Week 3 – 26th to 30th September

Welcome 5B Community

Prakhar takes centre stage in Tokyo after successfully presenting at the UNIS assembly.

This week’s shout out goes to Prakhar for his confident presentation at our ES assembly.

Our routines and expectations are now in place. I have witnessed students supporting each other, cheering each other on and having fun, while they learn. I am very proud of the way 5B students have come together as a community. They are a special bunch.

Essential Agreements
With all members of 5B on board this week, we began to develop our ‘Class Agreements’. The purpose of class agreements is to have a guide, that everyone contributes to, so we can use these agreements to support our learning, solve any issues and make our time at school, supported and enjoyable.

Lots of thought, collaborative effort and discussion from all students made this important activity a success. Our final creating will be posted next week.

5B and 2B are Buddies
This Thursday was the first time we met our new buddies. Students spent time getting to know each other as they produced a portrait of each other. We will be meeting with our buddies regularly to develop and support our school values of community, learning and responsibility.

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 and posting these to their Seesaw platform.
Next week, we will be talking about the importance of engaging in accountable mathematical discussion, using mathematically precise language and practising active listening while stretching our maths brains with some challenging Number Talks and Three Act Maths activities.

5B has begun to look at how our identities are influenced and how we share and express our identity. On Monday, students engaged in a whole grade task of unpacking the eight key concepts. Students related the concepts to themselves, which were posted to their Seesaw accounts.
Next week we will look at how music, fashion and language has influenced our understanding of identity.

Students are enjoying unpacking unknown words and phrases from our read-a-loud, Freak the Mighty. We have had many giggles looking at word choices the author has made. We will continue to develop our vocabulary skills as we read Freak the Mighty in order to support our writing.
Poetry continues to be our main focus. This week we tackled a difficult literary device; Rhythm. Students were exposed to (/) stressed and (u) unstressed syllables that make up the rhythm of a poem. We also practised alliteration; using our knowledge of sound to create our own poetic sentences. Next week we will dive into similes and metaphors.

Back to School Night
I will be sharing what’s new and exciting in grade five, who your child’s teachers are and what ways you can support your child at home? I look forward to meeting you next Thursday and if for any chance you are unable to attend, I will post the slide show I use in next week’s blog.

Class Parents Needed
Calling on ES parents interested in getting more involved as homeroom parents!

  • play a key role in maintaining open and positive communication between families and the school
  • help build a friendly atmosphere in your class/grade
    welcome families into your class who arrive mid-year
  • support teachers with requests (mainly ES)
    Click here for more information

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 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

The Week that Was:

“Nothing of me is original.
I am the combined effort
of everyone I’ve ever known”

Chuck Palahniuk

Week 2 – 19th to 23rd August

Welcome 5B Community

Timmy Takes Top Prize for Biggest Smile

5B have continued to work together to develop a community of thinkers, listeners and supporters. 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 and teachers shared at our Friday community time.

5B’s Phoenix Buddies and the newbies.

Next week 5B will consolidate their ‘Essential Agreements’, organise their google folders and draft their i-Act proposals. These are important elements that students will work with all year. Look out for our Essential Agreement product next week.

Maker Space

This week Mr Clark showed 5B around the new and improved Maker space. We found out lots of new and interesting things about Mr Clark, such as he has two singing dogs and loves burgers and basketball. We worked together to stack cups and direct electrical currents through our bodies to create sound. Mr.C rocks and 5B are looking forward to spending more time in the Maker Space.


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. 


Math this week was centred on the work of Jo Boaler out of Stanford. The week of Inspirational Math allowed students to explore misconceptions about math and build up a positive growth mindset in relation to themselves as a mathematician. Looking at ‘What is Math’, ‘What do Mathematicians do?’, ‘ The Purpose of Mistakes’ and how to record ‘Mathematical Thinking’.

Ruby and Stella crack the 30 block triangle together.


5B have been learning about the literary devices used in poetry. They have crafted a number of poems looking at rhythm, rhyme and alliteration. Students have posted these to their ‘Seesaw’ platform which you can access (if you signed up via the link posted in last week’s blog post). If you haven’t yet signed up, please do so. 

Our class read-aloud is ‘Freak the Mighty’ by Rodman Philbrick. It is about two boys from different backgrounds, who become inseparable, as they grow to know each other.

 Back to School Night 

You will receive an email from our ES Principal, Megan Brazil with important information about our Back to School night. In a nutshell, there are two sessions you can attend. One begins at 6:00 pm and the other at 6:30 pm to meet me so I can go over the year ahead and answer any questions about the G5 program that may arise. Specialist teachers are available to meet from 6:00 pm till 7:30 pm.

Grade Five Overnight Excursion

You may have heard that G5 have a two-night, three-day excursion coming up. 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 – 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 book is Ms Tina reading to the class? (Freak the Mighty)

The Week that Was


“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



Week 1 – 14th to 16th August 2019

Greetings 5B Community,

5B – Our Learner Faces

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 community building activities and by developing routines that allow us to work safely and productively. I feel very privileged to be working with your children. A special welcome to new families to Vietnam and UNIS this year. We hope you are settling into your new homes and routines with ease.

Class schedules have been sent home. For new families to 5B, the school calendars mark holidays, school events, celebrations and teacher only days that take place throughout the year. It is advisable to look over the months ahead to avoid unexpected surprises. You can access these on the school website.

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

Additionally, I will post photos of 5B students taken throughout the week of them hard at work.

Tin Tuc Weekly News

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

Again this year we are using Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. Seesaw is private; you’ll only 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/171-988-466
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once approved, you can see content from your child and reply to your child’s post

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.

Thank you for supporting your child’s learning!

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, these can be purchased at our school shop). 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.
  6. Check your child’s timetable each night to ensure they are prepared for the next day. Some days your child will be required to bring items, such as PE gear or musical instruments to school for particular lessons.

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 to avoid foot odour

With 22 students in a class, you can imagine the range of smells each person delivers and receives. Please have a discussion with your child to decide on their needs and how they may implement these.

For those of you whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet, you can read a short brief, in the “About Ms Tina” section of our class blog. Otherwise, I look forward to meeting you at our ‘Back-to-School Night’ on the evening of September 5th. You can also drop me an email at the following address tcarew@unishanoi.org.  I do not answer emails while I’m teaching, so if it is important, please contact the ES office if it is urgent.

Save the Date:

September 5th at 6:00PM – Back to School Night

Dinner Time Talk

  1. What are the names of the new students in your class?
  2. What ASA’s and Youth Sport’s activities are happening this semester?
  3. What personal goal did you set for yourself?

5B – Our Fun Faces

The Week that Was

“Without a sense of caring,

There can be no sense of community”

Anthony J. D’Angelo