Exploring the Aztecs

On Monday 21st January, the children in Year 4 visited the British Museum to learn more about the Mayan and Aztec civilization. The Aztecs and Mayans played an important role in the history of chocolate, which is our topic for this half term.

The Mayans are believed to be the first to discover cocoa in 900 AD. They learned that the beans inside the cocoa pods could be harvested and made into a bitter chocolatey liquid that would become a treasured Mayan treat.

In fact, the word ‘chocolate’ is said to have come from the Mayan word ‘xocolatl’, which means bitter water.

At the museum, we explored the world of the Aztecs, looking at artefacts linked to their daily life, religion, trade and warfare.

 

Sutton Who?

This week Year 5 visited the British Museum to find out some more information about the Anglo Saxons and in particular about a burial site called Sutton Hoo. We recently learnt that the Anglo Saxons liked to  bury their dead with their belongings because they believed that the dead would be able to use these belongings in their next life. Shortly before the start of World War Two, archaeologists discovered a massive Anglo Saxon burial site in Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. They discovered the remains of an old Anglo Saxon King along with all his possessions and even one of his old ships. People were astonished to discover how well preserved some of the kings belongings remained even after all this time. The discovery lead to a new wealth of knowledge being unearthed about the Anglo Saxon times. Many of the items that were excavated at Sutton Hoo are now displayed in the British Museum and Year 5 were fortunate enough to see some of these belongings first hand. Have a look at some of the things we discovered…

 

Year 5 are Singing Superstars!

On Tuesday 4th December, Children from both Year 5 classes participated in Spitalfields Music Festival at Rich Mix Arts Centre in Bethnal Green. Both classes took part in various workshops with the organisation that assisted the children in developing their creative and musical talents. Both classes produced their very own original songs all based on Heart and Breath and they were assisted by professional musicians who played alongside them. Every workshop they had with Spitalfields geared them up for this final performance in front of members of the public, other schools and other musicians. The children sang with confidence and passion and did Osmani proud. Very well done Year 5!

 

Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2018

Osmani have been selected to participate in the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2018.

We joined over 300 other schools, clubs and youth groups specially selected from across the UK to choose the winner of the 2018 prize. The Prize celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people in an accessible, creative way.

Our judging panel of keen scientists from Year 5 have enjoyed reviewing the shortlisted titles and have cast their votes. Their unanimous decision was Optical Illusions by Gianni A. Sarcone and Marie-Jo Waeber followed closely by Scientist Academy by Steve Martin.

We are eagerly awaiting the final decision to be announced at the Award Ceremony on the 15th November.

OSMANI ARE CHAMPIONS!

Last week Osmani took part in the E1 Basketball finals competition. We were up against 5 other E1 schools to see who would be victorious. The children played wonderfully well – using just the right amount of pace, skill and aggression. We dared to hope that we could go all the way and after a nail biting final against Kobi Nazrul – Osmani were named champions of 2018! A very well done to all the children from all the schools who took part in this fun and friendly competition!

 

Summer Reading Challenge

Our children made us proud in the Summer Reading Challenge. 50 pupils completed reading all six books and the Idea Store representatives came to Osmani to congratulate the children personally and handed out the certificates in our assembly. Let’s hope we have even more readers participating next year!

Year 4 build Cosy Homes

 

  

Last week, Year 4 Amber and Saffron went on a trip to the Soanes Centre to learn all about insulators and conductors.

Here is some useful information before you read on any further:

  • A material is what things are made of.
  • An insulator is a material the does not allow heat to pass through it.
  • A conductor is a material that does allow heat to pass through it.

We began by testing different materials using a thermal heat pad to identify which were insulators and which were conductors. Then, we realised which materials will be useful for insulating a home (cardboard, bubble wrap and fleece). Our classes were split into teams and then the games began!

We were given 20 minutes, all the insulation materials and a small, cardboard house to insulate and build. The team that built the house that was able to retain the most heat, won. After the time was up, our houses were tested. A light source (light bulb) was put inside the house and left (switched on) for 1 minute. A thermometer was also put in the house for the same amount of time and a line graph showed us the temperature of the house during that time. It was a close competition but the winning house reached a scorching 39 degrees Celsius! Great insulation!

This trip was a fantastic, practical workshop that helped us all understand what insulators and conductors are and how they are used efficiently in our world today.

 

 

Year 5 at the Docklands Museum

This week Year 5 went on a lovely trip to the Museum of London Docklands. We had a great time walking around the museum and finding out lots of information about the industrial revolution. We saw one of the first wheelbarrows that were ever created and how machinery has advanced from a simple wheel to the transport systems and machines we have today. Have a look at some of the things we saw whilst we were there…

 

Geologists on a Rock hunt!

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 Active Planet.

In the centre, we observed and classified rocks according to their characteristics. Our investigations involved making predictions, using equipment (such as magnifying glasses and pipettes) and then observing and testing different types of rocks (both man-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 that is extremely hard wearing and will take many decades to erode?
As a result of our trip we are now budding geologists and can not wait to learn more about fossils and rocks from around the world!

Next time when you go out, reflect about how these rocks were formed, their use and how they will erode over time!

Keep Calm – Year 5 had a sleepover…!

On Friday 6th July 2018 Year 5 children and adults had a lot of fun at our very first Year 5 sleepover! We played games, watched the world cup, went on a spooky night walk around the school and ended the night snuggled into our sleeping bags surrounded by our friends! Have a look at some of our after school sleepover fun…