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Home-Based Learning

In Canberra Primary School, to ensure continuity of learning, HBL can take in the form of

·         e-Learning: comprises of a range of online activities on different e-learning platforms

·         Home-Based Learning (HBL): comprises of both offline and/or online* learning in the event of school closure for some of the levels 

·         Full HBL (FHBL): comprises of both offline and/or online* learning in the event of school closure for all Primary 1 to Primary 6                                                               levels

*online learning can be in the form of synchronous (live) or asynchronous


HBL/FHBL & Staggered Timing Access

During the HBL/FHBL period, parents/guardians are encouraged to keep your child/ward at home where possible. HBL/FHBL comprises of activities that come in different forms, such as e-lessons through the use of Student Learning Spaces (SLS), or other references like worksheets and textbooks. These learning activities have been designed to allow your child/ward to complete them independently. They are encouraged to use the staggered timings to login to SLS to access their detailed lesson guides and mark their daily attendance as shown in Table 1:


Primary 1 and 4

Primary 2 and 5

                                Primary 3 and 6

9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.

Table 1: Staggered Timing Access


Schedule and Lesson Guides

The HBL/FHBL schedule for each level will be made available here. Detailed lesson guides will be uploaded on SLS by individual subject teachers by 7.30 a.m. every school day.

Teacher-Student Interaction and Well-Being Check-In

Our students’ well-being remains the school’s top priority. Daily, students will be required to complete a well-being check-in through SLS by 11.00 a.m. In addition, teachers may be contacting students in the following ways:

 Form Teachers

Phone calls / messages to find out how students are; or

Use of apps such as Remind or Class Dojo

Form / Subject / Other Teachers

Phone calls / messages or

Online conferencing tools (e.g. Zoom)

Table 2: Modes of Teacher-Student Interaction


Providing a Conducive Environment

We encourage you to support your child/ward’s learning through the provision of:

·          Sufficient space on the table for both the learning device and other materials (about 60 cm by 60 cm)

·          A comfortable chair

·          A quiet environment with sufficient ventilation and lighting


Supporting your Child/Ward

We encourage you to:

·         Work out a daily schedule/routine with your child/ward and guide him/her in setting goals and scheduling tasks. For further tips on            guiding your child/ward in setting goals, please refer to the Resilience Boosters at https://go.gov.sg/selresforparents

·         Establish an agreement with your child/ward on managing screen time and scheduling off-screen eye-breaks. We will assign a                         maximum of about 2 hours of online learning every day

·         Encourage your child/ward to maintain an optimistic and positive outlook while accepting the changes and emotions that he/she                 has had to face as part of the learning process

·         Remind your child/ward to log in to SLS based on the staggered timings assigned to the different levels as shown in Table 1

·         Monitor your child/ward’s well-being and online activities

·         Maintain child/ward’s good sleeping and waking habits

·         Provide regular healthy meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks during breaks for your child/ward

·         Set up parental restrictions on your child's device and home network. For instruction on setting up restriction on your child/ward                 iPad, click here


E-Learning Platforms

Your child/ward would have been given access to various online e-learning platforms like SLS, eZhishi, Koobits, etc. Should you face issues accessing these platforms, please refer to the instructions provided in Table 3:

E-Learning Platforms



Go to https://canberrapri.moe.edu.sg/quick-links/student-learning-space-sls for further instructions


Email: service@ecombay.com

Tel: 6742 7555


Email: support@koobits.com

Table 3: Self-Help Guide to e-Learning Platforms


If you still face difficulties, please email canberra_ps@moe.edu.sg with the following details:

·         Name of Child

·         Class of Child

·         Difficulty Faced


As the teachers continue to innovate and introduce other web-based applications (e.g. Kahoot) for lessons, we seek your understanding and patience in guiding your child/ward to navigate these applications. 


Learning Device Access

To support your child/ward, please provide the following to enable him/her with the means to access instructions and learning activities:

·         Personal Learning Device (e.g. iPad)

·         Headphones/earphones and microphone

·         Web camera

·         Internet access


If you need to loan a learning device for your child for HBL, please send in your request via your child/ward’s Form Teacher. As the number of devices available for loan are limited, all request will be subjected to approval on a case-by-case basis.  

IMDA has set up the Neu PC Plus Programme and Home Access Programme to offer families on financial assistance the opportunity to own a computer and internet access at an affordable price. For eligible families, you may download the application form from the IMDA Website and submit the form, along with supporting documents, to the school.  


Synchronous Sessions

At times, your child/ward's teachers may be conducting synchronous lessons or interaction sessions. The teachers will specify the details via SLS. Please note that the synchronous sessions may be recorded to support others who are unable to join in at the specified time. Please assist your child/ward with setting up the required applications (e.g. Zoom) to allow the use of a microphone and camera.


During synchronous sessions, your child/ward should observe the following etiquette:

·         Be ready 5 minutes before the specified time

·         Be dressed appropriately 

·         Hair should be neat 

·         Clear background with no distracting items such as posters

·         Face should be clearly seen, not covered

·         Mute the microphone unless he/she needs to speak

·         Avoid chatting with others in the background

·         Avoid eating on screen


As other students can see and hear what is happening in the background during the synchronous sessions, please take additional care when walking past your child/ward. Family members are also encouraged to adhere to the etiquette mentioned above.