History & Geography Year 2

Expectations and Key Features of the curriculum for History and Geography Year 2


  • a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country
  • identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom
  • use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.  

In Geography a Year 2 child can:

I can say what I like and do not like about the place I live in.
I can say what I like and do not like about a different place.
I can describe a place outside Europe using geographical words.
I can describe some of the features of an island.
I can describe the key features of a place from a picture using words like beach, coast, forest, hill, mountain, ocean, valley.
I can explain how jobs may be different in other locations.
I can explain how an area has been spoilt or improved and give my reasons.
I can explain the facilities that a village, town and city may need and give reasons.
I can name the continents of the world and locate them on a map.
I can name the world oceans and locate them on a map.
I can name the capital cities of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
I can find where I live on a map of the United Kingdom.


  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
  • significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • significant people from Britain or abroad

In History a Year 2 child can:

  • I can use words and phrases like: before, after, past, present, then and now.
  • I can recount the life of someone famous from Britain who lived in the past. I can explain what they did earlier and what they did later.
  • I can give examples of things that were different when my grandparents were children.
  • I can find out things about the past by talking to an older person.
  • I can answer questions using books and the internet.
  • I can research the life of a famous person from the past using different sources of evidence.


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