Osmani is 30!

On Friday 27th May 2016, Osmani celebrated its 30th Anniversary as a primary school.

The theme for the day was the 1980’s so we went back to the future!

Staff and pupils came out in their best retro 1980’s costumes so the school was a sea of bright colours. Neon pink and green being most popular!

Each year group participated in an activity that was linked to learning about the 1980’s. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about the different fashions of the day, significant events, as well as what cartoons were popular during this decade.

Osmani is fortunate to have ex-pupils who are currently staff members.  So Year 6 pupils used their researching skills to interview Osmani’s ex-pupils to find out what life was like for them as pupils during the 1980’s and 1990’s. They presented their findings in a special assembly.

After the assembly pupils were treated to a special 1980’s cinema experience with KS1 watching The Little Mermaid and KS2 watching ET. What classics!

To party in style, children enjoyed celebrating our 30 years with a class party whilst also listening to 1980’s pop classics. This all happened whilst our governors and business partners enjoyed being hosted by Remi and other members of the senior leadership team to celebrate this momentous occasion.

We ended the day’s exciting events with a big sing off of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Happy Birthday’ a classic 1980’s hit!  Click here to view a short clip of the Happy Birthday sing off.

Pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day and we all felt proud to be part of our amazing school.

Happy Birthday Osmani!

Tower Bridge Museum and Wilton’s Music Hall Shadow Puppet Project

Seven New to English families were chosen from Osmani to take a creative look at the history of London. Mum’s and Dad’s worked and performed alongside their children. They wrote a script, made shadow puppets and helped to compose the music to describe the story of Frank McClean who flew his hydroplane under Tower Bridge in 1912. Everybody really enjoyed the project which culminated in a public performance at Wilton’s. They shared the stage with other children from Tower Hamlets schools who had similarly been involved with preparing their own fascinating stories about the city we all live in.

To view the video please click here

Frank McClean flying his hydroplane under Tower Bridge in 1912.

Athletics Competition

Selected Osmani children from Y3-Y5 had the opportunity to participate in an Athletics Competition held at Mile End Stadium.  The competition was organised and run by BADU Sports (Broaden, Advance, Develop, Understand).  BADU Sports Coaches run sports activities at Osmani on a weekly basis.  20 Schools from the local boroughs, consisting of 260 children took part in the competition.  The children had a fantastic time taking part in 75m, 300m, 400m, full length laps, vortex howler throw, shot put and long jumps.

The Queen’s 90th

Osmani Primary School celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday by having a whole school picnic. Fortunately the weather was sunny so the children enjoyed sharing food and then had a go at playing some of the games Her Majesty might have played when she was in school. The celebrations linked nicely with Maths Week and the children dressed either as money (many as coins with the Queen’s face on) or in the colours of our nation’s flag – red, white and blue.

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We marked this momentous occasion by having the first ever whole school photo in the KS2 playground.

World Book Character Day

Today at Osmani Primary School, we celebrated Book Character Day by dressing up as characters from Roald Dahl’s books. At our whole school assembly we held our annual staff vs pupils quiz and each class nominated 2 winners for the best book character costume.    

Jo Simmons, Author visits Osmani

On Friday 4th March we were extremely fortunate to have the children’s author, Jo Simmons, visit Osmani.  She spent time with children from across the school sharing her experiences and love of writing.  She even signed some of her books for the children.

As part of the Read Aloud 2016 campaign, which is in support of the national Save the Children ‘Read On Get On’ campaign, a group of children were able to spend some time with Jo asking questions and hearing her read a chapter from one of her books.  The children really enjoyed asking her about where she got her ideas from and what her next book will be about.  Perhaps they were looking for ideas for their own writing!

Sports Relief 2016

On Friday 18th March Osmani had a fun-filled day hosting various sporting events to raise money for Sport Relief 2016.  As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to raise as much money as possible and change countless lives.

Children came to school dressed in sports clothes or as their favourite sporting heroes.  Dads took part in a friendly Cricket match in the Junior playground.  The whole school took part in a seriously funky Zumba session to work up a sweat and get our hearts racing. And every year group took part in a ‘Try-athlon’ of different sports and games in the school gym, including the bouncy castle!   Teachers used the learning resources provided by Sport Relief to teach pupils exactly how the money raised will help transform the lives of poor and vulnerable people.

We raised  £199.25 for Sport Relief.  Well done everyone!

Click here to view the whole school zumba video clip

World Book Day

On World Book Day, children celebrated reading by taking part in a World Book Day quiz.  Pupils worked in teams to answer questions about different well-known stories.

Some example questions were:

In which book would you find Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge?


What do the following have in common?

Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Gryffindor

Do you know the answers?

Here are a few of the teams that won.


Swedish Teachers Visit Osmani

On Friday 22nd January, we had the wonderful opportunity of welcoming 5 teachers from Sweden.  They had a tour of the school where they were able to observe many lessons such as Fit in 5, Phonics and Guided Reading. The teachers especially enjoyed spending time in the Early Years.

The Swedish teachers were very impressed with how well behaved the children were and the respect they showed towards each other and adults. They were also amazed at how creative the Learning Environment was throughout the school.

We look forward to continuing having links with our friends in Sweden.

Comments from the Swedish Teachers

“I worked with programming and robots and the students had such joy in their eyes, which made my day.”
We were very welcomed and taken care of and we got the chance to take part in what happens on a regular school-Friday, The staff took their time to answer our questions. So friendly!”

Diversity Day

Last term, the Osmani school councillors attended the annual Pupil Parliament event. During the course of the day, the children proposed an action plan to take back to school based on three topics. They were:

– Human Rights and Equality

– The Environment

– Opportunities for young people

On Friday 15th January we had our first Diversity Day to support equality for all. Both children and staff wore their culture’s traditional clothes so that we could celebrate the differences within our school and community.