Zones of Regulation

At Valence, we use Zones of Regulation to support our pupils in being able to name their emotions, notice how they are physically and mentally feeling, learn strategies to support themselves in self-regulation and how to support others.

What are the Zones of Regulation?


The green zone is the state most needed in the classroom in order to learn. It means you are calm, happy, focused and ready to learn. You are in a calm state of alertness.


The yellow zone describes when you have a heightened sense of alertness or perhaps have a funny feeling in your tummy. You usually still have some control when in the yellow zone.


The red zone describes an extremely heightened state of intense emotions. When a person reaches the red zone, they’re no longer about to control their emotions or reactions and may sometimes display challenging behaviour.


The blue zone describes when you are sad, sick tired or bored. You have very low energy emotions.

How will the Zones of Regulation look in Valence Primary School?

During the Autumn term, every child will explicitly be taught about the different Zones. They will learn about the Zones, how their bodies may physically feel in the different Zones and how they may behave within the different Zones. They will also be taught strategies to use to get them ‘back’ to the Green Zone.

The Zones of Regulation will become part of everyday practice within your child’s classroom. They will be encouraged to talk about their emotions, share which Zone they are in either verbally or using visuals. They will be guided in strategies that support them to move zones. For example, if a pupil explains they are feeling in the yellow zone because they are feeling giggly/excited, an adult can suggest strategies the child can try so that they can self-regulate their emotions, make the right choices and move into the green zone – the zone for optimal learning.

It’s important to note that there is no ‘bad’ zone and everyone experiences all of the Zones at different times and in different circumstances.

Zone Strategies to move zones

Blue Zone

  • Have a quick drink
  • Stretch for a minute
  • Do 10 star jumps
  • Talk to a sensible buddy or adult

Green Zone

The zone for optimal learning.

Yellow Zone

  • Deep breaths
  • Get a drink
  • Take a short break
  • Ask for help

Red Zone

  1. Deep breaths
  2. Take a short break
  3. Listen to adults
  4. Use your words/visuals
  5. Accept help

The strategies which your child uses will be individual to them (please our Mindfulness and Wellbeing page for more ideas)

What can I do to support the Zones of Regulation at home?

  • Identify your own feelings using Zones language in front of your child (e.g. “I’m feeling frustrated because… I am in the Yellow Zone.”)
  • Talk about which tool you will use to be in the appropriate Zone (e.g. “I’m going to go for a walk as I need to get to the Green Zone.”)
  • Provide positive reinforcement when your child is in the Green Zone and if they make efforts to stay in the Green Zone. Eg. “I can see you are working really hard to stay in the Green Zone by…”
  • Label which Zones your child is in throughout the day (e.g. “You look sleepy, I wonder if you are in the Blue Zone?”)
  • Teach your child which Zone tools they can use (e.g. “It’s time for bed, let’s read a book together in the rocking chair to get to the Blue Zone.”)

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