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
2.30-3:00Whole School Collective WorshipWhole School Collective WorshipWhole School
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 Sheets will revise the skills of;

  • Number bonds and compliments to 100
  • Mental methods for addition
  • Addition and Subtraction with missing 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:

  • Instructions
  • Lists, Letters and Postcards
  • Poetry

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 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. They will also develop their confidence in saving and retrieving their work.

Topic – History focus

Our topic this term is ‘A Local Study’. This topic will focus on a detailed study of our local area, which is then contrasted with the locality in the past. The children will look closely at the changes that have occurred with their school and local church over the years. They will use different sources of evidence to gather information and try to find answers to their questions.

Design and Technology

The children will learn about wheels and axles and then make a vehicle that uses this mechanism.

The children will also 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 – Symbols: how and why symbols express religious meaning

Question – Why and how do special places and symbols help people show what they believe?

The children will identify and talk about meanings contained in objects and symbols. They will consider what symbols mean to believers and create their own symbols to have meaning to them.


In Term 6 we will be considering the themes of ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ and ‘Changes’ as we prepare to transition into Key Stage 2.

Physical Education

This term in PE we will be enjoying Swimming on a Tuesday afternoon at Warminster Leisure Centre. We will also be learning how to play as a team and put skills into practice by playing Cricket. This will take place on a Thursday afternoon.

Art and Design

This term Canberra Class will be working towards achieving ‘Arts Award’. This is a nationally recognised scheme that gives children a qualification for their art work.  They will develop their skills and awareness of the arts all around them, find out more about an artist and then present their work by sharing their understanding with others.


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 French with Madame Woolsy.