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
Literacy Skills
Letters and Sounds
Voice Tuition
Programming and algorithms
Tri Golf
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;

  • 2’s, 5’s and 10 times tables
  • adding three single digits
  • addition with two digit numbers
  • subtraction with two digit numbers

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:

  • Fiction: An extended text
  • Poetry:  (1 week)

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
  • Number: Fractions
  • Division

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 Animals including Humans.  The children will be developing their scientific knowledge and understanding of the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival.  The children will consider the importance of exercise for humans, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.

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.

This term our Enrichment session is Computing with Mrs Lisle. The children will develop their skills in programming and algorithms.

Topic – Geography focus

The children will learn all about maps and the geography of their surrounding area. They will find out why we use maps and how to read maps, as well as having the opportunity to draw their own maps and plan perspectives. They will use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and identify the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

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. The children will also work on an exciting Textiles project and develop their sewing skills.

Religious Education

In Term 4 the children will be studying Christianity and the theme for their learning will be ‘Easter – The Resurrection’.  They will be developing their enquiry skills by asking the question ‘Is it true that Jesus came back to life again?’  The children will be learning to retell the Easter story and develop their understanding of what Jesus’ resurrection means to Christians.


In Term 4 we will be considering the themes of ‘My friends and family’ and ‘Relationships’.

Physical Education

This term in PE we will be enjoying Tri-Golf on a Thursday afternoon. We will aim to use the school field so please provide suitable footwear.


Art and Design

This term our Art will focus on Portraiture. We will look at many portraits painted by artists such as Warhol, Klee, Van Gogh, Hockney and Picasso. The children will use a variety of techniques to create their own portraits.


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 Computing with Mrs Lisle. The children will develop their skills in programming and algorithms.