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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On the menu this week

MONDAY LUNCH:
Homemade Soup
Crispy Chicken Katsu
Herbed Potatoes
Sliced Green Beans
Crispy Quorn Katsu
Salad Bar
Selection of Hot and Cold Puddings
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts

TUESDAY LUNCH:
Homemade Soup
Baked Potato with Chilli, Cheese and Baked Beans
Coleslaw
Salad Bar
Fruit Jelly and Cream
Yogurts
Fresh Fruit

WEDNESDAY LUNCH:
Homemade Soup
Homemade Chicken Lasagne
Garlic Bread
Mixed Salad
Vegetarian Lasagne
Salad Bar
Warm Banana Muffin and Custard
Yogurts
Fresh Fruit

THURSDAY LUNCH:
Homemade Soup
Homemade Pork Fricassee
Creamed Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables
Mushroom Fricassee
Salad Bar
Pear and Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate Sauce
Fresh Fruit
Yogurts

FRIDAY LUNCH:
Homemade Tomato Soup
Homemade French Bread Pizza
Freshly Chipped Potatoes
Tomato and Red Onion Salad
Salad Bar
Strawberry Mousse
Yogurts
Fresh Fruit


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More little scientist photos

Mrs Bird made a wonderful shadow puppet theatre to show how shadows are created. The children made their own shadow puppets – Jessica’s crocodile has very sharp teeth!

Year 1 demonstrators with Year 5

As reported yesterday, as part of British Science Week, Year 1 pupils took on the role of demonstrators for a range of hands-on activities enjoyed by all the year groups in our Lower and Upper Prep Departments. Here are some more pictures, with captions, which show how much the children enjoyed the activities – and how much they learned!

As reported yesterday, as part of British Science Week, Year 1 pupils took on the role of demonstrators for a range of hands-on activities enjoyed by all the year groups in our Lower and Upper Prep Departments. Here are some more pictures, with captions, which show how much the children enjoyed the activities – and how much they learned!

‘Sound’ tests included banging a tuning fork on jam jars containing different amounts of water to see how the sound varied

‘Touch’ had a wormery to show how worms feel the rain through the soil and a ‘feely’ test to guess materials in a bag and their properties.

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Reno having a guess what’s in the feely bag!

Drinks such as elderflower and strawberry and different sweet and crisp flavours demonstrated our sense of taste – with the children holding their noses to prove that we really do taste with our sense of smell too.

‘Sight’ included some optical illusions and spinning colours to show that white is made up from all the seven colours of the rainbow.

Year 1 helpers bringing some of the materials into the Prep Hall

The activities included a sniff test, with items from lavender to cayenne pepper to identify – and some interesting guesses too!

A prism demonstrates how you can split up white light to form a rainbow spectrum. The children were also encouraged to make their own flick books to show how the first movies were made and create their own illusions based on the work of MC Escher.

‘Sound’ experiment beating drums and other instruments to create vibrations, which in turn moved rice on cling film wrapped over a bowl.

The shadow puppet theatre was very popular. Vera has made a shadow puppet cat!

 

 


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More inspiring science

Year 1  made these  “lava lamps” using citric acid, bicarbonate of soda, oil and water. We then added colour and glitter, shook well and lit them up with a torch.  Very effective! Today is the last day of British Science Week for 2017 and HOHS has had great fun and learned a lot from the extra activities organised this week.


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British Science Week Demo Day at HOHS

As part of British Science Week, Nursery to Year 7 pupils took turns this afternoon to get a close look at a variety of exciting experiments relating to ‘change’,  demonstrated by our Head of Science Victoria Mann.  From King Kong hands to pressure changes, vacuum suction to methane bubbles, plasma ball, powdered flames and more, the children enjoyed the chance to see science in action in our senior school labs.

Yesterday and today in the mornings, Year 1 pupils took on the role of demonstrators for a range of hands-on activities enjoyed by all the year groups in our Lower and Upper Prep Departments. From a sniff test to a shadow puppet theatre, sound vibrations to a wormery,  and  a ‘feely bag’ to  taste-bud tests, this was a great way to explore the science of our senses. The children were totally engaged and learned so much about how our senses work. Thank you to Mrs Bird and Year 1 for all their hard work! A  full gallery of images and more information is coming soon on the blog.


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Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 swimming gala v Town Close School

Yesterday our Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 pupils hosted Town Close School for another exciting and enjoyable swimming gala with a large number of close individual races and team relays. Everyone swam beautifully and Mrs McEvoy was especially proud of the Year 3 pupils who were competing in their first-ever gala.  There was fantastic support from parents and pupils alike and we raised the roof! Well done everyone!

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Why are Year 1 covering their ears?

The answer is that an indri – the biggest of the lemur family – was making its very loud and piercing call in their classroom! Well, strictly speaking it was not an indri, it was visitor Nick Acheson impersonating one!

As part of their geography studies, the children enjoyed a fascinating talk from wildlife tour guide Nick, who came in on Monday to share fascinating facts about some of the far-flung places he has visited and the creatures he encountered there.  We heard about the bowhead whale which broke the ice around Nick’s boat in the Arctic with its hard bow-shaped head to make an air hole, and the walrus which split the sides of a rubber boat with its two enormous tusks.

We saw  photographs of tiny arctic terns who migrate all the way to the Antarctic. We learnt that polar bears don’t eat the meat of the walrus but just the fat! We copied animal and bird sounds that Nick taught us from the jungle and the Arctic ocean. The children learned so much and were inspired by Nick’s experiences!

 

  • Nick Acheson leads holidays in wild places including Madagascar and the Arctic for Naturetrek and you can read more about theholidays, and him, here.  

 


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Tasty chocolate wrapper designs for Fairtrade Fortnight!

On Friday our Prep and Lower Prep pupils got together, with each older child being paired with a younger pupil, to design their own Fairtrade chocolate bar complete with sticker.

It was lovely to see the children working co-operatively together and the results were wonderfully colourful!