Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

Hello everyone!

This week we are reading Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd. This is another great rhyming story with a bit of canine ‘attitude’! There’s a wealth of language development opportunities, rhyme being one.
Describe each of the animals.  How else could Bottomly Spots, covered in spots be described? Could he dotty or speckled?  How would Muffin Mclay be described?   Scarface Claw could be described as nasty, scary, dangerous!  You could look at the illustrations and discuss where the story is set – a town, village, or a city perhaps?  You could create another ‘story map’ to show the adventures the dogs had.  Recreate the dogs using collage, talk about the textures and ‘plan’ your creation.  What will you need?  How will you do it?  Could you use fusilli pasta for Muffin McLay or use balloons to make Schnitzel von Krumm?

How to Make a Dog Balloon AnimalThere are many mathematical opportunities too.  Look at the house numbers are they big or small?

Use positional language such as Hairy Maclary goes through the gate and Hercules Morse jumps  over the chain.


Here are some of our story maps we did in class retelling the story:


Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your noggins (brains) on for good learning.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Howe, Mrs Bain, Mrs Mitzman, Mrs Hill and Mrs Bence