Canberra (Year 2)

Class teacher:
Mrs Firth
Supported by: Mrs Johnson 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
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 Maths Sheets will develop the skills of;

  • One more / One less
  • Number sequences
  • Number bonds to 10
  • Addition and Subtraction

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:

  • Stories with Familiar settings (2 weeks)
  • Letters and Postcards (2 weeks)
  • Poetry – Songs and repetitive poems (1 week)

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



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:

  • Place value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication

This term the children will begin 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 Everyday Materials.

The children will identify and describe the properties of a range of common materials as well as look at the uses and purposes of these materials.  They will explore how shapes can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. By the end of the unit the children will understand the importance of recycling plastic in order to look after the environment.

Over the term, they will plan and perform simple tests to find out which materials are waterproof. In doing so they will learn about how to make a test fair, make reasoned predictions and gather and record data.


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

Our topic this term is Fire and Ice. In Term 1 we will be studying an event beyond living memory that is significant nationally – The Great Fire of London! The children will develop their historical enquiry asking and answering questions, retelling the key events of the story and place the event on timelines. They will also research the life of Samuel Peeps using different sources of evidence.


Design and Technology

The children will explore and practice a new technique in Cooking and Nutrition and design and create a product that requires an understanding of structures. They will learn how to stiffen and strengthen a product and then design, make and evaluate a product of their own.


Religious Education

In Term 1 the children will be developing their enquiry skills by asking the question ‘What did Jesus teach?’  They will learn to retell bible stories that show kindness and explore how this makes Christians behave towards other people.  The children will also consider the question ‘Is it possible to be kind to everyone all of the time?’



In Term 1 we will be considering the themes of Our happy school and New beginnings.


Physical Education

This term in PE we will be using our Enrichment sessions to enjoy ‘Multi Skills’ delivered by Go Active on a Wednesday afternoon. The children will also take part in Gymnastics sessions on a Thursday, creating, performing  and evaluating sequences and patterns of movement.



The children will investigate everyday materials, (linked closely with their Science work) and will learn and develop the technique of weaving. They will investigate weaving on different looms with a variety of materials and create their own personal and unique pieces.



Canberra Class will begin to learn how to play a pitched instrument – the recorder.  They will consider rhythm, pitch, steady beats and notation. 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.



This term our Enrichment session is Multi Skills with Go Active. This will be an outdoor PE session. Thank you for providing the correct clothing and footwear on a Wednesday.