Early Years 2 Social Studies

The social studies component of the PYP is characterized by concepts and skills rather than by content. Therefore, OurPlanet ensures that a breadth and balance of social studies content is covered through the units of inquiry. The knowledge component of social studies in the PYP is arranged into five strands: 

  • Human Systems and Economic Activities
  • Social Organization and Culture
  • Continuity and Change through Time
  • Human and Natural Environments
  • Resources and the Environment. 

These strands are concept-driven and are inextricably linked to each other. They also provide links to other subject areas of the PYP curriculum model.

What will students will be working on this year?

Social organization and culture

Change and Continuity Through Time

  • identify changes he or she has undergone from birth to present (for example, discuss with classmates what changes their families have undergone in their lifetimes)
  • use primary sources (such as parents and grandparents) to identify reasons for documenting personal history
  • talk about the different ways in which family history can be documented
  • place events from his or her life in chronological order (for example, using personal photos).
  • reflect on a journey he or she has taken and what was learned from it
  • represent some of the journeys he or she has made (for example, through drawing or role play)

Social organization and culture

Human System and Economic Activities

identify the communities he or she belongs to (for example, draw and describe pictures of the various groups they form a part of)

  • talk about the reasons that rules are necessary in the various communities to which he or she belongs
  • suggest some suitable rules and routines for the class
  • demonstrate ability to apply existing rules and routines to work and play with others.
  • recognize how his or her choices and behaviours affect learning in the classroom (for example, respond to various picture and story prompts to explain how one person’s actions can impact others).


  • Formulate and ask questions about the past, the future, places and society
  • Orientate in relation to place and time.
  • Identify roles, rights and responsibilities in society.