Seven Chakras Help Prepare Year 11 for Forthcoming GCSEsHarrow Way have turned to the ancient tradition of the seven chakras to ensure their Year 11s are revision and exam prepared. Guest speaker and chakra expert Nicola Sage joined the team of teachers who led a series of workshops imparting a number of traditional, creative and even ‘bonkers’ techniques to the students.

The seven chakra Contemplation workshop was a journey of self-awareness. Students rated themselves on dealing with various issues such as being comfortable following their own desires or following what other people want and finding it hard to say no. The session got students to identify the root cause hindering their revision such as ‘finding time.’ From here they worked backwards to find the real barrier enabling them to move on with their preparation.

Rachel Atherton Head of Year 11 comments on the success of the day: “It may only be the beginning of January but it’s not too soon for the students to begin their preparations for the forthcoming GCSEs. We started the day with a video of interviews featuring last year’s leavers and what they would do differently if they could do it all again. This was very powerful with the messages really hitting home with the students as they recognised or know the individuals in the film.”

With many different revision methods Harrow Way were keen for students to pick up as many tips and tricks as possible from the memory techniques such as mnemonics, song writing, imagery and word association to the importance of command words which ensures students interpret exam questions correctly, giving the answer asked for.

A particular highlight of the day was the ‘Bonkers Revision’ workshop featuring the unusual and the creative but all which help make the key subjects stick. Students tried using smelly pens for certain topics, revision mind maps and road maps. They learned keywords by writing on biscuits and eating them and even wrote on revision boiler suits!

Rachel Atherton concludes: “Throughout the day students working well receiving raffle tickets for prizes very kindly donated from our wonderful local companies such as a free swim pass from the Leisure Centre, a bucket meal from KFC, Costa card, stationary from WHSmith and wonderful goodies from Boots and Body Shop. All students also received a revision goody bag including highlighters, pencils, erasers, sticky notes, bookmarks, tea or coffee and some sweeties to keep them going.”

Other supporters included Andover College, Bioquell, Popular Farm, Magic Roundabout, Butters, A

ndover Library, Waterstones, The Breeze, Bourne Valley Beauty and The Quality Hotel. For further information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.

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