The NOVA Learning Intervention Programme was created in 2006 by Morning Star Community Services. It is a school-based programme that provides support to mainstream Primary 1 and 2 children with Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) difficulties, a service gap which was lacking in the community.
NOVA Learning Intervention Programme is an early intervention programme which adopts a preventive rather than a remedial approach.
Children are referred to NOVA by their school’s Form Teachers after they have been observed struggling with social-emotional issues due to stressful personal or family situations which they find hard to cope with or do not comprehend. As a result, these children are unable to adequately follow classroom teachings in school and exhibit weak social interaction skills such as:
Besides working with these children individually, NOVA also partners closely with schools and parents through frequent meetings and home visits. During these meetings, parents and teachers are equipped with positive strategies which they can apply at home or in the classroom. We believe that a Systemic Partnership helps extend teaching outside the NOVA Lab and provides children with a more holistic support.
NOVA adopts the CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) research-based intervention which focuses on 5 core competencies:
Children are taught these skills through:
With the right methods, at-risk behaviours (e.g. fighting, bullying, stealing) can be reduced and even avoided. We also strive to help children develop life-long abilities such as self-awareness, anger management, impulse control, and positive qualities such as empathy and compassion
The NOVA Learning Intervention Programme provides a structured daily programme for 4 hours after school, Mondays to Fridays. Email us at email@example.com to find out how you can establish a NOVA Learning Lab in your Primary school.
*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals
John was referred to the NOVA programme as he faced difficulty in managing his emotions and following instructions in class. He also had low self-esteem and had difficulty accepting negative feedback and failure. Thus, John would refuse to do any academic worksheets that were given to him.
John responded well to NOVA’s structured environment and routine interventions. During his time in NOVA, John learnt how to identify and express his emotions more positively. As trust between the NOVA facilitators and John developed, he showed more willingness to ask for help and attempt topics that he was weak in. His self-esteem increased gradually, and John was able to accept correction from friends and teachers alike. Feedback from his school teachers and family members also validated the positive changes in him.
Ms Tan, Parent
My child and family have gained a strong family bonding through the NOVA programme. My child has also stopped using vulgarities and have somehow learnt how to show respect towards the elders. Our relationship has been improving since he enrolled in NOVA. The facilitators were very helpful and cooperative in helping me by sharing different strategies in communicating and handling my anger when dealing with my child better.