Wylye ValleyCofE VA Primary School

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Welcome to the first day of home learning.  Our learning this week in English for Year 1 will be based on the Hairy Maclary book, and Year 2 learning will be is based on different characters from Julia Donaldson books.


Year 1

Read along with your child with the sound on, or mute the sound and read the story out loud to your child. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

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Encourage your child to join in with whichever approach you choose, and to join in with the repetitive phrases in the story.

Discuss with your child why do you think the dog is called Hairy Maclary?

Ask your child to write and complete the following sentence: I think he is called Hairy Maclary because…

Discuss - where was Hairy Maclary going?

Ask your child to write and complete the following sentence: He was going …. and …

Check for capital letters for names and at the start of the sentence.

Check for full stops at the end.


Year 2

Focus: The Gruffalo

If you have access to the complete text, share and enjoy. This could be by reading the text to your child, your child reading to you, or encouraging your child to join in with known lines/refrains. Alternatively, access a reading of the text here


As you listen, collect words and phrases used to describe the Gruffalo. Pause the recording/ your reading, in order to allow your child to make these jottings. Support with watching of the film (if accessible) or watch and enjoy the compilation of clips from the Gruffalo animation


Look at the words and phrases you have collected. Discuss meanings of any unknown words, e.g. tusks, claws, jaws, underground, knobbly, turned-out toes, wart etc.

Model orally putting new words into different sentences and encourage your child to do the same. Ask your child to write some sentences to describe the Gruffalo, using vocabulary from within the text. They may choose to re-write the lines in rhyme or simply write as a paragraph. Either is fine!


Check spelling and punctuation in each sentence together.


For Maths, there are the following Power Maths tasks to print off for Year 1 or 2.