We follow an enquiry-led approach at Nova, where children apply newly acquired knowledge as different states of being. States of Being focus on our children actively using skills and knowledge for a purpose. They focus on giving experiences, talking to role models and creating aspiration.
What we know about how children learn is that when we teach children skills and knowledge in isolation, they rarely make links to other subjects. Even when they are writing about Brunel in History or how plants grow in Science, they tend to forget how to apply the same English skills. This is in part because the information stored in the brain is locked up in the ‘English box’, and why would they open that box if they are ‘doing’ History or Science?
States of Being move away from content in subject boxes and uses clusters of knowledge that can easily be applied between subjects. By learning how to punctuate as an Author, they can use this knowledge when they are being Scientists as they start to understand that Scientists also need to write to convey what they have discovered.
There are other reasons for using a States of Being approach, such as making links to the outside world where Environmental Scientists for instance, use a blend of science, mathematics, geography and engineering. They will inevitably start discussions about what children want to be when they grow up. It opens up the notion that most jobs and careers do not just use one subject, they are a blend.
It also helps us to explore role models and to invite people from the local community in to school to talk about how they are Artists or Historians, for instance, and the blend of skills they use in their work.
Please read our parents and carer information letter to find out more about our approach: