Black History Month at Osmani

Osmani chose to celebrate Black History Month this year by participating in a number of fun and engaging activities. Nursery and Reception based all their lessons around Africa and learnt more about African culture, instruments and designs. KS1 and KS2 based all of their lessons around people who have made changes to the world and have fought for an end to discrimination and inequality. We learnt about the bravery of Rosa Parks, the courage of Muhammed Ali, the patience of Nelson Mandela, the perseverance of Serena Williams, the optimism of Malcolm X and the integrity of Floella Benjamin. Combined with our lessons on these iconic individuals we also participated in some fun filled art activities. We all had fun creating, painting and using our imaginations! Have a look at some of the fun things that we did created!

 

Year 5 at the Science Museum!

Last week Year 5 went on a trip to the Science Museum. We went to experience what machinery looked like during the industrial revolution and we also got the opportunity to make a comparison to modern day machines. Have a look at some of our pictures to see what we saw:

Year 6 met Floella Benjamin!

 

As part of our work on Black History Month, Year 6 participated in an event at Rich Mix Cultural Centre. They went to watch a screening of ‘Coming to England’ with a Q & A session with Baroness Floella Benjamin. Children enjoyed learning about Floella Benjamin’s past and struggles with discrimination and inequality. It was an inspirational and uplifting session that encouraged the children to embrace challenges and fight for what is right.

Year 6 at the Art Pavilion

 

Year 6 went and visited the Art Pavilion to get an in depth insight into the life of Anne Frank. They had a chance to see a replica of her diary. Using this information, we will be writing biographies on the life of Anne Frank.

Year 6 pond dipping in Soanes Centre

Children in Year 6 searched for invertebrates in the woodland and explored freshwater fauna in a pond dipping session in the Soanes Centre. They examined the animals with magnifying glasses and identified them by using classification keys. Children wrote instructions and a newspaper article linked to this trip.

Food Glorious Food!

Year 5 have been reading Oliver Twist in Literacy this half term and have enjoyed it so much that Emerald Class decided to re-enact one of the most iconic parts of the story in assembly for the rest of the school to see. All the children enjoyed getting dressed up as orphans and singing the well known song ‘Food Glorious food!’. Here are some pictures of the eventful performance for you to enjoy:

Year One at the National Portrait Gallery

As part of our humanities learning, Year 1 visited the National Portrait Gallery. We set off to St James Park to enjoy our picnic. We saw many sights and sounds in the royal park and enjoyed the views of the squirrels, swans and geese.

We took a scenic route to the gallery past Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and the Horses Guard to Trafalgar Square where we arrived at the gallery.

We were greeted by our teacher who showed us pictures of Queen Victoria, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We learnt about how they worked in different ways to help soldiers injured during the Crimean War. We also had the chance to draw our own sketches of these two famous heroes.

Year 2 Visit the Horniman Museum

On Tuesday 26th September, Year 2 visited the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill.

This half term, our topic in Year 2 is Music Makers – so we went to take part in an exciting workshop where we explored different musical instruments from around the world. We had lots of fun making a soundscape where we used the different instruments to compose a piece of music that reflected the sounds of a rain forest!

As well as our workshop, we also had the opportunity to see (and smell!) the museum’s alpacas (Peep and Poppy). Did you know, alpacas are members of the camel family and they are native to South America?

The museum also had it’s own aquarium, and we were lucky enough to have a look around at their collection of tropical fish. They even had orange clown fish – the same species as Nemo!

We all had a great day – staff and children alike, and we wouldn’t have been able to go without the help of our parent volunteers. Thank you for coming!

ESOL Graduation

It was a wonderful morning celebrating the achievements of so many mums and dads across the E1 Schools Partnership in Tower Hamlets.

Guest speaker, Polly Toynbee was delighted to hear of how ESOL classes have made such a huge impact on the lives of parents. From building their confidence and self-esteem, meeting new friends, travelling to places outside of Whitechapel through to gaining employment.

A huge, ‘Thank you’ to Samantha Campbell and the team at Deesha for their continued hard work and support over the years without whom there wouldn’t be such positive testimonies from parents, schools and the community.

Mile End Sports Festival

Last week children from Emerald class participated in the Mile End Sports Festival. We had lots of fun trying out different sports and competing against other schools. We played football, dodge ball and basketball as well as enjoying boxing and dancing. Each class was split into 3 teams and one of our sub teams was awarded the team spirit award for the best chants and excellent teamwork! Well done Osmani!