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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Little pupils in BIG castle!

Last Wednesday, our Nursery and Reception children set off for an adventure in Norwich Castle. Here is what they told us:

We were looking forward to being kings and queens for the day!  When we arrived a lady met us and told us all about the castle and who used to live there. We all wore crowns and some of us dressed up. We explored and discovered all the things in the castle. We visited the great hall and the old toilets. We are very glad they are not like that today! We even saw a very deep well which people had to get their water from. We dropped pennies down to see how deep it was. We had a story about a castle and made castles using building bricks.

“I loved the well. It was really fun dropping the pennies down. They went down a long way.” Charlie (Reception)
“Did you know, the castle is 99 years old?” Charlotte (Reception) Editor’s note: it is actually 900 years old!
“We pretended to open the castle door with a really, really big key.” Eddie (Nursery)
“I really enjoyed dressing up.” Samaara (Nursery)

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Reception show us how beans grow!

What makes a little bean grow into a big, healthy plant? Our Reception pupils know – they have been experimenting and discovering that the magic ingredients are light and water. The children told us all about it in a wonderful assembly this morning, with Jasper the cat’s story helping to get the message across!  As always,  the class assembly is also a lovely, family occasion, as these pictures show.

Thank you to all the parents who came – we hope you enjoyed the opportunity to see the children working together and showcasing some of their achievements. Well done everyone!





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Costumes at the ready..

It’s that time of year for digging through the dressing-up box and taking an extra hour in the morning to get our children ready for school! Yes, World Book Day is tomorrow  (Thursday 2nd March) and we are looking forward to seeing our Prep pupils dressed as characters from their favourite books.  We also have a Where’s Wally? hunt and a visit on Friday from Ketts Books in Wymondham. The pictures below will bring back memories – look out for new ones on the blog tomorrow evening and over the weekend!

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Noah’s Ark is afloat in Reception!

Our reception class have been learning the story of Noah’s Ark,  playing games and learning songs around the theme, painting colourful fish, building Lego arks and starting to create their own story books.





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Love of Languages

Nursery and Reception pupils joined forces this afternoon for a French lesson with Mrs Jones. They are learning numbers, colours and simple greetings, and were concentrating hard and confidently singing songs in French when the roving camera popped in to see!

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Frozen Friday!

It was actually a very mild and sunny day yesterday, but it was definitely Frozen in the languages room… Frozen, the movie, that is! Our new Foreign Film club is proving a success, with over a dozen pupils joining in this week to see the ever-popular Disney classic in French with English sub-titles. With the words conveniently printed out by Mrs Evers-Jones, the children all had a go at singing  “Libérée, délivrée” (Let it Go)!

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Foreign Film Fridays!

Fancy watching Frozen in French? Mrs Barber and Mrs Evers-Jones are starting a new foreign languages film club on Friday lunchtimes from this Friday, 27th January. Anyone from Year 3 upwards is welcome to join us in L1, where we will be watching films, including Disney favourites, in French or Spanish with English subtitles.  The first week will feature the French version of Frozen – you will have the chance to learn some of the songs in French, too.

Click on the picture to see and hear “Let it Go” in French, with the lyrics on screen so that you can have a go at singing along…“Libérée, délivrée”!