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!
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!
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!
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!