Canberra (Year 2)

dscf5172Class teacher:
Mrs Firth
Supported by: Mrs Johnson (am)

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
Voice Tuition
1:15-1.45Whole School Collective WorshipWhole School Collective WorshipHymn PractiseWhole School Collective WorshipPHSE
1.45-3:00Springboard GymnasticsTopicEnrichment

Athletics2.15 Celebration Assembly


Early Morning Work

For the first half-an–hour of the day, Year Two are practicing and consolidating key skills in Numeracy and Literacy. This term, the Quick Maths Sheets will develop the skills of;

  • Shading Fractions
  • Word problems
  • Addition and Subtraction with missing numbers
  • Finding fractions of amounts

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 two or three week period and develop the children’s reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.  This term our areas for study are:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • A study of The Flower by John Light
  • A surprise text to link to Arts week

A spelling test will take place on a Thursday morning along with free writing time in their Journals on a Friday. This develops the children’s confidence, independence and enjoyment of writing for pleasure.


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 we will be learning:

  • Mental multiplication and division;
  • Fractions, ratio and proportion
  • Problem solving, reasoning and algebra
  • Measurement;
  • Statistics
  • Mental addition and subtraction

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 Plants.

The children will carry out investigations to find out and describe the most suitable conditions for a plant to grow and stay healthy. They will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants

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 and develop their confidence in saving and retrieving their work.

Topic – Geography focus

Our topic this term is ‘The Global Garden’. This topic will focus on a detailed study of our local area, which is then compared with a contrasting locality. The children with learn how to read and construct maps, carry out fieldwork and identify changes in the human and physical features of the area.

Design and Technology

The children will focus on Food technology.
They will develop their food preparation and cooking skills and make a food product in a safe and hygienic way.

They will also design and make a useful product that requires moving parts and mechanisms.  They will evaluate their product and make suggestions for improvement.

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 afternoon. The children will wear their school PE kit to the sessions. Thank you.


This term our Art will focus on the skills and techniques required to make models from clay.


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 Music Enrichment.