NOVA Learning Intervention Programme

NOVA (Nurturing One's Valuable Attributes)

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.

How are Children Referred to NOVA?

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:

 

  • Low self-esteem and low self-confidence
  • Difficulty managing anger
  • Risk of adopting anti-social behaviours and becoming vulnerable to negative peer influence
  • Risk of being the negative influencer (not just the victim)

Who do We Partner with?

 

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.

Our Approach

NOVA adopts the CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) research-based intervention which focuses on 5 core competencies:

 

  • Self-Awareness
  • Responsible Decision-Making
  • Relationship Skills
  • Social Awareness
  • Self-Management

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Be Part of Our Programme!

The NOVA Learning Intervention Programme provides a structured daily programme for 4 hours after school, Mondays to Fridays. Email us at nova@morningstar.org.sg to find out how you can establish a NOVA Learning Lab in your Primary school.

Success Stories

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