Group 4 (9-12 year olds)

Welcome teachers to Vivadí´s second Cycle!


The structure of this cycle may look familiar, as it is similar to the previous one. This will make it easier for you to get used to the planning and class dynamic!


The objectives of this cycle have are different from Cycle 1, but continue in the same line. Therefore, the rubric is also different as it is based on these new objectives.


Remember we are always available to solve any doubts you may have!



  • Consolidate the students' bond with the Vivadí’s class.

  • That students recognize the value of their group as a vehicle for learning and experiencing.

  • That students can give meaning to the contents of the class with the help of audiovisual support.

  • That students feel confident enough to respond to the slogans collectively.

When you see that there is progress in these areas, you can move on to the next cycle. Check the rubric that will help you know if the group is ready to move forward!



  • Mark that the English class is beginning with a rite that will always be the same in every class.

  • Mess up the class and make room in the centre of it

  • Children take off their shoes


  • It is a transition break to catch students attention, to keep them focused and to integrate their minds and bodies into once same action.

  • At the end of the game children should be sitting in a circle in the middle of the room.


  • To let the children’s bodies move freely after staying seated.

  • Connect children's daily activities with school life.

  • Associate mind and body in the same action.


  • The idea is to end the English moment with a closing rite that the kids will memorize with the repetition of it.

  • Also, it's time to put the shoes back on and order the class.


  • Generate dialogical instances based on non-verbal signs, to strengthen personal links between the students.

  • Encourage the pursuit of objectives and joint tasks with enjoyment and fun as a further goal so that students acquire affinity for group instances.


  • Let the children listen to a story in English and, with the help of your body language, discover something of the meaning of the story.


  • Strengthen the student’s familiarity to the practice of harmony so that they feel comfortable to really relax. In other words, we want the practice not to be something new for them.


My class is 25 to 30 minutes long!

We know that some schools work with more frequent and shorter English classes of 25 to 30 minutes. In those cases, we suggest you follow this shortened plan of activities. 


Starting Song - Vivadí
00:00 / 00:00

It is important that the starting song is maintained throughout the cycles to emphasize the beginning of the Vivadí class. In this way, we are letting students stay calm because they will know what is going to happen, even if the activities are different in this second cycle. The starting song and the ending song frame the English moment.

Once again, we need students to change the disposition of the class by moving the benches and tables to the sides and making room in the center of the classroom.

In this way, students are in charge of building their own learning space. This makes them protagonists of their process of language acquisition.


If your friends are in the classroom, say hello.

If you see your teacher smiling, show your teeth

If you want to show your feelings, give a hug

If you feel like being silly, make some noise


If you want to get together, make some room

Let your heart feel so much better, make some room


Let’s get ready for Vivadi

Let’s have some fun and play with english in our world

Let’s get ready for Vivadi

We are all in this together

We’ll do it you and me

We’ll be a big great family



1. Children are divided into two teams. And each team is also divided into two sub groups. So you get:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Group A1 and A2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Group B1 and B2

2. Each team should form two opposing lines in the corners of the classroom.

3. Then you have to show one of the following pictures to the first student of A1 and B2. Nobody else has to see the picture.

ZEN - Concentrated

4. When you say “Go!” the student has to run to the opposing line of his/her team (Example: from A1 to A2) and make the same expression he/she sees in the picture you showed him/her in secret (the student can’t show the face to everyone). The real picture can be seen only once.

5. Afterwards, the students that saw the expression on their friends’ face have to run to their opposing lines to pass the expression to the first student in that row.

6. All students should pass the expression to another student in the opposing row.

7. In the end, the last student of group A and group B show their expressions and they are compared to the original picture. To do the comparison and determine the winner, students have to sit in a circle on the floor.

8. Determine the winning group and make a round of applause for everyone who played.


Tip: you can either print the pictures or show them on your phone.


This is a brain break moment for the kids to change energies and prepare with their minds and their bodies for what follows.


You can choose between these options:​



In this simple game students stand up and the teacher has them do 5 different movements in descending order.



  • Move your head to the sides five times
  • Move your shoulders in circles for four times

  • Open and close your hands stretching your fingers for three times

  • Make two big circles with your hips

  • Jump once!

 Arms and Hands  


Acting out! Tell your students:

Pretend you are squeezing a whole lemon in your left hand . Squeeze it hard! Try to squeeze all the juice out of it. Feel the tightness in your hand and arm as you squeeze. Now drop the lemon and relax. See how much better your hand and arm feel when you are relaxed. (Repeat with the other hand) 

 Face and Nose


Acting out! Tell your students:

Here comes a peaky old fly. It has landed on your nose. Try to get it off without using your hands! That's right, wrinkle your nose. Make as many wrinkles in your nose as you can. Scrunch your nose up real hard. Good. You have chased him away. Now you can relax your nose. Oops here it comes back again. (Repeat)

  Arms and Shoulders  


Acting out! Tell your students:


Pretend you are a furry, lazy cat. You want to stretch. Stretch your arms out in front of you. Raise them up high over your head. Way back. Feel the pull in your shoulders. Stretch higher. Now just let your arms drop back to your side. Okay kitten, stretch again.




Keeping up with the daily routine topic, the next activity is reading a story that relates to it.

We remind you that, even if you have audio-visual support, your body language is key to make children understand the meaning of the story and also make it significant to them.

Tip: It is a good story to make a point on the days of the week or on the traffic lights and signs!


You can ask your students what they see when they go to school! Maybe they can even bring a picture of their favourite spot on their way to school.

*If there is no projector: it is convenient that you read with nuances, while another person acts what happens in the story.

You can choose between these options with no particular order, but, remember how important repetition is. So, if you choose to repeat one story more than once, don’t worry if another story is never told.

Would you like to interact with the kids during the storytelling moment?

After you have read the story to the children once, you can do a second reading with the kids interaction.


Try stopping at specific moments of the story and ask the kids to copy the gestures of your face that indicate the feelings of the character in the story.


Example: if the character indicates that he is tired, you should make an expression that shows fatigue and the children should imitate it. 




Play the following video.


It is a song related to the daily routine and shows a choreography that the children should copy while they listen to it.


You can listen to it several times!



Now, you will continue activating your bodies. To do this, ask and show the kids how to move the body from their toes to the head:

- Stand on your feet and lean forward letting your head and arms hang.

- Maintaining that position, shake your body freely.

- Slowly, rise your body back to the standing position. Always remember that the last part of the body to rise is the head.

- Open your eyes and mouth as big and wide as you can!

Tip: it is a good time to mention parts of the body and make the children start listening to these words.

To end this moment you can ask your kids to give a few jumps to finish activating all the parts of the body.

Now it’s time to start with the harmony activities. When the kids finish jumping and moving their bodies, put this playlist as background  music for the rest of harmony time.

Meanwhile, go ahead and start
with the following activities:
1. ASANA (Postures)

We will start with the asanas, which means postures. Try these three different positions with your students.
Each position will be related to the story previously read. You can explain to the kids why they connect to the story.


This time, we will start with a short series of body postures. They should be done one after the other in the order shown.

1. Mountain

Stand on your two feet.

Feel the ground beneath you.

Let your arms hang freely and relax your shoulders.

2. Sun

Raise your arms up high as if you were reaching for the Sun.

Place your hands together in Anjali mudra.

3. Dog

Bend down and place your palms flat on the ground. Step your feet back to create an upside-down V shape with your buttocks high in the air. Straighten your legs, relax your head and neck, and look down between your legs

4. Mountain

Stand on your two feet.

Feel the ground beneath you.

Let your arms hang freely and relax your shoulders.


Dog face

Fish face

Happy face




2. SWARA  (Breathing)

Children should be lying in the floor in a comfortable and easy position for them.

Remind them of the importance of breathing through their nose.


Belly Breathing exercise:

- The children should put their hands on their tummies and try to expand their bellies (not their chests) when they breath in.

- Then they should feel their tummies shrink as they breath out. (They should picture their belly buttons push towards their tummies)

3. SAVASANA (Final relaxation)

After the Belly Breathing exercise, you should play a song from this playlist and let them just relax, ideally closing their eyes.

It would be also ideal to:

- Turn off the lights 

- Have the children lay down on the floor

- Have the children covered with a blanket

This song will be repeated every class in this same moment. This will serve as a guide for the kids to, eventually, understand that the final relaxation moment has come. Hopefully, they will gain the confidence to close their eyes when they hear the song as it will be a familiar activity. 


After the Savasana song, you can ask the kids to sit down again and close the Harmony practice by taking their both hands together to the centre of the chest.

Then, you should say “thank you” to them and they should repeat "thank you" after you.




Ending Song - Vivadí
00:00 / 00:00

Just like you´ve been doing so far, play the Vivadí ending song to let the children know that the class is almost over. Remember this is the moment to rearrange the classroom as you found it when you started and, finally, have the children put their shoes back on.


If you enjoyed our time together, sing along

If you can’t wait for next class, high five!

To get ready for what follows, tidy up

See you next time dear teacher, good bye!


It’s not goodbye with Vivadi

The things I learnt today will always stay in me

It’s not goodbye with Vivadi

We are all in this together

We’ll do it you and me

We’ll be a big great family

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