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

  • 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 teach a broad and balanced History curriculum through cross curricular topics. In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 these are taught on a four year cycle due to our mixed aged classes. Topics are taught over a whole term allowing for a greater depth of study.  Teachers work together to plan across the whole school to allow for development of skills and knowledge from one year group to another. Wherever possible links are 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.

In Early years History is taught as part of Understanding the world. Children are taught to make connections between their own and others' experiences and the world around them. Topics are taught over a half term and where possible activities are based around the children's interests.


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

Progress is measured each term by ongoing teacher observation and questioning around the key skills and knowledge of the topic.  Children are encouraged to use knowledge gained from other curriculum areas in their work to help show their greater understanding.