Welcome to River Class’ Homework Page.

Here you will find information about the work that we have been doing in our class and resources that you may want to complete at home.

If you have time, why not look at the websites under each subject heading that feature exciting games and some of the areas of the Holy Brook Curriculum that will be covered this year.

We have included some suggestions of key areas that you may want to support your child with alongside the website links that can support learning at home.



Home Learning

Sam and Charlotte have prepared a home learning pack (please see below). Here you should have a comprehensive Power Point with 5 English lessons, 5 Math lessons and a handful of Science, ICT, P.E. Art & History lessons. We have also included some extra resources which you may want to use with your children.

We are aware that if the children are self-isolating or are away from school, they may not want to complete all of the work in one go. Please use these resources and the guidance at your own pace.

Finally, if you require any additional information or help, we are happy to help you in any way we can.

 River Class Home Learning PPT - Week 1.pptxDownload
 Week 1 - English - Character Adjectives.pdfDownload
 Week 1 - English - Hero & Villain Words.pdfDownload
 Week 1 - English - Superhero Word Mat.pdfDownload
 Week 1 - Maths - 3-digit Partitioning.pdfDownload
 Week 1 - Maths - Adding and Subtracting 1000.pdfDownload
 Week 1 - Maths - Arrow Card Partitioning.pdfDownload
 Week 1 - Maths - Comparing & Ordering Numbers.pdfDownload
 Week 1 - Maths - Write the Value.pdfDownload
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The King Who Banned The Dark - By Emily Haworth-Booth 

Tuesday 5th January - Friday 29th January 

We will now be using the text 'The King Who Banned The Dark' by Emily Haworth-Booth to think about how we can use the four sentence types of create a small story and write captions for comic book strips, just like those seen in the story.

We will be:

  • Participating in exciting activities that will help us to use the four sentence types (statement, question, exclamation & command)
  • Using exciting and appropriate adjectives
  • Remembering to using capital letters and full stops in our writing
  • Considering our audience - What do we want them to feel reading our stories?

You can support your child by:

The Dark - By Lemony Snicket

Monday 1st February - Friday 12th February

We will then be reading 'The Dark' by Lemony Snicket as it Links to our topic around Electricity and Light & Shadow. We will be looking closely at the types of punctuation the author has used and will begin to think about how we can use speech marks in our writing.

We will be:

  • Talking about the vocabulary choices that the author has used
  • Discussing the use of different punctuation 
  • Using exciting and appropriate adjectives
  • Remembering to using capital letters and full stops in our writing
  • Creating our own pieces of art work based on the illustrations - We will be attempting to create artwork that incorporates a live electrical circuit 

You can support your child by:

  • Talking about the difference between light and dark
  • Looking at the Science learning objectives and having a go at the activities suggested
  • Talking about the function and purpose of different types of punctuation, specifically capital letters and speech marks.

Additional English Websites





Check out some of our English work!


Our Class Story is:

You can support your child by asking them:

  • Who are the main characters?
  • What skills does Alex have that make him a good spy?
  • What gadgets does Alex have?
  • What do you think will happen in the end?
  • Who is the villain in this story? How do you know?

Next Term, We will be reading:

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*



Tuesday 5th January 2021 - 29th January 2021

We will now be looking at using our mental arithmetic skills as well as the column method in order to subtract numbers. 

You can support your child by:

  • Subtracting one group of objects from another at home
  • Asking your children to show you how to subtract a number from another using a number line
  • Asking your child to show you how they can subtract using the column subtraction method
  • Playing Mental Arithmetic games that require you child to subtract numbers 
  • Look at the 'Additional Math's Resources' links for Subtraction games

Additional Maths Websites









Tuesday 4th January 2021 - 15th January 2021

We will be looking at how electricity passes through different appliances and why we use these appliances in our everyday life. This will then help us to understand how to create an electrical circuit.

You can support your child by:

  • Showing them how different appliances work around the house
  • Watching 'How it works' Youtube Videos

Additional Science Links

We looked at the different classification of animals last term - can you child still remember each category taught?

BBC - Mammals

BBC - Amphibians

BBC - Birds

BBC - Fish

BBC - Reptiles

BBC - Minibeasts & Invertebrate

Check out some of our Science work!



The History of the Internet

Tuesday 4th January 2021 - 15th January 2021

We will be exploring how the Internet was created and they ways in which people used to communicate before the Internet. We will be learning about Tim- Berners Lee, the inventor of the Internet and discussing how the internet has changed our lives.

You can support your child by:

  • Talking about toys that children used to play with before electricity and the internet
  • Looking at encyclopedias and history TV shows to find out more about the internet

Additional History Websites







December & January 2020 

We will be looking at maps and using directional language to describe where things are. We will also be finding the UK on the Map.

You can support your child by:

  • Looking at maps of the UK and finding Reading
  • Playing games that involve your child recalling the countries in the UK
  • Colouring and decorating the different flags of the world
  • Researching European Countries
  • Looking at the features of the UK on Google Maps


You can support your child by:

  • Creating power point presentations based on your child's interest
  • Showing them how to write an email to a loved one
  • Searching for information using a search engine
  • Looking at videos that explain how to code/ use algorithms 
  • Helping them to type a small paragraph using a word document
  • Allowing them time to create pieces of digital art using Paint


Computing Websites






October 2020

River Class learnt about Diwali, the festival of lights. This festival is celebrated by Hindus. Have a look at our oil lamps and tealight holders.

Check out the story of Rama & Sita here: The Story of Rama & Sita 


Portraits & Pencil Control - Julian Opie & Andy Warhol

September & October 2020

 Have a look at our portraits that we created using the paint app on the computer and clay! 

Collage - Andy Goldsworthy

November & December 2020

We will be creating collages using different media (paper, material and natural materials such as leaves) inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.

You can support your child by:

  • Going on a nature walk and collecting leaves and sticks
  • Creating your own collage using paper, magazines or natural resources

Check out some of Andy Goldsworthy's work here:

If you have any queries or questions, please do let me know by using the contact form or calling the school office on 0118 937 5489.

Many thanks

Sam Gardner

River Class Teacher