Wylye ValleyCofE VA Primary School

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"Let your light shine in all you say and do" Matthew 5:16



Our learning this week in English for Year 1 will be based on the Hairy Maclary book.  Year 2 will be looking at different characters from Julia Donaldson books.


Year 1

Talk to your child about where their dogs might go, e.g. to the park, shops, woods etc. Read the section of Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd, where they meet Scarface Claw.

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Talk about Hairy Maclary and his friends running home to bed.

Ask – what might your dog do?

Provide choices, such as run home, hide behind a tree, bark at her.

Say - I think that they might … because...


Write a short story following the structure below, including the new dogs and the ending chosen earlier: Hairy Maclary went out of the gate with … First they went to ….and….. Next they trotted … and… Then they saw Scarface Claw but … Finally they ...

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

Check for full stops at the end.


Year 2

Focus: Review all characters looked at this week.

Re-read all your character descriptions from across the week.

Compare, contrast and discuss.

Which is your favourite character? Who would you most like to meet? What might you ask them? Encourage your child to support and extend their answers with reasons, e.g. My favourite is the … because I like the part when he …..

Record responses in writing.

Create some Top Trumps character cards for each of the characters looked at this week. Alternatively, replace or supplement with your own favourite Julia Donaldson characters, e.g. Stickman, Barley and Betty, the witch from Room on the Broom, Zog etc.



Geography - Seven Continents


Lesson 1 - What is a continent? This lesson is an introduction to continents.

What is a continent? (