The Year 2 Bundle includes all twenty of the Year 2 units. In each of the 20 units, you’ll find four components – history, geography, science, and art. Here’s an overview of what you’ll find in Year 2.
Layers of Learning Year 2 covers medieval history. Its main emphasis is on the history of
medieval life and kingdoms in Europe, beginning with the Byzantine Empire that
survived after the fall of the western Roman Empire and going up through the
Renaissance and the eve of the Age of Exploration. It covers feudalism, the Crusades,
Vikings, Anglo Saxons, Charlemagne, and the Wars of the Roses. There are also nonEuropean
focused units including medieval China and other Asian kingdoms, African
kingdoms, American peoples, and Pacific peoples.
Geography country studies are the focus of Layers of Learning Year 2. Mapping skills
and geography concepts will be applied to specific country studies throughout the
curriculum. Each country study includes a mapping, cultural, historical, and personal
component. There are over twenty-five countries studied in all.
There are units from each of the four branches of science in Layers of Learning Science
Year 2. The physical science components include electricity, circuits, technology,
magnetism, and motors. The earth science component includes a study of weather
including climate, seasons, forecasting, precipitation, special effects, and wild weather.
The chemistry section covers metals and non-metals, gases, and the special element of
life: carbon. The biology component is a study of the human body, with a focus on
each body system. There is also a health course included in the human body units.
Layers of Learning Year 2 corresponds with the historical units and covers medieval and
Renaissance art. It comprises each of the major movements and peoples of the time
including Byzantine, Gothic, Viking, printmaking, and the Carolingian Renaissance.
There are several non-European units as well that include Native American art, Asian
arts, and arts from the Pacific Islands. Several units have a literature focus including
King Arthur Tales, medieval plays, poetry, and The Canterbury Tales. The Renaissance
comprises the final two units in the year. The course includes both art appreciation and
analysis as well as creative projects.