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'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Comprehension and Vocabulary Activities
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'Twas the Night Before Christmas: Comprehension and Vocabulary Activities

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This is a Key Stage 2 reading SAT style comprehension based on the poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore. It also includes the answers which follow the format of the SATs answer booklet, identifying the content domain for each question, possible answers and the number of marks available. There is also a crossword included in the pack which is differentiated 3 ways and allows pupils to practise identifying the meaning of the word from the context and is a useful fun way of preparing them for the find and copy type questions. I have also included a wordsearch, to help expose pupils more to the vocabulary used in the poem. This again is differentiated 3 ways and includes the solutions to each of the problems. The activities included in the pack are suitable for Key Stage 2.
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 structureand analysis; summarising the text and 3 differentiated comprehensions for the final chapter which focus on inference. In addtion 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.
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.
The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. Differentiated Questions for Whole Class and Guided Reading
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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. Differentiated Questions for Whole Class and Guided Reading

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This 14 page PDF includes differentiated questions for Roald Dahl's 'The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me.' The book has been split into 5 sections and there is a set of differentiated questions for each section. The questions are suitable for years 3 and 4 and could be used with the whole class or with smaller guided reading groups. Each question is cross-referenced to the content domains used in the Key Stage 2 reading SAT and includes answers.
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
What are connectives called in the new National Curriculum?
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What are connectives called in the new National Curriculum?

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Are you confused by the terminology in the New National Curriculum? The fact that the term 'connectives' is no longer in the National Curriculum, has caused a great deal of angst and confusion for many teachers. This chart identifies what 'connectives' are now known as in the NC English 2014. It provides definitions and examples on a single sheet of A4 and is an at a glance prompt sheet for busy teachers.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Daddy Fell into the Pond by Alfred Noyes. KS1 SATs style Comprehension and Vocab
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Daddy Fell into the Pond by Alfred Noyes. KS1 SATs style Comprehension and Vocab

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This is a KS 1 SATs style comprehension paper based on the poem 'Daddy Fell into the Pond' by Alfred Noyes. It includes a copy of the poem ready for copying. The comprehension paper follows the format of the Key Stage 1 Reading Comprehension SAT and includes a marking key which identifies the content domain for each question plus acceptable answers. There is also a crossword which is differentiated 3 ways. This will provide the children with useful practice for the 'find an copy' vocabulary questions. The wordsearch (again differentiated 3 ways) provides further opportunity to engage with items of vocabulary taken from the poem.
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.
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.
A Candle in the Dark by Adele Geras  Comprehension activities and Guided Reading
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A Candle in the Dark by Adele Geras Comprehension activities and Guided Reading

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A Candle in the Dark by Adele Geras is a short historical novel set just before the beginning of World War II. It follows two young Jewish refugees as they escape Germany on the Kindertransport. The pdf booklet provides a range of different activities to develop the comprehension of pupils in years 5/6 including, freeze frame, hot-seating, character on the wall. There are detailed guided reading plans for 4 of the chapters which are Word documents enabling editing. There is also a PDF which is a SATs style comprehension paper for the final chapter. Each of the activities is cross-referenced to the end of Key Stage 2 statements for reading to facilitate the gathering of evidence for end of Key Stage 2 Teacher Assessment of Reading.
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.
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'.
Activities and Resources for KS1 anti-bullying based on 'Leave Me Alone' by Kes Gray
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Activities and Resources for KS1 anti-bullying based on 'Leave Me Alone' by Kes Gray

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Some ideas for ant-bullying activities suitable for Key Stage 1 based on the book 'Leave Me Alone' by Kes Gray. The activities use the book as a stimulus to introduce this sensitive subject area. The activities focus on the characters in the book before broadening them out. It includes 2 powerpoint presentation resources to stimulate discussion of the key points in the story (or a smartnotebook alternative) and one worksheet for the children to complete.
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.
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.