The Zones of Regulation
At South Parade Primary School, we recognise the importance of promoting positive mental health and emotional well-being to our pupils and their families. We aim to create an open culture around the discussion of mental health and well-being and to empower our children to be able to regulate their emotions.
By implementing The Zones of Regulation curriculum we aim to teach our pupils to identify emotions in themselves and others and provide them with a bank of strategies to help regulate their emotions and improve their well-being.
The Zones of Regulation is a range of activities to help your child develop skills in the area of self-regulation. Self-regulation can go by many names, such as self-control, self-management and impulse control. It is defined as the best state of alertness of both the body and emotions for the specific situation. For example, when your child plays a game of football, it is beneficial to have a higher state of alertness. However, that same state would not be appropriate in a library.
The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum based around the use of four colours to help children self-identify how they’re feeling and categorise it based on colour. The curriculum also helps children better understand their emotions, sensory needs and thinking patterns. The children learn different strategies to cope and manage their emotions based on which colour zone they’re in. Additionally, the Zones of Regulation helps children to recognise their own triggers, learn to read facial expressions, develop problem-solving skills, and become more attuned to how their actions affect other people.
There is progression across the curriculum with children in Early Years learning to identify different emotions to children in Upper Key Stage 2 discussing how our behaviour can impact upon the feelings of those around us.
Please read our guide below to The Zones of Regulation. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at school.
THE ZONES OF REGULATION FOR CHILDREN WITH SEND
THE ZONES OF REGULATION
Talk through the zones with your child. Ask them how they would feel in each zone?
Remind them that we will experience all zones and there are no good or bad zones- however our success in regulating our emotions depends on us recognising our emotion, understanding it and putting a support strategy in place.