Friday 30th October

Who We Are unit Wrap Up

This week we finished our Who We Are inquiry by connecting with our K2 community and finding other students who come from the same county as we do.  Some of us were the only students in K2 from a particular country, however, we managed to find other connections with friends across the grade.  We are expert connection makers now:)  We really enjoyed learning about our identities and getting to know each other across the unit.

Ask you child:

Did you find a child that you made a connection with over the past week?  What was your connection?

How the World Works Unit of inquiry

Next week we will begin our new unit of inquiry on How the World Works.

We Need Your Junk

We will be creating a curiosity garden to help us learn about how we explore with our senses.  To tie in with the SDG’s we would like to create our curiosity garden from repurposed materials.  Can you please see if you have any of the following items at home to help us in our endeavour:  

Plastic bottles, pots,  pans, sieves, spatulas, whisks, cutlery, tins, keys, springs, old pieces of plastic pipe,  bamboo ladders, nuts, washers, bells, chimes, Vietnamese gong, old xylophones, xylophone bars, old tyres or anything which you no longer need and think would be useful to us.

Illustrations Unit Celebration

We are so proud of K2 the great efforts they have made with their writing over the past unit.  They are enthusiastic Authors and awesome illustrators.   This week, we celebrated our learning by sharing our books with K1.   

Ask you child:  What Story did you read to D/K1?  

Next week our focus will shift to descriptive writing.  You can support your child at home by using words to describe smell, taste, textures, sounds and the appearance of things around you.  


Check out our seesaw post to see all that we have learned about 2D and 3D shapes.

Ask your child:  To find 3D shapes around the house.

Pokemon cards stay home

We had a few issues with Pokemon cards on the playground.  We have decided it would be best to leave Pokemon cards at home.  Thank you for your support.


We meet our Grade 4 buddies on Thursday.  

Ask your child:  What is your Buddies name?  Where are they from?

Have a lovely weekend.


Friday 23rd, October 2020

Welcome, Yukiho and Jacob, we are so happy you are here!

K2 Reading Coffee Morning Next Friday

The K2 team would love for you to join us for a coffee morning on Friday the 30th of October from 8:20-9am.  As the restrictions ease we have been given permission to host this coffee morning at Jafa in Ciputra. Please join us there for a coffee and the presentation.  For those who are unable to attend in person, we will also be Zooming the meeting.  Link to follow in an email.

Engaging and Supporting Kindergarten Readers will be a presentation about how you can support and engage your K2 reader as they begin their journey of becoming a decoder of text. We will cover the following topics. 

  • What is reading?
  • What does reading look like in K2?
  • Home Language
  • Supporting readers at home


We are in our last two weeks of our Who We Are unit. We have spent a lot of time learning about ourselves and how unique we are. We have looked for connections with our classmates to find out how we are similar, and now we are looking wider to the whole of K2 to find people that we can make connections with.  It’s been great to see the children finding similarities with others and then continuing these friendships in the playground during recess times. This week we made family and likes and dislikes connections. Next week we will look for people we can make country and language connections with. 

Ask your child who they made a connection with this week and if they have played with that person since. 


This week we have been editing our books and looking for ways to improve them. We are preparing for a writing celebration where we will share our books with our ECC friends and teachers. Ms Francesca’s son, Jacob, came to show us his writing folder from when he was in Kindergarten. He’s in Grade 12 now! He showed us how he was also an author and how he used the pictures on his folder for inspiration when choosing what to write about. If you haven’t yet sent photos in for the cover of your child’s writing folder please do so this weekend.

 In reading, we continue to work on mastering our letters and sounds. We are enjoying reading from our browsing books and telling each other stories. 

Has your child been making books at home too? Ask them about their favourite book and what it’s about. 


2D and 3D shapes have been on our mathematical thinking brains this week! We’ve been introduced to the language of cubes, cones, spheres and cylinders.

Ask your child to do some counting over the weekend. We have been counting every day- forwards and backwards to 20. 


From Monday PE will be outside. Please send your children to school in their PE kits on PE days. They will be doing an obstacle course and correct clothing helps them to be successful. It’s hard to climb and move in dresses! 


  • Next week is Week B.
  • Dress up day for Halloween is on Friday the 30th. Children may come to school dressed in a costume if they wish. Please, no face masks or anything too scary. 
  • Open campus day- Sunday the 25th- see the TinTuc for more details.

Have a lovely weekend.   




Friday 9th October 


This week in our Who We Are Inquiry we continued to focus on growth mindsets.  The child drew and shared something they are working to get better at. With the help of friends or on their own, they then thought about what they could do to make it happen.

Please ask your child what they would like to get better at and how they are working to achieve it?


We continued our book-making unit this week. Our focus has been on facial expression and making people look different.  

Over the last couple of weeks, Mr C, our Technology teacher, has taught each K2 class how to independently share their books on Seesaw.  Posting independently on Seesaw will be a focus in K2 all year.

Please ask your child to tell you about a book they wrote this week, or watch a book-seesaw-post together, and ask your child to explain it.


This week we have continued to explore shapes, build our understanding of numbers to 20, and solve word problems.  We have also gathered data about the things our friends like to play with and displayed this data in simple graphs.  

Please ask your child about the toys and children they like to play with.

K2 Assembly

Yesterday we were grateful to come together as a K2 community for Assembly. We enjoyed singing songs, dancing, and listening to stories from both published and K2 authors. Special congratulations to Fula, Emily, Jihwan, Elias, and Suzi from K2B for the wonderful job they did sharing their books.  Next Assembly children from another K2 class will share their learning.


  • School returns after October Break on Monday 19 October this will be a Week A
  • Thank you to the families who have sent photos for your children to decorate their writing folders. If you haven’t yet, October break is a great time to spend some time with your child deciding on some photos (about 12 to 15) that could help inspire writing. Holidays, grandparents, pets, favourite activities are some suggestions of photos you could use.
  • Friday, October 30 -ES dress-up day.

Have a relaxing October break. We look forward to seeing your children back refreshed and ready to learn on the 19th.



Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Some photos from last week’s show and tell Friday

Dear Parents,

It was lovely to meet and talk with so many of you yesterday. It is my sincere hope that I will be able to meet you in person very soon.


In our UOI this week we talked about the things we like and dislike and compared them with our friends.  We continued to talk about growth mindsets and how they help us learn. We also talked about how growth mindsets help us to be open-minded to the world around us.

Perhaps you could ask your child about the similarities and differences between their likes and dislikes and those of their friends.


We have continued to be authors and illustrators this week. We are learning about how important it is to be inspired and where our inspiration comes from. 

To help create inspiration for our young authors we ask that you help your child choose 12-15 pictures that are imp[ortant to them to email to us.  These could be holiday photos you have taken, places you have been, pets in your home, your child doing their favourite activities (for example riding their bike) or your child’s favourite items/toys. You child will use these to create an individual inspiration folder to help then get ideas to write about. 


This week in maths we have been exploring shapes. We have been going on shape hunts and sorting shapes based on similar characteristics. We have also been sorting and counting collections. 

Fun sorting activities you could try this at home: 

Laundry Day: Have your child help sort the laundry. 

Ask them: How can I sort these clothes? How many socks do we have? How many shirts?

Setting the table: Have your child help set the table for dinner. 

Ask them: How many spoons do we need? How many chopsticks? How many plates? 


  • Next week is week B
  • October 10th- October 17th: Autumn/Mid Term Break
  • October 30th- ES Dress Up Day

Have a lovely weekend.



Friday, September 25th 2020

Happy Moon Festival!

Yesterday we had a wonderful day celebrating the Autumn Moon Festival. We enjoyed dressing up in our Ao Dai’s and eating a Vietnamese breakfast.  Lots of our students demonstrated the PYP learner profiles of open-mindedness and risk-taking when they tried new foods.



In our UOI we have been talking about our likes and dislikes.  We have shared these with our friends and found connections to different foods we like, favourite games and even favourite things to play within the classroom.

Ask your child what their favourite thing to play with in the classroom is?  Who else likes to play with these toys?


Adding more detail to our illustrations has been our focus in writing this week.  We have been thinking carefully about the colours that we use and making our illustrations more realistic by adding background details to show if your story is set inside or outside. 


This week in maths we have continued to look at patterns and created our own mandalas. We flexed our brain muscles and practised our growth mindset with our friends Dojo and Mojo.  Check out the video below to see Dojo and Mojo talk about how you can learn from your mistakes.

Pokemon Cards at school

Pokemon cards are very popular in K2 at the moment.  There have been children trading and swapping cards, which causes some confusion around who the cards belong to.  For this reason, we have decided that Pokemon cards may come to school but can not be traded.  Pokemon cards can be used on the playground and only come into the classroom if the teachers says so. If your child does bring cards to school can you please talk to them about our trading rules.  As always, if you choose to bring things from home, you do so at your own risk. We cannot take responsibility for them if they get lost. 

Upcoming Events

  • Next week is week A
  • Thursday 1st October Parent Conferences
  • Saturday 10th October Start of October Break


  • Please remember to return Poetry books back on a Monday in the calico bag they came home in.
  • If you haven’t already, please send in a set of headphones to leave at school for the year.

Thanks! Have a lovely weekend. 


Friday September 18th 2020

Dot Day

Dot Day was a wonderful celebration in K2 this year! We talked about how it connected with our learning about having a growth mindset and we created all sorts of awesome dots to display on our doors! We are all artists, readers, writers and mathematicians if we just make a mark and have a go! 

Growth Mindset

Ask your child what they have learnt about having a growth mindset. Ask them to tell you about Mojo and the work we have been doing in class on growth mindsets.


This week we are looking at patterns. How to copy them, continue them, make them and talk about them.  We also played some fun dot math games. Ask your child what patterns they notice at your house? Can they continue the pattern that they see? 


We continue to be authors and illustrators when we create books! Again we talked about having a growth mindset. Some of us said that we couldn’t write yet but when sat down to create our books we surprised ourselves! 

Ask your child what they chose to write their book about. Ask them if they know about the word ‘illustration’ and what it means. 

Our letters this week have been P and I.  We’ve talked about the letter names and the sounds that these letters make. If you’re reading books together this weekend, see if your child can find any P’s or I’s in the text. 


  • Swimming starts on Tuesday. Your child will swim for every PE lesson. Please help them to pack their swimming bag, but try to do it together. It’s helpful when they know what’s in their bag so that if things go missing they recognise it belongs to them when we are trying to find it’s home.  
  • On Thursday the 24th we will celebrate the Moon Festival. We will all be coming to school in our Ao Dai. If your child doesn’t have one you can pick one up very easily on Silk Street Hang Gai in the Old Quarter. 
  • Please send in a set of headphones to leave at school for the year. Thanks!

Have a lovely weekend.



Friday September 11th  2020


This week as part of the unit of inquiry the students have been exploring families with their classmates.  The students have proudly shown the class their family photos and discussed the similarities and differences between families.
Some questions you might like to ask your child about this:
  • What did you tell your class about our family?
  • Are there other children in the class that have the same number of people in them as us?
  • What did you learn about some of your classmates’ families?

This week we have started a new unit exploring illustrations in picture books.  We have been thinking about the different techniques illustrators use to convey meaning.  Some of the things we have noticed are; 

When reading picture books at home with your child you could ask:
What do you notice about these illustrations?
How do the illustrations help tell the story?
Do you notice differences or similarities between the illustrations in different books you have read?
This week we continue exploring what it means to be a mathematician and the equipment mathematicians use to solve problems. We have begun learning some simple math games.
You could ask your child:
What is a number talk?
What games did you play in math this week?
Swimming in PE
From Monday 21st September to October break. K2 will be swimming in their PE sessions.  On PE days students will need to bring a swimming costume, goggles, and a towel. More information about swimming will come next week from Ms Claire, our PE teacher.

Some parents have had some questions about our timetable. Just in case you can’t find the paper copy here is a digital copy.

  • Next week is Week A
  • Please ensure your child comes to school each day with a hat, water bottle, and face mask.
  • Our PE teacher Ms Claire has asked that children wear appropriate clothing for PE on PE days. Shorts and t-shirts rather than long dresses.  She has also asked that PE clothes are worn all day and not changed into for PE.  Please can girls with long hair come to school with their hair tied back.
  • Thursday 24th September we will have our Moon Festival Assembly at school. Students are invited to wear Ao dais 


Friday 4th September 2020

Dear Parents,

Unit of Inquiry

This week we have enjoyed working on our new Who We Are unit of inquiry.  We have got to know some of our specialist teachers through their Who Am I posters.  We also got to know some of our classmates better when they shared their family photos with the class.  If you have not emailed me a family photo please could you do it ASAP.  Your child is very keen to share their family with the class. 

Poetry Books 

We have begun our class weekly poems this week. Your child’s poetry book will be sent home today and every Friday. Over the weekend you may have your child read and share the actions to the poem. Please be sure to return the poetry book to school each Monday. 

Healthy Snacks

Food is fuel for learning. Talk to your child about healthy everyday foods. These include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Try to limit sweets, candy, cookies, and chips to once or twice a week.  Check out this resource for some fun and simple ideas. Super Easy Healthy School Snack Ideas

Nude Food Challenge

As part of our learning and connections with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) we want to minimize single-use plastic use in our society.  We would like to challenge you and your child to a week of no single-use plastic in snack and lunch boxes, instead, send snacks in reusable containers, bags, and wrapping.

Welcome Soma!

Please join me in welcoming Soma and his family to K2D. Soma is returning to UNIS after the summer break.


  • Photo day is next Tuesday, September 8th.
  • Please email a family photo to me if you have not already done so.
  • Please send your child to school each day with a hat and a water bottle.
  • Please ensure your child wears their PE uniform or appropriate PE clothes on PE days
  • If you have not yet returned the parent survey please do so. If you need another copy please me know.   

Have a wonderful week.


Friday 28th August 2020

Dear Parents,

We had another great week of learning in K2.  We have really enjoyed getting to know each other and establishing a sense of belonging and community in K2.  Our morning meetings have been filled with fun and laughter through getting to know you games and sharing family photos. 

 Healthy Nude food Lunch Boxes

Food is fuel for learning. At UNIS we encourage students to bring healthy food for snacks in reusable containers that don’t add unnecessary rubbish to the world.

 Back to School Night.

Thank you for taking the time to connect on Zoom for K2 Back to School Night.  If you were not able to attend the presentation, please click here to view the information shared.

Unit Overview- Who We Are

Returning Students

Please join me in welcoming back Mayra and Julia who have joined K2D this week after returning from overseas. 


  • If you have not already done so, could you please email a family photo for us to display in our classroom? We have been asking the children to share these photos in the morning meetings.
  • Please return the K2 parent questionnaire.
  • Please ensure your child has a hat and water bottle every day at school.
  • Ms Monica our librarian has requested that library books are taken home and returned to school in a reusable bag.
  • Please remember that school lunches are ordered weekly.

I hope you have a restful weekend.



Friday 20 August 2020

Dear K2D Parents,

What a wonderful week we have had together at school!  Your children have shown bravery as they were risk-takers coming back to school, resilience as they adapt to social distancing and masks and cooperation as they make new friends and get to know their classmates and teachers! 

SO awesome!  

Here are a few photos of our first week together.

Unit of Inquiry

Our first Unit of Inquiry is all about Who We Are. Could you please email a family photo for us to display in our classroom? We will be asking the children to share who lives at their house and tell us a little bit of information about them.

Happy Birthday Junwoo!


  • Next week is Week B
  • Please send your parent survey back to school if you haven’t already done so. Thanks!
  • Please ensure your child brings a hat and water bottle to school every day

Specialist Teachers

Today we would like to introduce our specialist and support teachers that your children will come into contact with over the year.

Ms Lindsey – Learning Support K2 and G1

I am Lindsey Tate, and this is my third year teaching in the Learning Support department at UNIS. Again this year I will work primarily with students in Discovery – Grade 1.

I have had a great summer traveling throughout Vietnam from hiking in the rice fields of Sapa to discovering the history and food of Hue. In my spare time, I love to move (dance, yoga, bike) with my two children and my husband as well as to snuggle up with a good book.

While I started out as a Special Education teacher in the US, I also have my Master’s Degree in EAL. For the past 11 years, I have worked with students in international schools in Tanzania, Jordan, and now Vietnam. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ms Emma – Art

Greetings. This is my 5th year here at UNIS where I teach art from Discovery to Grade 2. Ms. Trang is our art teaching assistant and your children will also meet her during art lessons.

Art is my passion both at school and at home, where I will often be found in my studio (well garage) creating and making. I am originally from the UK where I taught for several years before teaching in Malawi, Dubai and now Vietnam. The UNIS Early Year’s art curriculum is structured to deepen your child’s interest and passion for making and creating as well as develop their artistic skills and knowledge. I am very excited about the year ahead and am really looking forward to seeing the new and innovative creations I know your children will be making.

I am always available for any questions or queries and I look forward to reconnecting with my students from last year as well as meeting all the new students and families.

Ms Liz – Music

 I am originally from the United States and have worked in schools in Egypt, Myanmar, India, UAE and now am in my second year at UNIS working in the ECC. Music is a language that all children can access and enjoy and I look forward to singing, saying, moving and playing with your children this year! In my free time I enjoy playing the piano and spending time with my beautiful cat, Chipsy.

Ms Huyen- Vietnamese Teacher of K2 A, C and D

I’m Huyen and I come from Vietnam. I have taught in several International schools and UNIS is my second home. I love teaching Vietnamese as it is an opportunity for me to work with many of you from all over the world and share with you our Vietnamese culture and our language.  

In my spare time, I love exploring new places all over Vietnam, listening to music and playing with my puppy- Milo. I am looking forward to meeting you all. 

Ms Clare – PE

Kia Ora everyone! I am Clare Albertson and this is my 6th year teaching PE at UNIS Hanoi. I started my teaching career in my home country, New Zealand as a Kindergarten homeroom teacher, then moved to PE when I joined the International School of London before coming to UNIS. In my spare time I love exploring and hanging out with my 2 boys, reading, cooking and of course playing Sport! The ECC PE program is based around the philosophy of a Love for Movement. Myself and Mr Quang have a lot of exciting things in store for this year and we are really looking forward to moving through it together! Please reach out if you have any questions now, or throughout the year. 

Mr C – Information Technology Coach

Hi everybody!  Big C here!!  I CANNOT WAIT to get this year started!  We have so many wonderful opportunities to create with technology at UNIS Hanoi! But maybe I should back up a bit…

My name is William Clark (also known as “Big C”).  This is my 2nd year as the ES Technology Coach at UNIS Hanoi, a role I truly love with all my heart!  I have been a technology coach for the last 8 years.  Prior to coming to Hanoi, I worked at an IB school in Dubai, GEMS World Academy.  Before becoming a technology coach, I was a Grade 5 teacher for 3 years and a Grade 4 teacher for 1 year.  I was also an English teacher  in South Korea for 3 years.

My passion is technology, more specifically…what can be created with technology.  Whether we are in the classroom or in our ES Makerspace, creativity with technology is certain at UNIS Hanoi and I feel so lucky and blessed to be a part of it all!


Ms Monica – Librarian

I am Monica Mayer and this is my third year at UNIS, Hanoi. I have been involved in Education for more than 30 years mainly in the fields of Literacy and Boys’ Education. I have worked previously in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore before coming to Vietnam.

In my spare time I love to go bushwalking along as many tracks as I can find, usually with my youngest son, Will who loves the outdoors as much as me. I also really enjoy yoga and of course exploring Vietnamese culture whenever I get a chance. I have two grown up sons – Michael and Will and my husband teaches Grade 4 at UNIS. 

At UNIS, I look after the Library and thoroughly enjoy our elementary students and families visiting and borrowing each week. The Library always seems to me to be the heart of any school and I welcome every family to come and visit us and browse our beautiful collection of books. There is always something for everyone!

Mr Brian – Speech and Language Teacher

I am Brian Walker, and this is my second year at UNIS. I have been a speech-language pathologist for 25 years.  Vietnam is the fifth country I have lived and worked in outside of my home country of the United States. 

I had a great summer traveling through Vietnam and gaining a greater appreciation for the Vietnamese people, their diverse culture and language.

Returning students will already know me from being in their classrooms and seeing me on the playground during recess.  I had fun seeing everyone back on campus this week!

Have a lovely weekend.