It was an adventurous Thursday for a large group of Year 8 pupils, as they made their way to Cheddar Gorge in Somerset to take part in a number of exciting and educational activities. They split into two groups which allowed them to have a more personalised tour of the caves.
The pupils had a tour of Gough Cave, finding out about its namesake Richard Cox Gough and seeing many amazing features inside the cave.
‘Dreamhunters’ was another experience the pupils thoroughly enjoyed: this involved a multimedia experience telling the story of ‘The Adventures of Early Man’. After lunch some pupils went to visit the museum while others climbed Jacob’s Ladder (all 274 steps). Mr Murdoch-Smith gave an excellent talk about the significance of Jacob’s Ladder. A very tired group then made their way to the shops in Cheddar Village before departing. The pupils were a credit to Test Valley School with their excellent behaviour throughout the day.
On Saturday 17th March, Year 10 pupils working for their DofE awards came into school throughout the day. They worked in nine teams to complete their DofE portfolio for the expedition assessment.
Each team started by planning their routes, this involved drawing the routes for each day of their expedition and then marking and numbering checkpoints. This was followed by the production of detailed route-cards. At lunchtime teams spend their time using trangias and cooking a range of foods provided so that they can make choices about what to eat during their expedition.
After lunch, teams completed their portfolios by planning their menu, kit list and aim for their expedition. All these documents are sent to the team’s Expedition Assessors who check and feedback prior to meeting the teams at the start of their expeditions. A busy but very productive planning day ready for their weekend expeditions coming up soon.
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This week we had fifty Year 5 pupils join us from our local primary schools to attend Maths and English workshops. The Maths workshop was out of this world! A special alien named “Quincey” showed us how the aliens on his planet count using a base 5 number system i.e. the only digits they use are 0 1 2 3 and 4. This means they do not have the digits 5 6 7 8 and 9! The pupils were a pleasure to teach. They found the work challenging but good fun showing great resilience to what were unusual problems for them to solve. The English workshop was an imaginative writing masterclass that focused on the skills needed to be a great writer. The Year 5 pupils demonstrated fantastic skills using sophisticated vocabulary, grammar and technical accuracy when writing.
This week, Year 8 pupils Kacey Cavill, Rosie Weatherall and Year 9 pupils Bradley Hall and Cerys Hotchkiss from Year 9 took part in the regional final of the UKMT Junior Team Maths Challenge. They completed four different challenges designed to promote mathematical dexterity, teamwork and communication skills. Our goal was to make the top 20 and, in true Test Valley style, we reached our goal.
From left, Year 8 pupils Rosie Weatherall and Kacey Cavill and Year 9 pupils Cerys Hotchkiss and Bradley Hall
This year, Test Valley School raised a huge £756.44 for Sport Relief. To raise this, we had various events taking place throughout the week.
We had a non-school uniform day, a cake sale and a staff welly football match. A big thank you to our Charity Committee and all who took part in raising funds for such a good cause.