Two important educational beliefs guide our work at UNIS Hanoi.
1. Education Is A Process - Not A Race
The curriculum framework of the Elementary School is based around the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). Fundamental to the Programme is the recognition that children are natural inquirers who will develop at their own pace and in their own way. In the Elementary School we pride ourselves on getting to know each child as an individual in order to help them make progress. UNIS Hanoi has high expectations for all its learners and teachers in the Elementary School plan to scaffold success for all learners from their point of entry. This means that learning opportunities are planned so that all students are challenged appropriately, by providing work that is a little too hard and then providing support systems to enable students to work through their difficulties to achieve success.
The development of the whole child is at the heart of what we do; learning in the Elementary School is about developing personal, emotional and social skills as well as being an intellectual and academic process. We aim to help children find their voice - their own unique, personal significance. We encourage them to think about what their contribution will be in the world - how they will try to make a difference as responsible and engaged members of the school community as well as citizens of the world.
Above all, we are interested in the learning process - learning how to learn and how to apply skills and knowledge across an ever-increasing spectrum of experience. From the earliest age we ensure that children have an enjoyable experience of school and are motivated to learn and improve. This positive attitude is supported by a team of highly professional teachers who are themselves engaged in lifelong learning and model effective habits of mind.
2. Education Is A Partnership
This process however cannot be achieved effectively without the teachers working in close partnership with you, the parents. The school needs your support to ensure we are able to meet the needs of your children successfully. There are many ways to support the learning process but critically, the main one is to maintain regular contact with your child's teacher. This does not just mean attending individual parent/ teacher meetings but also taking advantage of as many of the opportunities that are provided during the year such as curriculum information meetings and workshops designed to further understanding of the educational philosophy and approaches to teaching and learning used at UNIS Hanoi.
Partnership is also about ensuring that you make the school aware of all pertinent background information and raising questions and concerns as they arise so that the teachers can deal with any issues immediately. We aim to build on the children's background knowledge and experience to equip them with the strategies and a love of learning that will inspire them to succeed whatever the next step on their educational journey. The more knowledge we have, the better equipped we are to help them; effective and regular home/ school collaboration is therefore vital.