The Holy Brook School

Welcome to River Class’ Homework Page.

Welcome to the River Class Homework page. Here you will find useful hints and tips on how to support your child at home.

If you require any additional information, resources or advice please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. We are happy to help!

Many Thanks

Sam Gardner & Sam Buller

SENDCo & Assistant Head Teacher

River Class Team Leaders  



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. Your child will be supported to discuss the key features of and write;

  • Letters
  • Newspaper Articles
  • Short Narratives
  • Blogs & Online Content
  • Recounts
  • Non-Chronological Reports 
  • Comic book strips 
  • Biographies & Autobiographies 
  • Balanced Arguments 

Skills that we will be working on throughout the year;

  • Handwriting - ensuring that your child's writing is legible 
  • Spelling - learning spelling rules to help your child spell more accurately
  • Word Reading
  • Public Speaking & Reading aloud in class
  • Editing & Improving our work
  • Being able to use a dictionary & Thesaurus to self-check and edit

You can support your child by:

  • Asking them what they have been learning in English
  • Writing short stories with interesting vocabulary 
  • Write a letter to a pen pal or family member 
  • Reading a range of books at home. 


Use the websites below for additional information & Resources.

Check out some of our English work!


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*



 In History we will be learning the following skills;

  • Retrieving Information using historical artefacts & information pages
  • Discussing events that have happened in the past and how they affect our lives today 
  • Recreating & making replicas of historical artefacts
  • Creating fact files and posters about things that have happened in History
  • Talking about our own family history & where we were born/raised

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 

Use the websites below for additional information & Resources.



You can support your child by:

  • Going on a walk in your local area and following google map instructions 
  • Looking at an OS map and planning a walk using a compass
  • 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 



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



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.  


Portraits & Pencil Control - Julian Opie & Andy Warhol

Have a look at our Art work below.

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

Many thanks

Sam Gardner & Sam Buller 

SENDCo & Assistant Head Teacher

River Class Team Leaders

145 Ashampstead Road, Southcote, Reading, RG30 3LJ

0118 937 5489