Highfield Primary School

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Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA


0161 748 6096

Zones of Regulation

What is Zones of Regulation?
Zones of Regulation is a curriculum that aims to help children develop skills in the area of self-regulation. Self-regulation can go by many names; some examples include: self-control, self-management and impulse control. It is defined as the best state of alertness of both the body and emotions, for a specific situation.

Zones of Regulation aims to:

  • help children understand that ALL feelings are good to have.
  • help children recognise when they are in the different Zones (feeling a certain emotion) and how to change or stay in the Zone they are in.
  • gain an increased vocabulary of emotional terms so that children can explain how they are feeling.
  • gain insight into events that might make children move into the different Zones eg. a disagreement with a friend, a certain subject being
    taught or a fire drill.
  • help children understand that emotions, sensory experiences, physiological needs (eg. hunger/lack of sleep) and environments can influence which Zone they are in.
  •  develop problem-solving skills.


At Highfield each classroom has a Regulation Station, as well as the 'Zones' posters (as seen below) to support children's understanding of each zone. A 'Regulation Station' is an area with a range of activities that children can access to help them self-regulate. Some examples may include fidgets, poppets, play dough, colouring and/or books. All children have been introduced to the 'Zones' and they are learning how to self-regulate and understand their own feelings/emotions. 


If you have any questions about the Zones of Regulation please email Mrs Lewis at sen@highfield-primary.trafford.sch.uk 

If you decide to create a 'Regulation Station' at home please email your pictures to the SEN email above, we would love to share them!


An example of a class Regulation Station:



Some children/families have set up Regulation Stations at home - here are some pictures.

They are fantastic!


Zones of Regulation posters:

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Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA

0161 748 6096