On Friday 4th March we were extremely fortunate to have the children’s author, Jo Simmons, visit Osmani. She spent time with children from across the school sharing her experiences and love of writing. She even signed some of her books for the children.
As part of the Read Aloud 2016 campaign, which is in support of the national Save the Children ‘Read On Get On’ campaign, a group of children were able to spend some time with Jo asking questions and hearing her read a chapter from one of her books. The children really enjoyed asking her about where she got her ideas from and what her next book will be about. Perhaps they were looking for ideas for their own writing!
On Friday 18th March Osmani had a fun-filled day hosting various sporting events to raise money for Sport Relief 2016. As one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to raise as much money as possible and change countless lives.
Children came to school dressed in sports clothes or as their favourite sporting heroes. Dads took part in a friendly Cricket match in the Junior playground. The whole school took part in a seriously funky Zumba session to work up a sweat and get our hearts racing. And every year group took part in a ‘Try-athlon’ of different sports and games in the school gym, including the bouncy castle! Teachers used the learning resources provided by Sport Relief to teach pupils exactly how the money raised will help transform the lives of poor and vulnerable people.
We raised £199.25 for Sport Relief. Well done everyone!
Click here to view the whole school zumba video clip
On World Book Day, children celebrated reading by taking part in a World Book Day quiz. Pupils worked in teams to answer questions about different well-known stories.
Some example questions were:
In which book would you find Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge?
What do the following have in common?
Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Gryffindor
Do you know the answers?
Here are a few of the teams that won.
This week in Reception we have been learning all about 3-D shapes.
“Look! It’s a sphere!”
We have learned the names for lots of new shapes and also been describing them too, by saying how many faces and edges they have.
We went on 3-D shape hunts all over Osmani school and were amazed by how many shapes we found!
“I found a cuboid: it’s got 6 faces and 12 edges!”
3-D shapes really are all around us!
On Friday 22nd January, we had the wonderful opportunity of welcoming 5 teachers from Sweden. They had a tour of the school where they were able to observe many lessons such as Fit in 5, Phonics and Guided Reading. The teachers especially enjoyed spending time in the Early Years.
The Swedish teachers were very impressed with how well behaved the children were and the respect they showed towards each other and adults. They were also amazed at how creative the Learning Environment was throughout the school.
We look forward to continuing having links with our friends in Sweden.
Comments from the Swedish Teachers
“I worked with programming and robots and the students had such joy in their eyes, which made my day.”
“ We were very welcomed and taken care of and we got the chance to take part in what happens on a regular school-Friday, The staff took their time to answer our questions. So friendly!”
Last term, the Osmani school councillors attended the annual Pupil Parliament event. During the course of the day, the children proposed an action plan to take back to school based on three topics. They were:
– Human Rights and Equality
– The Environment
– Opportunities for young people
On Friday 15th January we had our first Diversity Day to support equality for all. Both children and staff wore their culture’s traditional clothes so that we could celebrate the differences within our school and community.
On Thursday 17th December 2015, we had a sensational Spanish day! Children from Early Years to Year 6 took part in various fun, educational activities throughout the day. Our theme was Christmas!
Children in Early years took part in singing a traditional Spanish song.
Children in Year 1 learnt how to say ‘Ola!’ (Hello) and ‘Adios’ (Goodbye) in Spanish.
Osmani Choir were given the fantastic opportunity of performing at TH-Real Estate’s Christmas function. The choir arrived at the prestigious Grange Hotel in St Paul’s and were greeted by a staggering audience of around 300 business professionals. The choir definitely put a smile on their faces by their renditions of Away in a Manger, Doo Wop Medley and We Wish You a Merry Christmas where the audience also participated in the final chorus of our final song.
TH-Real Estate also kindly donated a gift to all of the children as well as treating the children to a pizza lunch. Smiles were present all round from the children and the partners.
The choir would like to extend thanks to our partners for our lovely gifts and we would also like to thank Rebecca from Upstage for supporting us with our singing.
On Friday 11th December, Osmani Choir were invited to sing at Age UK’s Christmas Lunch which is a yearly charitable event put on by the Bank of America.
The choir sang four different songs with positive reviews all around. As part of the experience for the choir they were also treated to a special lunch, met Father Christmas and were given sweets as a reward for their time and efforts.
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.