This week in 1D – Friday November 16th

On Monday Scott, Maisey’s dad (who works for the Wildlife Conservation Society), came to talk to 1C and 1D about ways we can look after our environment and help animals. It was extremely interesting and thought-provoking. Many thanks to Scott! Please ask your child how we can help protect our environment and animals.

It was wonderful to see so many of you during our Open Classroom time this week. I hope you enjoyed seeing your child “in action”!

On Thursday we met up with our Grade 5 buddies again, this time for reading. 1D were very proud to show off their reading skills to their older friends, and the older friends were great reading coaches.

Thank you to Loewen’s mum, Charla, for being our Mystery Reader this week. She made us all laugh with The Book With No Pictures, by BJ Novak.

We also celebrated Khiem’s birthday this week. Happy birthday, Khiem!


  • We will be celebrating UN Day on November 30th
  • UNIS will hold its annual “Winterfest” on December 7th

This week in 1D – Friday November 9th

Many thanks to Stacey, Chase’s mum, who was our Halloween Mystery Reader last week. She read the story “There was an old lady who swallowed a bat”. It was great fun!

On Thursday morning we celebrated Outdoor Learning Day by getting together with our Grade 5 buddies and having fun outside. Here are some pictures:

On Thursday afternoon we went on our field trip to Curious Kid. This was a provocation for our new unit of inquiry: Sharing the Planet. It was a wonderful, educative experience for us all. The children learned about the animals, their external features and their habitats. You could ask your children the following questions:

  1. What were the instructors names?
  2. What did the ferret smell like?
  3. What food did the hedgehog eat?
  4. What was the difference between Grandma the tortoise and Grumpy the turtle?
  5. Who was the winning team and why?

Here are 2 videos showing photos from the trip.



Please see the information below to find out what we’ll be doing over the new few weeks.

In Library this week Ms Monica showed us how the library system works. We each got to scan a book and place it in the correct place on the trolley.Open Classrooms:

Here is the timetable for 1D open classrooms next week. I look forward to seeing you then!

This week in 1D – Friday October 26th

What a wonderful week of learning we’ve had!

A highlight was our field trip to the supermarket on Monday. We enjoyed our walk there and it was fun looking for the ingredients we needed to make our healthy snack. Thank you SO much to Noah’s parents, Amber’s mum, Tom’s mum and Rafa’s mum for accompanying us.

On Tuesday we followed our recipes and made our delicious snacks:

In Maths this week we looked at a Halloween word problem. “Ian picked 12 pumpkins. Hannah picked some more. Altogether they had 23 pumpkins. How many pumpkins did they have in all?” The children modelled the problem using counters. Here they are!

Next week is a short week for the children. On Thursday and Friday the teachers will participate in some IB workshops at school. There are no classes for the children.

  • Math coffee morning 31st –  8.30-9.30 in the creative space

Join us for an informal and interactive conversation about the mathematics’ development at your child’s grade level. We will discuss the what and why’s about mathematics instruction and how learning can be supported outside of school. We hope to see you there!


  • Snack sale – Monday 29th. Please bring 20,000vnd
  • PE bike unit begins Monday 29th. Please organise for your child’s bike to be brought to school. See PE blog for more details

This week in 1D – September 28th

In UoI this week we learned about different food groups: energy givers (carbohydrates), body builders (proteins), body protectors (fruits/vegetables) and treats. We sorted pictures and looked at our snacks daily to see what we had in our boxes. We then looked back at our choices for the family-style lunch and discussed how balanced our plates were.

On Friday we talked about germs! Ask you child to tell you about the germ experiment!

In Maths this week we looked at a dot pattern. It was amazing how many different ways of seeing the “whole” there are. We went on to make number sentences (equations) for each dot pattern.

Thank you so much to Paula’s mum and grandparents, who were our first Mystery Readers. We noticed that there are some words in German which sound just like English words. Please sign up to read to the class. The kids love the surprise and hearing each others’ home-languages!

On Friday we enjoyed a “Nude Food” snack with our K2 friends. We talked a lot about how important it is to reduce the amount of plastic we use.

Miss Kris, the ES Counsellor, came to 1D this week to talk to us about feelings. She explained how we can choose to deal with problems positively.


  • Don’t forget to sign up for a parent conference by Sunday. I’m looking forward to seeing you all on Monday to talk about your children.
  • Grade 1 math coffee morning is Wednesday October 31st. 8:30am. More details to come after the break.
  • On Monday the 22nd of October we will be taking a field trip to our local Fivimart to buy ingredients to make some healthy snacks. If you would like to be a parent volunteer for this trip (from 8-10am) please let me know at parent conferences.
  • Please sign up to be a Mystery Reader

This week in 1D – September 21st

Yesterday we celebrated the Moon Festival. It was wonderful to see everyone in their Ao Dai. Ms Lam talked to the whole grade about the celebration and we enjoyed the assembly presented by grades 2, 4 and 5 Vietnamese classes. In the afternoon we painted masks. Here are some photos from the day.

Creating their masks…

The finished masks!

In Maths this week we learned a new card game called Flip 10. This is a really enjoyable game which helps children learn the number combinations for 10. You can play this with a regular pack of cards (removing the picture and 10 cards). Here are the instructions.

Finally…. HAPPY INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY! Ask your child what they have learned about peace today, and please see SeeSaw to find out what they think peace is.

Dates for your diary:

  • Swimming starts next week on Monday 24th September
  • EAL coffee morning is at 8.30 on Thursday 27th September – above the new canteen
  • Parent conferences will be on Monday 1st October. There is no school that day. More information about sign ups will come next week.
  • Grade 1 Maths coffee morning will be on Wednesday 31st October. More details to come closer to the time.

This week in 1D – September 14th

Thanks to the slightly cooler weather, we were able to play in our Play-Based Learning (PBL) area this week. It’s been wonderful fun, and we’ve seen great learning. So far, we have observed: resilience, perseverance, team-work, creativity, scientific experimentation, construction, problem-solving, performing and much more! Here are some snaps:

In Maths this week we continued working on number sense, forwards/backwards counting and correct letter formation. In the picture below, the children are playing a game to help with part-part whole number sense. One person says a number, holds up some fingers and their friend has to hold up fingers to complete the number. This would be a great game to play at home!

Here are some more games we’ve been playing. See if your child can explain what’s going on.In English we continued to build reading stamina with “Read to Self” practice, and the children then practised how to “Read to Someone” (ask your child about EEKK!). We talked about the 3 different ways to read a book – 1) Read the pictures. 2) Read the words. 3) Retell the story. See if you child can show you how to do number 1 and number 3!

Here is the overview of our new Unit of Inquiry:

Happy Birthday to:

Arthur and Rafa!


  • Swimming lessons begin on September 24th. Every PE lesson will be swimming. Please make sure your child brings their swimming costume, a towel, goggle (if needed) and a swim cap for anyone with long hair.
  • Please make sure your child wears their Ao Dai to school on Thursday the 20th for the Moon Festival.
  • Remember to share your child’s Seesaw digital portfolio with family members. Each child can have up to 10 family members. Just send on the original email and I will accept all requests.
  • There will be a healthy Snack Sale on Monday 17th. Please could your child bring 20,000 VND to purchase a snack.

This week in 1D – September 7th 2018

It was wonderful to see many of you yesterday evening at our Back to School Night.

Here is the presentation.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like further information or clarification.

This week we started to set up our outdoor Play Based Learning Space.  As part of our ‘How We Organise Ourselves’ unit we asked the children to make themselves familiar with our resources so they could make a shared plan about what we will do with the space.

We drew up a plan with our ideas so far.

On Wednesday we had our provocation for our Who We Are unit. Our central idea is ‘Balance in our lives promotes health and wellbeing’. We will look at hygiene, food groups and exercise. We had a family-style lunch together where the children were allowed to choose anything they wanted to eat. We hope that by the end of this unit we will see the children making more balanced, knowledgeable choices.

Every second Wednesday from 2-2:20 we love to have a Mystery Reader in our classroom to share a book in their home language. Here is the link if you, or one of your family members, would like to sign up. Please keep it a secret from your child! It’s always fun to surprise them!

Have a wonderful weekend!

This week in 1D – August 31st, 2018

This week we have been learning how to write descriptions by looking at objects from different perspectives (colour, size, shape, number etc). To help us with these descriptions, and also to provide the children with a “mindful buddy”, please could your child bring a small, soft toy from home which they will keep at school. Please make sure it is not their most beloved toy!

On Thursday morning we met for the first time with our new Grade 5 buddies. We played community games and got to know each other. We’ll get together every other week.


In Maths this week, we have been practising the ty / teen numbers. Please encourage your child to practise counting forwards and backwards to 32. We also played with dominoes to practise seeing which quantity is “greater than” or “less than”.

In UoI we thought about systems that help our community. We read the book What if Everybody Did, and then shared ideas about what it would be like if everybody did the wrong thing at school! We then made our own version of What if Everybody Did.

How to support at home: We defined a system as different parts/people working together so something can work properly. Talk with your child in your home language about the different people or parts that help your family/household to work properly (or function).

We will visit the library every Friday to exchange and browse books. Here are some pictures from today:


  • Remember to sign up for Seesaw, your child’s E-portfolio. An email was sent on Thursday the 30th of August with instructions on how to do this.
  • Please do not send money with your child to top up their lunch cards. The G1 children are too young to use the machines. Please either top up online, ask an older sibling to top up, or do it after school with a grown up.
  • Thank you to those who have brought in headphones. If you haven’t, please send in a pair over the next week. There is a special offer at Miniso right now (thanks Stacy and Emilie for the information!)
  • Parent Questionnaires– we still have a few that haven’t made it back to school. It’s very useful information for us.
  • Back to School night is also on Thursday the 6th from 6-8pm. We hope you can be there to hear about the exciting things your child will learn this year.
  • Please could your child bring a “mindful buddy” – soft toy – to school to keep in class.

1D – August 24th

We started our week with Grade 1 community-building games in the ECC gym. A lot of fun was had by all – adults and children!


On Wednesday the children had a real shock when they arrived to class in the morning to find that everything was in a big mess.

The children felt:

Everyone decided that things needed to be organised. Here is the children’s thinking:

This was the introduction to our first unit of inquiry under the theme of “How We Organise Ourselves”. Our central idea is: Communities have systems and routines to help them function. Please scroll to the bottom for more information about this unit.

Next week we will be talking more about systems and routinesDo you have any systems and routines at home? Maybe you could talk about them with your child to further help their understanding.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY to EVIE who was 6 on Thursday!


  • Please return your student questionnaire if you haven’t already
  • Our school photo will be on Monday at 8:45am – if you would like your child to wear regular clothes, please pack PE clothes for the lesson after lunch
  • Monday 3rd Sept – Vietnam National Day – No School
  • Thursday 6th Sept – Back to school night 6pm
  • Please send in a family photo, if you haven’t already
  • Your child will need a set of headphones to stay at school for the year. Please send one in at some stage over the next couple of weeks clearly labelled with the student’s name

UOI Overview


Welcome to 1D

Welcome to 1D’s first blog post.

It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know your wonderful children this week. We’ve had a lot of fun building our community both in our homeroom and together with 1C.

This week we’ve…

  • been for a walk around our new facilities and found a few important places like the nurses’ office and the ES office
  • had some Play-based Learning with our G1 friends in 1C
  • learnt more about each other’s family and where we come from
  • talked about our summer holidays
  • played maths games
  • learned lots of new routines

Please see some photos of us all at the end of this post!



Here are the specialist times for 1D

Family photo

I would love to make a class gallery of family photos. Please could you email me (, a photo of your family. Thank you!


This year our timetable looks a little different and lunch is earlier. The school is providing fruit for a morning snack in Discovery to Grade 1. Your child will eat his/her snack from home just after afternoon recess. If they do not like the fruit, they can pick something from their snack/lunch box. Please let us know if you have any questions.

And finally… some photos!

See if your child can name all her/his new classmates and tell you his/her favourite thing about Grade 1 so far!