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Year 2

In Year 2 we have two geography foci in our enquiry overviews.  In Autumn we focus on the polar regions and the features of these areas.  In the Spring term we focus on comparing our town with a capital city - London.  We use a wider range of sources to investigate London and how it is the same and different to Lowestoft.  Both of these enquiries are mixed with a historical aspect too. 


Autumn  - Explorers – A Frozen Wasteland


We launch our year with a combined humanities project looking at explorers who battled the extremes of polar regions. Finding out what humans need for survival.  If you were off to explore a new part of the world what would you pack in your explorers backpack?  Investigate and compare historical polar explorers to modern ones? With our geography lens we will look at the Polar regions focusing on its features and challenges to life both human and animal.

Autumn - Explorers A Frozen Wasteland

Spring - Would you live in London?


Compare and contrast Lowestoft  - (How have our local streets and surrounding area changed since our parents and grandparents were young?  How has transport changed? Using aerial photographs and maps what can we deduce about changes in Lowestoft?  Who bought the railways to us?  How did that help us – did it change our way of life?  ) - and London – what would it be like to visit the capital city?  What would it be like to live there?  What sights and places are important?  What other capital cities do we have in the UK?  What makes it a capital city?  Travel back in time to the Great Fire of London – what happened, who told the stories?