Canberra (Year 2)

Miss Gee

Class Teacher

Mrs Williams

Class Teacher (Thursday mornings and Enrichment)

Miss Last

Teaching Partner

Following on from Canberra’s 'Fire' topic in Term 1, our topic for Term 2 is ‘Ice’.


Early Morning Work

For the first half-an–hour of the day, Year Two practise and consolidate key skills in English and Maths.

Children will read individually to the teacher during this time.  They will be heard at least once per fortnight.


English is taught daily from Monday to Thursday.  English units will span a one or two week period and will develop the children’s reading, writing and speaking and listening skills.

This term our units of study are:

  • Poetry (2 weeks)
  • Traditional Tales (2 weeks)
  • Non-chronological Reports (2 weeks)

To begin each English session, children will participate in a Phonics session, which will include revision of Phase 3 to 5 sounds, as well as coverage of Phase 6 sounds and new spelling rules.  


Maths is taught daily from Monday to Thursday. 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 access to lots of practical resources to support their understanding of the key concepts. This term we will focus on:

  • Statistics (1 week)
  • Fractions (2 weeks)
  • Measurement: time, money and temperature (3 weeks)


During Science this term, the children will develop their scientific knowledge and understanding through our topic of ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’, which will link with our Antarctica geography topic. Within this unit of work, they will:

  • Identify things that are living, dead and that have never lived.
  • Explore how a specific habitat provides for the basic needs of things living there.
  • Explore how animals find their food.
  • Explain a simple food chain.


The children are taught computing skills throughout the week during different lessons as a way to help, develop and support their learning. This will include using a variety of programs on both the laptops and the iPads. The children follow the school's SMART rules to ensure that they use the internet and computing equipment sensibly. This term Canberra Class will be developing their understanding of and skills in:

  • Presenting Information (linked to Science)
  • Creating their own Ebooks (linked to English)

Religious Education

RE is taught in a focused block week at the end of term, where the children learn about different religions and themes. RE is also supported during themed collective worship every day. This term the children will be exploring Incarnation in greater detail through the question: 'Why does Christmas matter to Christians?

Geography: Antarctica

This term the children will develop their geographical skills through their study of Antarctica. This will include:

  • Identifying the hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.
  • Using geographical vocabulary when talking about the environment.
  • Asking questions about people in Antarctica.


During Term 2, the children will continue to build on their understanding of the theme of Relationships. They will discuss different types of teasing and bullying during Anti-Bullying Week (‘Reach Out’ theme) and they will explore how to recognise risky or negative relationships. We will be considering how people make friends and what makes a good friendship. We will also be exploring the ways in which we can treat ourselves and others with respect.

Physical Education

This term in PE, Canberra class will participate in Fitness sessions on Mondays. The class will also have Ball Skills sessions with Miss. Berrington every Thursday afternoon. These sessions will build on the children's previous experience and will allow children to enhance their co-ordination, balance and teamwork skills. Please ensure that your child wears his/her PE kit in school on these days to allow them to make the most of these lessons. Longer hair will need to be tied up and jewellery removed.

Design and Technology

During Design and Technology sessions, the children will be research, design, build, evaluate and reflect on their project to create an exciting final piece. The children will develop techniques and skills through this process, as well as building on their critical thinking skills. This term's focus will be 'Christmas Stockings' (Textiles).


During Term 2, Canberra Class will be taught music by Mrs. Williams on Wednesdays as part of our Enrichment afternoon. The children will be exploring the works of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and his musical piece ‘Lark ascending’. They will learn to play percussion instruments and follow rhythm patterns containing crotchets, quavers and rests. The children will also have ‘Music appreciation’ worship on Mondays; listening to and responding to a variety of different genres.

More fun activities during Term 1 in Canberra Class...