Our KS2 pupils had a visit from wonderful author Karen McCombie. Karen has written 80 books now for children and she inspired us all by talking about her writing. She told us how she keeps a notebook about all the funny things that happen to her so that she can use them in her stories. The children enjoyed meeting her and had the chance to buy a book and get it signed by her.
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.
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.
‘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 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.
Emma Sinclair, one of our teachers is a crew member on the IchorCoal, one of the yacht taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
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Our pupils returned to school on Thursday 3rd September 2015 after the summer holidays.
At the end of the day, a parent asked her son who just started Year 1 how his day went, he replied, “it was totally EPIC!”
My hope is that we have another ‘totally epic’ academic year where our children feel safe, enjoy learning and Reach for the Stars.