Zones of Regulation

At Sunningwell C of E Primary School, we recognise the importance of promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing to our students and their families. We aim to create an open culture around the discussion of mental health and wellbeing 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 wellbeing.

What is ‘Zones of Regulation’?

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.

Blue Zone: low level of arousal, not ready to learn, feels sad, sick, tired, bored.

Green Zone: calm state of alertness, optimal level to learn, feels happy, calm, focused.

Red Zone: heightened state of alertness and intense emotions, not an optimal level for learning, out of control, feels mad/angry, terrified, yelling/hitting, elated

Yellow Zone: heightened state of alertness, feels frustrated, worried, silly/wiggly, excited.

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.

We teach the children that everyone experiences all the zones and that is OK. All the zones are expected at one time or another. We will show them that the Blue Zone, for example, is helpful when you are trying to fall asleep.

How will my child learn about the Zones of Regulation?

The children will learn about each zone and strategies to support themselves in weekly whole school assemblies. We will use the zones through discrete teaching and through our PSHE curriculum. We will also use the zones language as part of daily school life, so all staff refer to them, not just the class teacher.

Where can I find out more information?

To create a zones check-in at home please see the following link for ideas:

Create a Zones Check-In for Home (youtube.com)

Please see the children practicing a strategy we have recently been using called “Alert, Concentrate, Calm“. This is a strategy we can use to help us move from Red, Yellow or Blue to get into Green Zone.