History Intent

At Uplands we believe that high-quality history lessons inspire children to want to know more about the past and to think and act as historians.


By linking learning to a range of topics, including Ancient Egyptians and Greeks, Romans, Stone Age, Anglo Saxons, Vikings and the 1960’s Youth Culture.

Children have opportunities to investigate and interpret the past, understand chronology, build an overview of Britain’s past as well as that of the wider world, and to be able to communicate historically.


We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become historians:


* An excellent knowledge and understanding of people, events and contexts from a range of historical periods, including significant events in Britain’s past;

 * The ability to think critically about history and communicate ideas confidently to a range of audiences;

* The ability to support, evaluate and challenge their own and others’ views using historical evidence from a range of sources;

* The ability to think, reflect, debate, discuss and evaluate the past by formulating and refining questions and lines of enquiry;

* A respect for historical evidence and the ability to make critical use of it to support their learning

*A desire to embrace challenging activities, including opportunities to undertake high-quality research across a range of history topics;

*A developing sense of curiosity about the past and how and why people interpret the past in different ways.

Our school is committed to an inclusive, creative and exciting curriculum, based around high quality teaching and learning along with positive learning behaviours. As part of our goal to become a ‘Rights-respecting School and further embed the ‘Respect for All’ ethos.


A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ interest and curiosity to know more about the past and through this they develop a sense of identity and a cultural understanding based on their historical heritage and a cultural understanding based on their place in the world.


Teaching should motivate and equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. This will help children to develop their emotional intelligence by discussing their outlook and understanding of events. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. 


Therefore learning to value their own and other people’s cultures in modern multicultural Britain and, by considering how people lived in the past, they are better able to make their own life choices today.


In our school history makes a significant contribution to citizenship education by teaching about how Britain developed as a democratic society.  We teach children to understand how events in the past have influenced our lives today; we also teach them to investigate these past events and, by so doing, to develop the skills of enquiry, analysis, interpretation and problem-solving.