2nd Edition

What's the Buzz? for Primary Students A Social and Emotional Enrichment Programme

    312 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    312 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    What’s the Buzz? is an internationally renowned series of programmes designed to help children and young people develop social and emotional awareness. Now available in a revised second edition, What’s the Buzz for Primary Students is a sixteen-lesson programme targeting everyday social challenges faced by primary aged children, such as peer pressure and bullying style behaviours; competition and handling disappointment; feelings and wellbeing and self-awareness. Each lesson is designed around the SAFE criteria (Sequenced; Active; Focused; Explicit) and includes:

    • A new and beautifully illustrated ‘Archie’ story, in which the popular character faces a new and relatable social challenge
    • A series of lively and exciting games and activity suggestions
    • Role-plays and discussion points so that children can put their skills into practice in a supportive environment

    Having already proven to appeal to teachers and support staff, counsellors and psychologists worldwide, this resource is suitable for anybody looking to enrich the social lives of children. Resources and training modules to support this book can be found on the website www.whatsthebuzz.net.au.

    List of Photocopiable and Online Resources  A Quick Guide to the Games  About the Authors  Acknowledgements  Introduction  Lesson 1. Meeting people and exiting  Lesson 2. Seeking attention  Lesson 3. Peer pressure; when to follow and when to go your own way  Lesson 4. Being Friendly  Lesson 5. Competition; winning and losing with style  Lesson 6. Feelings; yours, mine and everyone’s  Lesson 7. Feelings and the warning signs  Lesson 8. Feelings and thinking positively  Lesson 9. Feelings and Wellbeing  Lesson 10. Empathy  Lesson 11. Anxiety - name it and work with it  Lesson 12. Handling Disappointment  Lesson 13. Bullying and bullying-styled behaviours; dealing with them  Lesson 14. The connecting ART of conversation  Lesson 15. Self-awareness: building emotional intelligence and identity  Lesson 16. The value of giving encouraging feedback


    Mark Le Messurier is a teacher, counsellor, author, public speaker and coach to young people and their parents. Mark can always be contacted at [email protected].

    Madhavi Nawana Parker is a child and teen development specialist, author and public speaker who teaches social emotional literacy, resilience and positive thinking. Find her at http://www.positivemindsaustralia.com.au.

    Having used ‘Archie’s BIG BOOK of friendship adventures’ together with the ‘What’s the Buzz? For Early Learners’ I strongly believe that a new edition that incorporates an older Archie (e.g 11 or 12 years of age) with stories at the beginning of every lesson will enhance the new edition. Reflecting on the new titles for some of the chapters makes sense too as well as the new chapter, ‘Giving friendly feedback’.

    This is an area that continues to grow in today’s society. Students seem to come to school or pre-school with immature social skills and emotional development. Students with additional needs such as ASD, Attention disorders, anxiety are more prevalent in educational settings and as such staff and families are needing educational resources like What’s the Buzz and Archie to assist implement these program at home, school or in other health services.

    Virginia Evans: Head of Kurrajong, Pulteney Grammar School, South Australia