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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.
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'.
Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend - Guided Reading, SATs style Comprehension, Vocab (with answers)
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Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend - Guided Reading, SATs style Comprehension, Vocab (with answers)

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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.
Features of Fictional Narrative: A Guide for Teachers
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Features of Fictional Narrative: A Guide for Teachers

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The National Curriculum for English 2014 mentions only a few fictional genres specifically. However, the newly revised teacher assessment framework for writing clearly states that children at both Key Stage 1 & 2 should be drawing on their reading. With an in-depth knowledge of the structures and features that are associated with the different narrative fiction genres we can make much more informed decisions about the aspects we want to focus on for comprehension and for writing. This document sets out the different features of the most common fiction genres that are written for children, identifying common plot structures, character types, key language features and themes. This will enable teachers to plan more focused reading and composition lessons for their pupils.
Comprehending and Analysing Character
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Comprehending and Analysing Character

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These charts are designed to be used to support the teaching of comprehension. In particular, inference. Through the use of these sheets children are encouraged to compare characters, examine how characters develop through the course of a story, draw inferences about character's feelings etc., from the things they say/do and justify their inferences with evidence. All the charts can be used throughout the whole of Key Stage 2 and are also suitable for use in year 2. The charts/worksheets included in this resource can be used alongside any piece of fiction. They can be used with the whole class during shared reading; groups of children during guided reading or independently by individuals/groups of children.
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
'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.
Babouscka KS 2 SATs Style Comprehension & Vocabulary Activities
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Babouscka KS 2 SATs Style Comprehension & Vocabulary Activities

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This pack contains the full printable script of Babouscka which was originally published in 1916, a Key Stage 2 SATs style comprehension paper complete with mark scheme, a crossword which is differentiated 3 ways and a word search which is also differentiated 3 ways. The story has a lexile level of 800L-900L and a Flesch-Kincaid grade level of 6.11 It is suitable for most pupils aged 9 and over and could be used as a one-off lesson, homework or as part of a topic on Christmas legends/traditions.
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.
Little Manfred by Michael Morpurgo: Questions for whole class and guided reading (with answers)
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Little Manfred by Michael Morpurgo: Questions for whole class and guided reading (with answers)

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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.
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.
Pinocchio Chapter 17: KS2 SATs style comprehension and Vocabulary Activities
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Pinocchio Chapter 17: KS2 SATs style comprehension and Vocabulary Activities

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This KS 2 SATs style comprehension includes an extract from chapter 17 of the classic text Pinocchio. This can be copied for individual children. There is a comprehension paper which follows the format of the KS 2 reading SAT paper and a mark scheme is included which identifies the content domain targetted by each question. In addition there is a differentiated crossword for vocabulary development and a differentiated word search. The comprehension provides useful practice for the Key Stage 2 reading SAT which could be used as a one-off lesson, as a lesson which forms part of a unit of work on the book Pinocchio or for homework. The extract has an ATOS book level of 5.4, a lexile level of 700L-800L and a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level of 5.