We were delighted to welcome seven teachers from Gothenburg, Sweden on Thursday 26th January 2017. In Gothenburg, many primary schools have had new arrivals with Swedish as an additional language.
They came to Osmani Primary School to see what strategies we apply to support our new to English pupils. They were fascinated by the phonics programme we use and were impressed by the progress made by new to English pupils that recently joined the school.
They were especially impressed by the way we cater for the needs of all the children by putting interventions in place in order for the pupils to make accelerated progress.
They thoroughly enjoyed the Chinese New Year Assembly performed by KS1 pupils. They commented on how the children were confident speakers!
On Friday 18th November, Osmani Primary School took part in fundraising for Children in Need by dressing up in spotty-themed clothes as well as carrying out sponsored ‘spot challenges’. Each class carried out a different sponsored challenge to support the cause.
Together, we raised an amazing £385.54 which will all go to Children in Need.
As part of the Sustrans Bike It year at Osmani Primary School, we held our first cycling/scooting event: ‘Bling Your Bike/Scooter’.
All the children were invited to bring their bikes or scooters to school, decorated and as festive as possible! The entries were incredible with over 100 bikes and scooters in school for the prize giving assembly. The children got really creative and used Christmas decorations including tinsel, baubles and lights to make their bike or scooter look really fun and festive.
There were 14 winners in total who each received bike and scooter goodies. Well done to everybody that took part.
Earlier this term the Pod group in Year 2 travelled to Stave Hill in Rotherhithe to work with the artist Ky Lewis. We collected natural materials from the local environment and then made photograms (cyanotypes).
The process uses light and light sensitive paper to make distinctive blue prints. Each child made a beautiful book of photograms to which they added maps, recounts and more prints at school. Can you see the brown photogram? It was made by soaking it in tea!
At Osmani, children learnt about Remembrance Day and why the day is observed in the UK and across the world.
At 11am, we all observed a 2 minutes silence as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in various wars and conflicts around the world. After the 2 minutes silence, one of our teachers played the ‘Last Post’ on the trumpet. Click here to view the video.
Osmani celebrated Black History Month by exploring the different sights and sounds of Africa.
We have been exploring eight African nations (Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria, Somalia), researching the culture and customs which make up part of this wonderful continent.
We were also visited by Iroko Theatre Group who put on an amazing performance of African stories from Nigeria for the Early Years and Key Stage One and Two.
Classes in KS1 and 2 also had the opportunity to take part in individual class workshops on African dance, African storytelling, jewellery making and mask making.
Having learnt about Mary Seacole as part of their topic, Year One were fortunate enough to have a special visit from this famous nurse and important historical figure who helped British soldiers during the Crimean War. Together the children explored her early life in Jamaica, her travels around the world and the many obstacles she bravely overcame in order to follow her nurse’s vocation.
At Osmani, we invited Sixth Form students from secondary schools in Tower Hamlets to deliver presentations and Q&A sessions as part of their final training session to become an Ambassador of Faith and Belief. The group of children represented a range of religions, faith perspectives and cultures.
Each student finished the training day by visiting one of the classes at our school to work with the pupils and deliver their final presentations. All classes in Years 1 to 6 were visited. It was a great opportunity for both the students and our pupils at Osmani and it was clear they all learnt lots and enjoyed the visit!
The visitors said: “We really enjoyed our experience and hope to become teachers one day. Thank you to all the staff at Osmani for their wonderful hospitality”.
We wish the students the best of luck with their ambassador work in Tower Hamlets and look forward to having them at Osmani again.
On Thursday 15th September, Osmani held their 2nd annual ‘Election Day’. The students from Year 2-6 voted for one boy and one girl to represent their class as their new Right’s Respecting Ambassadors. In true democratic style, each child voted for their representatives and placed their anonymous vote into a class ballot box.
Congratulations to all the candidates and I look forward to working with the new Ambassadors this year.
The Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES) celebrated its tenth anniversary this year. Since its formation in 2006, THAMES has worked with almost all schools in Tower Hamlets and they have supported pupils in having instrumental and vocal tuition on a weekly basis.
As part of the celebrations, our School Choir, Awards pupils and Year 4 instrumental learners performed as part of the Tower Hamlets Youth Orchestra, Awards Orchestra at The Barbican Main Hall in the City of London on Monday the 11th July 2016 at 7.00pm.
To view extracts of the musical performances, please click here.