As a school, we have focus on a scheme called ‘The Zones of Regulation’.
In Year 3, we have recently begun employing this every day to monitor and nurture our emotions. You may have heard your child discussing the four zones: blue, green, yellow and red.
The zones of regulation are a way to nurture children into gaining skills to help self-regulate their feelings.
Year 3 have really engaged with this idea, and every morning, will place their badge in the zone that they are currently experiencing.
Children will then continue this throughout the day and begin to think about what skills they have in place to ensure they can make their way back to the green zone.
Already, in the short space of time that we have employed this method, we have seen significant outcomes. The zones of regulation have opened up conversations between children and staff, as well as developing peer-on-peer support. This has created a comfortable and supportive environment in which children know that it is ‘ok’ to feel ‘negative’ emotions such as anger and fear, and we have been providing the children with the skills to deal with such feelings.