Canberra (Year 2)

Class teacher:
Mrs Firth and Mrs Featherstone (Thursday)
Supported by: Mrs Johnson, Mrs Sheppard and Mrs Phelps

Canberra Timetable

9:00-9:30Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkSpellings and Times TablesEarly Morning Work
11.00-12.15Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds
Voice Tuition
1:15-2.30Springboard GymnasticsTopicEnrichment
2.30-3:00Whole School Collective WorshipWhole School Collective WorshipWhole School Collective Worship
Hymn Practise
Whole School Collective Worship2.15 Celebration Assembly


Early Morning Work

For the first half-an–hour of the day, Year Two are practising and consolidating key skills in Numeracy and Literacy. This term, the Quick Math’s Quiz Sheets will revise the skills of;

  • Number
  • Problem solving and reasoning
  • Measures
  • Geometry

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 Wednesday and on a Friday. It begins with a discrete session of Phase 6 Letters and Sounds and teaches new Spelling and Grammar rules. Literacy units will span a two or three week period and develop the children’s reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.  This term our units of study are:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Revision of Year 2 Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
  • Fiction – Descriptive writing

A spelling test will take place on a Thursday morning.


Numeracy is taught daily from Monday to Wednesday and on a Friday. 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 our focus units are:

  • Geometry: Properties of Shape
  • Measures: Time
  • Measures: Capacity and Temperature

This term the children will continue to learn their Times Tables. They will take a sheet called ‘Eggs on Legs’ home to practice. They will be tested on a Thursday morning after their spellings. When a times table has successfully been completed for three weeks, resulting in a Bronze, Silver and Gold award, they will move on to the next times tables.  The children achieve the greatest success when they practice regularly at home. This is an excellent way to support your child’s learning. Please see the Numeracy page for some fantastic apps which will support tables practice at home.


Our Science topic for this term is Living things and their habitats. The children will learn the differences between things that are living and things that have never been alive. They will investigate what living organisms need to stay alive and healthy. They will develop their knowledge about habitats and learn about ‘Micro-habitats’. They will then learn to describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.

The children will develop their scientific skills and enquiry as they plan and carry out their own investigation. They will ask simple questions, make sensible predictions, observe closely and use simple equipment to carry out their tests. The children will learn how to carry out a ‘fair test’ and gather and record data to help them answer their questions and reach a conclusion.

ICT and Computing

ICT is delivered in a cross curricular way throughout the Term. Children will use iPads and Laptops in a variety of ways to support their learning and record their work.  The children will learn to use technology safely and respectfully. They will also develop their confidence in saving and retrieving their work.

Topic – History focus

The children will learn all about significant individuals from the past.  They will consider where the people and events they study fit within a chronological framework and identify the similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.  They will learn to use different sources for evidence and consider which are the mast reliable.  They will ask and answer questions, carry out research and present and compare their findings.

Design and Technology

The children will explore and practice a new technique in Cooking and Nutrition and design a healthy and balanced meal using the Eatwell plate.  Thy will learn about good food hygiene and develop skills for peeling, grating and chopping.

Religious Education

Theme – Community and Belonging

Objectives – We are learning to understand why Muslims visit a mosque and whether it gives them a sense of belonging.

In Term 5 the children will be studying Islam and the theme for their learning will be ‘Community and Belonging’.  They will be developing their enquiry skills by asking the question ‘Does going to a Mosque give Muslims a sense of belonging?


In Term 5 we will be considering the themes of ‘Good to be me’ and ‘Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds’.

Physical Education

This term in PE we will be enjoying Athletics on a Thursday afternoon. We will use the school field so please provide suitable footwear. Canberra Class will also visit Springboard Gymnastics Centre in Warminster on a Monday morning. The children will wear their school PE kit to the sessions. Thank you.

Art and Design

This term our Art work will take place during the annual Arts Week at the end of Term 5. Look out for more information about the week which will provide further details.


Singing remains at the heart of the school and Hymn practice allows the children the opportunity to use their voice expressively and creatively. They will listen to a wide range of high quality music, learning about the great composers of our time. The children will develop their skills through weekly sessions of Voice Tuition, led by Caroline Radcliff.


This term our Enrichment session is Music with Mrs Williams.   They will experience a wide range of instruments and develop their skills of composition and performance.