29th March

The highlight of this week ( perhaps, even the year so far) was definitely our Market Day. As you watch the video below of your consumers and producers in action, look at the amazing social skills, self-management skills and thinking skills every K2 child is displaying!

This kind of transdisciplinary learning, where the children are given lots of ‘choice, voice and ownership’ to organize themselves, is an example of how children learn best.


After the Break, K2 will start a new Unit of Inquiry  – How We Express Ourselves.

The Central idea is: Artists express ideas and emotions for different purposes. We will be exploring the concepts of ‘perspective’ and creativity as we inquire into:

  • Inspiration of artists
  • Different art mediums for expression
  • Experiencing and appreciating a variety of art forms

WANTED in June : Risk-taking families for K2C’s Got Talent

I aim to have a fun sharing ‘Family talent show’ in our K2C classroom, and hope to have child and parent acts. I previous years this has been a great success..and lots of fun. More details later, but you might like to start thinking of what “talent” you would like to perform WITH your child on the K2C stage!!! ( Ideas: Singing duet, family ‘rock band’, musical instruments, magic show, puppet play, poem from your home country, a traditional dance, tell a joke…anything creative!)

Thank you to Kassie’s Mum Lilly, for being this week’s Mystery Reader. If you haven’t yet had a turn and would like to, please sign up here

BIG thanks to Flora ( Lily’s Mum) and Shasha (Olivia’s Mum) for teaching K2C how to make noodles! As well as being inspired to become bakers and chefs, K2C have also learned a lot about ‘procedures’ and verbs !

We are mathematicians. We are also having some fun building and playing games with a double decker bus!  ( Ask your child to tell you more.)

K2C are also learning about number sentences and starting to recognize the difference between  =, + and – symbols. This week Ms Beth helped K2C think more deeply about the concept of ‘equal’ and the = symbol. What does ‘equal’ mean? How do you know?

What a fun Sports Morning!

Many thanks for your continued support. Enjoy your spring break !

Looking ahead

  • March 30 – April 7, 2019 : Spring Break – Offices Open Weekdays/ No Classes
  • K2 Swimming continues- Mondays/Wednesdays ( Regular PE on Fridays)
  • Saturday, April 138:45 – 10:45am: ES Maker Day
  • Monday, April 15: Celebration of Hung King Day – School Closed
  • Friday, April 1910:00am – 6:00pm: ES Student – Led Conferences (No Classes or Activities for ES)
  • Friday, April 268:30 – 9:30am: ES Parents & Administrators Coffee Morning
  • April 29 – May 1, 2019: Celebration of Vietnamese Victory Day & International Labour Day – School Closed
  • May 3 – 4, 2019: Used Book Sale
  • Monday, May 138:10 – 10:05am: ES Snack Sale
  • Thursday, May 239:00 – 10:00am :K2 & Grade 1 Music Concert & Art Exhibition
  • Wednesday, June 12: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Early Dismissal 12:00pm
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22nd March

On Tuesday K2C learned the procedure for making mayonnaise. A big thank you to Hans and his dad, Mr Louis for teaching us!

A lot of time this week in K2C was spent on preparing ‘goods and services’ for next Tuesday’s K2 Market Day ! This is the summative task for our ‘How We Organize Ourselves’ unit of inquiry! Here’s a video of behind the scenes, as K2C organize themselves for market day.

Did you know, K2C is a part of ‘the Tribe of Travelling Tales‘. This involves writing around the world in the classroom without walls. Travelling Tales connects classrooms so they can collaborate to create a tale. K2C  ( and three other International Schools) helped to create this tale about  Crab and Snail. Listen carefully- can you recognize any K2C friends’ voices? Travelling Tales encourages us all to think more about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) to help transform our world.

In Math this week, we read the ‘counting by feet’ story One is a Snail, Ten is a CrabThis is what inspired the students in Thailand who wrote the beginning of this travelling tale.  K2C also had some fun exploring and creating new games using Tiny Polka Dots cards.

Our literacy learning continues to focus on concepts of print. When looking at books at home, parents can consolidate their child’s understanding of print concepts by talking about:

  • Directional rules “I want to point to the words as I read. Show me how my finger should move on the page as I read. Where do I go after that?”
  • Voice print pairing (First modeled by the adult): “Now you point to the words as I read them.”
  • Punctuation Point to all available forms of punctuation. “What is this for? Do you know what is called?”
  • Capital and lower-case letters Using the text of a book say, “Show me a capital letter. Show me a lower-case letter.”
  • Letter concepts “Show me just one letter. Do you know the name of that letter? Show me another letter. What sound does that letter make? What are vowels?”
  • Word Concepts “Show me just one word. Show me two words.How many sight words can you find in this book?”
  • Sentences– What is a sentence? How do you know?How many sentences are on this page?
  • Verbs- A verb is an action word. ( run, hop, jump, run, mix etc.) How many verbs can you find in the book?

Everyday we have a morning message and I am so amazed at how clever K2C are now at decoding, finding the missing vowels and reading the message.

PE March Madness…

Wow! So much fun things are happening in PE during the month of March!

1- ECC and ES Swimming

All ECC and ES swimming will start on Monday March 25th. Our swimming model has changed from previous years so for more info check out the Aquatics Blog or email Mr. Hamilton. Swimming starts next week. K2C will need to bring their swimming gear on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The ECC and ES Swimming Schedule can be found here: ECC/ES Swimming Schedule


Friday March 29th will be our Elementary Sports Morning so make sure to come cheer your child on! All students from Discovery to Grade 5 will be participating in various games and sporting activities.

K2: Fun Sports Morning
Time: 8:10- 10:45 am
Location: Large field behind the Sports Centre


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15th March

This week was a short but busy one!

First of all we must say a big thank you to Chef Mimi and Chef Cyp ( the chefs from Cousins restaurant and Cugini Restaurant) for coming to school on Tuesday and Wednesday to teach K2C how to make yogurt cake. You probably have already heard your child explaining the procedure on SeeSaw. Whilst half the class were in the kitchen with the chefs, the others were in the classroom learning how to make Stone Soup with Ms Cathie! 

During this ‘Stone Soup’ reading lesson, K2C were learning to identify verbs, sight words, rhyming words as well as the concept of ‘procedure writing’.

In Math lessons, it might look like your children are ‘just playing games’, however there is a lot of learning going on!  I wonder if you noticed any of the following learning intentions during today’s Math time.

As well as the academics, in the PYP, we focus on teaching children skills. ((Also known as ATL‘s) Which of these Approaches To Learning do you feel are becoming strengths and challenges for your child? 

A big thank you for joining Open Classrooms. Here’s a video of the action!
At UNIS, we value parent feedback. If you have time, I would like to know your thoughts.
Please email me: What did you see-think-wonder about the learning you observed in K2C? 

Dear Parents,

Health and Safety is one of our highest priorities at UNIS Hanoi. On Tuesday, March 19th at 2:30 pm, the school will be conducting a lockdown drill on campus. This is an announced drill and all staff and students have been informed and trained on what to expect during a lockdown drill. ( K2C and K2D students had a little practice on Wednesday.) A lockdown drill is one of the emergency preparedness standards required for our CIS accreditation. The drill will be conducted in the same manner as our regular evacuation drills. Our hope is that we never have an actual need to go into lockdown mode but in the rare instance, as a school, be assured UNIS Hanoi is prepared to deal appropriately.

Your child may come home with questions or concerns about this drill.  Some key messages that you may wish to reinforce to with your child are –

  • That we should always listen to an authority figure for safety information
  • Practice means being prepared – knowing what to do keeps us as safe as possible
  • This is a ‘just-in-case’ plan – it’s like wearing a helmet when we ride our bikes. We wear helmets and knee pads when we skateboard. We don’t expect to fall, but if we do, we’ll be protected. Then we don’t have to worry. We can just ride our bikes and boards and not even think about falling, because we have the situation covered.

All guests on campus will be required to participate in the drill. If you are visiting that day, please be prepared to follow instructions or move to an area where you are inside and out of view. The gates to the campus will be closed so we ask for your understanding if you arrive during the drill and are asked to wait outside.

Looking ahead

  • Spring Fair   Sunday, March 1711:00am – 3:00pm
    The UNIS Spring Fair is the largest event organized by the School Community Organisation. It’s about the UNIS Hanoi community getting together with our kids and having fun while sharing our cultures.
    K2 Market Day Tuesday, March 26
    K2 will organize themselves to sell their hand made Goods and Services to Discovery and K1 and K2 customers! Children asked to bring 20,000 VND.
    Spring Break – Offices Open Weekdays/ No Classes or Activities
    March 30 – April 7, 2019
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8th March

K2C are learning about procedures. The purpose of a procedure is to instruct someone. In Math this week K2C have been learning how to instruct others ‘How to play these games’. 

Next week, we will be looking closely at other forms of procedural writing and reading/writing recipes!

We love reading !   Home reading– You may have noticed this week your child brought home 3 books! (These books have been ‘self selected’ by your child.) You will also find a list of the reading strategies we teach children to use, when they attempt to decode new words. If you notice your child using any of these strategies, please give lots of praise! )

A big thank you to Mr Daniel ( Johanna’s dad for teaching us the procedure of how to use a bread maker to make bread.

K2C are enjoying opportunities for role-play. This week, as part of our Unit of Inquiry, your children chose to take on different roles and had fun as they explored a range of community ‘services’.

Today K2C learned how to play a new team coding game, called BeeBot addition. Can your child tell you the procedure of how to play?

Next week:

Monday 11th March –No School for students ( Staff Professional Development day)

Thursday 14th /Friday 15th – I hope to see you in K2C during Open Classrooms.  Please see below for the times our K2C classroom is ‘Open’ for parents! Your children will be your teachers!


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1st March

Welcome to March !

This week K2 visited our UNIS canteen. (Hopefully you have already seen/heard your child’s recount of this ‘mini field trip’ on her/his SeeSaw!) This was a good opportunity for children to ask authentic questions. For example:

  • Why are you making food? ( Raffi)
  • Why do you make these foods? ( Eimar)
  • Where does the food come from? ( Hans)
  • How do they make our food? ( Johanna)
  • Do the people in the canteen have their own lunch? ( Brayden)
Many children are now very keen to be chefs and want to cook! At home, you might like to give your child some experiences with preparing the food they eat. And while doing so, can they tell you the steps/recipe/instructions of ‘How to make it’ using verbs/action words. (cut, slice, mix, pour, knead, put, etc.) In class over the next few weeks, we are focussing on writing procedures.
Over the next few weeks, I would like to invite parents who can cook to come to our K2C classroom and work with small groups of children to follow simple recipes and prepare healthy snacks at school. If interested please email me!
    • K2C are becoming very confident readers! Thank you for supporting home reading. You may have noticed in your child’s reading folder this week, the questions on bookmarks that will help your child to develop comprehension skills.
      Lots of learning through play was had by all this week as we continued to role-play being bakers, chefs, postal workers, bankers, construction workers, shopkeepers, librarians and veterinarians. K2C are showing increased understanding of the concepts of ‘producers/consumers buying/selling goods and services. Yesterday our Grade 4 buddies had some fun with us too.

Towards the end of March- K2 students will work in small groups and will organize their very own market day! They are currently brainstorming ideas and researching which goods and services 3-6 year old customers need and want to buy!

Today was ‘Fun Friday’…Can you guess who these characters are? We had some more role-play fun wearing masks,  and creating characters and performing original stories. This afternoon, Villa taught K2C how to make paper fortune tellers! It has certainly been a ‘Fun Friday’!

Looking ahead:

  • Faculty/ Staff Professional Development – No Classes or Activities for Students. Monday, March 11
  •  Open Classrooms (Classes & ASAs etc as normal)
    Thursday, March 14 and Friday March 158:00am – 3:30pm
    Parents are invited to observe their child at work in classroom lessons. Come and find out about how inquiry based learning works in the PYP. Detailed Schedule available soon
  • Spring Fair
    Sunday, March 1711:00am – 3:00pm
  • International Day of Happiness
    Wednesday, March 20
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