What’s the Buzz?

A social skills enrichment program for primary students is a unique social thinking program that encourages children to think about how to get along with others and explore the benefits of developing new social skills. What’s the Buzz? is targeted at young people aged 6 – 12 years.

This highly structured, role-play and play-based program is designed to teach children how to think socially and make friendship work. The program engages children into feeling friendship together, it encourages them to see it, taste it, smell it and laugh with each other. It connects young people and offers them the skills to belong.

What’s the Buzz? is delivered through direct teaching, role-play, quizzes and fun in the context of an encouraging group.

What’s the Buzz? for Early Learners

Each of the 16 lessons can only be found in the book, What’s the Buzz? for Early Learners: A complete social skills foundation course

A summary of each lesson and its key social principle is presented below. A vital component of successfully teaching social skills is clearly communicating the underlying social principles to all involved.

Click on the lesson titles below to see these details. You can click on the title a second time to hide the details and reduce the clutter.

What’s the Buzz? a social skills enrichment programme for primary students (2011)

What’s the Buzz? a social skills enrichment programme for primary students’ was originally published in 2011. In 2019 it was revised and a second edition became available. Four chapters were replaced, Archie stories were added to set the scene and the original edition underwent a comprehensive 60% rewrite.

Even though the original Primary version (2011) is no longer available, many who already have it will continue to use these resources. This page has been built to preview the resources available online for this original. There are about 50 individual resources and they are accessible to our online subscribers.

These range from introductory letters and consents, role-play cards, pre and post Archie images for each story (with the option of the authors reading the stories to your students), group values posters, thumbs up cards, achievement and graduation certificates, activity sheets, questionnaires, quizzes, pre and post social functioning surveys, the data tracking facility and ‘After the Buzz, social thinking ideas for parents and caregivers’.

The Online RESOURCES provide direct and convenient access which makes the delivery of the program easier and more engaging. If you wish to secure online access to these resources, click here to register.


  • Introductory letter and consent for parents / caregivers
  • What’s the Buzz? Group rules
  •  What’s the Buzz? Group rules feedback cards
  • What’s the Buzz? Thumbs up feedback cards
  • TEACHER FORM: pre-group social functioning survey
  • PARENT FORM: pre-group social functioning survey
  • STUDENT FORM: pre-group social functioning survey


What's the Buzz? for Early Learners Lesson List

  • Lesson 1: Meeting people and discovering differences!
  • Lesson 2: Joining in
  • Lesson 3: Sharing and taking turns
  • Lesson 4: Cooperation
  • Lesson 5: Waiting
  • Lesson 6: Making it better
  • Lesson 7: Winning and losing – ‘gracefully’
  • Lesson 8: Fact or opinion: staying friendly over different ideas
  • Lesson 9: working with feelings
  • Lesson 10: angry feelings
  • Lesson 11: building healthy bodies, happy minds and steady feelings
  • Lesson 12: honesty – ‘telling the truth’
  • Lesson 13: Saying, “No”
  • Lesson 14: Empathy
  • Lesson 15: Worry – knowing about it, and dealing with it
  • Lesson 16: Time to say goodbye


What's the Buzz?Primary Students Lesson List

  • Lesson 1: meeting people and exiting
  • Lesson 2: getting attention
  • Lesson 3: following instructions
  • Lesson 4: being friendly
  • Lesson 5: competition, winning and losing
  • Lesson 6: identifying feelings
  • Lesson 7: feelings; the warning signs
  • Lesson 8: feelings and thinking positively
  • Lesson 9: feelings; ideas to create wellbeing
  • Lesson 10: empathy, responding to others
  • Lesson 11: handling worry
  • Lesson 12: dealing with disappointment
  • Lesson 13: responding to bullying behaviours
  • Lesson 14: the connecting art of conversation
  • Lesson 15: learning to ‘fit in’
  • Lesson 16: giving and receiving compliments

An additional resource

49 SNAP Playing Cards

What’s the Buzz? is written by Mark LeMessurier & Madhavi Nawana Parker.

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