Self-regulation templates

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Self-regulation templates pack
Main Subject
Key stage
PSHE and wellbeing
Resource type
Teaching pack
Teaching tools and tips

Self-regulation — the ability to understand and manage your thoughts, feelings and behaviours — is an element of social-emotional learning that children need to be taught and shown how to practise.

This pack aims to offer primary school teachers a flexible set of self-regulation resources including emotion flashcards, breathing strategies, calm-down cards and behaviour prompts to develop children’s emotional self-regulation skills. The resources are designed for use in the classroom and for display, and can be used in lessons, laminated and hung on clotheslines, set up in a calm down corner of your classroom or saved for 1:1 discussion time.

Help children in the EYFS, KS1 and KS2 to develop their self-awareness, their self-control and their social skills, and build their self-esteem.

What's inside?

  • Engaging 'How do you feel?' emotion posters for classroom display alongside blank versions for children to cut out and create their own.

  • A 'Feelings thermometer' and 'Feelings meter' to help children check in and recognise how they feel.

  • A comprehensive set of 'Emotion flashcards' to explore how feelings change and how to manage them.

  • 'Calm down breathing exercises' to show children how to reduce feelings of anger, stress or anxiety through 3-step, 5-step or 10-step deep breathing techniques.

  • A set of 'Calm down cards' with practical advice and coping strategies for children who are struggling with complex feelings and behaviours. 

  • A 'Managing my emotions daily tracker' to support children with developing self-awareness.

  • 'How do you feel?' sentence templates, which provide a useful framework for daily discussions about managing emotions.

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