Intent for History
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Futures.
At Norman Pannell, we provide a high-quality history curriculum that has been carefully designed and sequenced to equip our children with a secure, coherent knowledge about British, local and world history. Curriculum content is knowledge, vocabulary and experience rich, delivered in a sequenced chronological order, allowing children to develop their understanding of abstract historical concepts as they move through school. Our history curriculum promotes curiosity and a love for learning about the past. Through an enquiry-based approach, children are encouraged to ask and explore historically valid questions and report their findings by drawing on skills from across the curriculum. Alongside the development of substantive knowledge, children will develop their disciplinary skills as they learn the fundamental elements of what it is to be a historian. Children will study a range of cultures and historical perspectives enabling them to be respectful, tolerant and empathetic. Children will leave Norman Pannell being knowledgeable about key people, events and time periods from the past and will weave these together to form informed, overarching historical narratives.
Implementation for History
We do the following in order to deliver our curriculum in History:
Teachers are provided with medium term plans with skill progression built in. These plans also consider key vocabulary and quality assessment. As part of this planning process, teachers need to include the following:
This year we are introducing a new curriculum called 'Opening Worlds' in History. This will also be introduced in Science, Geography and Religious Education and will be phased into Key Stage 2 (Y3-6) during the next 3 years.
Therefore the Year 6 class in 2026 will be the first to complete the whole curriculum through the 4 years of KS2.
We have introduced Opening Worlds for the following reasons:
Impact of History
At Norman Pannell, we provide high quality assessment tasks that allow all children to demonstrate their historical skills and understanding. At the beginning of every topic, children are encouraged to self-assess their starting point and consider what they know. Throughout their topic, children will be provided with opportunities to prove their knowledge and skills in written, spoken and practical tasks . Subject and school leaders monitor the impact of our curriculum provision through completing regular monitoring, including pupil voice. Class teachers also take part in cross-moderation with local schools.