Wylye ValleyCofE VA Primary School

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Our learning this week in English for Year 1 will be about Perfect Pets. Year 2 will be learning about Roald Dahl poetry.


Year 1

Explain to your child that this week is all about pets. Watch the trailer of the film Secret Life of Pets to talk about what pets do when their owners are at work.

The Secret Life Of Pets | Official Teaser Trailer (HD) | Illumination - YouTube


Read and enjoy A Dog’s Day.

Free eBook library | Oxford Owl from Oxford University Press

(Note: This will require registration with Oxford Owl for Home - it is free).


Retell what Pip did throughout his day orally. The pictures can help as reminders.

Talk to your child about what their pet does during the day. If they do not own a pet they could retell what Pip does in their own words without looking at the text.

Read and write a diary about their own pet in sentences. This could be in a little book, similar to the story about Pip.

Encourage the use of ‘and’ in their sentences to extend, e.g. Sam likes to eat his food and drink his water.

Write about Pip if they do not own a dog.

Check for capital letters and full stops when they read their work back.


Year 2

The Porcupine

Use the link below to listen to and enjoy The Porcupine from Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl.

Revolting Rhymes & Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl, read by Miriam Margolyes by PRH Audio (

Watch this short clip to find out more about porcupines.

Ellie Explorer | Learn all about Porcupines | Learn Colors Kids TV shows WildBrain - YouTube


Discuss what it must have felt like for the child in the poem!

Listen to the poem again, stopping to write down favourite words and phrases.

You may choose to print off a copy of the poem here:

The Porcupine | 100 Best Poems (

Read together and highlight the key words and phrases.


Design and create a poster warning children about the danger of porcupines!

Include some warning sentences starting with if, e.g. If you don’t look carefully, you could sit on one by mistake! If you sit on a porcupine, its spikes will stick in you!

Pinch some of your favourite words or phrases from the poem, e.g. It will feel as if a hundred red hot bits of wire are puncturing your skin! Be sure you look before you sit!

You may also choose to use some key facts from the information clip, e.g. The spikes are called quills and can come out very easily. Ouch!

Include a diagram in your poster, labelling the key parts, particularly those dangerous quills! Check punctuation and spelling together.



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

Geography-Seven Continents

In this lesson you are going to be learning about Europe, the continent that we belong to. 


What is Europe like? (