Osmani Primary School had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take 30 children to see Dame Jacqueline Wilson on World Book Day, 2nd March 2017 at York Hall, Old Ford Road. A competition was run in school to select the 30 children to go on the trip. The children were asked to submit book reviews of Jacqueline Wilson titles. Over a thousand children were at York Hall for her one hour talk and question and answer session. The children had a wonderful time and were very enthusiastic about listening to such a popular and well known children’s author. Afterwards two of our children were selected to have the opportunity to talk Dame Jacqueline and get their books signed.
Nursery and Reception children recently met author and storyteller Margaret Bateson Hill. Margaret was telling stories to the children and talked to them about writing books, making reference to her own books which include Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain and retellings of traditional rhymes. The children really enjoyed the visit and could not wait to read more of Margaret’s stories in the classrooms with their teachers.
On Friday 31st March 2017, we held a Book Character Day at Osmani to celebrate reading and our favourite books. The school turned into a magical place full of fantastic book characters! It was wonderful to see the children and adults dressed up and we were pleased that so many parents came to support the occasion. The children competed against the teachers in the annual book quiz and the best costumes won certificates and amazing books. We also raised money for a good cause – what a great way to end the spring term!
The Two Steves – Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore, authors of the Mad Myths and Atlantic Quest series, as well as a terrific new Soccer App, visited Osmani to talk to the children about their books. Our KS2 pupils attended an engaging and very entertaining session filled with role play and story reading which provided inspiration for their own writing and also enthused them about the joy of reading. This session supported the literacy work that we do in school and it proved a stimulating experience for the children. The pupils also had an opportunity to buy a book and get it dedicated to them and signed by the Two Steves. This will be a permanent reminder of a special experience and can reinforce the message about the importance of reading.
Some of our best Year 6 readers were very lucky to attend the Tower Hamlets Book Awards ceremony at the East Winter Garden in Canary Wharf. They had a fantastic opportunity to talk to the writers whose books they had been reading and they also had their favourite books signed by the authors themselves! It was a truly inspirational experience that brought smiles on all the children’s faces.