 5A and home. Each week I will post a brief overview of what we have done during the week as well as a preview of what to expect the following week. Reminders of important dates to save will be posted and updated. I add dinner time talk questions which are a great way to engage in conversations with your child about school.

Additionally, I like to post photos of 5A students hard at work and your feedback via the comments section below each post is greatly valued and appreciated.


Our primary communication platform at UNIS Hanoi is the Tin Tuc weekly email.  Every Friday afternoon, you will receive Tin Tuc in your inbox, which contains information that is curated specially for you.  The Tin Tuc weekly news will contain links to news and blogs from the following: 

  • Your child’s homeroom and specialist blogs.  If you have more than one child, you will receive ONE email, with news from each of your child’s teachers. 
  • Your child’s school division (Elementary, Middle or High school)
  • Whole school news 

If you do not receive Tin Tuc this week, please send an email directly to tintuc@unishanoi.org  

This year students are using ‘Seesaw’ to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. Seesaw is private; only people who are invited to view will see posts created by your child. It is also a great way for other members of your child’s extended family to share in what they are up to at school.

Please Sign Up Now

  1. Click on this link here
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me 

P.s. If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

Housekeeping Hints

The following are a few reminders to ensure your child is able to participate fully in class.

Each day students should bring.  

  1. A mask with their name clearly attached. 
  2. A hat to enjoy outside play. 
  3. A reusable water bottle. 
  4. A healthy snack for our morning recess.
  5. Personal headphones (a mic is optional, but important for clear recording). 
  6. A pencil case.

For those of you whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet, you can read a short brief, in the “about Mr Charlie” section of our class blog. Otherwise, I look forward to meeting you, via Zoom, at our ‘Virtual Back-to-School Night’ on the evening of August 27th.

You can also drop me an email at the following address cmoore@unishanoi.org I do not answer emails while I’m teaching, so if it is important, please contact the ES office.

Save the

  • Thursday 27th August 6pm – 7pm

Dinner Time Talk

  1. What games did G5 play this week to develop team spirit?
  2. What interesting facts did you learn about your G5 teachers during our first week?
  3. What topic and genre have you chosen to write about in our Open Genre writing unit?