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Year 2

By the end of Year 2, most children should:


  • show their developing understanding of chronology by arranging events or objects in chronological order on a simple timeline, e.g. one showing: now, when I was born, when mummy was born, when grandpa was born;
  • identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods;


  • begin to recognise that there are reasons why people in the past acted as they did;


  • begin to recognise the different ways in which the past is represented;


  • be able to detect different versions of the same event;


  • build up a knowledge of the past using photographs, books and artefacts;


  • use historical questioning to find out about the past;


  • recount some aspects of the past beyond living memory and some facts about the main events and people that they have learnt about; and
  • be given the opportunity to learn about significant events beyond living memory (specifically the Great Fire of London) and the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements (Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell).