Wylye ValleyCofE VA Primary School

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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 the story again. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

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Create some actions for the adjectives which describe the dogs, e.g. wide open arms for the word ‘big.’

Discuss - where did they go and what did they do?

Next, imagine they are Hairy Maclary. Practise saying out loud where you’ve been and with whom, e.g. First I went through my gate and off for a walk. Then I met my friend Hercules Morse… Next we went past the shops and the park…


Ask your child to write the recount that they have just orally practised pretending to be Hairy Maclary.

Encourage orally rehearsing each sentence first.

Ask your child to use the word ‘and’ to join ideas and spell any character names with capital letters.

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

Check for full stops at the end of sentences.


Year 2

Focus: the Giant from The Smartest Giant in Town

As previously, if you have access to the text, share and enjoy. Alternatively, access a reading of the text here:

Fraser Reads "The Smartest Giant In Town" by Julia Donaldson - YouTube


As you listen, collect words and phrases used to describe the Giant. (Note; these will only feature in the opening pages. The Giant’s character is then revealed more by his actions).


This time, pause at suitable points for your child to make a list of all the Giant’s kind deeds. E.g. He gave his scarf to a cold giraffe.

After that, he gave his shirt to a goat on a boat who was struggling to sail.

Encourage your child to use time sequencing words, e.g. next, soon, later on, finally.

Support with the song found here:

The Smartest Giant in Town Song - YouTube


What do we know about the Giant now? How might you describe him?

Use a thesaurus or Word Hippo to extend simpler word choices, e.g. kind, caring, thoughtful, generous, selfless, charitable.  Thesaurus and Word Tools | WordHippo


Write a few sentences to describe the Giant.

Check spelling and punctuation in each sentence together.



For Maths, these are the following Power Maths tasks for Years 1 and 2.



Here is today's lesson about Andy Goldsworthy's artwork. Today you will be creating your own paths and walls using different materials. You could think about using Lego or some different materials that you think would make a good path or wall. Choose worksheet 1A, B or C. There are some photographs of paths and walls that Andy Goldsworthy has made.