The Holy Brook School



   River Class


Welcome to the River Class page.

Here you can find a range of activities that can be accessed to support your child at home, be that for a period of home learning or to extend what they are learning in school. 


If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us l by using the contact form or calling the school office on 0118 937 5489.

The Stream Team are always happy to help!

Many thanks,


River Team Leader


Each morning we have grouped phonic sessions, depending on the children's phonic knowledge.  We use the scheme  'Twinkl phonics' and participate in a range of activities each session, including flashcard recall, playing phonics games and completing written evidence. The children in River class are working on Phase 3 - 5. Please see the sound mats below. 


  (Phase 3 sounds also appear in Phase 4)



This academic year in River Class, your child will be given many opportunities to practice their Reading, Writing Transcription, Writing Comprehension, Spelling & Grammar.

We will be writing for a range of purposes and audiences.


In the Autumn term our English texts will be the following:

Hercules; Claudia Zeff 

Journey; Aaron Becker 


Ice Palace; Robert Swindells 

 Quest; Aaron Becker

In the Spring term our English text will be the following: 

 George's Marvellous Medicine; Roald Dahl

The Magic Finger; Roald Dahl


Dear Mr Blueberry; Simon James

My War Diary; Flossie Albright


We will use these texts to aid book discussions and base our writing activities on. 



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Below are some common exception words. Some children have these as their weekly spelling words and are encouraged to use these in their writing. 


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Here are some suggested books that you may want to read as a family:


 Early Readers (books that the children can read on their own)

The Rainbow Fish – Marcus Pfister

Max - Bob Graham 

The Family Book – Todd Parr

Peace at last – Jill Murphy

The Bad-Tempered Ladybird – Eric Carle

The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

A Bear called Paddington – Michael Bond

Owl Babies – Martin Waddell

*Other books that carry the themes of family, friendships and relationships*


Advanced Readers (1:1 reading opportunities with your child)

Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian

Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo

Holes – Louis Sachar

Matilda - Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Gangsta Granny – David Walliams

The Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

Other books that carry the themes of family, friendships and relationships



Place value and number are essential throughout maths units as well as everyday life.

Every term at The Holy Brook School involves up to four weeks of place value and number work in maths, with an additional area of maths to be covered for the remaining weeks of that term.


Place Value (ongoing):

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 Number and Functions (ongoing):

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Foundation Subjects

(Science, R.E., PSHE, History, Geography and Art)

This year our Science and foundation subject learning will be delivered through termly Schemes of Work titled Myself, My World and My Environment.


  • Autumn Term - Myself
  • Spring Term - My World
  • Summer Term - My Environment 


Throughout Autumn we will be exploring the different food groups and the definition of a balanced diet. We will look at animal diets and learn what a carnivore, herbivore and an omnivore is. We will then look at animal offspring. 


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At The Holy Brook School we talk lots about our feelings. Below is an example of our Zones of Regulation. We use this to support children identify which zone they may be in and which emotions go with that. We will be discussing the Zones of Regulation's and how to manage our feelings.

You can support your child by:

  • Engaging in turn-taking activities at home
  • Encouraging your child to prepare their own meals
  • Encourage your child to dress independently 


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Throughout Autumn we will be looking at chronology throughout the 960s. We will consider the following: 

  • Key events
  • Key figures and their achievements
  • Plotting these events on a timeline


You can support your child by;

  • Showing them their birth certificate and talking to them about when they were born 
  • Creating a simple family tree that shows how everyone in the family is related
  • Reading about Historical events that have happened in your child's life time, your life time and their grandparent's life time
  • Visiting Museums and places of interest 

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Throughout Autumn, we will be looking at the 7 continents and 5 oceans, as well as mountain ranges and rivers that can be found throughout these.

You can support your child by:

  • Going on a walk in your local area and following google map instructions
  • Practice using the eight points of the compass in different ways
  • Play battle ships to help the children use co-ordinates
  • Research areas of natural beauty in the local community & visit 


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You can support your child by;

  • Talking to them about religious festivals that they may participate in and why they are important
  • Introduce them to friends and family that are of similar or different faith to your family
  • Visit a local place of worship
  • Watch Youtube videos about religious festivals and places of worship.  


Home Learning Activities

Should your child be at home for any period of time, if they are able to access, there is always lots of quizzes and lessons on Purple Mash -  here: 

Your child will need to log in to Purple Mash to access the activities, should your child have forgotten their login username and password, please do not hesitate to ring and I can give the username and password again. 

Home learning materials have also be sent home for your child to work through at their own place. Feel free to choose the units that they are learning this term!


 Thank you for visiting our class page. :) 

145 Ashampstead Road, Southcote, Reading, RG30 3LJ

0118 937 5489