Week 7 – 24th to 28th September – Trip Week

Welcome 5B Community

G5 Overnight Camp. A shared experience to remember for a very long time. Special thanks to all G5 teachers who covered my absence and connected with 5B students on my behalf.

G5 Trip Week at VResort

Conferences Monday 1st Oct – Check Veracross for appointments

5B students have been busy with their SMART goals. I will be sharing these with you during our conference time. I would ask that you also have goals or aspirations for your child so we can work together to support your child’s learning.

Second Class Parent on board for 5B

Many thanks to Ms Yi Chung Lung for offering to share the role as ‘Class Parent’ with Ms Akika Nakano. 5B are lucky to have you both on board.  

“Those who do not have goals are doomed forever to work for those that do”

Brian Tracy

Week 6 – 17th to 21st of September

Welcome G5 Community

The Moon Festival Celebration was a highlight this week. Some of 5B missed this photo opportunity because they were on stage preparing for their big show. Thanks, Ariana, Minh Anh and Audry. You girls rocked the stage during the assembly.

This week in 5B, students have been connecting the current Key Concepts of ‘Change’, ‘Causation’ and ‘Perspective’ to the many migration stories students have been reading. Students understand that migration happens for many reasons and were able to categorize them into push and pull factors.

Next week we’ll be focusing on choosing a migration story that connects to a Push/Pull factor that interests them. Talking with your child about the reasons why you, or your ancestors, moved from one place to another will deepen their understanding and support their selections. For those students still living in the home they were born in, or haven’t experienced migration themselves, there is an opportunity to research someone famous that has had an impact on their lives or the lives of their family. For example, Ho Chi Minh (Former Prime Minister of Vietnam) fondly known by the Vietnamese as Uncle Ho.

Writing up a Storm

After various discussions with 5B about word classes and the importance of knowing how to create stories that hold the reader’s attention. 5B worked on activities and raps to help solidify their understanding of these structural elements.

Noun – I express a name, place, thing, idea or concept
Verb – I express action: jump, skip, hop
Adverb – I add interests to the verb, one way is to add < ly> to an adjective
Pronoun – I replace a noun: his, her, we, this, that
Interjection – I interrupt: Whoa!, Wow!, Stop!
Conjunction – I link phrases: but, and, or
Adjective – I modify a noun or pronoun: Sharp little claws
Preposition – I tell where and when: on, beside, up
Knowing these elements will strengthen your child’s writing, so it is important for them to practice identifying these within their daily reading.

Shout out to Reading Responses

A wonderful array of responses are coming through from most students. Some students are still to post their responses to Seesaw. I check and comment on student responses and then tally up the number of responses on a Sunday for discussion on Mondays. The requirements are to respond a minimum of 3 times a week (Monday to Sunday) to a book they are reading at home. Please support home learning by commenting on your child’s Seesaw responses.


Math heats up

Measuring distances travelled, number of migrant moves, reading graphs, gathering data and building charts and reading map scales are 5B’s math focus next week. We are going to apply student knowledge in a practical way to gather a deeper understanding of migration.

Visitors to 5B

Mitchell Zeitler, a student from G10 came to 5B today to share his presentation about  ‘Basic Nutrition’. His presentation was informative and interesting for students of this age group. His manner was professional, confident and humorous. The students enjoyed asking him questions, which he answered with delight.

Ms Monica, our ES librarian popped in to talk to use about the use of visual elements authors use to tell stories. We read and looked at the techniques of author Shaun Tan from his book “The Arrival” which is wordless, yet visually detailed. A clear example of a picture is worth a thousand words.

Mr Dylan, our ES Councilor joined 5B to chat about feelings associated with new challenges or situations. With the G5 overnight excursion closing in. It has been a priority to ensure students have support leading up to this exciting, yet scary for some, event.

Grade 5 Overnight Excursion information

By now you should have received a gear list. Please ensure you label all of your child’s belongings so they can be reunited if separated. We are asking each student to bring an English book to donate to a local school that is building an English library. The following is the schedule for the three days away. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

A message from our School Nurse, Ms Susan.

All medications that are required to be taken at scheduled times during the G5 Excursion, MUST be delivered to the School Health Center prior to 8:10 am on Wednesday the 26th of September.

Written instructions from the parent must include the following:
Student’s full name
Name of medications
Times to be given
Parent signature
No medication from home will be administered without the above information.

Thank you, Nurse Susan,

The week that was Photo Gallery

What’s on this weekend

  • When: Saturday, September 22
  • Time: 9.00 – 12.00
  • Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen
  • Security enhancement: All adults need to show ID upon entering campus






Save the dates:

Wednesday 26th – 28th – G5 Overnight Excursion (Camp)
Monday 1st – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
Monday 8th – 12th – Autumn Break
Monday 29th – All Grade 5 homerooms bake sale items needed
Thursday 1st-2nd – Faculty/Staff Professional Development Day (No School or ASAs for ES)
Thursday 15th-16th – ES Open Classrooms
Friday 7th – UN day

Dinner Time Talk

  • What celebration happened at school this week? (Moon Festival)
  • What is the story behind the celebration – Moon Festival? (ask about the assembly)
  • Tell me about some of the causes people migrate? (push/pull factors)
  • What art activities did you do in homeroom this week? How were they related to your learning? (Lantern painting – moon festival) (Pie segments – migration)
  • Can you teach me the math game called “six”? (you will need six dice for this game)

“Building friendships with people from dissimilar backgrounds and diverse perspectives will make you wiser and more creative”

Rick Warren

Week 5 – 10th to 14th September

Welcome, 5B Community,

This week in 5B students worked with Ms Michelle and Ms Nhan in the new ‘Makerspace’ to earn themselves safety badges. Their mission was to demonstrate they could use tools, such as box cutters, scissors and hot glue guns safely. They had a short design challenge and were assessed on their ability to perform tasks safely. As the chart pictured below shows, some 5B students need to work on these skills.

Setting Ourselves up for Success

5B students were introduced to a game I learnt at their age, from New Zealand. It involves students setting as stick on the ground and moving to another when instructed. The purpose is to teach students to know their tools, which sets them up for success and then go one step further to support the success of others. This year’s 5B class was the first class to achieve the movement on the first go.

This Week in Literacy – Word Inquiry / Reading and Writing

This week 5B students have been learning about words through word inquiry. They are beginning to understand that all English words are made up of specific elements with the greatest one being meaning. This is the first time most students have investigated words in this way and it is challenging at first. However, the process of understanding how words are built will support their vocabulary development and comprehension.

We will be starting a class novel called “A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story” by Linda Sue Park very soon. Students did their first pre-assessment for narrative writing this week, and once this has been moderated, and areas to work on have been identified with students, they will set about writing stories (narratives) of their own about migrants.

Students continue to practice new reading strategies during guided reading. A simple way for you to help your child consolidate these strategies is by asking them to tell you what they understand after they have read each night. Your child should be able to finish reading a sentence or passage, and begin to explain their understanding by using the sentence starter “I think this means…” or “The picture I have in my head is …”.

Migration Provocation kicks off the new UOI
Students experienced being part of different types of countries with fictitious names. Students had to abide by the rules of the country, including different immigration laws, language barriers, human rights, or lack thereof and bribery. They had to work through different scenarios to gain entry into countries and were at times removed from countries due to recruitment or military rule.

You can support your child’s understanding of migration by talking about the reasons you or your parents moved from place to place and how this is different from going on holiday. Some of the vocabulary and concepts your child will be in introduced to will be new to them, so your involvement with these concepts will give them a deeper understanding and support their learning at school.


  • Form
  • Perspective
  • Change


  • Human Migration                        
  • Immigration                                
  • Migrant                                       
  • Refugee
  • Emigration
  • Displacement
  • Push/Pull Factors
  • Border

International Dot Day – September 15th – Saturday

5B spent time with their G2 buddies playing games involving dots and making spin art.

You can read about Peter Reynolds initiative and gather some ideas to share at home with your child over the weekend.

This week in Math

5B continues to explore number lines, place value, integers, division and arrays. Each lesson started with a number talk about partial quotients, doubling and halving or adding up in chunks. The more conversations we have about ways of solving problems, the more the students become comfortable with making a hypothesis and setting about proving their thinking on their own.

Here is an example of a number talk 5B did this week.  

Students were challenged to create an equation that is equivalent to the target number.  Students may add, subtract, multiply, and/or divide in order to come up with their equation. Confident students are required to use at least one set of parenthesis.

They may also use numbers in the number bank more than once. These tasks are usually done mentally. However, students are able to use whiteboards to record their strategies. An example may be: (2 x 2) + (3 x 3) = 13.

Why not try this one at home.

Introducing 5B’s Class Parent

A huge thank you to Mrs Akiko Nakano – Chikashi’s mum, for volunteering to be our class parent. Welcome aboard and the SCO will be getting in contact with you soon.

Welcome to 5B Mitsuki.

We hope you and your family will enjoy your time in Hanoi. We are all looking forward to getting to know you.

A Shout Out – to Chikashi for being Mitsuki buddy and taking good care of him as he settles into 5B routines. Your knowledge of the Japanese language has made Mitsuki’s transition to an English speaking school much easier. Thank you.

Save the dates

Wednesday 19th September – G5 Math Coffee Morning with Ms Beth 8:30 – 9:30 Wednesday 26th – 28th September – G5 Overnight Excursion (Camp)

Thursday 27th September – EAL Coffee Morning for new families (Returning families are more than welcome to attend)

Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
Monday 8th – 12th October – Autumn Break

Dinner Time Talk
* What is the base meaning, in the word migration?
* What are some of the concerns or excitements you have about camp?
* Who was new to 5B this week?
* What connections did you make to another persons ‘Identity Artifact’ during the gallery walk?
* What is a word sum?

* Return the G5 Overnight Excursion documents back your child’s teacher.
* Volenteer to visit 5B and share your migration story.

“History in its broadest aspect is a record of man’s migrations from one environment to another”

Ellsworth Huntington

Week 4 – 4th to 7th September

Welcome 5B Community

5B’s Essential Agreements  

This is what your children value.

‘How we Express Ourselves’ UOI Identity
As we come to the end of our ‘Identity’ UOI students are putting their knowledge to the test by crafting an item that will show who they are at this point in time. They have worked on their summative planning sheet to identify artifact ideas, parts of their identity that are most important to them and factors that have influenced their identity. We are looking forward to sharing these with other G5 students next week.

Back to School Night

Thank you to the families that attending this important evening. It was a pleasure getting to know you and spend time sharing what the year ahead looks like for your child. I have attached the slideshow in PDF form for you to view and use any of the links.

5B are continuing to identify daily community focuses and working out ways that we can achieve these each day.

Tuesday – Empathy – Lots of discussion for 5B about how to continue to develop this attitude.
Wednesday – Commitment – Never give up, share words of encouragement to get others to keep going.
Thursday – Enthusiasm – Maintain high energy and interest when learning something new or developing a skill.
Friday – Reflection – What went well for me this week? What do I need to practice more of?

G5 Overnight Excursion (Camp)
By now you should have received the excursion package. These are important documents that require careful reading.

We do our best to provide support for all students, especially those who have not stayed away, overnight, from family. The hardest part for many students is the build-up and the fear of the unknown so Mr Dylan (G5 councillor) will be speaking with all students early next week about how he will promote/offer additional lunch/recess drop-in session for children who would like opportunities to mentally prepare themselves for camp, talk with their friends and normalise their feelings of nervousness and anticipation. Mr Dylan will also work on a case by case basis for children with high levels of anxiety over the coming weeks leading up to camp.

The teachers and other faculty members attending camp have your child’s best interests at heart and are very experienced in understanding the range of social and emotional needs children have.

If you have any concerns, please contact me directly, as I am here to support you and your child with this new experience.

Important Information
Learn more about how Math is structured in G5 by attending a G5 Maths Coffee Morning on Wednesday, Sept 19 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. This will be lead by Ms Beth, our ES Math Coach.

The IT department has kindly offered to order headphones for your child.

Save the dates:

*Tuesday 11th September – Parent Community Morning with Head of School – 8am
*Wednesday 26th – 28th September – G5 Overnight Excursion (Camp)
*Thursday 27th September – EAL Coffee Morning for new families (Returning families are more than welcome to attend)
*Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
*Monday 8th – 12th October – Autumn Break

The week that was!

Dinner Time Talk :

  • What identity creations have you seen being made?
  • Which community focus caused a huge discussion in class this week and why? (Enthusiasm Vs Tolerance)
  • How many reading responses should you be making per week? (3)
  • Where will the reading responses go? (Seesaw)
  • Do I have to comment on your reading responses? (yes)

Week 3 – 27th to 31st August

Welcome 5B Community
This week 5B students have been working towards understanding what ‘Identity’ means to them. The lines of inquiry that help guide these understandings are;
We are inquiring into:
*Factors that influence identity
*Sharing and expressing our identity and
*How our identity connects us with the global community

BJ’s Identity Portrait

Students have been inquiring into the ways in which they discover and express ideas, feelings, culture, beliefs and values. Students have been very creative in their tasks, crafting poetry and static images that reflect and connect their individual identity with their class and grade community. Check your child’s Seesaw platform to see what they have been doing.

Friday saw students view artifacts that students bought in to share. Students had to guess who the artifacts belonged to. It was a fun activity, that made students think of the connections and knowledge they have gained about each other.

G5 Community Time – Prisoner
As a G5 community, we are still working together to ensure we are kind, caretakers of others and ourselves as we play games that teach us a range of strategies to achieve the goal.

5B has been starting each day with a group focus.

Monday = Transitions – How might we move from class to class without disruptions and on time?
Tuesday = Kindness – How might we show kindness to others and ourselves?
Wednesday = Empathy – Taking note of what others are saying and knowing how to support a person’s feelings.
Friday = Reflection – How do we develop our thinking and actions to support learning?

We welcomed Arian back to UNIS and 5B – we are all glad to have you back.

Ariana working on her i-Act project of learning how to draw animations.

Classroom Agreements

With all members of 5B on board this week, we began to develop our ‘Class Agreements’. The purpose of class agreements is to have a guide, that everyone contributes to, so we can use these agreements to support our learning, solve any issues and make our time at school, supported and enjoyable.

Lots of thought, collaborative effort and discussion from all students made this important activity a success.

Our final creation will be posted next week.

Math this week was centred on the work of Jo Boaler out of Stanford. The week of Inspirational Math allowed students to explore misconceptions about math and build up a positive growth mindset in relation to themselves as a mathematician. Looking at patterns, visual maths and subitising allowed us to explore math in many ways.

5B and 2B are Buddies
This Thursday was the first time we met our new buddies. 5B had written to 2B students to tell them a little about themselves and ask a few questions so they could strike up a conversation when they met. Students spent time getting to know each other and then produced a portrait of each other. We will be meeting with our buddies regularly to develop and support our school values of community, learning and responsibility.

Student Council Selection from 5B

Passionate students running for student council.

Thank you to Grant, Angel, Won Hee, Chan Yoo and Audry for taking the time to craft presentations to 5B so they could make an informed choice as to who they can vote to be 5B’s Student Council Representative. This takes courage and each of the presentations were very convincing. The names of the chosen two will be published in our next blog update.

Back to School Night
You should have received an email from our ES Principal, Megan Brazil with important information about our Back to School night. In a nutshell, there are two sessions you can attend. One begins at 6:00 pm and the other at 6:30 pm to meet me so I can go over the year ahead and answer any questions about the G5 program that may arise. Specialist teachers are available to meet from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Link to Megan’s email

Save the Date Reminders
Monday 3rd September – Vietnam National Day celebration – NO SCHOOL!
Tuesday 4th September – ASAs and Youth Sports Begin- Please inform the transport department regarding arrangements for your child if they go by bus.
Thursday 6th September – Back to School Night – 6pm
Tuesday 11th September – Parent Community Morning with Head of School – 8am
Wednesday 26th – 28th September – G5 Excursion (Camp)
Thursday 27th – EAL Coffee Morning for new families (Returning families are more than welcome to attend)
Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
Monday 8th – 12th October – Autumn Break

Dinner Time Talk
*What was one of the focus topics for your class this week? How did you contribute to the focus?
*What game did you play this week during the G5 community time?
*What single-use plastic object, that is used at parties or celebrations, should be banned and replaced with bubbles?
*Who had a birthday at school this week?
*Share one of the current events your class talked about this week.
*What is Mr Lush trying to tell us? 

What is Mr Lush trying to tell us?

“Identity is something that
You are constantly earning.
It is not just who you are.
It is a process that you must be active in.
It’s not just parroting your parents or
the thoughts of your learned teachers.
It is now more than ever about understanding yourself, So you can become yourself”

Joss Whedon

Enjoy your weekend.


Week 2 – 20th to 24th August, 2018

Greetings 5B Community,
This week in 5B we have been working together as a community to look at better ways to transition to specialist classes, hold class meetings, keep our classroom space tidy, develop ways to organise ourselves for learning and look after our own possessions. We have met all our teachers including our support teachers and Principals and had our first lessons with Ms Beth (Math coach)  and Ms Michelle (IT coach).

All 5B students know how to add learning snapshots to their Seesaw so you can share in their learning daily. An easy sign-up form was sent home with your child so you can access this platform and be a part of our 5B community. Thank you to those families who have signed up already. Your children were really excited to know they had a legitimate audience to share their learning with.  

Creative Math
This week in math, 5B participated in an integrated Art/ Math lesson. We analysed examples of translations (slides), reflections (flips) and rotations (turns) of congruent (same size) shapes. We talked about examples of radial symmetry where designs radiate from a centre point, and designs that have multiple lines of symmetry and how to work these out using coordinate planes. We then created a Mathematical Mandala design which when completed will be posted to students Seesaw platform.

Ms Beth joined us for and led us in a  ‘Number Talk’. This task helped develop students thinking about seeing math from different perspectives, using symbols and patterns to discover numbers.

Ms Beth and 5B finding ways to see a number from different perspectives.

For the love of Literacy
Writing was highlighted this week by way of letters. 5B students are buddies with 2B this year. We took the time to introduce ourselves and let our little friends know how we will support their learning throughout the year. Some 5B students have chosen to help 2B students to develop reading skills, other are going to support art and music skills. All 5B students agreed it was important to teach 2B students how to get along at recess and how to sort out any issues they may encounter.

We have begun our class novel – ‘Freak the Mighty’ by Rodman Philbrick about an unlikely pair of 11-year-olds, who become inseparable as they go on quests and explore an imaginary world.

First Class Novel

G5 Community Time
Fun and Games as we engaged with other grade five teachers this week. Mr Nathan shared his Magic Number with 5B who then created their own ‘Math about Me’ magic number. Ms Angela helped us explore how many languages we are exposed to each day by exploring our holidays, friendships, home and school life. Mr Daniel designed a task which saw us moving and experiencing the wonder of drama. Ms Tina showed 5B students how to display an identity of self through art by creating an ‘Identity Portrait’. Look for these on your child’s Seesaw platforms.

Next week 5B will be introduced to ‘SWI’ Structured Word Inquiry’.This is an important element of developing vocabulary, understanding why and how words are spelt they way they are. We will also look a the history of numbers and how they work together to make our current system. For example,
Base 10 (Decimal) — Represent any number using 10 digits [0–9]
Base 2 (Binary) — Represent any number using 2 digits [0–1]
Base 8 (Octal) — Represent any number using 8 digits [0–7]
Base 16 (Hexadecimal) — Represent any number using 10 digits and 6 characters [0–9, A, B, C, D, E, F]

Info from the TEC department
This year, Tech Support is going to share the tech online forms directly to parents via Veracross. Kindly check your email and sign the following:

  • Responsible Use Agreement,  a document which explains what it means to be a responsible digital citizen.
  • Device Acceptance Form, which outlines the responsibilities to return the Devices in good condition when requested by the school.
  • Device Loss/Damage Programme (optional for parents to join)

*Sign up to see your child’s Seesaw platform
*Sign up to @5B_at work twitter account
*Youth Sports starts on the 4th of Sept – Coach Pitch
*Read to or with your child every night
*Headphones for school

Save the Date:
Thursday 6th September is Back to School Night
Mon 27th Aug is 5B class photo day – How good looking can they be?

Dinner Time Talk

  • What are the symbols in a date, that are written mathematically mean?
  • What was one of the titles taken away from the ‘Identity Iceberg’ Activity and why?
  • When do you have class meetings? Who has volunteered to run next week’s meeting?
  • What is a ditto?

This Week in 5B

“Knowledge is power,

Community is strength and

Positive attitude is everything”

Lance Armstrong