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Zones of Regulation (ZoR)

Zones of Regulation

Passfield Park School has adopted The Zones of Regulation as a school-wide Social and Emotional Learning initiative to support the Wellbeing Framework for Schools and the Australian Curriculum Personal and Social Capability Learning Continuum. As a school we recognise the importance of wellbeing and aim to create a culture that empowers our students to develop strong positive character traits and group dynamics.

What are the Zones of Regulation

The Zones use four colours to help students self-identify how they are functioning in the moment, given their emotions and state of alertness. There are times where it is expected to be in each of the zones and times it would be unexpected.

Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness (e.g. sad, tired, sick or bored) when our body and/or brain is moving slowly or sluggishly.

Green Zone is used to describe a regulated state of alertness (e.g. calm, happy, focused or content). Being in the Green Zone shows control and is generally the zone we need to be in for schoolwork and being social.

Yellow Zone is used to describe a heightened state of alertness (e.g. stressed, frustrated, anxious, excited, silly, nervous or confused). The Yellow Zone is starting to lose some control.

Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness or very intense feelings (e.g. anger, rage, panic, terror or elation). Being in the Red Zone can best be explained by not being in control of one’s body.

What do the Zones of Regulation look like at our school?

Each class undertake lessons as needed to meet individual students needs. Lessons are designed to help students understand their different internal emotions, sensory needs, and thinking patterns that result in each student shifting from one zone to another. Students explore a variety of tools they can use to regulate what zone they are in and are taught when, why and how to use their tools.

The Zones of Regulation help students learn more about perspective to better understand how being in the different zones impacts others’ thoughts and feelings around them.

The concepts of The Zones are embedded within daily interactions and routines as an ongoing support to help all our students better evaluate their current social and emotional zones and find success in school, home and their community.

How can you support The Zones of Regulation at home?

  • Use Zones language to teach and support self-awareness and regulation skills.
  • Model the Zones yourself, checking in and helping children see and hear from adults that all the Zones are experienced and are okay e.g. “I am feeling tired because…, I am in the Blue Zone. I’m going to go for a walk to help me feel more alert”.
  • Help your child gain awareness of their feelings, the Zone they are in and what tools might help them to regulate such as “I can see you are frustrated, you are in the yellow zone. Let’s take a trampoline break and then come back to finish this off”.

Identifying Zones

The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions.  A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone.

The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions, however one has more control when they are in the Yellow Zone.  A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone. 

The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone.  This is the zone where optimal learning occurs. 

The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.

The videos below describe different emotions and assist students in identifying which zone they are in.

Resources for home

If you would like a printed and laminated copy sent home please ask the class treacher.

We have provided a number of check in sheets for you to download and use at home.

Please click the link below. 

ZoR Resources