Week 18: Jan 6-10

Welcome Back 5C Community!

How many G5 students can fit inside a square meter? That was one of several inquiries 5C explored this week. Enjoy the visual look at other activities that we engaged in to learn about energy, measure areas, reflect on books and assess our narrative stories.

Introducing our new unit on energy, we literally began the week without electricity to see how much we rely on it. After that, we explored circuits and played a memory game to learn terminology and the definitions of words like conductors and insulators.

After discussing the current world events in Australia and Iran, we used math to understand how many people can fit in a specific space and how much land was destroyed. We then used that information to determine if the entire student body could fit inside our classroom.

In book club groups, students shared their views on the books they read over the winter vacation. Then they presented a summary and the social messages found in the books with the rest of the class. 

The stories that students wrote before the break were returned with teacher feedback. After reviewing their grades, students shared their stories with classmates and wrote their own reflections.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures, and please take a minute to review the following upcoming events:

Grade 4 Market Service Day
When: TUESDAY 14 January 10:45-12:00
Bring: maximum of 100,000 VND to spend. The products and services being sold will range from 10,000 VND to 50,000 VND. All profits will go to organizations that support Childrens’ Rights.

Save the Date:
Wednesday, 22nd January: Student/Parent/Teacher conferences
Thursday, 23rd January: Tet Assembly
Friday, January 24: First day of Tet holiday break
Monday, February 3: First day back at school after Tet holiday break
Wednesday, February 5th: SCO movie night
Friday, February 28th: Blue Dragon Walk-a-thon and PYPx parent information morning.

Week 14: 18-22 November

Greetings 5C Community,

Special thanks to those who attended open classrooms on Tuesday. The pictures of parents playing “buzz/fizz” or reading with their children showcase the intentional fun that we try to incorporate into our lessons. If you missed it and/or want to come again, just let me know. Or even better, ask your child to play with you at home!

Students take a “brain break” between lessons.

Field Trip
I missed the field trip to the women’s museum last Friday, but I heard the students enjoyed it. The grade level learned a great deal about urban migration here in Vietnam. We were shown a number of personal stories from Vietnmaese women, who have made their way from small villages into Hanoi, to work as street vendors. I encourage you to follow up with your children at home by enquiring about some of the push and pull factors related to migration. 

Students selected a migrant to study and next week they will research in order to prepare a monologue from the migrants’ perspective. Migrants include Ho Chi Minh, Albert Einstein, grandparents and fictional characters from books or our imagination.

Taking a short break from division, students spent most of the week solving the locker problem that required them to look for patterns dealing with factors and multiples. They also played a counting game called “buzz/fizz.”

During book clubs, students learned to provide detailed evidence to show character development in the novels they are reading. They will use this understanding of how characters change to begin writing their own stories next week. 

Save the Dates
Wednesday 11th December – Migration Museum
Friday 13th December – Last day of school before Winter Break. 

Dinner time talk

  • What is the answer to the locker problem?
  • How can you solve division problems using an area model?
  • What are the parts of a story?
  • Why is character development important to a story?

Week 37: June 3-7

Dear 5C Community,

Moving up celebration rehearsals, G4 & 5 Swim Extravaganza, artifact creation, speech building and TEDx Youth prep have been the focus this week.

We can’t wait to share the end of the year with you on Monday at the moving up celebration and then to share some fun with your child during the ice skating activity on Monday afternoon. Please ensure your child has a change of clothes for this event so they don’t ruin the good clothes they will be wearing at the moving up celebration. Students will have time to eat their lunch before attending ice skating.  

Students will start to bring home their items from school next week. Students can also check out books next week from the library for their summer reading enjoyment.

Next Tuesday, there will be a “Leavers Assembly” to honor and bring closure for the students who will be moving on. We can expect students to be filled with mixed emotions as some students – Ben, David and Na Won – move on to other countries for their middle school experience.


  • TEDx Youth @ Hanoi Event; June 8th at 9:00 am – Here is the link to the ticket registration.
  • G5 Moving Up Celebration/Assembly 10th June at 8:30 am
  • Final Day of School for students is the 12th of June.

Week 35: May 20-24

Greetings 5C Community,

This week, students have been hard at work completing their end of year assessments in math and literacy. With just three weeks left until the summer break, we are counting down the days to middle school.

Students are very excited about their step up day which is happening all day Wednesday for 5C. Students will shadow their Grade Six pen pal buddy for the day. They will follow their buddies timetable, attend all of their classes and eat together with the other middle school students in the cafeteria. It is sure to be a nervous, yet very exciting day for them all.

In addition to the ongoing assessment, in math this week students have been inquiring into angles. We made our own protractors using our knowledge of regular 2D shapes. 

In literacy we have been examining the explanation text type. Students spent the early parts of the week reading and identifying the structural elements. Next week we will take a closer look at the grammatical features, before continuing some more explanation writing.

In UOI this week, the boys and girls were separated for two periods so that students could learn some of the more specific details involved with growing up as a boy or girl. Next week, students will work on their transition timelines to show with parents after the G5 Celebration Assembly on June 10. We will also have a photo display of baby & toddler photos growing. It would be wonderful if all students could contribute a photo. They will be returned at the end of the unit.


  • HS Graduation 31st May 11:30 am Early Dismissal for D-G8
  • G4&G5 Swimming Festival Thursday 06 June 09.30-11.00 am
  • Grade 5 Moving Up Celebration & Assembly 10 June 08:30 – 10:05 am
  • Last day of school 12th June

Week 33: May 6-10

Greetings 5C Community,

There were a few disruptions to our schedule this week with MAP testing and special visitors to our classroom, but students once again managed the changes and challenges like champions.

Measure of Academic Progress – MAP
Unlike paper and pencil tests, where all students are asked the same questions and spend a fixed amount of time taking the test, MAP testing means every student gets a unique set of test questions based on responses to previous questions. They also have as much time as they require to take the test. Your child’s MAP Growth results will be available online soon.

Here is a short article based on 12 common questions parents ask about the MAP Growth Test.

Transitions Unit
Nurse Susan came to talk to students about hygiene and how to look after their bodies. Next Thursday, Nurse Susan will be coming into classes to explain how the reproductive system works in both males and females. Students will find out the names of body parts, their role in the body and how these roles change during puberty.

Mr Dylan came to talk to students about ’emotional regulation’ and how our emotions change or intensify, and how some students may experience new emotions. Students were given strategies to help them regulate and identify these emotions and how to communicate what they are feeling.

Students visited Ms Cathy’s K2 classroom on Monday and participated in a K2 lesson. This provocation to the Transition unit was intended to give students an understanding of how they have changed over time. During homeroom discussions, students identified changes to their lives such as freedom to make choices about what they learn, more responsibility for themselves and their belongings and friendships.

Next week Ms Michelle will visit us to discuss ‘digital footprints’ and that certain information should not be shared online, in order to keep students safe from online predators.

We began our study of geometry. Here are the Grade 5 standards we are currently working on:

  • Choose appropriate units of measurement for length, area, volume, capacity and mass  (ACMMG108)
  • Connect three-dimensional objects with their nets and other two-dimensional representations (ACMMG111)
  • Estimate, measure and compare angles using degrees (ACMMG112)

Next week we 5B will learn about the purpose, structure and grammar elements of ‘Explanation’ texts.


Seussical Jr. is on Sale Now

Thursday 16th,  Friday 17th and Saturday 18th – Get your tickets quick as they will sell out fast.

Tuesday 14th – Youth Sports Festival

Wednesday 15th – Seussical Jr full day rehearsal

Parent Coffee Morning – Transitions UOI
This week the G5 team held a parent coffee morning to share information and resources about the Transitions unit. Thank you to those parents who attended, your conversations and interests were appreciated and it is comforting to know that your child is the centre of all our interests. As discussed here is the slide show we used during the coffee morning.

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Week 32: May 2-3

Greetings 5C Community,

Students spent this short week of school (2 days) self-assessing their understanding and skills throughout the PYP Exhibition: understanding of the central idea, thinking skills, research skills, communication skills, social skills and self-management skills. You can look forward to receiving their group and individual assessments next week.

Next week we will resume our normal classroom schedule and introduce new units in UOI, math and literacy. The unit of inquiry, Transitions, will involve physical, social and emotional changes. In math we will study Geometry, and in literacy we will read and write explanatory texts.

Beginning next week: Swimming switches to Monday.

Other Announcements:

  • 4th May – Saturday of Service – Help maintain the momentum of PYPx and join in
  • 7th, 8th, 9th May – Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Testing
  • 10th May – Grade 5 Parent Coffee Morning – Transitions

Celebrating book week!

Week 31: April 27-31

Greetings 5C Community,

What a wonderful week of learning through showcase, celebration and reflection. We are so proud of our Grade 5 community. The students rose to the occasion, demonstrating knowledge and a deep understanding to lead them toward meaningful action.

Thank you for being a part of our learning community. We appreciate the support, and hope you too were inspired to take action.

https://pypx.unishanoi.org/ – Website with video

Important Dates:

  • 29th & 30th April –  No school – Vietnamese Victory Days
  • 1st May – No school – International Labour Day
  • 2nd May – Book Week Character Parade!! 8:10 am in the Sports Centre Friday
  • 3rd May – MRISA assembly. Wear your UNIS gear to support our Volleyball teams.
  • 3rd May – Book Sale
  • 4th May – Saturday of Service – Help maintain the momentum of PYPx and join in
  • 10th May – Grade 5 Parent Coffee Morning – Transitions

Week 30: April 16-19

Greetings 5C Community,

It’s all on as we prepare for next week’s Exhibition Presentations.

Students spent all day Friday working on their PYPx presentation displays. Many thanks to parents who came and assisted their child and their child’s group.

A reminder for parents to complete the G5 PYP Exhibition After School Information Form to assist G5 teachers with planning for next Thursday’s Evening PYPx event.

Important Dates:
22nd April – Earth Day – Wear Green
25th April – Eventing PYPx Presentations
29th & 30th April –  No school – Vietnamese Victory Days
1st May – No school – International Labour Day
2nd May – Book Week Character Parade!! 8:10 am in the Sports Centre Friday
3rd May – MRISA assembly. Wear your UNIS gear to support our Volleyball teams.

Week 29: April 8-12

Greetings 5C Community,

I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break.

Students have jumped straight back into their PYPx projects this week, and are now turning their research into action.

Groups have finished their information reports. The reports will be available to read in the library from April 18. Many of the reports are bilingual and are written about a wide range of topics.

Field trips are coming to an end and student action is well underway. The hope is that by students taking action, they will become aware of how they can make a difference to issues that affect them and others within the world.

PYPx Sub-Committees
On top of their own PYPx inquiries, groups of students have volunteered to be on sub-committees to organise the Exhibition itself. These groups are in charge of invitations to families and other schools, organising assemblies, PYPx T-shirts and the parent evening. Much of this year’s PYPx has been handed over to the students, so that they have a voice in how they present their findings and actions.

Math – Probability
Students have continued their study of probability and explored the chances of rolling doubles with two dice. Next week, we will work with playing cards and maybe learn to play poker!

Literacy – Independent and Guided Reading
Taking a break from the PYPx, students had plenty of opportunities to check our new books and read in the library.

PYPx Work Day
A reminder that next Friday is G5 PYPx work day. All G5 students are required all day. There is no student-led conference for G5. However, parents are welcome to pop into class and spend some time working with their child. Students will be busy with a range of tasks such as the assembly performance, taking action and building the exhibition stand for PYPx presentation day. It is a busy day in grade 5, and any assistance is greatly appreciated. There will not be any specialist subjects on this day,

PYPx Parent Evening Event
Keep the evening of the 25th open. An invitation to attend is due from the Student Sub-Committee shortly.

Week 28: March 25-29

Greetings 5C Community,

It’s been another busy week, with PYPx and Sports Day. It was also Yuna’s last day. We will miss her, and wish her the best as she and her family return to Japan.

Go to our PYPx Website for the weekly video.

Have a great break!