KS3 The Isle of Wight As Island of Empire – Local Study

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

Full of ideas that can be used to develop your own tailored learning and lesson plans. 3 lessons and a field trip.


A local, national and international events timeline

Digital Maps

Link to digital maps available for this learning plan

People Bios

Introduction to stories of 6 people connected with the Island

Field Trips

Additional guidance for teachers using these resources