We love reading at Osmani and therefore we are super excited to get involved again in the Summer Reading Challenge! Lori from the Idea Store Whitechapel came to tell us all about it and we can’t wait for the summer full of fun reading to begin. Bring it on!
Visit www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk for more information.
The children in KS2 met author Barbara Mitchelhill – a twice-winner of the Young Quills Prize for Historial Fiction. She talked about her book, The Secret Suffragette, which is set in Tower Hamlets and is the perfect introduction to the suffrage movement for younger readers. The pupils also reenacted a suffragette protest – they dressed up and marched in the hall just like the suffragettes did over a hundred years ago. Thank you, Barbara, for visiting Osmani and bringing to life this important time in our history.
Many young writers from our school participated in this year’s Creative Writing Competition – an annual event for schools in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
In 2019, the theme was: ‘The Clothes I Am’ and the judges, author Andrew Donkin and poet Joseph Coelho, had a very enjoyable time picking the best pieces from hundreds of stories and poems.
Osmani really impressed the judges this year – seven of our pupils won in the competition and received certificates and prizes at a prize-giving ceremony. Moreover, they attended a workshop for young writers with the authors and they will also have their work published in an anthology with all the winning poems and stories from other schools.
These are the 2019 winners from our school:
Year 1 and 2 Poetry
1st and Best in School – Md Mujaheed Abedin
2nd – Janan Sumaiyah Ahmed
3rd Aleena Uddin
Year 3 and 4 Poetry
3rd Manha Binte Hassan
Year 3 and 4 Short Story
3rd Sumeet Mojumder
Commended Sheikh Nayeema
Year 5 and 6 poetry
2nd – Priyanka Ghosh
Congratulations to all our winners for their excellent creativity and well done to all the pupils who contributed with their stories and poems. Keep writing!
On the last day of spring term, our school turned into a magical world of characters from hundreds of different books. All the adults and children created fantastic costumes and dressed up according to their year group theme. The parents joined us for our annual Book Character Day assembly, which was yet again a fun celebration of reading and imagination. The adults paraded around the hall, showing off their costumes and dancing skills. The pupils beat the teachers in the quiz (Well done, children! Boo, teachers!) and the best children costumes from every class won great books – handed out by our head teacher, Remi. What a phenomenal way to start off a well-deserved Easter break.
On Monday, 13th March 2019, author and illustrator Ted Dewan visited Osmani and delivered fun sessions to children in EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Ted is best known as the creator of the award-winning book series, Bing, now adapted into an animated television series. All the children and the adults loved listening to Ted read his stories and talk about writing and illustrating his books. Thank you for a great day!
On World Book Day, Osmani pupils spent a lovely afternoon reading books and doing fun reading activities. Twenty-five lucky children, who contributed to our Creative Writing Competition, went to see author Michael Rosen at Genesis Cinema. He was telling us funny stories from his childhood and his humour made everyone laugh throughout the whole session. What a great way to celebrate reading!
Our Creative Writing Competition is in full swing and many children have already submitted their stories and poems linked to the 2019 theme The Clothes I Am. Year 5 were incredibly lucky to have an inspiring workshop with poet Adisa who shared a wealth of knowledge about writing poetry and encouraged the pupils to contribute with their original ideas. We can’t wait for the influx of amazing poems from Year 5 children in the next few days! The competition deadline is 29th of March 2019.
‘It was funny and he taught us that you should take negative comments and turn them into a positive ones. He also taught us how we can express ourselves through poetry about the clothes we wear.’ (Yaqub)
‘It was a great workshop and I learnt that not all poems have to rhyme but they have to express your feelings and what makes you who you are.’ (Mariam)
‘ It was a fantastic workshop and I learned that through clothing you are your own person and no one can tell you what to wear. I also learnt how to write a poem that allows me to express myself.’ (Mohamed)
Our children made us proud in the Summer Reading Challenge. 50 pupils completed reading all six books and the Idea Store representatives came to Osmani to congratulate the children personally and handed out the certificates in our assembly. Let’s hope we have even more readers participating next year!
21 winners of our Chris Riddell book review competition were very lucky to attend a multi-school event with former Children’s Laureate and multi-award-winning author/illustrator Chris Riddell at the Genesis Cinema on Thursday, 1st March.
Chris gave a wonderful performance, doing what he loves doing best, sitting and drawing and talking about his drawings. He even answered children’s questions with drawings which children were very excited to be able to take away with them afterwards.
Two children had the chance to meet Chris Riddell after the event and we now have a signed copy of Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death in the library and an original drawing by the artist!