Holt Hall Day 3

by Harvey, Jack, Vinnie, Kody, Jamie and Krzys

This morning, we packed up our stuff before breakfast. Then, we did orienteering. We had to look at maps and find things. It was great fun.

After our snack, we went and built dens in the woods. Some of ours were good, some of them not so good!

Now we are eating lunch, and we are about to go home. Holt Hall was really fun, but we did miss our families. We had great fun in the dorms with our friends, and the food was amazing! We still have energy, even though we haven’t had much sleep!

Holt Hall Day 2

by Megan, Lily W, Morgan and Anastasija

This morning, we went to the forest and practised our survival skills. We gutted fish and cut up apples, then we put tin foil on them and put them in the fire that we made. We let them roast. We ate them, and they tasted yum! Some of us weren’t big fans of the sardines, but other people loved them. It was really fun because we all made shelters and fires, and we were working together and sharing ideas.

After lunch, we went back out and went pond dipping. We saw a couple of swans, and they made a heart shape with both of their necks! We took the animals we caught in the lake back to the Big Green Lab. We looked through a microscope and some of them didn’t look real! We looked at them really carefully to see if there was anything interesting about them. We caught a water stick insect that they have only caught 3 times before! They breathe through their tails!

This evening, we are having another film night with popcorn, and doing art. Tomorrow is our last day, we wish we could spend more time here!

Holt Hall Day 1

Written by Elspeth, Dexter and Jamie.

We arrived safely at Holt Hall! When we got here, we got our things into our bedrooms, and made our beds. Then we had lunch.

After that, we went outside and looked at trees. We found a giant redwood, which was 160 years old and felt really soft!

After a snack, and a quick game of table football or pool, we went outside to look for bugs in the walled garden. We found worms, woodlice, snails, spiders, and beetles. Then we read about what they ate, and we made food chains. We learnt that if an animal is eaten, it won’t just affect that animal, it will affect the whole food chain.

After dinner, which was roast and was really good, we are having social time in the hall. We are watching a movie, or reading in the library, or telling scary stories to each other!

We feel good. It’s fun so far, but we are a bit tired! Ms Denney hopes we are going to sleep well tonight!

Year 4 History Walk Thursday

We walked into the city to look for clues that told us buildings were old. We went to Elm Hill, The Cathedral, St Peter Mancroft and St Andrews.

The walk was very tiring, but it was actually very interesting as well (Isla).

As you were walking through Elm Hill, if you looked at the roofs, you would notice that one of the roofs was different. It was thatched. (Lily)

If you looked at the old buildings, you would notice that the windows were wonky because they were old. (Alfie)

When we were walking in Elm Hill, we saw wobbly buildings because the wood was on the bottom of the bricks, and the bricks were too heavy, so the wood warped. (Kacper)

When we were walking in the Cathedral, on both gates there were lots of carvings. (Morgan)

The city wall used to be around the city, and the Strangers were people who lived outside of it. There is a broken bit of wall near where Toys R Us used to be (Troy, Aron, Lily).

There were loads of streets where we normally went to, but we didn’t know they were really old (Isla)

Rabbit care (update)

Ms Denney gave us a challenge of taming the rabbits.

We are putting our hands out and waiting for them to sniff them. (Elspeth)

We are not grabbing them or touching them when they come up to us (Lily).

We always offer them food, so they know we have food and they get more friendly (Charlie and Sienna).

The photos show that the rabbits are getting a bit less scared.

We also found that the rabbits like cardboard boxes with shredded paper (Elspeth). And they like ball pits! (Charlie)

They like to eat little ball of vegetables that you buy (Alfie.

The Bunny Blog 31st October

In animal care today, we split up into groups and cleaned out our sections. We had 2 people who had the job of keeping the animals from escaping. We replaced their bedding, their hay and their straw in their boxes. They have boxes of straw for beds now, as it’s colder in the winter than in the summer.
Ms Denney has given us a challenge. Our challenge is to make the bunnies tame by the end of the year. At the minute they are scared – we can tell because they back up, and they look scared, and they stop when someone big is near them.
We are going to tame them by feeding them. We need to be quiet and be still so they learn to trust us.

If you have any spare, please can you send in some fruit and veg for the rabbits. Such as: carrots, broccoli, strawberries, apple, baby sweetcorn, grapes, banana.

Tim’s story – Nelson Working As Artists


Over the last few weeks, we have been analysing and interpreting Tim’s story of migration, and today we go to ask him some questions about it.

Tim’s story is about finding his identity and his birth mother.  He migrated from Canada, and now he lives in Norwich.  He speaks with a Canadian accent.

We found out that he has moved 11 or 12 times. He started in Canada and then he started moving around Canada, then to Leeds to London to Norwich. We looked at Canada on Google Maps. Until he was a teenager, he didn’t know what being adopted meant, even though he was told when he was a child. It took him 5 years to find his birth mother from when he decided to start looking.

He wrote his story as prose poetry so he used words like ‘the land of ice and snow’ instead of Canada. Rosemary said “It was really poetic, and the end really caught us”. He said that when he was writing a story about his life, the emotions came out as he was writing it.

His story is an ongoing story, and he said that as things keep happening the story will go on too.


Holt Hall Day 3 by Dexter, George, Kye and Josh.

It’s our last day, and we’ve had a big day and a fun day doing survival challenges. The first thing we did was having to improve some teepees so they were more protected from the bad weather. Then we found some sticks to make a fire with. We had to cut some apples into small pieces and gut the fish. It was kind of gross but at the same time kind of fun. Then we cooked the fish and apple on the campfire, and we ate it all. The fish tasted delicious and the apple was good too. Last of all, we had flint and steel and we tried to make a spark to set cotton wool on fire.

We’ve had a lot of fun and tasty food. We are sad to go home, because we’ve had such a nice time, but also happy to see our families and pets! We definitely recommend this trip to other children, it’s the best school trip we’ve ever had.


Holt Hall day 2 by Lexie and Bella

At Holt Hall this morning we did orienteering. That means we looked at maps, analysed them, and found posts which were hidden near the play area. It was kind of hard, because we couldn’t actually find them until we looked at the map properly.

After break, we went on a big walk and we had to fill up a bamboo stick with leaves and stuff to make art patterns. Then we installed them near the bank of the lake.

We had jacket potatoes for lunch, with many kinds of toppings. Then after we had finished, we went in the minibus to West Runton beach. We looked at rock pools to see if we could find any shells, fossils and creatures. We found crabs, anenomes and lots of interesting rocks, and some of us got our boots full of slimy water. It was cold, windy and a couple of us fell over! We went back and we had a fire with hot chocolate, then we did some art with clay.

For tea we had pasta bolognaise. It was delicious.

We’ve had an amazing time here at Holt Hall.




Holt Hall Day 1 (in the children’s words)

We arrived safely at Holt Hall this morning. After we had unloaded, and gone through the safety rules, we found our rooms (Swifts, Swallows, Woodpeckers and Kingfishers )and made our beds. Our rooms are really big and we love them! There is also lounge with exciting games in, and a library, as well as an indoor fire which we love to read around.

Then, we went outside and had a playtime on the wooden play equipment and the grass. For lunch we had sandwiches, a pizza swirl and a cupcake. The food was delicious!

In the afternoon, we went into the nearby forest to played a few games. We had to guide our partners to a tree, but they had to have their eyes shut and remember the feel of the tree so they could guess which tree it was. Then we went into a different part of the forest and built some dens.

Now we are waiting for tea, and getting ready for a movie night. At this moment, “G Force” is winning! We are all really excited for the upcoming days, but we are also really tired.