Take the class through our Energy Kōrero then draw a 1-5 continuum on the board, where 1 is no energy and 5 is lots of energy. (For younger classes draw pictures.)
Kōrero about what each number might look like:
- Sleeping, lying on the ground, not moving.
- Sitting up, reading, slower breathing.
- Standing up, little arm movements, some stretches, hanging out with people.
- Active: Walking around, dancing, hand claps, normal breathing, talking.
- Hyped up! Jumping, making noise, high fiving, swinging arms above head.
Then create some space and get tamariki to act out each number, working from 1 to 5; then back from 5 to 1. You’ll see kids looking to each other for cues on how to behave.
When you regroup, ask:
- What was it like?
- How do we know how to act in different situations? Look at what other people are doing and see if we can match their energy level. (Mention noticing this.)
- What could we do if we’re bursting with energy (5) and going into a quiet environment (2)? We could take some deep breaths or do some quiet reading. Or if we need to burn off energy, we could go for a quick run or do some jumps.
- What about if we’re tired (2) and need an energy boost (4)? We could have a quick stretch, do a few star jumps, get some fresh air or have a healthy snack.
To help students equate these numbers with their energy levels, you could use this ‘act it out’ exercise as a warm-up activity. You could then use the system to introduce the appropriate energy levels for different activities. E.g. “For this you’ll need level 3 energy.”
You could also use the numbers to help students reduce and lift their energy levels. E.g. “Ben, at the moment your energy is a 4 and this exercise needs you to be at a 2. Do you think this is possible?” (You could suggest how he might do this – either through a calming activity, or something active that would help him burn off some energy.)