Intent, Implementation and Impact



Through the teaching of History at Otterburn Primary School we aim to:

  • Stimulate the children’s interest and understanding about key events and the lives of people in the past. 

  • Teach children a sense of chronology and how historical events had an impact on the lives of people at that time. 

  • Contribute to citizenship education by teaching about how Britain developed as a democratic society. 

  • Ask questions about the past.


At Otterburn Primary school we teach a broad and balanced History curriculum through cross curricular topics. Across the school topics are taught on a two year cycle with an overarching theme.  In Key stage 1 and 2 topics are taught over a whole term allowing for a greater depth of study.  In Early Years they are taught half termly. Teachers work together to allow for the development of skills and knowledge from one year group to another.  Prior learning is identified and referred to throughout the topic. Children are encouraged to make  links between their previous learning and what they are learning now. Wherever possible links are also made to other subjects and children are encouraged to transfer skills from one area to another. School trips and visitors are used to enhance the learning.

  • To view the world from different perspectives. 

  • To develop an awareness and understanding of the importance of historical issues on life today.



At Otterburn Primary School we want children to love learning. Our History curriculum allows teachers to plan creative and exciting activities that make learning relevant and memorable.


Progress is measured each term by ongoing teacher observation, questioning around the key skills and knowledge of the topic and by answering a key question at the end of the topic to share and demonstrate all their learning.