On the last day before the half term break it was PSHE Day here at Test Valley School. This is when there is no normal school timetable and pupils take part in activities based around Personal Social Health Education. Each year group had different activities and they consisted of:

Year 7 their day was focused on developing thinking and memory skills. Pupils started by making animal models out of plasticine to show how they learn. They then went on to look at certain skills for recalling information such as mind-mapping and how to memorise key words. Three volunteers from Winchester University played a ‘thinking’ game with them and the English department showed them how to memorise texts using music and rap.

Year 8: Dream Day – Pupils put together their ideal dream future lifestyle. This included the house they would like to live in, the car they would like to drive and all the additional luxuries they would like to go with it. These all came at a price. All pupils were then given a job at random with its own salary, qualifications and full details about the lifestyle.

Pupils carried out a range of activities which included comparing their employment with others. Then came the crunch which was working out whether or not is was possible to have the chosen lifestyle based upon the current salary followed by making compromises. The second half of the day pupils engaged in planning a career of their own choice and exploring all aspects of the career including pathways into it.

Year 9 – Our Enterprise Day for Year 9 pupils was called ‘Change for a Tenner’. In small teams pupils were given £10 and asked to design/make a product to sell during the school’s lunchtime to change their £10 into as much profit as possible. Each team had a Promotions Manager, a Team Leader, a Finance Manager and the ‘workforce’. As lunchtime started there was a real ‘buzz’ in the school’s gym which had been set up as their marketplace. There were a range of products on sale from cakes, sweets and even a fortune teller. Pupils managed to raise £320 which will be going to the Alex Lewis Trust

Year 10 – Enterprise Day had each tutor group forming a group of ‘companies’ which would submit a tender to run the school’s prom. Groups had to write a realistic business plan, a workable finance plan and a letter of tender to show they could provide a menu, venue, decorations and even prom dress hire if required.

Year 11 – Our Year 11 pupils had a day learning how to revise and looking at different resources that they can use both on and offline. They worked closely with the English and Maths departments whilst Winchester University sent a representative to discuss revision strategies.

Nicky Osborne (PSHE Coordinator) commented:

“PSHE day was such a success and I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work and creative activities, the pupils had a wonderful day”.