PYP2 (Grade 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?

Human and Natural Environments

  • describe the natural features of local and other environments
  • identify factors that influence where people live and what their homes are like
  • present the type of home that reflects who he or she is.

Social Organization and Culture

  • describe and compare the various communities to which he or she belongs
  • explain how communities have natural and constructed features
  • recognize the components of a local community
  • identify the contributions of different members of a community
  • create and share his or her own story about being a community member.


  • Formulate and ask questions about the past, the future, places and society.
  • Use and analyse evidence from a variety of historical, geographical and societal sources.
  • Orientate in relation to place and time.
  • Identify roles, rights and responsibilities in society.
  • Assess the accuracy, validity and possible bias of sources.