“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are to deal with the future.”

                                                                                  Theodore Roosevelt

History at Swimbridge


At Swimbridge CE Primary School, our History curriculum is ambitiously designed to cultivate a vibrant love of learning, inspiring curiosity and appreciation for the past among our children. With a focus on fostering a robust sense of chronology, we aim to empower children to recognize key trends in historical and human development, linking significant events to their lives today. By emphasising historical coherence, our curriculum seeks to deepen children's understanding of how historical events interconnect, illustrating how human behaviour and activities have been shaped by the values of their time. This approach encourages students to reflect on the consequences of their actions, fostering a sense of responsibility.

Our curriculum recognizes the multifaceted nature of history, prompting children to understand different historical perspectives. This critical awareness enables them to evaluate sources independently, arriving at their own conclusions and developing a nuanced understanding of the past. Engaging our pupils, the curriculum stimulates interest in the world, nurturing inquisitive, independent thinkers and active historians. We celebrate the voice of the child, creating an environment where students feel empowered to express their thoughts. Through this, we aim to instil the confidence to utilise and build upon their cultural capital, learning, and experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Ultimately, our History curriculum promotes a lifelong enthusiasm for learning, preparing children to navigate the complexities of the future.


Children are provided with high-quality teaching and learning experiences to engage a love of learning within the children. Each child as they progress through the school will cover the National Curriculum in its entirety. Our two-year rolling programme will be rigorously monitored and evaluated in order to ensure high standards are achieved. We will further develop the range and quality of resources available to all children to enrich and support their learning in history. The use of external experts and resources, including trips and visitors coming into school, will be an important part of the learning programme. This will enhance the children’s enjoyment and therefore engagement in history.


During our Engage Stage, you should see children:


During our Develop Stage, you should see children:


During our Innovate Stage, you should see children:


During our Express Stage, you should see children:

History & Geography Overview website.pdf

Curriculum Overview

History - Knowledge & Skills Progression.pdf

History Knowledge and Skills

History - Key End Points.pdf

History End Points


History National Curriculum

      “History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversities of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.”

National Curriculum, 2014

History Gallery of Learning

WW2 Evacuee Day

Barnstaple Museum Trip

Exeter Museum by Train- 

Roman Workshop

 Victorian Trip

 to Tiverton Museum

           Ancient Egypt Learning

Victorian Wow Day!

World War 2 Experience Day