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.
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.
In Year 2, we looked at comic art to see how lines and colours could affect a character’s appearance. We designed illustrations of characters in action, such as flying, bouncing, running etc, as our topic was “Let’s get moving”. We used watercolour and ink to add colour and detail to our action characters and then used paper collage to create an exciting background. We made a pull tab to create a pop up mechanism and make the character physically move across the page and complete our comic art.
Last week Year 2 travelled on the London Underground to go exploring in London Zoo.
After a brisk walk from Camden Town Station, Year 2 arrived in London Zoo to find out more about animals from all over the world. Initially the Year 2 children explored nocturnal animals before going to view the penguin show. While exploring the zoo they found many animals, including lazy lions sleeping in the hot sun, deadly reptiles (including cobras and crocodiles) camouflaged in the Reptile House and fish from all around the world in the Aquarium. Before leaving the zoo, Year 2 explored the ‘Into Africa’ area to discover zebras and giraffe.
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.