History Content Year 2


The content of the curriculum will enable the following outcomes.

By the end of year 2 most children should

  • Explore events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally.
  • Begin to recognise the different ways in which the past is represented.
  • Build up knowledge of the past using photographs, books and artefacts.
  • Use historical questioning to find out about the past.
  • Show their developing understanding of chronology by beginning to realise that the past can be divided into different time periods.
  • Recognise some of the similarities and differences between these periods and use historical dates and terms.
  • Recount some aspects of the past beyond living memory and some facts about the main events and people that they have learnt about, eg- the great fire of London.
  • Understand historical events, people and places in their own locality.
  • Understand the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, eg- Queen Victoria, Florence Nightingale, Gunpowder plot, World War 1.

By the end of the key stage some children could

  • Place events and people into chronological periods of time.