Australian Curriculum Links

Year 2 - History The Past in the Present

Curriculum focus: Awareness of family history and community heritage

Historical Knowledge and Understanding

Students engage with the remains of the past; develop a concept of time as present, past and future, and through role play use their imagination to speculate about the lives of others in the past. The Year 2 curriculum provides a study of local history. Students explore, recognise and appreciate the history of their local area by examining remains of the past and considering why they should be preserved.

Key Inquiry Questions

  • What aspects of the past can you see today? What do they tell us?
  • What remains of the past are important to the local community? Why?
  • How have changes in technology shaped our daily life

Relevant Historical Content Descriptions

The history of a significant person, building, site or part of the natural environment in the local community and what it reveals about the past (ACHHKO44).

The importance today of an historical site of cultural or spiritual significance; for example, a community building, a landmark, a war memorial (ACHHKO45).

The impact of changing technology on people’s lives (ACHHKO46).

Year 2 - Geography People are Connected to many Places

Curriculum focus: Exploring local and more distant places

Geographical Knowledge and Understanding

The curriculum explores the geography of their lives and their own places. Students are introduced to the concept of interconnections when learning how they are connected to places throughout the world.

Key Inquiry Questions

  • What is a place?
  • How are people connected to their place and other places?
  • What factors affect my connections to places?

Relevant Geography Content descriptions:

The location of the major geographical divisions of the world in relation to Australia (ACHGK009).

Explaining that some people have special connections to many Countries through, for example, marriage, birth, residence and chosen or forced movement (ACHGK011).

The connections of people in Australia to other places in Australia, the countries of the Asia region, and across the world (ACHGK012).

The influence of purpose, distance and accessibility on the frequency with which people visit places (ACHGK013)