Book Character Day

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.

Ted Dewan visits Osmani

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!

Michael Rosen on World Book 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! 

Creative Writing Competition Workshop

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)

Summer Reading Challenge

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!

Chris Riddell on World Book Day 2018

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!

Happy World Book Day!

Jacqueline Wilson Competition winners meet the author

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.

Author visit in Nursery and Reception

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.