The Holy Brook School



      Stream Class

Welcome to the Stream Class home learning 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,

Stream Team Leader

Daily timetable

During our afternoon learning, we cover the following:

  • Monday and Tuesday - Science
  • Wednesday - Humanities (History, Geography and R.E.)
  • Thursday - Sports intervention 
  • Friday - Art, and fortnightly assemblies 


On Wednesdays, morning lessons include drama, assembly and PSHE.

RSE is taught as the first PSHE lesson of every short term.


 Core Subjects (English and Maths)


This academic year in Stream 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;

  • Character Description
  • Letter Writing
  • Non-Chronological Paper Reports
  • Posters
  • Performance Poems
  • Explanations 

 Key skills:

  • Handwriting
  • Spelling
  • Word reading
  • Comprehension
  • Speaking and listening
  • Building on our own, and other's ideas

You can support your child by:

  • Asking them what they have been learning in English
  • Writing short stories with interesting vocabulary
  • Reading a range of books at home 

Supporting Links:



In class we take part in small group phonics sessions and focus on our spellings every morning. We continue to work on letters and sounds to support sounding out common exception words.

Children are encouraged to use their phonic knowledge to support sounding out unfamiliar common exception words, and building their word recognition of tricky words.


Below are our focus sounds and tricky words across phases 2-5. Children are encouraged to use these in their writing and recall them when encountered in different lessons.


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

You can support your child by:

  • Asking them to identify the initial sound of objects they pick up
  • Playing 'I Spy' when travelling
  • Practicing the alphabet song using their phonics knowledge


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We are working hard to promote positive attitudes towards reading. Children take part in regular reading interventions. These are either to work on their word reading skills or their reading comprehension skills. 


Here are some suggested books you may want to read together:

(Contact me if you would like to borrow a copy!)

Early Readers:

  • The Proudest Blue - Ibtihaj Muhammad & S.K. Ali
  • Cave Baby - Julie Donaldson & Emily Gravett
  • Mommy's Little Flowers - Angela McAllister & Alison Edgson
  • Bear's Little Book of Calm - Susie Linn & Alex Patrick
  • Be Happy - Seb Davey & Julia Seal
  • Albert's Tree - Jennie Desmond
  • Babbity's Big Bad Mood - M. Christina Butler & Frank Endersby
  • Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different - Ben Brooks

Advanced Readers:

  • The Midnight Gang - David Walliams
  • Gangsta Granny - David Walliams
  • Truckers - Terry Pratchett
  • The Boy Who Grew Dragons - Andy Shepherd


You can support your child by:

  • Reading with them
  • Encouraging them to read before they go to bed
  • Asking them to read the shopping list in the store
  • Asking them to read the menu when ordering food


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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):

Supporting Links:

 Number and Functions (ongoing):

Supporting Links (Multiplication and Division):



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

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

Our foundation subjects are taught in blocks of 4 weeks (Geography for 5 weeks, History for 5 weeks and RE for 3 weeks). RSE is taught as the first PSHE lesson every short term.

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



Throughout Autumn we are exploring animal habitats and how environments can change, identifying the potential risks to the animals and plants within that environment.





Changing Environments:

Climate Change:   


You can support your child by:

  • Conduct experiments at home
  • Take part in a citizen science project (SciStarter)
  • Visit a local science museum
  • Encourage your child to observe and ask questions
  • Promote your child's problem solving and critical thinking with authentic tasks:
    • Cooking
    • Gardening
    • Household chores
    • Planning trips

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Religious Education (R.E.)

During our Autumn R.E. lessons, Stream Class has a focus on the places of worship and leaders across different faiths. Students have opportunities to ask questions about some key tenets of each religion in a welcoming environment for all faiths and belief systems.

The Holy Brook School strongly believes in respect for our own faith and the faith and beliefs of others.

Please click here for our summary of British Values and the included respect for faith and belief systems.


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
  • Watch Youtube videos about religious festivals and places of worship.
  • Visit a local place of worship

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In PSHE across the academic year, Stream Class will be covering the following topics:

  • New Beginnings
  • Looking After Myself
  • Going For Goals  
  • Getting On and Falling Out 
  • Problem Solvers
  • Changes

Key skills:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Managing Feelings
  • Motivation
  • Social Skills
  • Empathy

PSHE activities that we consider important:

  • Recognising and expressing how we feel and saying happy, sad or angry
  • Taking part in turn taking 
  • Understanding hygiene rules
  • Measuring ingredients accurately 
  • Taking part in physical activities 
  • Learning to tie shoe laces 
  • Recognising the importance of exercise on mental health


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.

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 are exploring World War II, the countries that were involved, and some of the potential causes of this war. We have discussed the start and end dates (1939-1945), and the events that led to the surrender of Germany and Japan.

Students have been identifying the axis and allied powers, and touching upon the Treaty of Versailles, the Great Depression and the rise of the Nazi Regime.


You can support your child by:

  • Discussing what they have been studying in their history lessons
  • Sharing stories of any family members who may have served during World War II
  • Showing them their birth certificate and talking to them about when they were born
  • Creating a simple family tree
  • Reading about Historical events that have happened in different lifetimes (theirs; yours; their grandparent's)
  • Visiting museums and places of interest

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Throughout Autumn, we have been looking at the continents and oceans across the world.

We have identified the hottest, coldest and wettest continents, as well as locating the continent home to the United Kingdom.


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

Supporting Links:


Supporting Links (Global Citizenship):


Can you think of more ways that you can help to save our planet? Can you make a list of all of the things you do as a family to reduce, reuse and recycle materials?



This year we will be working on our art skills and use of varying materials.

Throughout Autumn, Stream have been tying their geographical knowledge of the 7 continents and 5 oceans to their Art lessons, to create large world maps as their final art pieces. 

We have built upon these maps each week, using a range of equipment and materials to create the following work:


You can support your child by:

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 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. 


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145 Ashampstead Road, Southcote, Reading, RG30 3LJ

0118 937 5489