Week 29 Happenings in 04B

Week 29 Happenings in 04B


This week we have been looking at the definition of the word Heritage. After working in pairs to research the word  heritage we came up with a 4B definition.

What is Heritage?

“Heritage is something belonging to the culture of a particular society, such as traditionslanguages, landforms or buildings, that were created in the past and still have historical importance

 Grandparents Visit 4B

Matz’s and Helena’s grandparents were in town and came to share their thoughts about our unit of inquiry and how heritage is important to them. It was lovely to have extended family visiting to share their experiences. Kamille’s grandmother also visited before the Spring Break.



In Maths we learnt a new multiplication game called Multiplication Spiral-if you have a pack of cards and a dice your child can teach you how to play.

Soccer Tournament

We made posters for our adopted school-Western Academy of Beijing.

The opening ceremony was vet exciting and we also got to watch WAB play part of their game.


Week 28 Happenings in 04B

Week 28 Happenings in 04B

Our new Unit of Inquiry

An inquiry into: The relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

Central Idea: Our heritage shapes who we are now and what we pass on.

Lines of Inquiry

  • the different forms of heritage (form)
  • the connection between what is valued and what is preserved (connection)
  • how what we preserve influences future generations (perspective)

Key concepts:  Heritage, Legacy, Influence

Learner Profile:

  • Knowledgeable  –  during this unit we draw children’s attention to the knowledge they are acquiring,
  • Communicator –  students must communicate effectively to their audience and use visuals of their choice

Approaches to learning:

  • Self-management Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Research Skills

Personal Artifacts

Thank you to all the students who brought in Personal Artifacts this week. It was wonderful to hear the stories behind the artifacts.

The activity was great in allowing the children to connect to the:

Lines of Inquiry


Mathematics-during this unit of inquiry there are opportunities to connect with the following areas of mathematics

  • I can use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps
  • I can create symmetrical patterns, pictures and shapes with and without digital technologies
  • I can use scaled instruments to measure and compare lengths.
  • I can represent three-dimensional objects using drawings.
  • I can compare and describe features of two-dimensional shapes, including the special quadrilaterals


  • I can plan, draft and publish texts that inform the reader(Report text type)
  • I can use the proper structure, grammar and language features when writing texts that inform
  • I can understand the difference between the language of opinion and feeling and the language of factual reporting or recording
  • I can identify features of online texts that make them more readable.
  • I can use a range of software to construct, edit and publish texts using visual, print and audio elements
  • I can interpret ideas and information in spoken texts and listen for key points
  • I can listen to and interact with other students, using a range of vocal effects, like pitch, pace, tone and volume to speak clearly

Teaspoons of Change

Helena, Kamille and Vilma also spoke at assembly yesterday to share their ideas for a teaspoon of change


Getting Ready for Sports Day with a rehearsal for the warm up


Week 27 Happenings in 04B

Week 27 Happenings in 04B

This week 4B worked  very hard to prepare their oral presentations about the Human Body.

The students did an amazing job of:

  • planning their PE projects
  • researching human body systems
  • identifying the body system that their fitness program was targeting
  • creating a detailed fitness plan
  • managing their time to complete the fitness plan
  • creating an outline of their speech using a scaffold
  • creating a visual aide to enhance their speech
  • creating “palm cards” to help them deliver their speech, and finally
  • presenting their speeches

During the rehearsal phase the children videoed themselves and used an assessment  rubric with the criteria to help them improve.


We created explanations about body systems which the students used in their presentations. Here is a sample explanation:

“In the muscular system you have about 600 muscles. Muscles hold us up and help us move. When you want to move your arm, your brain sends a signal to you nerves. Your nerves fire, making your muscles contract. This makes your arm move. When you exercise your muscle fibers are put under pressure, creating small microscopic tears. When you sleep at night your body releases a type of cells called Cytokines that repair your muscles, making them bigger. But to get big muscles you have to work hard and always push yourself. Getting big muscles is not just only about working out. It is also about sleeping and resting right and eating healthy food.”


This week we have been looking at Length and in particular:

 Using scaled instruments to measure and compare lengths (ACMMG084)

We created I Wish poems with our grade 1 Buddies or World Poetry Day based on the SDG’s
PE for the rest of the Term
Starting next week until the end of the term we are running our swimming and trampolining units concurrently.
Trampolining  – Double lesson (Tuesday)
Students need to wear long sleeved tops (covering elbows), socks and tights/track pants (cover their knees) for trampolining.
Swimming – Friday
Swimsuit, cap, goggles, towel as per normal.

ES Swimming Programme

At UNIS, pupils have swimming sessions during their extended PE swimming unit. Each extended unit lasts twelve weeks and all Discovery to Grade 5 classes have this unit in the third term. However, KG2 and Grade 1 have an additional unit during the first term. The swimming program we use is called School of Fish. Each of the seven levels of School of Fishfocus on vital building blocks for the progression of all strokes and is essentially a technique based programme.

During the swimming units, the PE staff are joined by the swimming specialists:

Martin Hamilton – UNIS Aquatics Coordinator

Martin has been involved in school Swimming and Coaching programmes in UK, Africa and Middle East. He joins us from Dubai where he spent five years at GEMS World Academy creating one of the most successful whole school programmes in the Emirates. As the UNIS curriculum coordinator he is responsible for overseeing the progression of swimming and aquatics activities from Discovery to grade 10. As well as developing appropriate curriculum programmes for schools Martin also coaches to a high level. Previous positions include, National Head Coach of Malawi at the All Africa Games and 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Visit here for more information.

Pham Duc Hiep – UNIS Aquatics Instructor

Hiep joined the UNIS family in 2007 as a certified American Red Cross lifeguard. Five years later he joined the PE team as a Water Safety Instructor and has since been an integral part of the Aquatics team. Hiep coaches the Elementary and Middle School swim teams and is a certified level 2 coach. After school he is also part of the ASA and community ‘Learn to Swim’ programme.





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.

Discovery and K1: Animal Antics Activities Day
Time: 8:40-10:45 am
Location: Covered courts in front of the Sports Centre

K2 to Grade 5: Fun Sports Morning
Time: 8:10- 11:15
Location: Large field behind the Sports Centre

Lunch for Grades 1 and 2 will be 11:40am, and Grades 3,4,5 will be 12:05. ECC (Discovery to K2 lunch) will remain at the regular time.

Please make sure your child comes to school with the following:


Week 26 Happenings in 04B

Week 26 Happenings in 04B            March 15

Music Concert

Wow, what an amazing concert by the students yesterday. The children have done an incredible job in Music this year. The teachers involved should be congratulated on the high quality concert which I’m sure you enjoyed.




4B looked at the portrait work of the artist Chuck Close and explored his methods and techniques.


Open Day Visit

Here is the link to the Egg Drop Challenge from today. Thank you for participating in such a positive manner.

Egg Drop Challenge  




Oral Presentations

Next week the children will be completing an oral presentation as part of the Summative task for this Unit of Inquiry. We have been working on these in class this week. Ask your child to show you their work and the description of the task/criteria from their Google Drive. They might even want to work on their speech that they will present next Thursday or Friday. However, they will be also be given ample time at school to work on their oral presentations so please do not feel like you need to do this at home over the weekend.

WWA Summative Assessment Task – Student Copy-142tstv

Week 25 Happenings in 4B

4B Training for their PE Project

This week the students have continued to work on their fitness plans as part of the PE project. Here are some photographs of them in action.


Open Classrooms 

Hi Everyone! Next week is time for our next open house!  Unfortunately the homerooms will not be available on Thursday because grade 4 teachers will be at an in school training session.  Please see the schedule below for the times that 4B will be open for you to come and visit.  This is a voluntary event. We would love to see you there

Thursday   14 March .          Period 2 and Period 3   Music Concert in Auditorium

Friday .      15 March            Period 2   9.25 – 10.05 UOI in the Makerspace room (downstairs near Grade 5 rooms)

Dates to Remember 
Teachers Professional Development (No School for students): Monday, March 11
Grade 4 & Grade 5 Music Concert: Thursday, March 14
UNIS Spring Fair: Sunday, March 17⋅11:00am – 3:00pm

Week 24 Happenings in 04B

PE and our Unit of Inquiry

Central Idea

Our body systems are affected by our choices.

Lines of Inquiry

  •      the different body systems (form)
  •      how body systems work (function)
  •      the affect our choices have on our body systems (causation)

In PE the students have been designing their Fitness projects based on our current Unit of Inquiry.

Last week the students participated in 9 activities to assess their level of fitness in different components

Muscular Endurance –The ability of a muscle to repeat a movement many times, or to hold a particular position for an extended period of time.

Cardiovascular Endurance- The ability of the heart, lungs and vascular system to deliver oxygen rich blood to working muscles during sustained physical activity.

Speed- The ability to move your body, or body part quickly

Muscular Strength- The amount of force a muscle or muscle group can exert against a heavy resistance.

Flexibility- The degree to which an individual muscle will lengthen.

Reaction Time-How quickly your brain can respond to a stimulus and initiate a response.

Coordination-The ability to use your body parts and senses together to produce smooth, efficient movements.

Speed- The ability to move your body, or body part quickly.

Agility- Ability to change your direction and the speed at which you’re traveling quickly and efficiently.

They then unpacked the Central Idea to see if they could can match the station to the component of fitness.

The students completed the circuit  again with their new knowledge about the focus of the stations.

The next step was to begin Fitness testing for the 9 components of fitness and to record their results.

The PE Project requires the students to choose a sport and identify the three components of fitness that they are going to focus on during the training phase. This was recorded in their Google Drive document.

The next step was for the children to design their first training session using the guidelines below:

Each training session must have:

  • 4-8 exercises (each session must include an exercise focusing on each of your CHIEF exercises) The information below is a guide to writing your sessions. They can change depending on the exercise you choose.

Cardiovascular Endurance- Time/Distance – must be longer than 6 minutes or 2KM

Muscular Endurance- Sets/Reps: 3-5 sets, 15-20 reps

Muscular Strength- Sets/Reps: 2-3 sets, 8-10 reps

Flexibility- Time/Distance: Hold each stretch/pose for 20-30 seconds

Speed- Sets & Time: 3-5 sets and Time each set.

Balance- Sets/Reps: 3-5 sets, 10-20 reps

Agility –Sets & Time: 3-5 sets and Time each set.

Coordination-Sets / Time: 3-5 sets or 5-10 minutes of practising a skill

Reaction Time-Sets / Time: 3-5 sets or 5-10 minutes of practising a skill

The PE Staff created this great resource to help the students plan their fitness sessions.

Click on the below component to get some ideas of exercises that will help you design your sessions.

  • Health Related Components

Cardiovasular Endurance

Muscular Endurance


Muscular Strength

  • Skill Related Components

Reaction Time





Here is a sample of a planned “Training Session”

Here are the students completing their training sessions


The students will also be completing homework based on their fitness plans. Ask them to share their plans with you via their Google drive.

Week 23 Happenings in 4B

The Circulatory System

This week we have been learning about the Circulatory System. We read the book below and worked in pairs to decide on the “main idea” and “supporting details’ in each chapter.

We used the model of a stool to help us in completing this task.



On Thursday Vilma and her mum shared the  Swedish tradition of eating Semla with her classmates.
Semla is  supposed to be eaten on March 5 , but Swedish people today have Semla as often as possible in both February and Marsh.

The children all thought its was yummy-so did Mr David !!!!

Ms Huong’s Surprise Birthday Celebration

We also enjoyed celebrating Ms Huong’s birthday this week.

Multiplication– Recall multiplication facts up to 10 × 10 and related division facts (ACMNA075)


Click on the link above of the Multiplication Trainer to access the Math is Fun website.

This site is great because you can focus on several different areas individually. Also, the site will keep track of what you have done and let you know problem areas that you can work on.

I recommend setting the workout time to 1 minute (short bursts are better) and starting with the question cut off time at 8 seconds (or unlimited). As you improve, reduce the cutoff time and build stamina by increasing the workout time.

Don’t forget to also access the Grade 4 Learning Space for additional Multiplication and Division activities.

Week 22 Happenings in 04B

February 15

Welcome back from the TET break. It was wonderful to see the children and hear all about their holidays.

Market Day

Market Day was an amazing experience and 04B were thrilled to raise 9 500 000d!!!

Over the comes weeks we will be working with the children to support them in implementing their chosen pathway of using the money that they raised.


New Unit of Inquiry

This week we have started work on our new unit of Inquiry. Please find details below of the Central Idea and lines of Inquiry.

Central Idea:    Our body systems are affected by our choices.

Lines of Inquiry

  • the different body systems (form)
  • how body systems work (function)
  • the affect our choices have on our body systems (causation)

Key Concepts- Causation / Form / Function

Related Concepts –health, lifestyle, choices, systems

On Wednesday the students participated in a number of activities as a provocation. They learnt about the Respiratory, Nervous, Muscular and Cardiovascular Systems

The students had a great time learning how to take their pulse and the affect exercise has on their heart rate.

We also experimented with an interactive T-shirt that allows the children to visualise inside the human body

Writing – Next Week we will be starting a unit of work on the Explanation text type.

Structure and features of explanation texts

PURPOSE– An explanation is written to explain how and why something in the world happens. It is about actions rather than about things. Explanations play a valuable role in building and storing our knowledge.Technical and scientific writing are often expressed in this form.

There are different types of explanation. One type explains an occurrence or how something works. It may be mechanical explaining how a lawn motor works, technological describing how a computer works or natural when describing how avalanches occur.A second type explains why things happen, for example why objects expand and contract and why bathroom mirrors mist up when we shower.Yet another type may explain the similarities and differences between objects and a final type would explain how to approach a problem that has to be resolved.

STRUCTURE OF EXPLANATION TEXTS-Explanations have the following structure:

  • title
  • general statement introducing or identifyingthe phenomenon
  • series of sequenced paragraphs
  • concluding paragraph
  • labelled diagrams and flow charts.

Mathematics – In Maths we will continue to look at the areas of Multiplication and Division.

  • Recall multiplication facts up to 10 × 10 and related division facts (ACMNA075)
  • Develop efficient mental and written strategies for multiplication and for division where there is no remainder (ACMNA076)
  • Solve word problems by using number sentences involving multiplication or division where there is no remainder (ACMNA082)


Snack Sale-Grade 4 on Monday February 18

The Elementary School Snack Sale is a long standing tradition at UNIS Hanoi. Over 25 years ago, the “Bake Sale” was created to raise funds for library books while providing students with the opportunity to taste a diverse range of snacks from all around the world! The Snack Sale has evolved into a fun opportunity for children to exercise choice, learn how to handle money and is raising awareness of the value of healthy snacks.

How does the Snack Sale Work?

There are four snack sales per academic year. All Elementary School classes are divided into four groups of contributing classes, so that each class will contribute to one snack sale. In order for your child to participate in the snack sale, please send him/her to school with money (Cost: 10,000VND per snack/ Limit 2 snacks per child).

What to Bring?

As a Nut and Allergy Aware campus we require all snacks to include a list of ingredients. When it is your turn to be a contributing class, we encourage that each family supports the ES Snack Sale by providing:

  • 10 individually wrapped homemade snacks (the value of each treat should be at least 10,000VND)
  • A labeled container/dish with your child’s class and name
  • On the morning of the snack sale, please deliver the snacks BEFORE 8.10am to the designated tables in the ECC or ES Courtyard

Healthy Snacks are Important Everyday!

Need Healthy Snack Ideas? Check out these yummy websites:

Jamie Oliver – Healthy Snacks
Lolly Jane – Healthy Fun Kids Snacks
Parenting.com – 32 Healthy Kids Snacks
Super Healthy Kids
BBC Good Food – Kids Snacks

Please note, we will not sell any Choco-pies, chips, candies, pre-packaged cookies or chocolate bars.


Week 20 Happenings in 04B

Market Day

The students are very excited about Market Day next Thursday-31 January.  Some children will arrive home today with an envelope containing money. This is the money that they have allocated to buy things for their stall. We have asked them to provide a receipt for any money spent (if they cant get a receipt just write one out on a piece of paper).

Please check with your child about their plans for the day-some are planning of getting together to make things before Market Day.

Within the Transdisciplinary Theme of “How We Organise Ourselves” Grade 4 students investigated just how much market forces can affect the value of goods or services. They have discovered that determining the price of a product is a complicated matter. To make this as realistic an experience as possible the Grade 4 students have become Social Enterprise entrepreneurs.

All the money they raise will go towards taking action towards an SDG of their choice!

O​n ​Thursday 31st January ​they will attempt to sell their products or services to an excited band of consumers, namely the students of Grade K2, 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Flyer Sent Home

Here are the Business Proposals from 04B

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Group 6

Walkathon-please the flyer





Dates to remember 
January 30: ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No Classes or Activities for ES)
Wednesday, January 30⋅10:00am – 6:00pm
During your individual time with the teachers, you will be able to discuss your child’s strengths and challenges, hear how they have settled into class and together set goals for their development. The meeting is between the parents and teachers. Students are not expected to attend. Please note:- There will be no school for ES students – There are no ASAs/Aquatics Academy for ES Students For more details please contact the Elementary school office at elementary@unishanoi.org
January 31: Grade 4 Market Day
February 1: Blue Dragon Walkathon Annual ES Service Learning Event
February 2 – 10: Tet Holiday (Lunar New Year) – School Campus & Offices Closed

Week 19 Happenings in 04B

Week 19 Happenings in 04B

Market Day

As part of their preparation for Market Day the students in 04B have been completing Business Proposals.  These proposals required the students to consider:

  • product or service idea
  • unique selling point
  • market forces
  • costing of product or service
  • possible selling price
  • rental costs of school equipment

The students have reached the stage where each group has “locked in” their product or service activity for Market Day.

Please take the time to discuss with your child what they are making or doing for Market Day. Many of the students are intending to make things at home to bring in on the day. Some students have also been talking about working together on the day before Market Day (there is no school, as it is the parent Interview day) but you might want to check with your child!!!!!!!

They also created digital advertisements for their stalls. Click the link below to view 4B’s advertisements.

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The Walk-a-thon is an annual Elementary School fundraising event, at UNIS, in support of the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation.
The Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is a charity that works with children in crisis in Vietnam. Blue Dragon kids are street kids, children with disabilities, children from rural families living in extreme poverty, and victims of human trafficking and slavery. Blue Dragon’s aim is to rescue kids from danger, reunite them with their families when they can, and provide all the services needed for recovery and growth.

For more information go to: http://www.bluedragon.org/

The Walk-a-thon is an afternoon when all of the ES joins in a walk/run of laps around the sports field. Students are encouraged to collect sponsorship for their participation.
Last year the UNIS Elementary School raised close to $20,000

Click here for the Information letter


Multiplication-this week we have been playing games to learn about factors and multiples.. One game we loved playing this week was Factor Arrays.

Having Fun in Assembly