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Barnes Farm Infant School

Barnes Farm Infant School

Building Futures, Inspiring Success

Zones of Regulation

We recognise the importance of supporting our children's well-being and encouraging them to discuss and manage their emotions.

As part of our PSHE Curriculum and our whole school ethos, we use the Zones of Regulation to support the children to understand and regulate their emotions.

The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared towards helping children gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem-solving abilities.

Using a cognitive behaviour approach, the curriculum’s learning activities are designed to help children recognise when they are in different states called “zones,” with each of four zones represented by a different colour. 

In the activities, children also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another.

We start teaching the Zones when our children arrive in Reception. In each of our Reception classes, there are 4 furry friends to help our children show the grown-ups how they are feeling.

As the children move into Year 1 and 2, they develop their language and self-regulation skills to understand and communicate their emotions.