1. The High Ropes and emotion

Aims of session:

  • For pupils to identify their emotional state using a mood map.
  • For pupils to regulate powerful emotion to complete a task: either using mindfulness techniques, or thinking about the task.

Activities: (N.B. the High Ropes activities can only be led by people who have been trained). 

  1. Show pupils how the 4 zones of the mood map work (laminated mood maps and dry wipe pens required, mood map on slide here). Ask pupils to mark their emotional state on the mood map before going on the High Ropes. Have a quick discussion about the emotions they are experiencing and what impact their emotions might have on how they manage on the High Ropes.
  2. Point out that pupils might need to do something deliberate to manage their emotions in order to do well on the High Ropes. Show pupils mindful breathing technique, or explain the calming thinking skill of focusing on the processes of the task at hand (e.g. concentrating on the body posture required for the High-V, rather than thinking about how high up they are).
  3. Use either the High-V or the Leap of Faith (avoid cramming 2 elements in at the expense of other learning).
  4. When they come down, ask pupils to use the Mood Map to track how their emotions changed during the High Ropes exercise and discuss how easy/difficult it was to manage strong emotions.