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 ideas for their own work. Thank you for a wonderful day!
We have had a fantastic start in Nursery this academic year! All our children joined us during September and October and we have had great fun making new friends and exploring our learning environment.
We enjoyed playing outside, reading stories, dressing up, counting, painting and mark making…just to name a few.
Now that we are all here, we are so excited to see where this amazing learning journey takes us.
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!
On Monday 14th October 2019, Osmani Primary School celebrated Black History Month with the help of professional story-teller, Wendy Shearer. We enjoyed listening to stories about Anansi the Spider and joined in with Wendy to retell the stories through role-play. The children used music, props, instruments and drama to retell these traditional West African tales with help from Wendy. Through these stories we explored the morals and values being taught by the example of Anansi the Spider and the important message that every person is special and unique, no matter how big or small.
Throughout this month we have been learning about different key figures in each year group, including astronauts, poets, designers and engineers. We look forward to displaying the children’s work for parents to view and enjoy in November.
Last year, Osmani Primary School joined Magic Me’s exciting new Arts & Ages programme, bringing groups of older and younger people together for creative projects over three years.
For their first collaboration, children from Year 4 came together with older adults from Rochester Court (a sheltered housing scheme in Bethnal Green) to explore film, puppetry and storytelling. Over ten weeks the group worked with professional artists to create stop-motion animations which were exhibited at the school at a final celebration event.
We will be continuing work with Rochester Court in January 2020.
If you would like to know more about how you can be involved please speak to Osik Uddin.
For more information about the partnership and videos of the artworks visit: https://magicme.co.uk/project/rochester-court-osmani-primary-school/
Year 3 Orange and Gold class visited the Soanes Centre to investigate different types of rocks and the effect of weathering, as our topic this term is Stone and Bones.
In the centre, we observed and classified rocks according to their properties. Our investigations involved making predictions, using equipment (such as magnifying glasses and pipettes) and then observing and testing different types of rocks (both human-made and natural) within the surroundings of the centre.
Some of the rocks that we identified were: granite, limestone, sandstone, marble and slate. We then investigated different properties of rocks such as: permeability, impermeability and whether they were hard or soft, and the effect of weathering and erosion. Did you know that granite is an igneous rock which is formed through the cooling and solidification of magma or lava? Rocks are so fascinating and as a result of this trip we can’t wait to learn more about rocks!
This term we are learning ‘All about Me’. To support our learning, Year 1 went on a trip to the Science Museum and took part in a workshop that used our senses to make patterns. There was even a room where we used our body movements to make patterns from lights! After our workshop we had fun exploring about the first trains and cars. We also visited the space station with lots of rockets, planets and even real astronaut suits!
Year 4 went on a trip to the London Aquatics Centre in Stratford to watch the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. We were in awe of all the swimmers who have shown us what it means to never give up. We cheered, we clapped, we waved the flags… But most importantly, we were inspired by their growth mindset and determination to achieve their goals despite the obstacles they face in life.