What’s the Buzz for Primary Age Students 2nd Ed (2020)


A social skills enrichment program for 8-12 year olds.


A practical, evidence based social emotional literacy program tfor 8 – 12 year olds.

By Mark Le Messurier and Madhavi Nawana Parker. Published worldwide by Routledge, London.

What’s inside? This program meets the Social Capabilities Criteria of the Australian Curriculum. 

Chapter One: Meeting people and exiting.

Chapter Two: Seeking Attention the right way.

Chapter Three: Peer Pressure (when to follow and when to go your own way).

Chapter Four: Being Friendly.

Chapter Five: Competition – Winning and losing with style.

Chapter Six: Feelings, yours, mine and everyone’s.

Chapter Seven: Feelings and warning signs.

Chapter Eight: Feelings and thinking positively.

Chapter Nine: Feelings and Wellbeing.

Chapter Ten: Empathy.

Chapter Eleven: Anxiety: Name it and work with it.

Chapter Twelve: Handling Disappointment.

Chapter Thirteen: Bullying.

Chapter Fourteen: The Connecting Art of Conversations.

Chapter Fifteen: Self Awareness: Building Emotional Intelligence and Identity.

Chapter Sixteen: The Value of giving encouraging feedback.

Why we wrote it: Mark Le Messurier and Madhavi Nawana Parker met over a decade ago and were instantly united by their dedication to building social emotional intelligence in young people. Both saw young people in their practice who were kind hearted, willing and well-intended souls who wanted to make friends, get along, handle their thoughts and feelings well, but were missing the skills to do that with ease. Together, Mark and Madhavi wrote an easy and accessible program to teach explicit skills in a way that reflected the true experience of working with young people. They didn’t want to overcomplicate the process, having both worked in schools and with families for decades and knowing how time poor parents and educators often are. They combined their practical approach to working with young people along with our study, professional work to create a program for primary aged children that simply makes social interactions easier for them.


Who it’s for: Educators, Psychologists, Allied Health Professionals, Parents and anyone wanting to support the social emotional confidence of young people. Can be used one on one, in small targeted groups or as a whole school approach.

Using Modelling, Role Plays, Story Telling, Discussions, Quizzes, Worksheets, Games and More, students in Junior and Upper Primary learn new ways to handle feelings like disappointment, worry, anger, empathy, being friendly, self awareness and much more. Parent tips at the end of each chapter help families further consolidate the skills at home.