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Zones of regulation
This half term, as part of supporting the children’s emotional development, Elm, Redwood and Hazel class have all been learning about ‘The Zones of Regulation’. Through learning about the Zones of Regulation children will begin to foster self regulation and emotional control.
What are the zones my child might talk about?
There are four zones to describe how your brain and body feel and you move in and out of them regularly. There is no good or bad zone because you need each zone at different times e.g. you need to be in the blue zone to go to sleep and in the red zone if a wild animal is chasing you.
BLUE Zone – Your body is running slow, such as when you are tired, sick, bored, hurt, sad, depressed, exhausted or shy.
GREEN Zone – Like a green light, you are “good to go.” You body may feel happy, calm, focused, appreciated, proud, thankful, being a good listener, being ready to learn, relaxed or content.
YELLOW Zone – This zone describes when you start to lose control, such as when you are frustrated, anxious, worried, silly, surprised, excited, nervous, annoyed, overwhelmed, scared, jealous, upset, uncomfortable, confused, embarrassed, grouchy or crabby. Use caution when you are in this zone.
RED Zone – This zone is for extreme emotions such as when you are elated, angry, terrified, mean, mad, yelling, being aggressive or being out of control. When you are in this zone, you are out of control, have trouble making good decisions and must STOP!
Encourage your child to talk about the zone they are in using language such as ‘I am in the blue zone, I am feeling hungry”. You could talk to them about strategies they can use to move out of yellow zone back to green, out of red zone, out of blue zone into green zone. These may be listening to music, doing exercise, using mindfulness techniques such as finger breathing, reading a book, bouncing on a trampoline, having a hug etc. If you have any further questions regarding this work, then please get in touch with Mrs Burley via the school office.