Grade 6 Math Lessons

Grade 6 students have just completed their first MYP Mathematics unit in which they inquired into how operations work on whole numbers. They started by exploring how our current number system has developed over time, which they will continue in our second unit as we branch out from whole numbers to rational numbers. Next, they looked at how operations can be applied to whole numbers in a variety of ways. To do this they inquired into the relationship between using “concrete” manipulative models and “abstract” algorithms. They finished the unit debating that while there are different strategies to solve a problem, are some strategies more effective and efficient than others?

We are now moving on to our second unit which is an inquiry into the Rational Real Numbers and will be driven by the following questions:

Statement of Inquiry:
Equivalent number quantities can be represented in different forms and used to express ideas creatively.

Guiding Questions:


  • What are the different forms used to represent number quantities?
  • What is equivalence?
  • What is pattern?


  • How do real world situations influence which form of a number we should use?
  • How can we describe patterns?


  • Is the appropriate form of a number always the same?

All units in MS Mathematics are aligned with Australian Curriculum Standards. The specific standards of focus in unit 2 are:

Number and Operations Pattern Probability and Statistics









To support students varying levels of ability we are using two platforms to personalise student learning. IXL “teacher recommended” practice problems are assigned both by grade level as well as personalized to individual students based on need. Additionally, we are using the “Challenge by Choice” Enrichment Programme where students are empowered to decide what level problems are best for them to explore. For example, “green level” practice starts at grade level, “blue level” reaches a bit further, and “black level” is significantly more advanced. This is available and encouraged with all of our MS students providing the opportunity to both personalize learning and extend appropriately on selected topics while also promoting student agency.

Finally, a reminder that students are encouraged to practice mathematics at home for 10-15 minutes, 4-5 times per week. Practice at home should look like:

  1. Finishing practice set problems given each lesson with student guided notes
  2. Starred “teacher recommended” problems on IXL

Please do not hesitate to contact the math team with questions or concerns.


MS Mathematics Team

When SDGs meet Dystopia

To align with our UNIS Hanoi goal of integrating the Sustainable Development Goals within the learning experience of students. To complement UNIS SDG Week, Grade 7 students have launched into an integrated Language and Literature A and Visual Arts project. The project is titled SDG and Dystopia.

Students have chosen an SDG that they are most passionate about and have created an imagined worst-case scenario where this goal has definitely not been achieved.

Through developing setting, character and narrative structure for this imagined world, students will write the opening chapter of their very own dystopian narrative. Employing their Visual Arts skills students have drawn their setting and are beginning to develop mythical creatures to further embellish and bring their imagined world to life.

By the end of Quarter 1 Grade 7 students will publish their opening chapter of very own dystopian narrative that can serve as a warning of what can happen if we do not collectively work to achieve the SDGs. Hopefully, the dystopian narratives and printed illustrations will also serve as an inspiration for each of us to continue to strive to achieve positive outcomes in each of the SDGs. 

Presentation on North Korea

On Thursday, September 24, Ms Sitara Syed, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Viet Nam, presented to the Grade 8 Individuals and Societies students.

Ms Sitara Syed, whose children are attending UNIS Hanoi, is a recent arrival to Viet Nam with her family, but comes from a long association with the UN. In her more than 15 years with the UN she has served in a variety of roles for the UNDP and since 2014 was Coordination and Liaison Specialist in UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in New York.

Ms Syed shared her observations on North Korea, where she spent two months as UN delegate in the summer of 2019. Her observations were an excellent and enriching addition to our current unit of study, Citizenship and Protest.

Art Collaboration between Hanoi and New York City

Sharing artwork creates a dialogue about who you are and where you are from: An Art Collaboration between Hanoi and New York City

Early this school year Grade 8 artists created small Artist Trading Cards that were inspired by our city, Hanoi. These cards were used to inspire larger compositions and were sent to Grade 8 students at UNIS New York. In exchange, grade 8 artists in New York sent us mixed media linoleum print portraits. Grade 8 students on both sides of the world enjoyed considering the media and composition and reading what the artist wrote about the art piece.  Some students have become art pen pals via email correspondence.

Students are now working on an artwork in response to the artwork received. Here are some pictures of our UNIS Hanoi students creating art in response to the UNIS New York art. Students are working with a variety of media from painting, printing to ceramic tiles.

And some work in progress from New York:

Science Olympiad

The Group 4 Project is a collaborative science event that took place on the afternoon of Mon 13 and on Tue 14 May. Grade 11 students will worked together to host a Science Olympiad for students in Grade 6.

The concept of the Science Olympiad was spawned as a means of fulfilling both the requirements of the IB Diploma programme and enthusing our middles schoolers with a thirst and passion for science. The primary objective for all involved is FUN!

The Grade 11 diploma students spent about a day preparing for the 2 hour event, scouring their minds for creative ways to convey scientific concepts to their younger peers. The Olympiad itself consists of a series of unique events that Grade 6 students circulate on a mission to gain house points and all the while developing their curiosity and fascination of science. For Grade 6, the event culminates in raucous cheers as the winners are announced. For the Grade 11s, they reflect upon the event – whilst they all agree the experience was indeed fun, they also concur they are utterly exhausted and that “teaching is hard work”!

“As a student taking two science courses, it was a very collaborative and meaningful experience working with students with having different capability. Not only this group 4 project helped me to understand ‘international’ aspect of the IB curriculum, it also helped me to learn and explore a subject in many different aspects.”Hyo Rim
” Group 4 project was a unique project where we could design our own experiments and carry them out. I was able to create an experiment that investigates the chemistry behind creating ice cream in a bag. Group 4 project was not only a chance to pursue a fun, innovative science experiment that I desired but also to work together with different students and find a common interest.”  – Da Yu

Middle School Open Classrooms

Dear Middle School Parents,

We are excited to remind you about Middle School Open Classrooms on Wednesday (May 15 from 8:00 – 12:30) and Thursday (May 16 from 1:10 – 3:25).

We have made some adjustments based on parent feedback to our fall invitation, so please follow the instructions below in order to make the most of your visit to campus.

First, talking with your student, form a visit plan. Maybe you want to come for a couple of classes in the morning or the following afternoon. Maybe you have a specific class that you want to engage in, or you want to see a few classes over the two days. The invitation is open for you to decide.

Then all you need to do is attend on Wednesday and/or Thursday! Middle School students start at 8:10 AM in their HomeBase and you are welcome to be part of that to begin your Wednesday visit. Connect with your child during the visit as they can help to guide you around campus.

We will also be offering a chance for MS parents to enjoy a break and connect with each other, counsellors and administrators.

Thank you for planning to attend! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Marc, JJ & The MS Team

Semester 2 MSHS Arts Exhibition

Quench your imagination at the Semester 2 MSHS Arts Exhibition in the Centre for the Arts Foyer from 6-17 May.

Grade 6 worked on sewing skills and soft sculptures of food inspired by the artists, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, who have turned everyday objects as public art. As a start, students learned and practiced a few different sewing techniques while making their own draw-string bag. Students have decorated it with different kinds of stitches and sewing on of buttons. Students have made soft sculptures of food, the first one to be given to the babies in the local orphanages. Students learned briefly about the significance of physical touch to the babies. The soft sculptures are our ways of somehow giving them comfort and physical touch they need.

Grade 7 investigated portraiture through the lens of personal identity.  Researching the works of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and African American artist Kehinde Wiley, students created two self portraits. One line continuous contour self portraits were created using the ProCreate app on iPad and then vectored in Adobe Illustrator for laser cutting. Pencil drawn portraits appropriated poses based on historical artworks. Both of these challenging tasks asked students to explore their personal identity and in turn learn more about the world around them.

Grade 8 artists have been focusing on a subject we can all agree on: food. In this exhibition, we collaborated with Donkey Bakery, using their donuts as live models for our introduction to ceramic sculpture. Artists then went on to design and sculpt a food-themed sculpture and created this sculpture in three forms: ceramic sculpture, miniature felt sculpture and as a felt painting. Also on display from Grade 8 artists are some collaborative digital paintings. Students spent time creating a collaborative drawing (working on one drawing together with a partner) and then individually digitally edited the drawing. When viewing these images see if you can recognise the location of the subject matter.

Grade 9 artist created vibrant still life painting utilising objects of personal significance in a domestic settings.

Grade 10 artists were asked to create an artwork that captures a sense of place. They created a painting of Hanoi in response to a field trip to the old quarter.

Dystopia and the SDGs: Grade 7 Fiction

Earlier this year, our Grade 7 English students wrote short stories in the dystopian genre as part of their inquiry into the way fiction enhances our understanding of the world around us. In their Digital Literacy class, they then illustrated their stories and helped create a website with a selection of stories that address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Please enjoy some outstanding work from our Grade 7s.