Our Year 4 pupils participated in the Junior SLAMbassadors project, run by the Schools Library Service and The Poetry Society.
The programme uses the theme of Identity to encourage participants to think about the diversity of the world around them; from the local to the global. It allows them to make links between their motherlands and the east end of London, and explore their place in the world. It focuses not only on the pupils’ literacy and oracy, but also crucially on their emotional literacy.
Our children had two days of whole-class poetry workshops, performed their poems in a school assembly and then at the SlambassadorsFinale in Rich Mix in Shoreditch. On top of that, Sumeet (Year 4 Saffron) won the Poetry Society Award for the Best Solo Performance! Well done Sumeet and all of you who participated, performed and made us proud!
This week, the children in Years 5 and 6 were given free workshops by St. Giles Trust.
The workshops focused on preventing gang exploitation, by both dispelling the myths which glamorise gang life and crime, whilst also exposing the serious exploitative and grooming tactics that take place in order to get young people to join gangs and commit crime.
The children found the workshop very informative and came away with real tools to prevent recruitment and exploitation.
Thank you St. Giles Trust. The trainer was excellent and the children were engaged throughout. A vital workshop for young children today.
We had so much fun visiting our local library! First, we found out about all the services the Idea Store has on offer. Then, we did a scavenger hunt, searching for great children’s books on the ground floor of the library. After that, we climbed four flights of stairs to get to the top of the Idea Store to enjoy the amazing views. We identified the landmarks of East London and discussed the history of our area. What a fantastic experience! Many of us were not members of the library and we were certainly inspired to join.
On Tuesday 3rd December 2019, the children in EYFS and KS1 met the author and poet Jane Clarke. Jane shared her stories and poems with the pupils and inspired everyone to read and write. Our young readers and writers left her sessions buzzing with ideasfor their own work. Thank you for a wonderful day!
We have had a fantastic start in Nursery this academic year! All our children joined us during September and October and we have had great fun making new friends and exploring our learning environment.
We enjoyed playing outside, reading stories, dressing up, counting, painting and mark making…just to name a few.
Now that we are all here, we are so excited to see where this amazing learning journey takes us.
Every year, our keen Year 6 readers take part in the annual Tower Hamlets Book Award. The children regularly get together in our library, discover new exciting authors and stories and then they discuss and debate about the books they have read. It’s a fantastic opportunity for them to share their joy of reading and develop their speaking and listening skills.
Last week, our children attended the grand finale at the East Winter Garden in Canary Wharf, they met many authors and had a great time! On top of that, one of our Year 6 pupils, Mariam, won a book prize for her artwork for The Boy at the Back of the Class. Well done!
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.