At Springhead Park Primary School, we provide a caring and supportive environment that ensures everyone has an equal opportunity to attain their maximum potential academically, personally, and socially. We promote a positive ethos where everyone is respected and valued as individuals irrespective of ability, race, gender or need.
We recognise that all staff, pupils, and parent/carers need the foundations of positive mental health to allow them to keep physically and mentally healthy. We recognise that we all may need additional support to maintain or develop good mental health. By developing and implementing practical, relevant, and effective mental health and wellbeing policies and procedures, we can promote a happy, safe, and stable environment for the whole school community.
School Health and Wellbeing Policy
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Zones of Regulation Program
At Springhead Park Primary School, we recognise the importance of promoting positive mental health and supporting the emotional wellbeing of all our pupils and families. We aim to create an open culture around the discussion of mental health and wellbeing through the implementation of the Zones of Regulation Program.
The Zones of Regulation Program will teach pupils how to:
- Identify their feelings
- Support themselves to better understand their emotions, sensory needs and thinking patterns
- Learn different strategies/tools to cope and manage their emotions based on which colour zone they are in
- Recognise their own triggers
- Learn to read facial expressions, develop problem solving skills and to become more attuned to how their actions affect other people
The Zones of Regulation Program comprises of lessons and activities that have been designed to help pupils learn different strategies to cope and manage their emotions based on the zone they are in. Pupils are taught to be able to self-identify how they are feeling and categorise their feeling based on a colour – blue, green, yellow and red.
What are the different zones?
The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, frustration or feel scared when in the Red Zone.
The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions, however a person has more control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing worry, anxiety, excitement, sillyness 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 somebody feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.
What are the Zones of Regulation Tools or Toolkits?
Pupils will be supported to use tools or toolkits which are sensory based strategies that are easily accessible within our everyday environment. These are strategies and self-help skills that are displayed to support pupils to access ways to help them to self-regulate. Pupils will need support to access the toolkit and not all strategies will work for all pupils.
We have introduced the Zones of Regulation to all pupils this term and they have all been introduced to the vocabulary. Zones of Regulation posters and toolkits have been displayed in each classroom alongside visuals to support pupils to identify the zone they are in. All staff have been trained to deliver the program and can support pupils to use and access the resources and tools. An example of the Zones that are displayed in each classroom along with examples of the toolkits are provided in the Zones of Regulation parent and carer Powerpoint presentation on this page.
It would be really beneficial if you could also refer to the four zones when you are at home too, as this will help to reinforce children’s ability to identify and regulate their own feelings.
Please feel free to contact the school if you feel any workshops would be beneficial to yourselves in relation to the Zones of Regulation Program.