What’s the Buzz for Primary Age Students


A social skills enrichment program


A practical program teaching social emotional literacy in primary schools.

By Mark Le Messurier and Madhavi Nawana Parker

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.