Weekly Blog

13th May – 17th May

Year 5 Technology Masterclass

This year’s Technology Masterclass was attended by 60 Year 5 Pupils for our local primary schools.

In keeping with the ‘Space’ themed masterclass, the pupils enjoyed making rocket-style fruit kebabs. This activity encouraged a discussion around healthy eating and nutrition. Using a pillar drill, pupils then made catapult powered racing cars out of plywood.

They explored the relationship between kinetic energy and velocity.  Our Year 9 Pupil Helpers did an excellent job of measuring the car speeds and facilitating some ‘wacky car races’.

Engineering Challenge

On Wednesday 15 May, 11 pupils from Year 9 formed two teams, travelled to the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovil and took part in the area Key Stage 3 Engineering Challenge. This trip was offered to pupils who have opted for GCSE DT.

The event set a complicated challenge and required pupils to work together in order to achieve the task. Each team required a manager, construction engineer, electronic engineer, buyer, machine operator and presenter.

The challenge set for each team was to design and build a self-levelling platform to launch aircraft from on board an aircraft carrier operating in high seas. To support this the Royal Navy built a simulator that they could switch on and would pitch and roll just like an aircraft carrier operating in stormy weather.

The picture above shows the simulator in action.

In addition to making the stable platform, teams had to make a launch an aircraft from the platform.

Grace and Will picture trying to figure out how to launch their aircraft.

If that’s not a big enough challenge, the team also had to design and make a remote electronic firing mechanism and circuit.

Will, Will and Liam fixing wires into their electronic firing system.

Then came the team presentation and launch demonstration.

Both teams gained a massive amount from their experience and managed to achieve all the individual aspects of the challenge even if, come the launch, wires coming out and stabilization challenges scuppered their success a little.

I am so proud of these Year 9 pupils, they worked hard, formed cohesive teams and were a credit to Test Valley School. The experience has undoubtedly inspired them to the challenges at GCSE DT and I simply can’t wait to start teaching them in September.

Written by Mr. Langdown.

Swimming Pool Fund Raising

Holly Osbaldeston, Year 8 is on a one person mission to help save the school pool. Holly, pictured below, helped by donations from neighbours, attended a car boot sale at the weekend and raised £125 towards helping to save the school pool.

This is an impressive amount and moreover a fantastic example of selflessness. 

Apparently Holly has got the bug for car boot selling and intends to do more. Holly certainly knows how to get the money in and must have a great sales technique. 

In addition Holly plans to do the 20 mile 54321 walk with her grandparent to raise even more money to help save our school.

If you are encouraged by Holly perhaps you’d like sponsor her or even join her on the walk.

Many thanks and congratulations Holly.