Behaviour at our school is outstanding and one of the ways in which we are helping all children to stay calm, focused and engaged throughout the day is through a new initiative called Zones of Regulation a form of self regulation.
Simply put, Zones of Regulation is about helping children to understand and manage their own behaviour, their reactions to feelings and how things happening around them might affect them. Children are encouraged to try and stay within the green zone (in the poster below) but if they feel themselves moving out of the green zone, the children are encouraged to self regulate so that they can quickly get back to green. The children have been taught to understand the four Zones and the emotions that are in each of them.
The children know that from time to time, it is "expected" that everyone including adults will feel emotions found in the blue, yellow or red zones. The key is being able to regulate our emotions so we can keep within green for most of the time. This in turn impacts positively on ability to function in the classroom, function with our friends and generally have a great day.
Examples of discussion points we have with the children might include:
- What are the 4 Zones and can you remember some feelings/emotions that you would find in each Zones?
- There are times when it is “expected” to be in each Zone. When is it expected to be in the green, yellow, blue and red zone?
- When we are in a Zone and it’s expected, other people don’t have too many different thoughts about us.
- What do other people think when they see us in a Zone that is unexpected?
- Can we recognise the triggers that move us out of the Green Zone?
In every classroom, the teachers have worked with the children to promote and teach the zones of regulation which forms part of our RHE / PSHEE education.
If you have any questions about this initiative and how it works, please contact the Inclusion Leader - email@example.com
We all have different emotions. Here are some.