We are very excited to be launching The Zones of Regulation across the school this term. We hope this will help all the children to learn about their emotions and how to manage them. From time to time, all of us (including adults) find it tricky to manage feelings. Worry, anger, restlessness, fear or tiredness (to name a few) can have a big impact on us and this can stop us from effectively getting on with our day. Children who feel these emotions can often find it hard to concentrate in school and this could have an impact on their learning. The Zones of Regulation aims to teach children good strategies to help them cope with these feelings so they are calm, ‘good to go’ and ready to learn. This process is called self-regulation and teaching the children effective ways to manage their feelings will support them in later life so they don’t turn to negative coping strategies which affect their mental and physical well-being.
Our aims to help the children are:
Recognise when they are in the different Zones and learn how to change or stay in their Zone.
Increase their emotional vocabulary so they can explain how they feel.
Recognise when other people are in different Zones, which develops better empathy.
Develop an insight into why or what makes them move into a different Zone.
Understanding that emotions, sensory experiences such as hunger, thirst, lack of sleep, getting hot or being cold can effect which Zone they are in.
Develop problem solving skills and resilience.
Identify good strategies that support them to feel calm and ‘good to go’.
For more information on the Zones of Regulation and how you can introduce this at home with your own family Zone Check In, please visit the following links. Happy Zoning!