Age 10/11 Reading Comprehension Lesson- Animations & PowerPoints

A reading comprehension lesson based around a non-chronological report on the planet Mars. It is aimed at children at an age 10/11 level (Year 6 in England and Wales).

The text is written with consideration of the length and complexity of national assessments and national curriculum levels. Questions are also based around past papers to give children experience of different question formats. Half of the comprehension is suggested as the lesson’s focus (13 questions) with class analysis of the answers. The second half of the comprehension is also provided (8 questions) as an extra activity.

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Pre-lesson preparation is provided as an extra lesson or to replace the lesson’s introduction. Three short animations (from an astronaut’s first-person point of view as he or she travels and lands on Mars) are referenced to make the comprehension come alive for the children (see the animations here). A report map (pictures and words) is also available to help internalise the text for all abilities.

PowerPoints provide question type analysis, strategies investigation and answers and explanation to support class marking.

There is a lesson plan which includes:

  • suggested links to the Welsh, English, Northern Irish, Republic of Ireland and Australian curriculums;
  • notes to provide background information and suggest changes;
  • optional pre lesson preparation;
  • starter, main, groups and plenary sections with suggested timings (please change depending on your class);
  • sections of the lesson are linked to Blooms taxonomy (see for more info.);
  • Talk time suggestions;
  • PowerPoint presentations to support teaching;
  • differentiated group activities with extra ideas for early finishers;
  • consideration of, and reference to, different learning styles and
  • independent activities that are planned to aim to allow the teacher to support or extend an assessment group within the lesson

We aim to provide detailed and thorough planning, so there will be more information, examples and differentiation in the planning than are needed, and changes may need to be made depending on your class.

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  • TC65.1.3ReportMap.pdf
  • PP65.5.1Detect.pptx
  • PC65.5.1HalfReport.pdf
  • PC65.5.2FirstComp.pdf
  • PC65.5.6ShortReport.pdf
  • PC65.5.7ShortComp.pdf
  • PC65.5.5VizComp.pdf
  • PC65.5.3HalfReport2.pdf
  • PC65.5.4SecondComp.pdf
  • TC65.5.4ShortAssess.pdf
  • PP65.5.2FirstAssess.pptx
  • PP65.5.3SecondAssess.pptx
  • TC65.5.3CompAssess.pdf
  • TC65.5.2ShortComp.pdf
  • TC65.5.5Y6PlanReadingCompMars.pdf

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Created: Oct 2, 2019

Updated: Jan 24, 2020


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