How Hill Residential 21st January - 25th January 2019
How Hill Day 1
After a short journey on the coach we were welcomed, upon our arrival at How Hill, by Lizzie, Eleanor and Megan. We unloaded all our kit, sorted out our rooms, which are now looking very cosy and settled down for lunch. After lunch we split into two groups and had a lovely walk through the different habitats around How Hill, identifying different trees and looking for traces of wildlife. We then all went dyke dipping and despite the frozen waters we managed to find water boatmen, dragonfly nymphs and pond snails.
After a lovely tea, we settled down to an evening of weaving and playing games, and are looking forward to another exciting day tomorrow.
How Hill Day 2
We have had a wonderful, blue-skied day here at How Hill. Our morning activities involved a boat trip along the River Ant to Barton Broad and a lesson in the art of thatching!
The crisp, winter morning air provided the perfect setting for our boat trip where we spotted an abundance of wildlife. We were lucky to spot Buzzards, Little Grebes, Kingfishers and even a Chinese Water deer. Barton Broad was glorious and it was really interesting seeing half of it covered in a sheet of thin ice. Some little Tufted ducks were even walking on it! In all, four different boats made the journey and one group managed to spot 22 different bird species. We were so impressed with our birdwatching skills!
Learning how to thatch was a lovely experience as we all got to practise in small teams. We had a go at 'shaping' the reeds before attaching them to the makeshift wooden beams with metal pins. We then had to use a 'Leggett' to give our reeds their final look. Once we had finished, Sophie, our instructor, gave each team a mark out of 10 for aesthetics, teamwork and waterproof thatching. The scores were all really high and Sophie said she was really impressed with how well we worked together! Maybe we could teach you a thing or two about thatching when we return...
After a nutritious lunch, we made clay animals in the Ecology classroom and visited the aged Toad Hall Cottage. Making the clay animals was really good fun as we had to use natural resources such as twigs or pine cones to complete our artistic impressions. This led to some lovely ideas such as making a clay snake wrapped around a real twig and there was even a squirrel that had a real squirrel-nibbled pine cone as a tail!
Toad Hall Cottage is an Eighteenth Century Marshman's cottage built near the River Ant. It was interesting getting an impression of what life was like for the Marshman and his family all those years ago. We looked at the equipment that was used for everyday chores such as washing clothes and cooking food. There was a fascinating herb garden to explore where we learnt that certain flowers were used to relieve complaints such as an upset stomach or a headache. We were then asked to consider whether we'd prefer to live in those times and there were some interesting answers!
The day's activities culminated in an Orienteering activity which put our map reading skills to the test! Again, our teamwork skills really shone through as we all found several of our stations in the failing light.
As dusk took its hold of the beautiful marshlands that surround us here at How Hill, we were able to reflect upon a truly magnificent day. One can only wonder what further adventures the morning will bring!
Night, night all.
How Hill Day 3
After a great night's sleep and a hearty breakfast the children were all set for another action packed day.
Layered up and wearing more socks than you would have thought humanly possible we headed down to the river on a beautiful cold and crisp morning to take in the view across the marshes.
We then headed up in to the dry woodland to identify the different trees by their leaves and the texture of their bark. Using this information we then had a relay race where we had to match trees with there leaves. It was a lot of fun and by this time we were ready for a snack and a drink.
Fully refreshed we headed back in to the woods to work out the age of some of the trees. This involved accurate measuring of each tree's circumference and then further complicated maths involving multiplication, division and rounding. We found out that some of the trees were over 100 years old and were planted to protect How Hill from bitterly cold northerly winds in winter.
After lunch we split in to two groups. The first group headed off to dissect owl pellets and the second group to make reed candles.
The children were amazed by what they found in the pellets. One group even found the skull of a water vole.
We finished the day of with a game of How Hill bingo, fish fingers, chips, peas and jam roly poly for tea and looking at the images taken by the motion activated cameras.
Another great day. Night night all!
How Hill Day 4
Another beautiful clear, crisp and frosty morning. Another good nights sleep. Another hearty breakfast and another busy day lay ahead.More socks more layers and we were ready for our marsh walk.
We took a short trip along the river to visit the mill and then walked through the reeds looking for Chinese water deer poo, bouncing up and down on the marshland to find out how boggy and muddy the ground was.
Once we'd returned our life jackets to the Welly Cave we head upped to the house for refreshments and to warm our chilly toes. Sophie then showed us how to use watercolours and then we had a go at painting the amazing view from the classroom window.
After lunch we split into to three groups and took it in turns to go den building in the woods, riddle orienteering and painting our clay animals. It was a lot of fun.
After tea we had a great time singing along to the I Young Voices CD. Then Miss Murray organised a fantastic quiz. We'll let you know which team won when we get home.
One final sing song with Mr Cooper and we headed to bed thinking of what a fantastic time we'd had but also looking forward to heading home.
How Hill Day 5
After another really good night's sleep the children woke to the challenge of packing all their bags before breakfast. Apart from a few rogue socks hiding under beds we managed to complete the task before the 8.30 deadline.
Breakfast was followed by two more activities led by Lizzie.
We started in the woods by creating environmental art, inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. The children used only natural materials to create some amazing images.
Our last activity, Hawks and Sparrows taught the children about food chains. It involved lots of running and catching and was a lot of fun.
We then headed back to the dining hall for lunch after which we packed all our belongings on to the coach and said goodbye to the How Hill staff before heading home.
Mr Cooper would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff who gave up their time; Mr Snadden, Mrs Robinson, Mrs Howarth, Mrs McCaig, Miss Savage, Mr Roper, Miss Murray and Mrs Stocker as well as all the children who were amazing and made our week at How Hill such a fantastic one.
Children In Need 2018
We’d like to say a massive well done and thank you to all the children, parents and staff for their amazing efforts today. We raised an amazing total of £840.59!!!
There were some amazing entries for our cake competition, which was won jointly by Poppy with a giant Pudsey cake and Evie with some Pudsey cupcakes.
Many thanks to Miss Parish for hosting a coffee morning and for everyone who attended and of course for all the cakes donated.
Well done to all classes for filling their Pudsey’s with pennies. The most were collected by 6P, who filled an amazing 30 - and used them in their maths too.
Final thanks go to our lovely ladies in the office, who had the task of counting all those pennies!,
A great effort by all!!