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St Swithun Wells'Catholic Primary School

‘where the love of God is always present’



History Curriculum Intent Statement

At St Swithun Wells, the aim of our History teaching is to focus on enabling pupils to think as ‘Historians’. We explore primary sources, research of historical events and ensuring that there is an understanding of the importance of how history shapes events of today.


History Curriculum Implementation Statement

The teaching of History at St Swithun Wells focuses on helping our pupils understand historical events and their significance. To support the programme of study for History across the school, we provide opportunities wherever possible for visits to sites of historical significance. Topics are planned to build on prior learning and pupils are encouraged to ask questions, reference timelines and challenge thinking.  Tasks are often planned to be open-ended, facilitated by cross-curricular links with other subject areas (English, Geography and Music). There are also links with spiritual, moral, social and cultural development e.g. child labour in Victorian Britain, significance of Remembrance Day as part of World War II, the role of the church in Tudor times etc.

Geography Curriculum Intent Statement

At St Swithun Wells, we want to ensure that all pupils are given the opportunity to develop experiences and understanding of Geography, inspiring and igniting their curiosity about the wider world.


Geography Curriculum Implementation Statement

Purposeful and relevant geographical knowledge is at the centre of our Geography curriculum. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in our geography lessons combining enquiry-based research activities with discrete teaching of geographical knowledge and skills. We offer pupils the opportunity to use a variety of data such as maps, statistics, graphs, pictures  and aerial photographs. ICT is used regularly in lessons where this serves to enhance learning. Wherever possible, pupils are involved in ‘real’ geographical activities. Fieldwork is integral to good geography teaching and we include as many opportunities as we can to involve pupils in practical geographical research and enquiry.