KS3 Isle of Wight As Island of Empire – Local Study (under development)

KS3 History Curriculum LinksExtend and deepen chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history

Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance

Use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses

Understand methods of historical enquiry, including how different types of historical sources are used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed

Gain historical perspective by placing growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding connections between local, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history

A study of a significant issue in world history (slavery and the transatlantic trade in tobacco, rice, sugar and rum) and its interconnections with other world developments
Key ThemesOn the trade routes of empire: tobacco, rice, spirits and smuggling
Emergence of a leisured Island class: bathing, villas and royalty
Building fast ships of empire and the quest for speed

Defending the Island from becoming a staging post for invasion

Learning Plan and Related Resources


Learning Plan

Download our KS3 Island of Empire 1700 – 1900 Learning Plan here for ideas on developing your own learning and lesson plans using our resource


Chronology, 1700-1900

Download this informative timeline here

Digital Explorers

Follow the link above to discover our digital history map resources for students to explore online

Museum Field Trips

Follow the link above to discover the range of Island museum field trips available for booking

People Biographies

Download introduction to stories of 6 people connected with the Island here