Zones of Regulation
Zones of Regulation at Heyford Park Free School (Primary)
Here at Heyford Park Free School we use a Zones of Regulation approach in the primary phase to help pupils identify their emotions and support children in being able to develop and use strategies that can help them when they have specific feelings and emotions.
Zones of Regulation is an evidence-based, social curriculum designed to support children to:
- identify their feelings and levels of alertness
- use effective regulation tools
- know when and how to use tools
- problem solve positive solutions
- understand how their behaviours influence others’ thoughts and feelings (theory of mind)
All classes across the primary school (from Year 1 to Year 6) use the Zones of Regulation to help children identify their emotions and support them in being able to recognise strategies that can help them in each zone.
We believe that it is invaluable for the children to learn about their emotions. Children will feel sadness in their lives. They need to recognise sadness in order to know when they are happy. We teach strategies to manage anger too. Everyone gets angry (and that’s ok)! What’s not OK is to react in an unkind, harmful or unsafe way when we are angry. Red zone skills are taught and discussed when the children are calm so they can apply them when they are “in the Red”.
We teach the children that EVERY EMOTION YOU FEEL IS OK. It’s what you do when you’re in that zone that we must learn to manage.
Using Zones of Regulation means the children become more aware of their emotions and realise it‘s OK to discuss how they feel. Hearing the children talk in colours is the norm for us! We’re very proud of how the children have grasped this concept.
Using ‘The Zones’ to help your child at home:
The information below gives you an idea of the language that we use in school and how Zones of Regulation can support communication and understanding around emotions and regulation. To further support your child, you may want to use this language at home as well. The Zones of Regulation board below is a great starting point along with the other Zones resources which you might want to discuss and use at home. This website https://www.figur8.net/2016/06/12/self-regulation-and-the-zones-of-regulation/ provides some additional information and answers some frequently asked questions.
Watching this short Zones video and discussing with your child will also be useful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVtBWiy-VKo
For more information, take a look at the Zones of Regulation website: ww.zonesofregulation.com