NOVA Learning Intervention Programme

NOVA (Nurturing One's Valuable Attributes)

NOVA is an early intervention programme that caters for mainstream children aged 7 to 8 years old and aims to help improve the social-emotional learning of the child. NOVA also adopts the CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) research-based intervention which shows a strong link between SEL and student outcomes in the areas of mental well-being, character development, learning motivation, school success and responsible citizenship.


Children with weak social-emotional skills also exhibit weak foundational skills, hampered decision-making skills and often struggle with emotional regulation and communication. These social-emotional difficulties faced affects student’s ability to learn and meet the requirements of school.


The daily programme supports children in developing confidence and strengthens their competencies in each of the 3 domains (social, emotional and academic learning skills). The programme also helps parents by empowering them with skills to support their children at home.


The modelling, coaching and routine practised in the programme enable the children to learn how to regulate their own emotions and behaviour, develop an interest in learning, and boosting their confidence and self-esteem. Consequently, they begin to show improvements in their school work and interpersonal relationships.

Our Approach

The daily programme has its objectives, to help children develop and strengthen their learning abilities in each of the 3 domains (social, emotional and academic learning skills) through the following approaches:


  • Social-emotional skill taught through routine, modelling and coaching every day
  • NOVA-Parents partnership – home visit and home-based activities for parents to practise and follow up what their children have been taught at NOVA. Counselling support for families who need it
  • Explicit social-emotional skill teaching using circle time to guide students through the steps to help them apply skills in new situations
  • Through contact time students can practise group or individual decision-making
  • Students can learn cooperation and teamwork through participation in team sports and games during playtime
  • Cross-age mentoring or guidance, in which a younger student is paired with an older one, effective in building self-confidence, a sense of belonging, and enhancing academic skills
  • Classroom routines such as tracker to organise and plan their homework and NOVA activities. Praise time to affirm their strength and build up self-confidence. These routines support SEL throughout the day in the classroom and ingrain the values in their daily lives


The programme also involves collaboration with the parents of the child through:


  • Identifying challenges and problems encountered by the child
  • Facilitating a greater understanding by parents of the child’s learning modality
  • Strategizing with parents appropriate approaches in managing issues with the child
  • Empowering parents with skills in effective child management
  • Creating bonding between parent and child through home-based activities
  • Equipping parents with knowledge on establishing and structuring support for their child to develop holistically – physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially

Operational Information & Location

The NOVA Learning Lab runs from Mondays to Fridays. Currently, there are three school-based NOVA Learning Labs in operation.


Current NOVA Labs

  • St Anthony’s Canossian Primary School
  • St Joseph’s Institution Junior
  • Opera Estate Primary


Please call 6285 1377 to discuss establishing a NOVA Learning Lab in your school.