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Poppy Field by Michael Morpurgo: Questions for Whole Class and Guided Reading
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Poppy Field by Michael Morpurgo: Questions for Whole Class and Guided Reading

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This is a bank of questions to use alongside Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Poppy Field’. The questions are designed to facilitate discussion either with the whole class or small group guided reading. Each question is cross referenced to the Key Stage 2 content domains for reading. The story is a beautiful story written to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and relates to why we wear poppies on Remembrance I have divided the story up into 5 parts to facilitate discussion but it isn’t necessary to do this. The questions are varied in the level of challenge ranging from straight forward literal comprehension to some challenging questions which focus on a close reading of selected sentences to challenge your most capable readers. Teachers should select which questions they feel are appropriate for different groups of children rather than aim to ask every single one. Note the questions are for Michael Morpurgo’s story only and not the poem nor the Afterword.
The Wind in the Willows Chapter 2 KS 2 SATs style comprehension (with answers)
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The Wind in the Willows Chapter 2 KS 2 SATs style comprehension (with answers)

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This resource contains an extract from chapter 2 of Kenneth Grahame's 'The Wind in the Willows'. To accompany this there is a Key Stage 2 SATs style comprehension. Each of the questions follows the format and structure of questions found on the 2016 and 2017 KS 2 Reading SAT. To aid marking there is a complete mark scheme which not only provides the answers but also identifies the target content domain for each question. I have also included a grid which clearly identifies coverage of the content domains for the whole of the paper. The comprehension can be used as a stand alone practice activity in preparation for the KS 2 Reading SAT or it could be used as part of a novel study unit on The Wind in the Willows. Suitable for years 5/6.
The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne fine - Reading and Comprehension Activities
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The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne fine - Reading and Comprehension Activities

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This PDF booklet contains notes and resources to support the teaching of reading and comprehension of Anne Fine's The Diary of a Killer Cat. They are designed for year 3. There are 7 guided reading notes (one for each chapter) and these are clearly aligned to the content domains and the national curriculum for English. The guided reading notes focus on developing children's inference skills. There are worksheets to help develop inference, sequencing, character analysis and point of view. In addition there are a number of related drama activities which help develop children's reading with expression and inference skills.
Cool as a Cucumber by Michael Morpurgo - Comprehension and Reading Activities
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Cool as a Cucumber by Michael Morpurgo - Comprehension and Reading Activities

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This 31 page PDF contains activities and worksheets designed to develop children's comprehension of Cool as a Cucumber by Michael Morpurgo. The book and the activities are suitable for children in year 3. There are 5 guided reads (one for each chapter), 4 crosswords to develop the skill of working out the meaning of words from the context, worksheets 4 sets of worksheets (2 of which are differentiated), a Writing a book Review word mat and suggestions for drama activities which develop inference and understanding of character. There is also a list of wider reading to promote children's reading for pleasure.
The Railway Children Chapter 6 SATs style comprehension (with answers)
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The Railway Children Chapter 6 SATs style comprehension (with answers)

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This resource includes an extract from chapter 6 of 'The Railway Children', a comprehension paper based on the extract which is set out in the same style as the Key Stage 2 Reading SAT, the mark scheme and a grid showing the coverage of the content domains across the questions. Each of the questions follows the same format as those found in the 2016 and 2017 KS 2 Reading SATs so that children can become familiar with the ways in which questions are worded. The resource can be used as a stand alone practice comprehension for the KS 2 SATs or could be used as part of a novel study of 'The Railway Children'.
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown Comprehension and Reading Activities
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Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown Comprehension and Reading Activities

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This is a 48 page PDF document. It contains a variety of comprehension activities for the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. There are activities and worksheets to develop the skill of working out the meaning of words from context, including a crossword for each chapter; understanding and analysing character; prediction; text structure and analysis; summarising the text and 3 differentiated comprehensions for the final chapter which focus on inference. In addition there is a set of guided reading questions for each chapter. All of the activities, worksheets and guided reading questions are cross referenced to the criteria identified for Key Stage 2 reading assessment for ease of tracking. There is also a list of related books to encourage ‘reading for pleasure’. The booklet is designed for years 3 and 4. Note the JPEGs are previews of the materials included in the pdf booklet.
Poems and activities on the theme of light for primary school
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Poems and activities on the theme of light for primary school

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This is a pdf document. The document contains a collection of poems on the theme of light, suitable for use in the primary school. The poems are categorised according to the age group they might be used with. Each of the poems has suggested activities that can be carried out by the children, ranging from singing/performing the poems in reception to the study of figurative language in years 5 and 6. From year 1 through to year 6 there are suggestions as to how the children might go about composing their own poems using a range of poetic devices and figurative language using the selected poems as models. The poems written by the children could then be used as a whole school poetry celebration which might take the form of an assembly, an anthology of poetry or a display. The theme for National Poetry day 2015 is 'light' .
Winnie in Winter: Comprehension questions and activities & resources to support SPaG
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Winnie in Winter: Comprehension questions and activities & resources to support SPaG

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This pack includes a set of comprehension questions to be used for whole class discussion/guided reading, suitable for year 2. The majority of the question focus on content domain 1d allowing teachers to develop the necessary skills before the year 2 SATs. There is also a focus on 1a, vocabulary. The pack also includes suggestions for developing pupils grammar, punctuation and spelling. In particular: adjectives, noun phrases, sentence structure, sentence types (commands), use of commas to separate words in a list, the apostrophe for omission and the homophones their, there and they're. All the resources for the activities are included: worksheets, smart notebook file for sentence construction, a class set of 30 bingo cards for contraction bingo, cards for composing human sentences etc.
Bill's New Frock: Differentiated Questions for Whole Class and Guided Reading
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Bill's New Frock: Differentiated Questions for Whole Class and Guided Reading

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This is a bank of differentiated questions (with answers) for every chapter of Bill's New Frock by Anne Fine. They can be used for whole class reading or small group guided reading to facilitate discussion and develop children's comprehension skills. The questions have been differentiated three ways enabling teachers to target the level of challenge according to the needs of their pupils. Also each question has been cross referenced against the content domains for the key stage 2 SATs. The questions are suitable for pupils in year 4 or year 5.
Key Stage 2 SATs-Style Comprehension Bundle (with answers)
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Key Stage 2 SATs-Style Comprehension Bundle (with answers)

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This bundle contains 4 Key Stage 2 SATs style comprehension papers (with answers) It includes: Peter Pan Chapter 1 KS 2 SATs-style comprehension (with answers) The Railway Children Chapter 6 KS 2 SATs-style comprehension (with answers) The Third Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor KS 2 SATs-style comprehension (with answers) The Wind in the Willows Chapter 2 KS 2 SATs-style comprehension (with answers) As a bundle it is offered at a 50% reduction of the price if bought separately! The papers would provide useful practice in the run up to the Key Stage 2 SATs and as each of them includes a full copy of the text would be ideal for homework.
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl - Reading and Comprehension Activities
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Esio Trot by Roald Dahl - Reading and Comprehension Activities

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This is a 37 page PDF containing a range of activities and resources to support the teaching of reading and comprehension of Esio Trot by Roald Dahl. The activities are suitable for year 3 and some year 4 pupils. They include: 7 guided reads, 5 crosswords for vocabulary development, 2 sets of differentiated activity sheets for character analysis, activity sheets to explore plot structure and summary and activities to develop reading with expression. There are also suggestions for wider reading. Each of the activities are aligned with NC 2014 to enable tracking and the collection of evidence.
The Third Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor: KS 2 SATs style comprehension (with answers)
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The Third Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor: KS 2 SATs style comprehension (with answers)

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This resource contains an extract from Andrew Lang’s Arabian Nights, a KS2 SATs style comprehension and a complete marking key. This comprehension is based on the classic story of Sinbad the Sailor by Andrew Lang. For convenience the text is provided so that you can copy it enabling all children to have a copy. The comprehension follows the same layout as the KS 2 Reading SAT. The booklet includes a mark scheme which also identifies the targeted content domain for each of the questions. The comprehension could be used as practice leading up to the KS 2 reading SAT either in class or as homework.
Peter Pan Chapter 1 SATs-style Comprehension (with answers)
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Peter Pan Chapter 1 SATs-style Comprehension (with answers)

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This resource contains an extract from chapter 1 of J. M. Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’. To accompany this there is a Key Stage 2 SATs style comprehension. Each of the questions follows the format and structure of questions found on the 2016 and 2017 KS 2 Reading SAT. To aid marking there is a complete mark scheme which not only provides the answers but also identifies the target content domain for each question. I have also included a grid which clearly identifies coverage of the content domains for the whole of the paper. The comprehension can be used as a stand alone practice activity for year 6 comprehension in preparation for the KS 2 Reading SAT or it could be used as part of a novel study unit on Peter Pan. As the extract from the text is included it is also ideal for homework. The comprehension is suitable for year 5 or year 6.
Hubert Horation A Very Fishy Tale World Book Day Book Questions for Guided Reading and Whole Class
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Hubert Horation A Very Fishy Tale World Book Day Book Questions for Guided Reading and Whole Class

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World Book Day 2019 This is a set of questions suitable for whole class discussion/guided reading for Lauren Child’s Hubert Horatio: A Very Fishy Tale (the World Book Day book). The questions are all cross-referenced to the Key Stage 2 content domains for reading. There is also a crossword which focuses on content domain 2b: retrieve and record key details from fiction and a word search which draws on key vocabulary from the book.
Aesop's Fables:The Fox and the Stork KS 1 Comprehension Style SATs Paper 2
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Aesop's Fables:The Fox and the Stork KS 1 Comprehension Style SATs Paper 2

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This is a Key Stage 1 SATs style comprehension (paper 2) based on Aesop’s Fable, The Fox and the Stork. The text (which is included) is the original unabridged text and has a lexile level of 1000L. The questions follow the format of Paper 2 of the Key Stage 1 Reading SAT. Included is a grid identifying the coverage of the Key Stage 1 content domains for reading. The mark scheme is included saving you time. Also included is a word search. The resource can be used as part of a unit on fables or as a stand alone lesson/homework.
Mog the Forgetful Cat KS 1 SATs style comprehension
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Mog the Forgetful Cat KS 1 SATs style comprehension

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This is a KS 1 SATs style comprehension paper to accompany the book ‘Mog the Forgetful Cat’ by Judith Kerr. Children will need a copy of the book in order to complete the comprehension. The questions follow the format and layout of the KS 1 reading SAT. Included is the mark scheme for the questions again following the format of the KS 1 reading SAT. The mark scheme also identifies the target content domain for each question. The questions will be suitable for children in years 1 & 2.
The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith Comprehension and Reading Activities
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The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith Comprehension and Reading Activities

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This is a 34 page PDF document containing the notes and resources for comprehension and reading activities relating to Dick King-Smith's The Hodgeheg. There are guided reading notes for each chapter, guidance for drama activities to develop children's understanding of character, differentiated worksheets to develop inference and justifying opinions with evidence and two crosswords to develop the skill of working out the meaning of words from the context. The activities and materials are suitable for children in years 3/4
Understanding Reading Comprehension 2
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Understanding Reading Comprehension 2

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This is the second of the reading comprehension documents published to support the national strategy. With the increased focus on inference and vocabulary skills it is important that we revisit these documents. This one identifies the strategies that effective readers use to comprehend a text:the skills we need to teach children if they are to develop their comprehension. It also makes some suggestions about how to teach each of the strategies.
Understanding Reading Comprehension 3
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Understanding Reading Comprehension 3

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The third comprehension document to support the national strategy. This particular one has some very useful information about how to develop children's vocabulary and their skills of understanding texts at 'word' level. The 2014 curriculum has an increased focus on this particular aspect of comprehension and the 2016 SATs also has an increased focus on word meaning. It also suggests ways in which teachers can develop pupils understanding of character and theme as well as helping them make connections within and across texts.
Understanding Reading Comprehension 1
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Understanding Reading Comprehension 1

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This is the first of the Reading Comprehension documents that was published to support the primary strategy. With an increased focus on inference and vocabulary in the 2014 curriculum, it is important that we revisit these documents to understand what comprehension is and how we can 'teach' it. As children learn to read they are able to decode the text by orchestrating a range of cues. To become fluent readers they must also understand or comprehend what they read. To help them do this they need to be taught a range of reading comprehension strategies and be encouraged to reflect on their own understanding and learning. Such an approach helps children go beyond literal interpretation and recall to explore the complex meanings of a text using inference and deduction. They can begin to learn these strategies from the earliest stages of learning to read. This leaflet will help you to understand how readers make sense of what they read, review the research evidence and suggest ways to teach reading comprehension strategies.