Posts By: Mr P Upfold

Andover Area and District Swimming Gala

Andover Area and District Swimming Gala

Last week Test Valley School hosted an inter-schools’ swimming gala in the glorious sunshine. I was a fantastic day had by all with over seven of our local secondary schools competing. All the schools did really well but the overall winners were Rookwood School. A big thank you to our PE department who hosted the… Read more »

Reading Award

Reading Award

James Ashley 9N has received a Library Achievement Award by Mrs Needs (Librarian) for successfully reading with enthusiasm 300 books since starting at Test Valley School. This is an amazing achievement and definitely something to be recognised. James visits the Library most days and loves it when there are new books to choose from. He is also… Read more »

The Duke of Edinburgh ‘Bucket List’

Duke of Edinburgh

Bucket lists seem to be the “in” thing these days, so Mr Langdown (our DofE Co-ordinator) has given some thought to the sort of things a DofE candidate might be able to tick off. This will not be an extensive list but hopefully you’ll get the picture. Walking across the New Forest with a rucksack… Read more »

Year 4 Science and Technology Day

On Tuesday 12th June we saw the return of our annual ‘Science and Technology Day’ (previously known as Rocket Day) for our local primary schools. We were delighted to welcome to our school ninety-four Year 4 pupils and they took part in a variety of exciting activities. Pupils were divided into two groups for the… Read more »

Investigating Density

Year 9 pupils were investigating density in their Science lessons by creating a density ladder (a column of different liquids that are stacked according to their density – the most dense is at the bottom, with the least dense floating on top) They further investigated the density of solids by floating paper clips, Lego bricks… Read more »

Harry Potter Experience

Harry Potter Experience

Staff recently gave up their Sunday to take fifty pupils to the Harry Potter Studios near London. It was a wonderful day out for both staff and pupils, who all enjoyed the magic and mystery of how the films were made. It was commented by a number of other visitors how well behaved and polite… Read more »

Our Year 9 Linguists

Our Year 9 Linguists

On Monday 4 June three of our Year 9 pupils, Rory Pharoah, Cerys Hotchkiss, and Kevani Bhoodhoo visited Stockbridge Primary School with Mrs Dover to lead activities in French with a group of Years 4 and 5 pupils. They organised their own sequence of activities and resources based on activities that they have enjoyed in… Read more »

Creative Forces Day

Creative Forces Day

On Tuesday June 5th eight of our Services Families pupils went to the University of Winchester to celebrate Creative Forces Day with Ms Attree.  The pupils had lovely time exploring the university and taking part in seminars.  During the day the pupils attended a workshop on archaeology where they had to compete against each other… Read more »

Year 9 Holocaust Webcast

A number of Year 9 pupils have been taking part in a project called Stories from Willesden Lane. So far they have read a novel about the life of a girl called Lisa who was a Kindertransport refugee sent by her family to the UK from Austria for safety during the Holocaust. This week pupils… Read more »

Year 10 Science Experiment

Year 10 Science Experiment

Over the past few weeks Year 10 pupils have been studying the reactivity of various metals when they come into contact with water, looking at different aspects of the reaction such as what gasses are produced and the physical changes to metals. This week it was to conduct a practical experiment to find out if… Read more »

Year 7 Geography Lesson

Year 7 Geography Lesson

Year 7 enjoyed a lesson in the sun to learn about map symbols.  7A worked in groups to complete a ‘treasure hunt’ around the school to search for a number of different map symbols.  The pupils were provided with a number of clues and, once they figured out the location they had to go to,… Read more »

Year 9 RE Lessons

Year 9 RE lessons

Year 9 pupils are studying Buddhism and currently looking at the concept of rebirth. One activity was to turn a written script read out by the teacher into a symbol/picture script. This helps pupils be able to summarise information and with recall of important points.