Monthly Archives: November 2017

St Paul’s Cathedral Visit

St Paul's Cathedral London

A group of 45 Year 10 and Year 11 pupils travelled to London on Friday 24th November to visit St Paul’s Cathedral. After a short break at Covent Garden to have lunch, pupils walked to St Pauls and were shown around the Cathedral by members of the Education Team. Pupils were engaged throughout and asked… Read more »

Years 10/11 ‘Your Choices’ Theatre Production

Years 10/11 ‘Your Choices’ Theatre Production

On Wednesday 22nd November actors from the Solomon Theatre Production Company came to Test Valley School and performed to all Year 10 & Year 11 pupils. The story focused on three Year 11 pupils with differing backgrounds, interests, aspirations and learning styles. They each faced unique barriers to following their own careers and individual learning… Read more »

Year 7 Film Festival

As part of the Stockbridge Into Cinema Festival there was an opportunity for Year 7 pupils to visit Stockbridge Town Hall this week for a showing of the film ‘The Eagle Huntress’. The film covered a variety of themes including diversity, identity and respect as well as supporting a number of curriculum areas. It was… Read more »

Year 10 RE: Nature of God

Year 10 RE: Nature of God

Year 10 pupils have been looking at the Nature of God and the Trinity. In the pictures pupils are trying to put together a jigsaw that shows a picture representing the Trinity. The jigsaw led pupils into a debate about the nature of God and key questions raised during the lesson included ‘How can Jesus… Read more »

Learning about Hinduism in RE

Learning about Hinduism in Y7

Pupils in Year 7 are studying a unit on Hinduism. The game of snakes and ladders (Moksha Chitram) was invented in India to teach children about the cycle of life and karma. It teaches that good actions lead to good consequences and the opposite for bad actions. Pupils in 7G are shown working hard to… Read more »

A Taste of Italy in GCSE Food Nutrition Lessons


Over the last few weeks our Year 10 pupils studying GCSE Food Nutrition have been learning about various nutrients and more recently focusing on carbohydrates. The theory work covered is then supported by a food practical lesson to engage and help pupils understand the theory work in more detail. This week, to support their carbohydrate… Read more »

Learning about God and Creation in RE Lessons

Year 11 are looking at the nature of God and creation during their RE lessons. Their starter task on Friday was to create a creature from plasticine. They then linked this to being responsible for their creation and setting rules for how they should be treated. The group went on to look at the creation… Read more »

Children in Need Fundraising

We have a dedicated Year 11 Charity Committee who have been working really hard to raise as much money as possible for Children in Need this year.  Activities included a popular non-school uniform day, a cake sale and, for something a little different, staff took part in a ‘lip sync battle’ for pupils to come… Read more »

A ‘Cracking Time’ in Science

Pupils have been learning about “force” with Mr Holmes in Science lessons over the last few weeks. Pupils have been designing landing pods to safely land ‘eggstronaughts’ when released at height from the Science balcony.  Pupils came up with a variety of different designs, many successfully ensuring a safe landing for the egg inside its… Read more »

Chess Club

Test Valley School Chess Club is a new departure this year. Initially started as a club for the new Year 7 pupils it has already drawn interest and participation from pupils from other years as well as staff. Last half term pupils played each other in a series of ‘friendly’ games, but this half term… Read more »

Charity Work Undertaken by Pupils

On Wednesday 8th November pupils were invited to listen to a talk by Oliver Taylor in Year 10. Oliver spent a month of the summer holidays working with the Scouts in Tanzania building a campsite. Before he went he spent over a year raising funds to be able to go as well as having to… Read more »

Walking, Talking Maths Revision

Last Thursday saw the return of the “Walking Talking” mock exam at Test Valley School. All Year 11 pupils were able to experience how to achieve 100% in a real GCSE Maths exam. The twist was that Mr Whatley or Mrs Luckham were doing the test alongside them: explaining how to answer questions, show workings and… Read more »