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Woodbridge Junior School

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Zones of Regulation


At Woodbridge Junior School we teach The Zones of Regulation curriculum. These lessons aim to help children notice the emotions they are feeling and teach them self-regulation and emotional control. Further information can be found on the link below:


To start...

Children are taught to use four colours to self-identify the emotion they are feeling. We use language such as "What zone are you in?" or support children's thinking with expressions such as "You look like you are starting to feel yellow zone emotions."

Children are reassured there are no 'naughty zones' but that everybody (including adults) experience all the zones at some point and this is normal. We start to teach pupils that how we react in each of these zones is what we can learn to control. The zones are summarised in the poster below:


Green Zone

The green zone is the ideal zone for children to learn in the classroom. Children in the green zone have a calm state of alertness. They feel happy, calm and are at an optimal level to learn as they can focus. 


Yellow Zone

The yellow zone describes when you have a heightened sense of alertness or perhaps have a funny feeling in your tummy. Children may experience elevated emotions with some control, but feel worried, silly/wiggly or frustrated. 


Red Zone

The red zone describes an extremely heightened state of intense emotions. A child in the red zone is no longer able to control their emotions or reactions and can display challenging behaviours. 


Blue Zone

The blue zone describes when you are sad, tired, sick, tired or bored. You have very low energy emotions and can be described as 'moving slowly'. 

Useful Resources for using the Zones of Regulation at home:

Book recommendations for teaching Zones of Regulation at home