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
Multi Skills
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;

  • Doubling and halving
  • Number bonds to 20 and 30
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Number bonds to 100

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)
  • Information Texts (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:

  • Length and Mass
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Capacity, Volume and Temperature

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.

Topic – Geography focus

Our topic this term is Fire and Ice. In Term 2 we will be studying the continent of Antarctica.Through open ended enquiry the children will attempt to research and answer the question ‘Why don’t penguins fly?’  The children will develop knowledge about diverse places on earth, natural environments, physical and human features and the animals that have adapted to the environment. This is a fascinating topic that will inspire the children and develop their curiosity for the world in which they live.

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 2 the children will be studying Christianity and the theme for their learning will be to consider Jesus as a gift from God at Christmas time.  They will be developing their enquiry skills by asking the question ‘Why did God give Jesus to the world?’  The children will reflect on the Christmas story and the reasons for Jesus’ birth.


In Term 2 we will be considering the themes of ‘Out and about’ and ‘Getting on/falling out.’ Children will learn to express themselves in a safe environment, forming their own opinions and listening carefully  to others.

Physical Education

This term in PE we will be using our Enrichment sessions to enjoy Dance delivered by Mrs Poolman on a Wednesday afternoon. We will also enjoy Outdoor games sessions on a Thursday.


The children will investigate Sculptures and will be introduced to the work of artist such as Barbara Hepworth,  Alexander Calder, Dale Chihuly and Henry Moore. They will make to make sculptures of the human form using simple shapes, explore sculptures with ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ spaces and consider movement, colour and light through their  sculptures.


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 Dance with Mrs Poolman.