Stimulating reading activities for primary

Resources team
06th February 2019
Teacher surrounded by engaged pupils with reading activities

Inspire primary pupils to fall in love with reading and discover new ways of motivating reluctant readers

With World Book Day on the horizon, it's an ideal time to engage learners with stories and memorable characters that will leave them wanting to read more. To help you with this, we have gathered together a selection of reading activities to inspire young learners in the classroom. 

Explore the primary resource collection for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 resources for the autumn, spring and summer terms.​

KS1 resources

Low ability reading comprehension

I have a very low ability year 2 English set (most children below level 2) and I really struggled to find reading comprehension suitable for them so I made these. They are very low level but worked well for my children approaching Level 1. Hope you find them useful!
By jh09lg1

A New Pet - Year 1/2 Reading Comprehension

An original reading comprehension with 10 questions, answers and links to relevant targets.

By ElliottEducational

KS1 and Early Years English Reading Comprehensions

This pack contains 30 close reading comprehensions and questions that are suitable for Reception to Year 2 depending on the ability of your students.

There are a range of comprehensions that gradually get harder and require the students to read and answer more questions as they progress through each comprehension. The initial comprehensions are simpler and have 3 questions and build up to more complex passages with 9 questions by the final comprehensions.

These are great to use for whole class activities, guided reading, or both independent and supported work or homework.

These are based on the reading outcomes from the National Curriculum for Year 1 and 2.

Please note these are not the same as my 10 Early Years reading comprehensions. These are more complex.

Suitable for Year 1 and 2 and lower KS2 for lower ability students.

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By Top Marks Teaching Resources

Reading Comprehension For Beginners Year 1 KS1

Here you will find a great set of comprehension activities for young learners. Starting with photographs and illustrations 20 pages in total to download, to encourage children to look at detail in the pictures and prompt discussion. Imaginative ideas can come from discussing and thinking carefully about what is happening in a picture. Children can then draw their own interpretation of what will happen next and explain it. A great tool to encourage information retrieval and confidence with ideas and imagination. Also included are 3 short comprehension activities, with short simple sentences, to not overwhelm new readers with difficult text and language. The comprehension is the key function of these activities, to develop tools to find and fetch information and understand what has been read.
Putting children at the core of their learning…

By Apple For The Teacher

KS2 resources

Lower KS2 reading comprehension focusing on inference and deduction.

Reading comprehension I created focusing on inferring character's feelings and deduction. This was created for my Year 3 class but can be used across KS2.
By d_roberts1

Year 6, Guided Reading, SATs style text and questions, Fiction.

Hi all,

Here is a short story with a set of SATs style questions.

You can use this as a guided reading, teacher lead session or as a simple SATs style revision where the children work in silence and you go through it afterwards - it’s up to you.

It’s also completely editable so you can add/change questions if you want to make it harder or easier. I have tried to add a range of questions so all children can achieve something.

I haven’t included answers as I think it’s fairly self-explanatory. There are 20 marks to be had I think, so I guess 20 to 30 minutes to read it and answer the questions?!

Please review this for me as it takes ages to create these AND I can make changes to make it better for other people to use.

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By EmloResources

Year 6 reading comprehension football breaking window

Short two page football story for year 5/6 reading comprehension concentrating on 2/3 mark questions
By Katejam

SATS Reading Revision

SATS 2020 - 100 reading questions organised by content domain, created for SATS revision. This is a popular revision tool for the Y6 Reading SATS test! The resource can be used all year round to help prepare pupils for the requirements of the 2020 KS2 test or as a last minute revision tool.

Get ready for the 2020 KS2 reading assessments with this SATS Question Generator! Covering all of the reading content domains, you can use this SATS revision resource to practise the different types of questions that might come up in the KS2 SATS paper.

Select one of the following modes:
- Choose a particular reading content domain to revise
- Practise those tricky 3-mark questions where pupils often lose marks
- Revise fiction/non-fiction/poetry questions
- Random mode, giving you a mixture of all types of questions

The SATs revision resource also includes handy hints and tips to help pupils in the test. Perfect for teachers to use as morning work, lesson starters or revision sessions or alternatively for pupils to practise independently at school or at home. Each slide contains a short passage in the style of the reading SATS papers and then a question to answer.

This is a must-have resource for Y6 pupils working towards their reading SATS tests!

You might also like our similar resource: Y6 SATS Question Generator: SPAG

By KS2History

40 Lyric Reading Comprehensions Book 1 - Mr A, Mr C and Mr D Present

Each song is broken down into 4 reading comprehensions, starting with retrieval and recording, then context clues, inference and finally an assessment where children are encouraged to work out what type of question they are being asked. Perfect for KS2!

Weekly lesson plans are provided along with answer sheets.

Breaking reading down into key skills will allow children to appreciate, understand and enjoy these songs whilst focusing on improving their comprehension with this structured and precise method.

Songs include:
Big Yellow Taxi (by Joni Mitchell)
Indian Sunset (by Elton John)
Ironic (by Alanis Morissette)
Pompeii (by Bastille)
Space Oddity (by David Bowie)
The Trooper (by Iron Maiden)
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (by Gordon Lightfoot)
Thriller (by Michael Jackson)
What is Truth? (by Johnny Cash)
What’s he Building? (by Tom Waits)

By mracdpresent

UKS2 Literacy - Greta Thunberg Reading Comprehension Activity

This is a reading comprehension activity about young climate activist, Greta Thunberg. Ideal for students learning about important figures in climate change or global warming.Perfect for Year 5 or Year 6.

The activity requires NO PREP and has a body of text that students need to read through thoroughly; then they can use the text to find the comprehension and grammar answers. All texts then have an extension activity for those fast finishers.

Answers, for teacher use, are on the final page of the document.

Time allowance ( one hour)
5 minutes - read through the text individually.
40 minutes - answer questions using the text as guidance (including extension activity)
15 minutes - Teacher and students go through the text and answers

For a more detailed look into Greta, then take a look at my Greta Thunberg Biography Writing Activity - it is £3 and should last for four complete lessons!

We also specialize in play scripts, we have a William Shakespeare collection with Richard III, Macbeth and Hamlet. We also have a good selection of Christmas play scripts including Elf, The Santa Clause and A Christmas Carol.

Please check out my store, Creative Primary Literacy, for more resources.

By Irvine109

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