Weekly Blog

13th March – 17th March

Launch of Hampshire Book Awards

Test Valley School are looking forward to participating in The Hampshire Book Award again this year. It is voted for annually by Year 8 pupils from across the county from a shortlist of novels published in English in the previous year. The shortlist is drawn up by last year’s readers. It involves some of our pupils (and our Librarian) reading six books over a couple of months, discussing them and voting amongst ourselves. Pupils meet in the Library every other Wednesday to talk about the books and then to take part in the final voting day with hundreds of pupils from other schools.

“Chocolate Rocks” in Science

"Chocolate Rocks" in ScienceOur Year 8 pupils performed an experiment using chocolate to demonstrate an understanding of the rock cycle. Different types of chocolate were used to represent different rock layers then the rock (choc) was subjected to heat and pressure. Obviously some tasting was allowed, in the name of science of course!

Talented at Table Tennis

Annabel Anderson -- Table TennisYear 10 pupil Annabel Anderson has won through to the qualifying rounds to reach the Hampshire Schools Individual Table Tennis Finals for Under 16 Girls. Annabel won her medal for third place — a super result after a hard day of sport.

Not only is Annabel achieving great things in this sport as an individual but she is also Captain of our school team who are playing in the Andover (all-age) League.

Geography Trip to Stockbridge

Geography trip into StockbridgeYear 10 Geographers have been practising their fieldwork techniques in Stockbridge this week.

They have been investigating the question “is Stockbridge a typical small town?”

Throughout the day they looked at land use maps, conducted a survey on shoppers to investigate the sphere of influence of Stockbridge, monitored the traffic through the town and looked into the environment quality. Over the next few lessons, pupils will be deciding how to present and analyse their fieldwork data before deciding whether Stockbridge is indeed a typical small town.

Geography trip into StockbridgeThe new Geography GCSE places a much greater emphasis on fieldwork and data collection. There is even an exam in fieldwork techniques at the end of the course.  We are looking forward to the next opportunity to take pupils out into the real world to undertake some more fieldwork in the near future.