Online Learning - Junior School

Online Learning - Junior School

Home Learning Tips

Start the day right
and create a daily routine

Create a dedicated learning area
in a family space

Charge devices each evening
and during breaks


Play outside! Get out your bike,
skipping rope or jump on the trampoline

Enjoy screen-free activities like
reading, playing board games or drawing


Movement and Brain Breaks

Movement Breaks 

Research shows that integrating physical activity into learning has the following benefits:

  • renewed energy and increased oxygen levels
  • increased oxygen improves focus and memory
  • increased efficiency in learning
  • gives brains time to process information
  • developing social skills through movement
  • enhanced academic behaviour and achievement.

Movement breaks you can do at home:

Students should seek permission form their parent or carer before doing any of the following.

  • Stretching or standing for 5 minutes.
  • Challenge yourself to hold a plank position for 1 minute.
  • If you have a sibling at home, see who can balance the longest on one foot. (WATCH ST HILDA’S DEMO HERE!)

Brain breaks

Brain breaks are simple physical and mental exercises. They have a positive effect on learning by:

  • increasing engagement and cognitive functioning
  • supporting the brain maturation process
  • enhancing focus, mood and learning
  • increasing students’ perceived competence
  • improving classroom behaviour
  • strengthening teacher-student relationships.

Brain breaks you can do at home:

  1. Stand up.
  2. Wink your left eye and snap your right-hand index finger and thumb at the same time.
  3. Wink your right eye and snap your left-hand index finger and thumb at the same time.
  4. Switch from left to right as fast as you can.

Approach to Online and Home Learning

Online and Home Learning in Junior School

When St Hilda’s School moves to an online home learning model during periods of COVID-19 required lockdown, the Junior School will implement the following online and home learning plan for all students. We have created a plan that aims to stimulate and engage students whilst also allowing parents and carers to balance home and online learning and various external demands.

When selecting our Online Learning platforms, we have been very mindful of the safety of our students. Each platform and application that is used at St Hilda’s School has been reviewed to ensure it meets the required e-safety and child protection standards, so we know the girls are safe when learning and working online.

Learning Platforms

Our online learning approach seeks to best leverage the skills that staff and students have built up over a number of years and which have been refined and adapted in recent weeks. Below are the major platforms that will be used in each sub-school. In addition to this list, staff will continue to use a variety of ICT-based solutions depending on their subject areas and they will communicate regularly with their classes via live lessons.

In Junior School we will be using a combination of:

A world leading platform for student engagement that Junior school has been using for many years. Here students can create, reflect, share, and collaborate using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. Students are able to upload, submit completed work and receive teacher feedback via this platform.

Microsoft Teams
A leading video conferencing and collaboration tool to be used for live lessons, recording of lessons and to connect teachers and students in live learning and group work. As this application is one that is used in schools, universities and in business, we are pleased that the girls will gain skills in an application that will assist them in their future learning and work environments. This platform provides our students with the best privacy protection and ultimate delivery for live lessons.

Year 6 staff have been developing a range of resources. This platform is used in Middle and Senior School and its use in Year 6 provides a year of transition for girls between Junior and Middle School. Students will access videos, lesson details, tasks, project work and submit assessment. This platform is also used at many Australian universities.

How-To Guides


Microsoft Teams


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