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Most Able - History

Most Able in History

How do we identify a Most Able History student?

A Most Able student in History is one who has a keen passion for the subject, which is shown in their verbal contributions and written work. They also will possess the ability to construct well-reasoned explanations of why something has happened, consider different views of historical events, be able to suggest what they can learn from sources and work hard to improve their work after feedback. Above all, these students also tend to enjoy reading different books, attend extra-curricular History trips in school and may also visit different sites with their families outside of school time.

How can a Most Able student extend their learning outside of the classroom?

To extend a Most Able student’s learning outside of lesson, we can recommend that they do extra reading around historical events- either generally or linked specifically to topics we are teaching during lessons. There are a number of authors who have written historical fiction which allows students to ease themselves into reading history rather than straight into non-fiction or reference books. Horrible Histories books are also a fun way for KS3 students to extend their knowledge before moving onto more serious books as they progress towards GCSE. We also strongly advise that students visit local history sites with their families, there are many around Bedfordshire and some of these are free to enter. Also we are geographically close to London’s historical sites, attractions and museums. Although some cost money to enter, you can find deals online to reduce costs for you on both entry and train travel.


Recommended reading list





The Watson’s Go to Birmingham - 1963

Christopher Paul Curtis

Fever 1793

Laurie Halse Anderson


Laurie Halse Anderson

The Lions of Little Rock

Kristin Levine

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

Between Shades of Gray

Ruta Sepetys

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

The Secret Lake

Karen Inglis

Waiting for Anya

Michael Morpurgo

War Horse

Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful

Michael Morpurgo

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas

John Boyne

Salt to the Sea

Ruta Sepetys

Code Name Verity

Elizabeth E. Wein

Under a Painted Sky

Stacey Lee

Orphan Monster Spy

Matt Killeen

Where the World Ends

Geraldine McCaughrean

Letters from the Lighthouse

Emma Carroll

Number the Stars

Lois Lowry

Bud, Not Buddy

Christopher Paul Curtis

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Mildred D. Taylor

Catherine, Called Birdy

Karen Cushman

Turtle in Paradise

Jennifer L. Holm

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Judith Kerr

Listening For Lions

Gloria Whelan

The Boy Who Dared

Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Journey to the River Sea

Eva Ibbotson

A Long Walk to Water

Linda Sue Park

The Sisters of St Croix

Diney Costeloe

The Runaway Family

Diney Costeloe

The Girl With No Name

Diney Costeloe





Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Vashti Harrison

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Eleanor Coerr

Fantastically Great Women Who Made History

Kate Pankhurst

The Rotten Romans (Horrible Histories)

Terry Deary

The Vicious Vikings (Horrible Histories)

Terry Deary

Smashing Saxons (Horrible Histories)

Terry Deary

The Diary of Anne Frank

Anne Frank

A Short History of the World

Ruth Brocklehurst and Henry Brook

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

Candace Fleming

I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban

Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive

Laura Hillenbrand

Americanized: Rebel Without A Green Card

Sara Saedi

Tasting the Sky

Ibtisam Barakat

My Name is Number 4: A True Story from the Cultural Revolution

Ting-xing Ye

The 57 Bus

Dashka Slater

Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights: From the Vote to the Equal Rights Amendment

Deborah Kops

Blood, Bullets and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science

Bridget Heos

Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam

Elizabeth Partridge

The Distance Between Us

Reyna Grande


How we support Most Able in lessons

Examples of techniques used to challenge students in History lessons include:

  • Extended questioning
  • Consider the alternative viewpoint in addition to one we have studied in class
  • Paired work to teach another student
  • Debating
  • Leadership within group work
  • Making judgements on interpretations and opinions

Useful websites (KS3) (KS4) (revision tool) (Historical Association) (articles updated monthly)