Grade 4 students led visitors at their Heritage Museum this Monday to many different historical sites around the world. The museum leaders had an undeniable sense of agency, feeling in control and guiding their audience. This influenced the event in a very positive way and made it successful. From start to finish, the fourth graders were active participants in their learning. They collaborated with others and came up with solutions for problems that arose during their inquiry. Even more importantly, they asked investigable questions, questions that led to more needed inspirations and ideas.

Moving Up Morning
Since the start of this week, students have been asking, “Who is my Grade 5 teacher? Am I in the same class as my best friend?” There was a remarkable ‘roar’ of joy this morning when your FIFTH Grader found out about her/his fifth-grade class!
Ask your child about how she/he felt and what are some questions she/he might have.

Leaders of Their Own Learning

This week has been packed with Grade 4 students practicing agency and completing the cycle of Service Learning by reflecting on their Social enterprise and Child’s Rights action. Through learning experiences, they have been deriving ways to make a difference and impact less privileged children around Vietnam.

Exercising self-agency, they acquired skills, knowledge, concept understanding, while demonstrating attributes of the Learner Profile. In groups, they engaged with local issues and opportunities and took action towards achieving some of the UN Sustainability Goals such as No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-Being, Reduced Inequalities and Clean Water and Sanitation.

Fourth Graders invited in members of the community to contribute to an open and dynamic reflection. They are autonomous and confident that their actions are appreciated.

The Grand Walk

We Value Leadership

One very important aspect of learning and teaching in a UN and an IB world school is the promotion of Autonomous Behavior – Student Agency. Your child is provided with instructional strategies for developing independence, risk-taking, and safety skills.
Fourth Graders are more often able to self- assess preferences and when leading a ‘workshop’ make better choices and apply social problem-solving and decision-making skills.

On Thursday, Grade 4D students led a lesson on a Fractions Investigation – Renovate with a Rug – Using their knowledge and understanding of fractions to answer a series of questions about a floor rug design. Each student had to demonstrate, or in the process, develop the following well-valued leadership skills:
Self-Regulated Behavior – describing how to show self-monitoring, self-evaluation, self-reinforcement, self-instruction skills, and goal setting and task performance.
Self-Advocacy and Leadership Skills – discussing how to exhibit assertiveness and effective communication skills, leadership, teamwork and general self-advocacy skills, and self-advocacy through student involvement.
Self-Realization and Psychological Empowerment – applying strategies to promote self-awareness, self-knowledge, positive perceptions of control in the classroom, and self-efficacy and outcome expectations.
Self-Determination – through all phases of the growth process.
4D Leading Fractions Investigation

4C blogs from now until the end of the school year will highlight some of these leadership skills that are applicable to home life as much as they are for school life.

Wishing you a very happy weekend!

Dates to Remember
G04 WWAIPT Heritage Museum: Monday, June 3 @ 1:45 – 3:00pm
Grade 4 End-of-Year Celebration: Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Leading Workshops

This week was packed with emerging leaders leading workshops. At this time of the year, students begin to demonstrate skills that they have been building throughout the year.
4C leaders, if I may say, are now making my role as a teacher easier! They help me shift from assuming most of the teaching and learning responsibility to a situation where they assume most of the responsibility. This gradual release of responsibility certainly shows that your child is developing as a thinker, self-manager, and an effective social-communicator!

The fourth graders co-constructed learning goals for the Heritage Museum with their teacher. As agents of their own learning, their voice and choice reflected active participation in their own learning, making decisions about what and how they will learn.

Grade 4B&C had the opportunity to visit the International School of Vietnam’s Grade 5 PYP Exhibition. The students were able to consolidate their knowledge and development within the program as they identified concepts, skills, dispositions, action, and knowledge from the learning experience.

Dates to Remember:
STEAMFest – Saturday, May 18 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Seussical Jr. – ES Musical Production
Saturday, May 18⋅3:00 – 4:30pm

Leading Measures

How does this week compare to leading and lagging measurements used in businesses? Leading and lagging indicators are two types of measurements used when assessing performance in a business or organization. This week, your fourth grader partook in a Grades 3 – 8 Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Test, a computer-based assessment designed to measure students instructional levels and academic growth.

A leading indicator is a predictive measurement, for example; the percentage of people wearing hard hats on a building site is a leading safety indicator. A lagging indicator is an output measurement, for example; the number of accidents on a building site is a lagging safety indicator.

MAP compares with leading and lagging measurements used in businesses as international schools use the data to identify areas for improvement and it influences positive changes.


Your fourth grader likes pizza! We ordered in some cheese and pepperoni pizza on Wednesday. We had four boxes of cheese and four of pepperoni. Each box had six slices. Considering some students being vegetarian, what are different options each student could have and what is the fraction parts of a whole box (sixths) for each student?
As soon as the pizza arrived, it was hard to control the class as all they wanted to do was to grab the piping hot slices and stuff them into their mouths.
Ask your child about the different options we had, what the denominators were, and what fraction of the whole (either cheese or pepperoni/all eight boxes combined) he/she had.

Here is what an admired mathematician, Graham Fletchy, says about The Progression of Fractions
Demystifying The Fraction Rules

Dates to remember
Thursday, Friday & Saturday May 16/17/18: Seussical Jr. – ES Musical Production
Saturday, May 18: STEAMFEST

Vital Lead – Heritage

Can you list a few heritage and historical sites in Hanoi? Fourth graders have been leading their learning about the importance of history and gaining an understanding of how our heritage shapes who we are now and what we pass on.
Yesterday was a day packed with informative visits to some historical sites in Hanoi to investigate what is preserved and what is valued here in our city.

Dates to Remember
Saturday Service Community Day – Sign up now! – Tomorrow, May 4
MAP Testing – Tuesday, May 7-9
Swimming – Starting next week, swimming will be on Wednesdays


This week was UNIS Hanoi’s ES PYP Exhibition. It will be your child’s turn next academic year to present to the community. The PYPX is an event where students demonstrate all essential elements of the programme – skills, knowledge, dispositions, concept understanding, and with all of these combined, take action. Students lead their own learning by reflecting on their true passion and take action that they feel is important. This year’s PYPX engaged your child in questions, paraphrasing ideas, defining vocabulary words pertinent to developing concrete understanding, and asking further questions about the purpose and relevance of the Grade 5 exhibition.

Your fourth grader read a few tweets about PYPX from around the world (offered by their teacher) and then in collaborative groups, discussed a reflective and provocative question:
How might sharing their understanding and development be different from the traditional boards and table display in their PYPX?
This allowed the groups to deeply consider the many facets of interpretation and more efficient ways of sharing information.
Here is a question from our class to you, parents:
How might you facilitate a self-organized learning experience or expedition for your child in preparation for the PYPX?

Anthropocene/ (ænˈθrɒpəˌsiːn) /noun
the Anthropocene a proposed term for the present geological epoch (from the time of the Industrial Revolution onwards), during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on the environment

Have your word inquirer explain to you the meaning of this word and the purpose and usefulness of knowing such a word.

Congratulations to our UNIS APAC Soccer Teams! The girls getting to the finals in Hong Kong and being narrowly defeated, and boys getting to the finals and winning here at home. The ES celebrated our soccer leaders and champions from the balconies/walkways upstairs and downstairs in B9 on Monday.

Dates to Remember:
Monday, April 29 – Wednesday, May 1: NO SCHOOL – Celebration of Vietnamese Victory Day and International Labour Day
Thursday, May 2: Grade 4 Trip to Hanoi Heritage Sites

Wishing you a very lovely long weekend!


WEAR GREEN ON MONDAY! UNIS, Hanoi Leading to Inspire

There was much about students leading their own learning this week. Since the beginning of the school year up till now, (and after) students have been cultivating their abilities in their learning gathering quality skills and capacity through their efforts. Having a growth mindset has been necessary for these achievements. This helped to produce a greater willingness to confront problems, take risks and develop resilience.

Grade 4 Field Trip to Hanoi Heritage Sites – Thursday, May 2

When we get back on Thursday the 2nd of May we hit the ground running with Book Week (days!!).
Here’s all the information you need to know:
Thursday 2nd May
Character Parade! (Fourth Graders are missing this because of our Hanoi Heritage Field Trip)
Send your child to school dressed as their favorite book character. We teachers will do this too! (For our school spirit)

On Thursday and Friday, there will be Mystery Readers. Let me know if you would like to be our Mystery Reader on Friday anytime between 8:40 – 10:00 or 10:30 – 11:00.

Friday 3rd May
MRISA assembly. Have your child wear his/her UNIS gear to support our Volleyball teams.
SCO book sale – more info in the Whole School Tin Tuc.

Personal Heritage

Where We Are In Place and Time
An inquiry into:
The relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
To kick off our last unit of inquiry this week, 4C students delved into their personal heritage during which they explored their historical roots and compare their own personal experiences with other students in the classroom. Our classroom was transformed into a Personal Heritage Museum where artifacts were displayed. Each student – I mean Conservator – shared about the significance of their items. Museum visitors (other students) asked questions to insight the Conservators to build on what they already know.
Using a family history research can help foster the students continued historical inquiry and generate appropriate attitudes toward cultures different from their own. So please, continue the conversation at home and help answer questions that your child might have about his/her personal heritage.

Central Idea:
Heritage shapes who we are and what is passed onto future generations.
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)

Dates to remember:
Monday, April 15: Celebration of Hung King Day – School Campus & Offices Closed
Friday, April 19: Discovery – Grade 4 Student – Led Conferences
Description: No classes, no ASAs & UMA for Discovery to Grade 4 students.
April 29 – May 1: Celebration of Vietnamese Victory Day & International Labour Day

Systems Now

Implementing structures that enhance learning, your fourth grader continued to focus on many aspects of UNIS Hanoi’s core values of Responsibility, Community, and Learning.

Here are some highlights:

UOI: end-of-unit learning presentations on different body systems, how the systems work, and the effect our choices have on our body systems. Each student had an opportunity to reflect on their individual and group process skills and contribution.
Community – The whole grade 4 came together to learn from one another at a learning summit.
Responsibility – Students had to demonstrate responsibility skills, organizing all needed resources and moving to their designated location where they led their presentations in a very responsible manner.

SDG Guardians
Learning – A great deal of learning happened on the SDG Guardians’ field trip to the Hidden Gem Coffee for a Carrot Mob on Tuesday! The experience added depth to the Guardians’ understanding of one of their goals; ‘Partnerships beyond UNIS’
Community – The students investigated sustainable practices within our Hanoian community and connected with community members doing inspiring work while exploring ways to work together.
Responsibility – The trip to the Hidden Gem Café was to promote SDG 12, Responsible Consumption and Production. It was an inspiration to end plastic waste on our planet and encourage upscaling and reusing existing plastic objects.

Guest Animal: Pearl
Learning – On Tuesday, some of our classmates were involved in an excellent learning activity, inviting Pearl, a pony, to school. Students learned in a real context, what ponies look like, what they are used for, what makes them unique, how to ride them and much more.
Fun facts: Pound for pound, ponies are stronger than horses. Young ponies are called foals. As well as for riding, ponies are used in driving and working roles. Ponies are small horses. Well trained ponies are good for children while they are learning to ride.
Community – The visit of this animal certainly brought our local community and grade 4C&D together. Hanoi Pony Club brought skills and knowledge and shared an unforgettable experience with Pearl and the fourth graders at UNIS Hanoi!
Responsibility – How to care for such an animal and the responsibility we have to take care of all lives of land was elicited during the visit.

Dates to Remember
PE Starting March 27
Trampolining – Double lesson on Wednesdays
Students need to wear long sleeved tops (covering elbows), socks and tights/track pants (cover their knees) for trampolining.
Swimming – Fridays
Swimsuit, cap, goggles, towel as per normal.
Friday, March 29: UNIS ECC/ES Fun Sports Morning