Summer of Math

The end of the school year is approaching fast, and before you know it the days of summer will be upon us. This year UNIS Hanoi Middle School will be providing students with an optional Summer of Math programme to sharpen and fine tune their individual mathematical skills and understanding. This will allow students the opportunity to continue practicing and reviewing specific skills and concepts over the summer months that were selected by their teachers.

Over the past month, students have been working through a self assessment programme of ten essential skills and concepts created to identify individual areas of strength and weakness. Students can use this self assessment data to target areas that need further development or strive for excellence.

Each Middle School Grade Level has a folder of 10 essential concepts and skills put together in Google slide bundles. Students utilize the self assessment results to choose which concepts and skills to review in order to to increase their mathematical fluency.  Bundles will include instructional videos, offline activities and games, links to on-line simulations, and practice sets.

Have a great summer!
Middle School Math Team

Grade 06 Self-Assessment and Grade 06 Summer Practice

Grade 07 Self-Assessment and Grade 07 Summer Practice

Grade 08 Self-Assessment and Grade 08 Summer Practice

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