Hethersett Old Hall School (HOHS) blog – an independent day school near Norwich, Norfolk.

Girls 3-18 and boys 3-11, boarding for girls from 9

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Year 5’s magic beanstalks!

Before the holidays, we reported that Year 5 had been planting broad bean seeds in the greenhouse – you can see how small they were as they started to shoot.  While they may not really be “magic beanstalks”,  the second picture shows just how much they have grown in just a few short weeks.  Today our gardener, Mr Young,  helped the children plant them out in a raised and prepared bed in our orchard. He showed them how to prepare a hole for each plant and how to remove them carefully from their pots without disturbing the roots. The children have carefully labelled their plants so that we can see whose grows the highest and produces the most beans!

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Year 5 in the greenhouse

In their science lessons recently, Year 5 pupils have been learning about the life cycle of plants. To give them some practical follow-up, Miss Hopwood took the class to Mr Young’s greenhouse where the children helped to pot on some flower seedlings to provide extra colour in our gardens before the end of the summer term.

The pupils also planted some broad beans – that’s what is in the pots they are holding in the picture below. They will be keeping a close eye to see whose grows the biggest!

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Joyeuses Pâques from Year 2

Year 2 had a very creative French lesson with Mrs Evers-Jones in the last week of term, colouring and cutting out pretty little Easter baskets and learning the names of many colours and Easter-related words.





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Colourful GCSE textile creations

Our GCSE design and technology textiles pupils have just finished their final garment designs – and we think they are fabulous! The brief was to design something that was either Asian-influenced or used recycled textiles.  Here are Kelly and Maisie with their dresses.



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Creative seaside cushions

Year 8 have been busy in their textiles lessons using decorative techniques to make beach-themed cushions. These include resist-dye methods  (tie-dye and batik), embellishing, appliqué and fancy machine stitches.  They should be very proud of the results!

Mrs Ling

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Stone Age assembly for Year 5

An audience of family members and the other Prep School classes enjoyed an imaginatively-performed and action-packed assembly from Year 5 this morning. The children showcased some of the work they have been doing for their Stone Age history studies, including making models of Stonehenge, recreating cave paintings and composing a poem about our distant ancestors. They displayed excellent knowledge of all aspects of life in the Stone Ages, from hunting to housing, tool-making to clothing. Afterwards,  the children shared some moments with their proud families. Well done, Year 5, and thanks to the family members who came to watch!

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We read about ‘The bluest eyes’…now hear the song!

This is a must-listen! Last week we reported how Tami (Year 13) researched self-perceptions of black women for her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), culminating in the composition and performance of a song.  Now you can listen to the song on Soundcloud here. Beginning with an impassioned Spiritual-style plea, the song evolves into a haunting piece with a simple piano accompaniment that perfectly suits Tami’s beautiful and emotive vocals.