It’s Science week at Osmani Primary School – our theme this year is SPIDERS! We have been: observing, identifying, investigating and researching some amazing Spider facts and information. For example, did you know that the largest spider in the world is called the Goliath, bird eating tarantula! And that some spiders do not spin webs!!!
So far, we have written spider poems and stories, studied the life cycle of a spider, created information posters, designed and made spider webs and created and conducted a questionnaire (about spiders of course!) to name a few.
So please do talk to your child, to find out more about the fantastic learning that has been taking place.
Five Year 6 pupils from Osmani School attended the Tower Hamlets Book Award at Swanlea School on Friday afternoon.
Nearly 300 pupils and teachers attended the award from 29 schools to watch performances based on the shortlisted books and find out which book would win the coveted Tower Hamlets award.
Kim Slater’s ‘Smart’ was voted best book by Tower Hamlets pupils in the 2015 Tower Hamlets Book Award. “Smart” is a powerful story of an autistic young boy with a difficult home life trying to discover the mystery behind the death of a homeless man in his neighbourhood.
Present at the finale were four of the shortlisted authors who met pupils and signed books throughout the afternoon – Kim Slater, Sam Gayton, G.R. Gemin, and Polly Ho-yen.
‘She’s behind you!’ The children from Year 1 to Year 6 experienced yet another exciting pantomime trip to the Hackney Empire. This years adventures were with ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, introducing the children to a host of characters from Buttercup the Cow and Dame Daisy to two evil bugs and of course, Jack and the moody giant. The children enjoyed the performance of a range of songs and dances along with some interesting additions to the traditional tale. As always the children were invited to join in with the final song, with a few actions, this time to bring Buttercup home. Fun was had by all, including the staff!
At Osmani, we have been collecting food donations linked to Harvest festival. Our school councillors took all the donations to Whitechapel Mission- a homeless shelter. We were greeted by Sue, one of the members of staff who spends most of her time feeding and taking care of homeless people. We were humbled by the work that takes place at the mission and were surprised to see how many people were in need of our help. We learnt that the best way to make a difference was not only to donate but to pass on our knowledge and make others aware.
At Osmani, we invited Sixth Form students from secondary schools in Tower Hamlets to deliver presentations and Q&A sessions as part of their final training session to become an Ambassador of Faith and Belief. The group of children represented a range of religions, faith perspectives and cultures.
Each student finished the training day by visiting one of the classes at our school to work with the pupils and deliver their final presentations. All classes in Years 1 to 6 were visited. It was a great opportunity for both the students and our pupils at Osmani and it was clear they all learnt lots and enjoyed the visit!
The visitors said: “We are really grateful to all the teachers and pupils who helped us and gave us feedback on our presentations and to all the staff at Osmani for their wonderful hospitality”.
We wish the students the best of luck with their ambassador work in Tower Hamlets and look forward to having them at Osmani again.