Hi Beech Class, I hope you’re all OK and had a good weekend. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the Zoom on Friday. It was great to see you all!

This week, we are continuing in English with the theme of pets. Lot’s of you seemed to be enjoying the work.

Our Focus text for this week is:

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd





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





Encourage your child to join in with whichever approach you choose.

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


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


Discuss – where was Hairy Maclary going?

What dogs did he meet on his journey?

What were the dogs like?


Ask your child to select their favourite dog from the story and write a description of them.

Can you join your sentences using and?

As a challenge, could you use but or because in your work too?

Here is an example,

Bottomly Potts is spotty because she is a dalmation.

Bottomly Potts has long legs so she can run fast.


Remind your child that we need capital letters for names and at the start of the sentence.

We also need full stops at the end.  Check they have this when their writing is done – if they don’t you could get them to change it in a different colour pen.



This week in maths we are looking at multiplication. The way we teach this in Y1 is through repeated addition (which we will look at first) and then through arrays. We have done a week on this in school but it is a concept that needs repeating to secure the children’s understanding.

Repeated addition is adding equal groups together. This is the first step in looking at multiplication. Use this video to look at examples of repeated addition.


Then have a go at writing the calculations for the repeated additions:

Repeated-addition activity day 1



Have a go at these challenges if you would like something extra:

Don’t forget to have a go at explaining how you know.



In phonics this week we are carrying on with are alternative pronunciation of letters and sounds we know. Today is ie

For phonics play log in – User March20 and password home.

Use this and then links for sites are provided below.

phonics day 1






Wellbeing activity of the day

Have a go at this

Maybe you could have a go a few times. Did you draw something different each time?

Really try to focus on what the pen is doing, how it feels in your hand. What is your hand doing? How does it feel?

Can you feel the paper as you draw?

How does this activity make you feel?


Mr Garvey PE

Have a go at the PE set by Mr Garvey on his blog.


Extra Activities – if you would like

Have a look at the activities on the animals home learning grid:

Animals – home learning grid

Or you could make a Hairy Maclary


Or read another Hairy Maclary story from YouTube:


(I haven’t vetted them so just a heads up).


30 Days Wild

I signed up for the 30 Days Wild challenge for Beech Class with the Wildlife Trust.


It is their annual nature challenge! The challenge is to do one wild thing a day throughout the whole month: for your health, wellbeing and for the planet. That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.

I did mean to post about it last week and totally forgot, so I am so sorry. But we can always start this week for 30 days!

I think it is a great challenge to do. It links with our topic and all the work we do in school for the environment and our wellbeing.


Here is the schools pack for you to use:

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I had to save it as 4 different pages as the file was too big for the blog.

Here is the website if you would like to sign up yourselves and to learn more:



Let me know how you get on with today’s work and I would love to see your 30 Days Wild activities so please send pictures. Mrs Quinn x