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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This 14 page PDF is a bank of questions to promote discussion and develop pupils’ comprehension of Michael Morpurgo’s Little Manfred. The questions can be used for whole class reading or small group carousel guided reading. The questions have been differentiated so that teachers can select which ones to use with different groups of children. Each question has also been cross referenced with the Key Stage 2 content domains for reading. Answers have been provided for each question to save teachers’ precious time.
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' .
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.
Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend - Guided Reading, SATs style Comprehension, Vocab (with answers)
This is a bank of questions for guided reading (whole class or carousel) to support the reading and comprehension of Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend. They have been written for use through teacher/adult led discussion for the purpose of scaffolding children’s development in comprehension. They are cross referenced to the reading content domains for both KS 1 and KS 2 and include answers/suggested responses. The questions have been differentiated 3 ways. In addition there is a SATs style comprehension paper (including a making guide) which has been differentiated 2 ways. Finally, the pack includes a crossword for vocabulary development which will support the ‘Find and copy’ style questions on the reading SAT paper. This has been differentiated 4 ways and again includes answers. Suitable for years 2,3 & 4 **Note that the resources are for the first story ‘Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend’ in the anthology of the same name.
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.
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.
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.
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.