Weekly Blog

10th September – 14th September


Pupils have already made a fantastic start using GCSE Pod to support their learning. Over 1250 pods have been accessed in the first three weeks of term alone.

GCSEPod provides expertly written, highly concentrated learning and revision content to reinforce and consolidate key topics for 20+ subjects. It works seamlessly on any device, online or offline, for independent learning anywhere, anytime. It combines an extensive exam board specific question bank; automated intervention and personalised playlist to provide immediate feedback and enable pupils to independently address their knowledge gaps.

GCSE Pod can be accessed via the list of “Links” in Moodle. Pupils should then follow the instructions to activate their account. Pupils should ask a member of staff if they are having difficulty logging on.

History in your hands: Year 7

Year 7 pupils have begun their study of History at Test Valley this week with an exploration of the artefacts that form the basis of all our shared past.

They were challenged to look at a broad selection of items from the past. This ranged from Roman coins, letters from an emigrant to Australia, pages from a book published during the reign of Elizabeth I to stamps celebrating the England Word Cup victory during the reign of Elizabeth II. They examined them to work out how old they were and put them into a chronological sequence. They then discovered how much they could learn about the past from each object.

Although there were lots of unusual items including Hundred Million Mark notes from Germany in 1923 and pamphlets from 1706/7 with dates on, the items that drew the pupils’ attention most were the ones that made a noise! In particular, the star of the lesson was a 1920s 78rpm gramophone complete with original records. Discovering music that could be played by winding up a machine and putting a needle on a flat disc, changing the volume by opening and closing the doors at the front, was a delight and a wonder to young people living in our iPhone generation!

Windmill Experiment in Year 10

If you cannot find your fan, you might want to have a look in Room 6 as Mr Holmes and his Year 10 pupils have been conducting wind turbine experiments using them.
The practical involves the pupils cutting out different sized paper turbines and placing them on a motor.

The fans turn each of the wind turbines, thus turning the motor which produces a different voltage value. The size of the turbine is important but because they are made of paper; the larger ones can often produce a lower voltage compared to the smaller turbines.

As a result pupils quickly learn bigger is not always better, it is the material the turbines are made from that is important.