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St Swithun's Church of England Primary Academy

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Our St Swithun's History Curriculum

Our History Subject leader is Mrs Oxborough.


The intent of our History curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this they will:

  • Increase and develop their historical skills, concepts, knowledge and attitudes.
  • Increase their understanding of the present in the context of the past.
  • Develop and use their skills in enquiry, analysis, evaluation, and argument.
  • Develop their interest in the past, arousing their curiosity and motivation to learn.
  • Develop a sense of identity through learning about the past.


The History curriculum

  • We use the National Curriculum to guide our teaching & learning plans.
  • Subject Key Learning and Progression grids are used to develop long term planning.
  • Teachers use the long term planning to plan units of work and individual lessons. These are supported through Schemes of Work developed by Keystage History and the Historical Association.


Whilst finding out about changes throughout living history, Clumber class learned about how toys had changed over the years. They visited the Bassetlaw Museum to look at some old toys and made their own cup and ball game. Here are some photos from their visit:

Whilst learning about significant historical events within the local area, Clumber class found out about the history of Retford and how it grew into the town it is today. They visited the Bassetlaw Museum and created a physical map of Retford. Here are some photos from their visit:



Whilst learning about the Roman empire and its impact on Britain, Rufford class visited the Bassetlaw Museum. They became archaeologists digging for Roman artefacts, learned all about Roman soldiers and joined the Roman Legion, created Roman pottery and took part in a Roman wedding. Here are some photos from their visit: