Resource ID 101233

KS3 History

Historical Enquiry
Find out about the past using museum resources
"Investigate the Railways!"
Key Stage ED Squirrel
Resource Title
"Investigate the Railways!"
This resource is part of a collection with the following variants:

101233 - KS3 Mixed Ability [THIS DOCUMENT]

101234 - KS4 Mixed Ability


The resource is a series of questions that link directly to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s museum; as the students engage with the interpretation around the room, they will learn about how the railways on the Isle of Wight have changed from the past to the present.

Contextual Summary

Students are able to practise their interpretation skills whilst engaging with historical aspects of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. The task is relevant to students in key stage 3 and key stage 4.

Key Skills Practised
  • Interpretation and retrieval of information
  • Synthesising information
  • Recording information
Learning Opportunities


It is suggested to teachers that students undertake some research the background of the railway, in particular the history of the Isle of Wight railway network and its features, as a class pre-learning activity. Students should be keen to practise responding to the resource questions.


Completion of the History resource/s linked to this document


Follow-up tasks could include: Whole class discussion about the responses to the questions; Groups presenting back their collated ideas to the class; Completion of a timeline

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to investigate the historical aspects of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway by using museum resources and interpreting the questions, retrieving information, and recording their responses.

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