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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Encourage your child to join in with the repetitive phrases in the story.

Look at the word used to describe the other dogs who go on the walk with him e.g. Hercules Morse.

Talk about the words used to describe him, e.g. big as a horse.

Ask your child to choose two or three of their favourite dogs from the book and complete the following sentences explaining why.

Encourage them to use the words from the text. I like….and…. They are …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 Mouse from The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child

As on day one, if you have access to ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’, share and enjoy the text. Alternatively, access a reading of the text here

The Gruffalo's Child - Read by Alan Mandel - YouTube


As you listen, collect words and phrases, this time to describe the ‘Big Bad Mouse.’

Support with watching of the film (if accessible) or watch and enjoy the compilation of clips from The Gruffalo’s Child animation 

Gruffalo World - The Gruffalo's Child Clips Compilation - YouTube


Look at and discuss the words and phrases you’ve collected.

Explore meanings of new words and model putting into new sentences.

Ask your child to write some sentences about the ‘Big Bad Mouse’.

As well as using some of the vocabulary from within the text, how else might they describe the mouse? E.g. clever, cunning, brave etc.

Check spelling and punctuation in each sentence together.


For Maths, there are the following Power Maths tasks for Year 1 or 2.  They can be printed off, however I have heard from some parents that the numbers are clearer if viewed on a PC screen. 


Andy Goldsworthy-creating pieces of art using natural materials. The first lesson is an introduction to Andy and his work. Choose either worksheet 1A or 1B or 1C for your own creation, then do worksheet 1D.