Canberra (Year 2)

Class teacher:
Mrs Firth (currently covered by Mrs Shephard) and Mrs Wolsey (Friday)
Supported by: Mrs Steer

Canberra Timetable

9:00-9:30Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkTimes Tables
and Spelling Test
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Music: Voice Tuition
1:15-2.30Topic: Local AreaPE: SwimmingEnrichment
PE: Tennis
2.30-3:00Singing WorshipWhole School Collective WorshipWhole School
Collective Worship
Whole School Collective Worship2.15 Celebration Assembly


Early Morning Work

For the first half-an–hour of the day, Year Two practise and consolidate key skills in Numeracy and Literacy.

The handwriting practice will focus on the weekly spellings and children will develop their skills in joined handwriting. Children will also read individually to the teacher during this time.  They will be heard once a fortnight.



Literacy is taught daily from Monday to Thursday.  It begins with a discrete session of Phase 6 Letters and Sounds and teaches new Spelling and Grammar rules. Literacy units will span a one or two week period and develop the children’s reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.  This term our units of study are:

  • Poetry
  • Letters and Postcards
  • Story Writing



Numeracy is taught daily from Monday to Thursday.  Each unit is one week in length. The main focus of teaching is aimed at developing each child’s confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. They will work with numerals, words and the four operations, including lots of practical resources. They will develop their ability to describe, sort and compare different shapes. They will also use a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money. This term will focus on:

  • Multiplication and Division
  • Problem Solving with all four operation
  • Measurement: Capacity and Mass
  • Measurement: Time
  • Position and Direction



During Science this term the children will develop their scientific knowledge and understanding through our topic of Habitats. Within this unit of work they will:

  • Explore and compare the differences between things that live, have lived and are extinct.
  • Identify how different living things are adapted to their habitats.
  • Name a range of plants and animals and their habitats.
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals.
  • Explain how simple food chains work


Topic: Local Area

This term the children will be developing their history and geography skills by studying the local area. This will include field work, map skills and research.



This term the children will continue to learn about the theme of health and well-being.


Physical Education

This term in PE Canberra class will go swimming on a Tuesday afternoon. We will travel to Warminster Sports Centre and the children will be taught by qualified swimming instructors. The class will also have tennis on Wednesday afternoons. This will help them develop their striking skills and hand-eye coordination.


Art and Design

This term the child will carry out an artist study. They will focus on work by Picasso and use his work as inspiration to develop their own art.



Canberra Class will be taught by our voice tuition coach, Caroline Radcliffe. They will learn a variety of different songs and how to vary the pitch and volume of their voice.