Week 37

Dear 5D Community,

Moving up celebration rehearsals, G4 & 5 Swim Extravaganza, artifact creation, explanation writing, speech creation and individual celebration days have all been a focus this week.

We can’t wait to share the end of the year with you on Monday at the moving up celebration and then to share some fun with your child during the ice skating activity on Monday afternoon. Please ensure your child has a change of clothes for this event so they don’t ruin the good clothes they will be wearing at the moving up celebration. Students will have time to eat their lunch before attending ice skating.  

Students will also be filled with mixed emotions as some students move on to other countries for their middle school experience. It has been a pleasure to learn from and teach your children. They all have shown courage, kindness, humour and creativity throughout the year. Some have reached new highs in their academic achievement and some have discovered new talents. Some students created goals and achieved them and some students are well on their way to fulfilling theirs. And all students have been supportive in making our 5D community a better place. What a year!

Thank you to the families of 5D for your support and camaraderie throughout the year. I wish each and every one of you a safe, happy and wonderful summer. I look forward to seeing those of you who are returning to UNIS again next year, and to those moving further afield, good luck and stay in touch.


  • TEDx Youth @ Hanoi Event; June 8th at 9:00 am – Here is the link to the ticket registration.
  • G5 Moving Up Celebration/Assembly 10th June at 8:30 am
  • Final Day of School for students is on the 12th of June. It is a half day.
  • A reminder that students can take books out next week, for their summer reading enjoyment.


Week 36

Where did this week go?

As we draw a close to the academic year, 5D are beginning to gather items they can use to craft their transitions artifact. Students need to be creative in the way they construct an artifact that reflects the major transitions in their life. I have encouraged them to bring items they have collected over the years, photos, sports items like football boots or swim caps or even game pieces they have had since they were young. Next week students will spend most of their time creating an artifact that represents who they were and who they are now. I’m looking forward to sharing these with you on Monday the 10th of June at the G5 Moving Up Celebration/Assembly.

G5 Moving Up Celebration/Assembly
By now you should have received an invitation to attend this important event. It will start at 8:30 am in the Center for the Arts Theater. Once the assembly is over, students will do the traditional walk from ES to MS where they will be greeted by our MS Principal. From there, students will make their way back to their classes to share their artifacts with their families. There will be a morning tea (which our class parent has contacted you about) and the morning will come to a close at 10:10 am.

All students will need to dress in formal attire (special occasion dress) and will need a change of clothes for the event happening in the afternoon. Your child will bring home a permission slip on Monday, to attend an off-campus event to celebrate the end of the year. Please keep an eye out for the permission slip and return it to school by Thursday 6th June.

Students have been asked to supply a photo of them as a baby and one of themselves taken recently. If your child isn’t able to attend the school during the final week of school please let me know as soon as possible. We would still like to celebrate your child, even if they aren’t going to attend, by showing their photos, alongside their classmates.


  • TEDx Youth @ Hanoi Event; June 8th at 9:00 am – Here is the link to the ticket registration.
  • G5 Moving Up Celebration/Assembly 10th June at 8:30 am
  • Final Day of School for students is the 12th of June

Week 35

Greetings 5D Community,

This week, students have been hard at work on their end of year assessments in math and literacy. With just three weeks left until the summer break, we are counting down the days to middle school.

5D are getting excited about their step up day which is happening all day Thursday. Students will shadow their Grade Six pen pal buddy for the day. They will follow their buddies timetable, attend all of their classes and eat together with the other middle school students in the cafeteria. It is sure to be a nervous, yet very exciting day for them all.

In addition to the ongoing assessment, in math, this week students have been inquiring into angles. We made our own protractors using our knowledge of regular 2D shapes.  We complemented this work with hands-on geometry stations and building square meters with precision.

In literacy, we have been continuing to read novels in groups and write a recount of a significant transition in our lives. We will contrast this first-person writing with explanation writing in a passive voice next week.

In UOI this week, the boys and girls were separated for two periods so that students could learn some of the more specific details involved with growing up as a boy or girl. In 5D, students have also been working hard on identifying major transitions in their own lives.s. We have also had some lovely moments of sharing, with many students sharing baby photos and pictures of themselves growing up. We have a photo display of baby & toddler photos growing. It would be wonderful if all students could contribute a photo. 

HS Graduation 31st May 11:30 am Early Dismissal for D-G8
G4&G5 Swimming Festival Thursday 06 June 09.30-11.00 am
Grade 5 Moving Up Celebration & Assembly 10 June 08:30 – 10:05 am
Last day of school 12th June

Week 33

Greetings 5D Community,

There were a few disruptions to our schedule this week with MAP testing and special visitors to our classroom, but students once again managed the changes and challenges like champions.

Measure of Academic Progress – MAP
Unlike paper and pencil tests, where all students are asked the same questions and spend a fixed amount of time taking the test, MAP testing means every student gets a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. They also have as much time as they require to take the test. Your child’s MAP Growth results will be available online soon.

Here is a short article based on 12 common questions parents ask about the MAP Growth Test.

Transitions Unit
Nurse Susan came to talk to students about hygiene and how to look after their bodies. Next Thursday, Nurse Susan will be coming into classes to explain how the reproductive system works in both males and females. Students will find out the names of body parts, their role in the body and how these roles change during puberty.

Mr. Dylan came to talk to students about ’emotional regulation’ and how our emotions change or intensify, and how some students may experience new emotions. Students were given strategies to help them regulate and identify these emotions and how to communicate what they are feeling.

Students visited Ms. Cathy’s K2 classroom on Monday and participated in a K2 lesson. This provocation to the Transition unit was intended to give students an understanding of how they have changed over time. During homeroom discussions, students identified changes to their lives such as freedom to make choices about what they learn, more responsibility for themselves and their belongings and friendships.

Next week Ms. Michelle will visit us to discuss ‘digital footprints’ and that certain information should not be shared online, in order to keep students safe from online predators.

Parent Coffee Morning – Transitions UOI
This week the G5 team held a parent coffee morning to share information and resources about the Transitions unit. Thank you to those parents who attended, your conversations and interests were appreciated and it is comforting to know that your child is the centre of all our interests. As discussed here is the slide show we used during the coffee morning.

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We completed a look at probability andbegan our study of geometry. Here are the Grade 5 standards we are currently working on:

  • Choose appropriate units of measurement for length, area, volume, capacity and mass  (ACMMG108)
  • Connect three-dimensional objects with their nets and other two-dimensional representations (ACMMG111)
  • Estimate, measure and compare angles using degrees (ACMMG112)

Next week we 5D will learn about the purpose, structure and grammar elements of ‘Explanation’ texts.


Seussical Jr. is on Sale Now
Thursday 16th,  Friday 17th and Saturday 18th – Get your tickets quick as they will sell out fast.
Tuesday 14th – Youth Sports Festival
Wednesday 15th – Seussical Jr full day rehearsal


Week 32

Greetings 5D Community,

Students spent this short week of school (2 days) self-assessing their understanding and skills throughout the PYP Exhibition: understanding of the central idea, thinking skills, research skills, communication skills, social skills, and self-management skills. You can look forward to receiving their group and individual assessments next week.

We also enjoyed a short but fruitful book week.

Next week we will resume our normal classroom schedule and introduce new units in UOI, math, and literacy. The unit of inquiry, Transitions, will involve physical, social and emotional changes. In math, we will study Geometry, and in literacy, we will read and write explanatory texts.

Beginning next week: Swimming switches to Monday.

Other Announcements:
4th May – Saturday of Service – Help maintain the momentum of PYPx and join in
7th, 8th, 9th May – Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing
10th May – Grade 5 Parent Coffee Morning – Transitions

Week 31

What a wonderful week of learning through showcase, celebration and reflection. We are so proud of our Grade 5 community. The students rose to the occasion, demonstrating knowledge and a deep understanding to lead them toward meaningful action.

Thank you for being a part of our learning community. We appreciate the support and hope you too were inspired to take action. Watch the PYPx video here.

Coming Up
29th & 30th April –  No school – Vietnamese Victory Days
1st May – No school – International Labour Day
2nd May – Book Week Character Parade!! 8:10 am in the Sports Centre Friday
3rd May – MRISA assembly. Wear your UNIS gear to support our Volleyball teams
3rd May – Book Sale
4th May – Saturday of Service – Help maintain the momentum of PYPx and join in
10th May – Grade 5 Parent Coffee Morning – Transitions

Week 30

Welcome 5D Community,

We have been busy preparing for next week’s Exhibition Presentations.

Students spent all day Friday working on their PYPx presentation displays. Many thanks to parents who came and assisted their child and their child’s group.

A reminder for parents to complete the G5 PYP Exhibition After School Information Form to assist G5 teachers with planning for next Thursday’s Evening PYPx event.

Upcoming Dates

22nd April – Earth Day – Wear Green
25th April – Eventing PYPx Presentations
29th & 30th April –  No school – Vietnamese Victory Days
1st May – No school – International Labour Day
2nd May – Book Week Character Parade!! 8:10 am in the Sports Centre Thursday.3rd May – MRISA assembly. Wear your UNIS gear to support our Volleyball teams.

Week 29

Greetings 5D Community,

I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break.

Students have jumped straight back into their PYPx projects this week, and are now turning their research into action.

Groups have finished their information reports. The reports will be available to read in the library from April 18. Many of the reports are bilingual and are written about a wide range of topics.

Field trips are coming to an end and student action is well underway. The hope is that by students taking action, they will become aware of how they can make a difference to issues that affect them and others within the world.

PYPx Sub-Committees
On top of their own PYPx inquiries, groups of students have volunteered to be on sub-committees to organise the Exhibition itself. These groups are in charge of invitations to families and other schools, organising assemblies, PYPx T-shirts and the parent evening. Much of this year’s PYPx has been handed over to the students so that they have a voice in how they present their findings and actions.

We complete some work on fractions looking at the weight of the apple and dabbled in division. Students have begun the study of probability and explored the chances of rolling doubles with two dice. Next week, we will work to explore chances connected to dice, playing cards and food.

Taking a break from the PYPx, students had plenty of opportunities to check our new books, come out with ways to explore and share books they have just finished and think about next book choices. In writing, they took part in a couple free writes to get our ideas on paper and are working on drafting their own writing choice.

PYPx Work Day
A reminder that next Friday is G5 PYPx work day. All G5 students are required all day. There is no student-led conference for G5. However, parents are welcome to pop into class and spend some time working with their child. Students will be busy with a range of tasks such as the assembly performance, taking action and building the exhibition stand for PYPx presentation day. It is a busy day in grade 5, and any assistance is greatly appreciated. There will not be any specialist subjects on this day,

PYPx Parent Evening Event
Keep the evening of the 25th open. An invitation to attend is due from the Student Sub-Committee shortly.

Upcoming Dates
8th – 24th April-  Book Drive/sale
15th April – No school – Hung King Day
19th April – G5 PYPx Work Day
29th & 30th April –  No school – Vietnamese Victory Days
1st May – No school – International Labour Day
3rd – 4th May – Book Sale

Week 27

Greetings 5D Community,

Students spent most of the week researching to find answers to their “lines of inquiry.” Research has included articles, field trips and interviews. The following letter is an appeal for an interview from a group of students studying the issue of unemployment. If you can help, please email the students directly. And if you are excited to learn more about the issue yourself, then come to the PYP Exhibition on April 24-25!

Dear UNIS parents,

Hello, we are Endric, Aakshat, and Nghia from grade 5 at UNIS, Hanoi. As part of Grade 5, we participate in the Primary Years Program Exhibition (PYPX), which is a big research project that encourages students to work together to take action to improve our community.

In PYPX, we have been asked to look at an issue we are passionate about. We are interested in trying to spread awareness about unemployment and trying to reduce unemployment. This relates to SDG #1, No Poverty.

We are contacting you because we would really like to interview you if you have ever experienced a time when you had no job and were looking for one but could not get one. We are doing this so we can know the perspectives of the people on unemployment and what group of unemployment needs the most help in getting a job in Vietnam. We would also like to know how hard it was to get a job since you were employed.

Please let us know if and when we can interview you. We are also happy for you to just email us (ajolly2@unishanoi.org) your thinking if you don’t have time to meet.

Thank you

Sincerely Nghia, Aakshat and Endric

Week 26

Greetings 5D Community,

It may have been a short week but nonetheless, it was full of celebrating learning.

Students have all met their mentors and begun the process of researching essential questions. Some students have gone on field trips already and others have made appointments to interview experts. Your child’s coordinating teacher will guide your child to start thinking about how they (and their group) will include a language element into their PYPx. The G5 coordinating teachers would welcome your expertise. The role could include anything from proofreading to helping with pronunciation. Please let your child’s teacher know you are interested in participating. Your involvement is always welcome.

Music Concert
Wow, what a morning. A huge thank you to all the parents who attended. G5 students have been working tirelessly to prepare for this moment. Behind the scenes, there was a huge team of people organising logistics and ensuring your child was set up for success. There were close to 200 students moving on and off the stage, changing instruments and reordering lines for different performances on stage. The students looked amazing in their new polo shirts which added to the polished performances. Congratulations to all who made this a successful event.

Art Exhibition
One of the most wonderful exhibits of the year is the Elementary Art Show. This display of creative pieces crafted by students always delights those who take the time to explore them. Too often we overlook the creative elements of our children’s minds as we ensure they are achieving in curriculum areas.

Open Classrooms
We opened our doors to parents this week so they could catch a glimpse of their children at work. If you joined us, we hope you had an interesting and productive visit and you developed an overview of where your child was in the PYPx process.