Yipeeee for week 3!

Welcome back to 5A!

A full house

We are delighted that all students of 5A are now on board this week and it was truly heart-warming to see how warmly class-mates welcomed our final member to the fold. Duong, it is great to have you in the 5A team!  

Highlights from this week’s learning in 5A. 


5A and 2A are Buddies

This Thursday was the first time we met our new buddies as we travelled upstairs to visit new friends in 2A. Students spent time getting to know each other before heading outside to the playground to play together and learn some new games. We finished off our time together in 5A where groups settled down to a good book.  It was fantastic to see how naturally members of 5A took to being role models for their younger peers and it set the tone for what promises to be a very happy year ahead. We look forward to meeting with our buddies regularly over the school year to develop and support our school values of community, learning and responsibility while having lots of fun together. 

Read all about it!

We made our way across campus on Friday morning to the peace and calm of the library for our first official class visit of the year. 5A have a library session every Friday for the entire year and we are blessed with a fantastic space and wonderful library teachers who can help us find those Just Right Books. Today, we had a brief tour before exploring and looking for great reads. Every student was tasked with and successfully met the challenge of finding at least one chapter book to take out and read over the coming week/s. We are looking forward to many more visits as we continue to develop into brilliant bibliophiles, rip-roaring readers and gatherers of genres!

Exploring our Maths Tools

Having spent some time grappling with questions such as What is Maths? and What do Mathematicians do? we started this week contemplating how we as mathematicians can use tools in our classroom effectively. Students embarked on a week long investigation of a number of different manipulatives and tools that we have in class, playing, building, discovering and being challenged, before capturing their experiences in a reflective slideshow. Next week, we will be talking about the importance of engaging in accountable mathematical discussion, using mathematically precise language and practicing active listening while stretching our maths brains with some challenging Number Talks and Three Act Maths activities. 

Poetry in motion

This week, we have been standing on the shoulders of poetic giants, reading works by William Blake and William Carlos Williams to give us inspiration for our own poetic masterpieces. Lessons have focussed on different subject matters including describing ordinary things as in beautiful terms and making apologies for things we are secretly delighted to have done as well as using similes and metaphors to add depth and charm to our descriptions. Next week, we will consider how hip-hop and poetry are closely related art-forms and how alliteration can add rhythm and texture to our writing. 


The focus of our week’s investigations had us considering how an iceberg is a useful analogy for our own identity – how there are aspects of who we are that are visible for all to see (our height, hair colour, behaviours etc), while there are other parts of our being that are not immediately obvious to the naked eye (beliefs and values, thought processes and traditions.) Next week we will look at how music, fashion and language influence our understanding of identity.  

Back to School Night

I am thoroughly looking forward to the upcoming opportunity to meet you and share all that is new and exciting in Grade 5 at our upcoming Back to School Night. As well as giving you a brief insight into the learning for the year, I will be sharing with you who your child’s other teachers are and what ways you can support your child at home? If for any chance you are unable to attend, I will post the slide show on next week’s blog and naturally please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Save the Date
Mon, 2nd September – No school – Vietnamese National Day

Tue, 3rd September – After School Activities and Youth Sports begin

Thurs, 5th September – Back to School Night (Meet the Teacher)

Wed, 11 September – ES Snack Sale

Fri, 13th September – No school for students – Professional Development Day

Wed, 25th to 27th September – G5 Overnight Excursion

“Nothing of me is original.

I am the combined effort 

of everyone I’ve ever known”


Chuck Palahniuk

A Sensational Second Week for 5A.


Welcome back to the 5A Learning Blog.

This week, we have continued to work together to develop our community of thinkers, listeners and supporters. The students have brought their energy and enthusiasm to all the activities and we have had a lot of fun and laughter to complement the learning.  Our week started with presentations about ‘Tool Box Time’ and ‘Maker Space Challenges’ and ended with ‘Grade Five Rotations’ and ‘G5 Community Shoutouts’. 

Our aim, as a G5 cohort, is to learn to work together, celebrate and appreciate differences and support learning for everyone. This was evident with the efforts of our Phoenix Buddies supporting our new students this week and the many shout outs G5 students shared at our Friday community time.


We also consolidated our 5A learning agreements which will ensure that we can have the very best year possible.  







Maker Space

This week Mr Clark invited 5A into the new and improved Maker space. We found out lots of new and interesting things about Mr Clark; he has two singing dogs, loves burgers and basketball and used to dress up as Barney the Dinosaur for kids’ parties. We worked together to stack cups and direct electrical currents through our bodies to create sound. We had an awesome time and 5A are looking forward to having more fun with Mr C soon.


Next week students will inquire into our new UOI;


  • Factors that influence identity
  • Sharing and expressing our identity and
  • How our identity connects us with the global community

Students will be inquiring into the ways in which they discover and express ideas, feelings, culture, beliefs and values. 


In Maths this week, we have delved into numerous questions trying to unlock some understanding about what Maths is, where we find Maths and what Mathematicians do.  We also considered some work that Jo Boaler has been doing around the concept of Growth Mindset, recognising that mistakes are a vital part of learning and should be celebrated rather than avoided. Students had a chance to complete their first 3-Act Maths activity of the year and built pattern block triangles to test their creativity and problem solving skills. 


5A have been practicing the art of writing through free writing sessions as well as more directed poetry creation. We will continue to explore the world of poetry next week and will continue to read examples of what great poets have written to inspire us further. 

Our class read-aloud is ‘Mr Stink’ by David Walliams. We have been enjoying following the growing friendship between Chloe and a rather wiffy yet kind tramp know by all as Mr Stink. Feel free to ask your children about the story. 

Grade Five Overnight Excursion

One exciting event that is on the horizon is the G5 two-night, three-day excursion which is rapidly approaching. We will be sending more information home closer to the date. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get to know each other and develop independence, resilience and respect for the environment. We are looking forward to getting to know all the G5 students during this time.

Save the Date

Mon, 26th August –  Fri, 30 August – Individual portraits and class photos

Mon, 2nd September – No school – Vietnamese National Day

Tue, 3rd September – After School Activities and Youth Sports begin

Thurs, 5th September – Back to School Night (Meet the Teacher)

Wed, 11 September – ES Snack Sale

Fri, 13th September – No school for students – Professional Development

Wed, 25th to 27th September – G5 Overnight Excursion

Dinner Time Talk

  • What rotation activities you did with the other fifth grade teachers this week?
  • Who is known at school as ‘Mr C’ or ‘Mr KFC’? (Mr Clark)
  • What questions do you have about Mr Stink? 


“Identity is something that 

you are constantly earning. 

It is not just who you are. 

It is a process that you must be active in.

It’s not just parroting your parents or 

the thoughts of your learned teachers. 

It is now more than ever about understanding yourself 

so you can become yourself.”

Joss Whedon

A Warm Welcome to 5A!

Greetings 5A Community,

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 and developing routines that allow us to work safely and productively. I feel very privileged to be working with your children who have already demonstrated that they are a kind, enthusiastic and energetic group of learners. 

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

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

Tin Tuc Weekly News

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 especially 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. 

SeeSaw – The student platform

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: https://app.seesaw.me/s/289-556-638 
  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 hat to enjoy outside play
  2. A reusable water bottle. I can’t stress enough the importance of hydration in this hot humid weather.
  3. Personal headphones (a mic is optional, but important for clear recording). Personal headphones reduce the risk of ear and hair issues being shared amongst students.
  4. Inform the transport office should you need to make changes to your child’s bus travel plans.
  5. A pencil case.

G5 Activities and Physical Education Requirements

Your child is a pre-teen and with this comes the responsibility of organising their needs. As the weather continues to be hot and sticky, all G5 students need to think about their hygiene requirements. Some suggestions are as follows:

  • Use an antiperspirant each day
  • Bring a change of clothes, for after lunch play on the soccer fields
  • Have a change of clothes to change into after PE lessons
  • Air shoes out over the weekends 

For those of you whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet, you can read a short brief, in the “about Mr Charie” section of our class blog. Otherwise, I look forward to meeting you at our ‘Back-to-School Night’ on the evening of September 6th. You can also drop me an email at the following address cmoore@unishanoi.org  During the day, I rarely have the chance to follow up on emails, so if it is an urgent matter, please contact the ES office directly.

Save the Date:

September 6th – Back to School Night

Dinner Time Talk

  1. What games did you play this week during class time?
  2. What ASA’s and Youth Sport’s activities are happening this semester?
  3. What are you looking forward to doing next week?

“Without a sense of caring,

There can be no sense of community”

Anthony J. D’Angelo

Have a very happy and safe weekend.

Mr Charlie