Last month, we celebrated the Summer Reading Challenge in one of our assemblies. Two Idea Store representatives visited our school to congratulate children that had completed the reading challenge over the summer holiday. Twenty-six of our pupils were given certificates and medals and we were happy to see that our children enjoy reading in their free time. Let’s see if more children challenge themselves next time!
On Monday 14th October 2019, Osmani Primary School celebrated Black History Month with the help of professional story-teller, Wendy Shearer. We enjoyed listening to stories about Anansi the Spider and joined in with Wendy to retell the stories through role-play. The children used music, props, instruments and drama to retell these traditional West African tales with help from Wendy. Through these stories we explored the morals and values being taught by the example of Anansi the Spider and the important message that every person is special and unique, no matter how big or small.
Throughout this month we have been learning about different key figures in each year group, including astronauts, poets, designers and engineers. We look forward to displaying the children’s work for parents to view and enjoy in November.
Last year, Osmani Primary School joined Magic Me’s exciting new Arts & Ages programme, bringing groups of older and younger people together for creative projects over three years.
For their first collaboration, children from Year 4 came together with older adults from Rochester Court (a sheltered housing scheme in Bethnal Green) to explore film, puppetry and storytelling. Over ten weeks the group worked with professional artists to create stop-motion animations which were exhibited at the school at a final celebration event.
We will be continuing work with Rochester Court in January 2020.
If you would like to know more about how you can be involved please speak to Osik Uddin.
For more information about the partnership and videos of the artworks visit: https://magicme.co.uk/project/rochester-court-osmani-primary-school/
Year 3 Orange and Gold class visited the Soanes Centre to investigate different types of rocks and the effect of weathering, as our topic this term is Stone and Bones.
In the centre, we observed and classified rocks according to their properties. Our investigations involved making predictions, using equipment (such as magnifying glasses and pipettes) and then observing and testing different types of rocks (both human-made and natural) within the surroundings of the centre.
Some of the rocks that we identified were: granite, limestone, sandstone, marble and slate. We then investigated different properties of rocks such as: permeability, impermeability and whether they were hard or soft, and the effect of weathering and erosion. Did you know that granite is an igneous rock which is formed through the cooling and solidification of magma or lava? Rocks are so fascinating and as a result of this trip we can’t wait to learn more about rocks!
This term we are learning ‘All about Me’. To support our learning, Year 1 went on a trip to the Science Museum and took part in a workshop that used our senses to make patterns. There was even a room where we used our body movements to make patterns from lights! After our workshop we had fun exploring about the first trains and cars. We also visited the space station with lots of rockets, planets and even real astronaut suits!
Year 4 went on a trip to the London Aquatics Centre in Stratford to watch the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. We were in awe of all the swimmers who have shown us what it means to never give up. We cheered, we clapped, we waved the flags… But most importantly, we were inspired by their growth mindset and determination to achieve their goals despite the obstacles they face in life.
On Sunday 29th October, KS2 had an amazing day out at London Stadium watching West Ham take on Spurs.
Being part of the 24,790 crowd, the children left their mark with cheers, singing and chants.
The final score was 2-0 to Spurs. Well done to Tottenham as it was well deserved.
A massive thank you to Asad, who gave our school the tickets. It allowed the children to enjoy this wonderful experience.
In Years 5 and 6, EqualiTeach held workshops for the children. They were interactive and fully participatory.
The aim of the workshop was to:
- support young people to understand that everyone has a different world view and we don’t always see the world in the same way as other people
- explore how sometimes information that may be accepted as fact when it may not be reliable
- examine the potential damaging consequences of believing in false information
- enable pupils to see how critical thinking skills can be used to prevent the escalation of a situation and reject division, prejudice and hate.
It was a great opportunity for children to learn from any misconceptions they may have had prior to the session.
Our aim for Science Week was to think about the different scientific journeys that happen every day and how you can discover science through our own lives and experiences.
We began the week with a stimulating, interactive, educational Up, Up and Away Science Show, where we learnt about Forces. Each year group conducted exciting investigations to explore, observe and test different forces and shared their findings with their peers. Parents and Carers also joined in and supported us with our investigative learning. Brilliant discoveries were made and children had a spectacular time being super scientists!
Have you ever rubbed your hands together? Are your hands warm? Rubbing hands together is one of the example of friction. Our hands become warmer due to friction generating heat.
Did you know that Sir Isaac Newton was one of the first scientists to study gravity and force? Without gravity, we would fall right off of Earth’s surface and float away! Or that gravity is the reason a ball comes back down when you throw it into the air, instead of just travelling higher and higher?
In Year 2, we looked at comic art to see how lines and colours could affect a character’s appearance. We designed illustrations of characters in action, such as flying, bouncing, running etc, as our topic was “Let’s get moving”. We used watercolour and ink to add colour and detail to our action characters and then used paper collage to create an exciting background. We made a pull tab to create a pop up mechanism and make the character physically move across the page and complete our comic art.