On Tuesday 14th March, Year 3 Orange and Year 3 Gold went on local walks around the Brick Lane area. In our topic work, we have been learning about migration and the causes for migration. We found that our local area is a wonderful example of a community that has developed to accommodate migrants from many different countries around the world.
We have learnt about both negative and positive reasons that people migrate to new countries. Some of the causes include war, droughts, adventure, job opportunities and family ties.
On our trip, we took a close look at some of the graffiti in our area and how many of the messages are about migration. We took some time to design our own positive messages, inspired by the graffiti we saw. We are planning to spray paint some of our graffiti on to newspapers to display in our classrooms – how exciting! We were also keeping a close eye out for businesses, restaurants and shops that are from different countries, showing us how diverse our own area is.
Stay tuned for more updates of our spray painting adventures.
In computing this half term we have been learning about building and programming physical systems. As part of this topic we all took part in a fun filled LEGO workshop! We got the opportunity to create our very own LEGO Crocodile and then use a special coding system to make the crocodiles mouth open and close. We really enjoyed typing in lots of different codes into the system and playing around with different speeds and settings.
On Tuesday 28th February, Year 3 celebrated Pancake Day. We learnt about the special Christian holiday of Lent and why Shrove Tuesday is important.
With a selection and fruits and spreads, we work in groups to cut and share out the fruit equally. We felt that it was very important to share as it reflected the important values that many people who celebrate Lent follow.
Finally, there was the added bonus of devouring our lovely, sweet treats after all that hard work.
This term Year 5 have been learning about the Anglo-Saxons so we went to the British Museum to learn more about the special burial site of Sutton Hoo. We learnt that Sutton Hoo is a massive Anglo-Saxon grave that was discovered in Suffolk. In 1939 archaeologists explored the burial site and discovered a ship buried beneath one of the mounds. Within this ship, archaeologists discovered many hidden treasures, such as Anglo-Saxon jewellery, weapons and armour. Some of these artefacts have been preserved and displayed at the Museum for us to see, to help us learn more about what life was like during Anglo-Saxon times.
We were delighted to welcome seven teachers from Gothenburg, Sweden on Thursday 26th January 2017. In Gothenburg, many primary schools have had new arrivals with Swedish as an additional language.
They came to Osmani Primary School to see what strategies we apply to support our new to English pupils. They were fascinated by the phonics programme we use and were impressed by the progress made by new to English pupils that recently joined the school.
They were especially impressed by the way we cater for the needs of all the children by putting interventions in place in order for the pupils to make accelerated progress.
They thoroughly enjoyed the Chinese New Year Assembly performed by KS1 pupils. They commented on how the children were confident speakers!
Year 3 Orange and Gold classes visited the British Museum on Tuesday 17th January 2017.
Year 3’s have been learning about Ancient Egypt this half term and were fortunate to visit the incredible exhibitions showcasing life in Ancient Egypt at the British Museum. We saw many sculptures dating between 2600 BC and 2nd century AD. These magnificent sculptures were of different Pharaoh’s and their burial tombs. Hieroglyphs covered the sculptures and we had lots of fun trying to find a number of specific symbols.
We also had a close look at Ancient Egyptian artefacts and mummies. We learnt about different materials that were used to make household goods as well as special jewellery that Pharaohs and Queens wore. In Literacy we have been working on writing explanation texts and this tied in really well with finding out about the mummification process.
We had a great trip to the British Museum and it really helped our learning and understanding of what life was like in Ancient Egypt.
Year 5 have been learning about classification keys in Science and went to Stepney City Farm to attend a classification workshop. They participated in 3 lovely activities where they got the opportunity to classify plants and leaves according to their features and followed a binomial key to classify some animals in the farm into different groups. Both classes really enjoyed the practical activities and it has really aided them in their knowledge and understanding of classification.
On Friday 18th November, Osmani Primary School took part in fundraising for Children in Need by dressing up in spotty-themed clothes as well as carrying out sponsored ‘spot challenges’. Each class carried out a different sponsored challenge to support the cause.
Together, we raised an amazing £385.54 which will all go to Children in Need.
As part of the Sustrans Bike It year at Osmani Primary School, we held our first cycling/scooting event: ‘Bling Your Bike/Scooter’.
All the children were invited to bring their bikes or scooters to school, decorated and as festive as possible! The entries were incredible with over 100 bikes and scooters in school for the prize giving assembly. The children got really creative and used Christmas decorations including tinsel, baubles and lights to make their bike or scooter look really fun and festive.
There were 14 winners in total who each received bike and scooter goodies. Well done to everybody that took part.