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-KS2 whole class reading comprehension lessons -reading templates, assemblies and inspiration - As Year 6 teachers, we found ourselves in need of comprehension resources that bring texts to life. YES, we want our comprehension lessons to be rigorous in preparation for the SATs, BUT we also want them to be engaging and fun! Our aim is to get children excited about comprehension lessons, eager to talk about books and confident in interrogating a text.

-KS2 whole class reading comprehension lessons -reading templates, assemblies and inspiration - As Year 6 teachers, we found ourselves in need of comprehension resources that bring texts to life. YES, we want our comprehension lessons to be rigorous in preparation for the SATs, BUT we also want them to be engaging and fun! Our aim is to get children excited about comprehension lessons, eager to talk about books and confident in interrogating a text.
KS2 A Dangerous Game - Whole Class Guided Reading - Year 3, Year 4 - age 7+
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KS2 A Dangerous Game - Whole Class Guided Reading - Year 3, Year 4 - age 7+

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4 whole class guided reading comprehension lessons based on chapter one of ‘A Dangerous Game’ by Malorie Blackman. 34-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint, 1 x printable PDF activity (other activities featured on the PowerPoint slides) Extract included. Pre-teach vocabulary, about the author, whole class reading, paired reading Reading Skills foci: predict, infer **Lesson 1 ** To use clues in a text to predict what might happen next. To recall any similarities or differences between books by the same author. Lesson 2 - 4 To make inferences about a character. To support your inferences with evidence from a text. Suitable for age 7+ Recommended for Year 3 and 4. See more resources at myteachinghive.co.uk. Try another story about friendship: https://myteachinghive.co.uk/books/jo-cotterill-a-library-of-lemons/ Story Synopsis Although Sam has a long-term illness, all he wants is the chance to lead a normal life. So he is thrilled when he finally gets his mum and dad to let him go on the school trip to the Scottish Highlands. Sam’s desperate for an adventure and wants to prove to everyone that he’s just as strong as his friends. But when some of the boys from his class take a reckless risk in order to win a challenge, the trip turns out to be more dangerous than Sam could have imagined. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers.
KS2 Viking Voyagers - whole class guided reading - age 7+
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KS2 Viking Voyagers - whole class guided reading - age 7+

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3 whole class reading comprehension lessons based on Viking Voyagers by Jack Tite. Vocabulary, whole class reading, paired reading Reading Skills foci: retrieve, infer, summarise 24-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint, 3 x printable PDF activities Extract not included. Suitable for age 7+ Available for £3 on our website
KS2 - Race to the Frozen North - Whole Class Reading - Year 5, Year 6, age 9+
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KS2 - Race to the Frozen North - Whole Class Reading - Year 5, Year 6, age 9+

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3 whole class reading comprehension lessons based on chapters 1, 2 and 6 of ‘Race to the Frozen North’ by Catherine Johnson. About the book, whole class reading, paired reading Reading Skills foci: predict, summarise, reading fluency, infer 34-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint, 4 PDF activities. Extract of Introduction and Chapter One included only. Reading age 8+. Lessons recommended for age 10+ Lesson 1 To make predictions about what might happen in a text. To summarise the main events in a text. First, remind children of what ‘powerful predictors’ do. Warm up by making predictions about the front and back cover of the story. Also find out about the real Matthew Henson. Shared reading/questioning as a class of the first 5 pages of chapter 1. Children continue the chapter with their reading partner. Summarise the events of the chapter by cutting up and sorting the strips of paper. Finally, make a prediction about the next chapter. Lesson 2 To read with increasing fluency. To make inferences about a character, supported by evidence from the text. Teacher to model reading with accuracy, with expression and at an appropriate pace. Remind children what inference is. Children to look for evidence to support a statement about a character’s personality in chapter 2. Then, make inferences about a character’s feelings. Lesson 3 In pairs, read Chapter 6. Then select 3 words from the cards on the sheet to describe life aboard the ship. Children to justify their answers with evidence from the text. If time allows, children to choose their own creative activity, i.e. letter writing, role play or an artist’s sketch. At the end of the lesson, point children in the direction of other real-life adventure stories.
KS2 Messi Ultimate Football Heroes Comprehension - age 7+
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KS2 Messi Ultimate Football Heroes Comprehension - age 7+

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3 whole class reading comprehension lessons based on two chapters of ‘Messi Ultimate Football Heroes’ by Matt and Tom Oldfield About the footballer, whole class reading, paired reading Reading Skills foci: predict, retrieve, summarise, infer, clarify 21-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint, 2 x printable PDF activity (other activities featured on the PowerPoint slides) Extract included. Suitable for age 7+ Visit myteachinghive.co.uk for more comprehension resources.
KS2 The Boy who Grew Dragons - Whole Class Guided Reading - Year 3, Year 4, age 7+
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KS2 The Boy who Grew Dragons - Whole Class Guided Reading - Year 3, Year 4, age 7+

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3 KS2 whole class reading lessons based on the introduction and dipping into the book at chapter 16 ‘The Boy who Grew Dragons’, by Andy Shepherd Vocabulary, whole class reading, paired reading Reading Skills foci: predict, infer, clarify and connect (compare to other stories about dragons) 28-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint, 3 x printable PDF activities Extract included Recommended for age 7+ Free download when you sign up at My Teaching Hive.
KS2 Werewolf Club Rules - Whole Class Guided Reading - Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, age 7+
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KS2 Werewolf Club Rules - Whole Class Guided Reading - Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, age 7+

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3 whole class reading comprehension lessons based on 3 poems from ‘Werewolf Club Rules’ by Joseph Coelho. Extracts included. Whole class reading, paired reading, pre-teaching vocabulary Reading Skills foci: feature’splore, summarise, word’splore, infer, clarify 37-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint, 4 x printable PDF activities. Suitable for ages 7+ Lesson 1 – feature’splore, summarise pages 8-9, ‘Hamster! Hamster!’ Opportunity to write their own poem Lesson 2 – word’splore Pages 86-89, ‘If all the world were paper’ Opportunity to write their own poem Lesson 3 – infer, clarify Pages 13-15, ‘Miss Flotsam’ Available for £3 on our website: https://myteachinghive.co.uk/reading-comprehension-resources/
KS2 Where Zebras Go - Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, age 8+
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KS2 Where Zebras Go - Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, age 8+

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Years 4, 5 & 6 Book recommended age 7+ 30-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint 3 lessons 4 x PDF activities exploring the poet’s word choices, discussing understanding of a poem, exploring figurative language, prediction, sharing personal responses to a poem. Extract included. Available on our website for £3 or as part of our school subscription. myteachinghive.co.uk
KS2 Ronaldo Ultimate Football Heroes Comprehension - age 7+
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KS2 Ronaldo Ultimate Football Heroes Comprehension - age 7+

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3 whole class reading comprehension lessons based on three chapters of ‘Ronaldo Ultimate Football Heroes’ by Matt and Tom Oldfield Vocabulary, whole class reading, paired reading Reading Skills foci: feature’splore, infer, retrieve, discuss, word’splore, clarify 31-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint, 4 x printable PDF activity (other activities featured on the PowerPoint slides) Extract included. Suitable for age 7+ Visit our website: myteachinghive.co.uk
KS2 Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow - Whole Class Guided Reading - Year 5, Year 6, age 9+
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KS2 Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow - Whole Class Guided Reading - Year 5, Year 6, age 9+

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Based on an extract from chapter 5 of ‘Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow’ by Benjamin Dean. Year 5 & 6 Book recommended age 9+ 10-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint 1 lesson 2 x PDF activities Clarify word meanings Making inferences about characters based on their actions Extract included WINNER OF THE DIVERSE BOOK AWARDS 2022 My name’s Archie Albright, and I know two things for certain: My mum and dad kind of hate each other, and they’re not doing a great job of pretending that they don’t anymore. They’re both keeping a secret from me, but I can’t figure out what. Available for £2 on our website: https://myteachinghive.co.uk/reading-comprehension-resources/
KS2 The Girl who Speaks Bear Comprehension - Year 5, Year 6 - age 9+
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KS2 The Girl who Speaks Bear Comprehension - Year 5, Year 6 - age 9+

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2 x reading comprehension lessons based on the Prologue and Chapter One of ‘The Girl who Speaks Bear’ by Sophie Anderson. Years 5 & 6 Book recommended age 9+ 23-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint 2 lessons 1 x PDF activity questioning, inference, looking at connections/themes within a text. Extract included. Visit myteachinghive.co.uk for more book comprehension lessons.
KS2 Podkin One-Ear - Whole Class Reading - Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, age 9+
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KS2 Podkin One-Ear - Whole Class Reading - Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, age 9+

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3 whole class reading comprehension lessons based on an extract from the Blue Peter book award winner, ‘Podkin One-Ear’ by Kieran Larwood. Whole class reading, paired reading, pre-teaching vocabulary Reading Skills foci: visualise, infer, question 31-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint, 2 x printable PDF activities. Extract not included. Suitable for ages 9+
A Stone for Sasha, Aaron Becker - whole class reading - age 9+
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A Stone for Sasha, Aaron Becker - whole class reading - age 9+

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3 whole class reading comprehension lessons based on Aaron Becker, ‘A Stone for Sascha’ . About the author, whole class reading, group discussion Reading Skills foci: predict, infer, retrieve, question, group discussion, exploring themes 23-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint, 4 x printable PDF activities Extract not included. Suitable for age 9+ Available on our website for £3 or as part of our school subscription. myteachinghive.co.uk Aaron Becker’s website: https://www.storybreathing.com/
KS2 Hilda and the Troll - Graphic Novels - Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, age 7+
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KS2 Hilda and the Troll - Graphic Novels - Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, age 7+

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Graphic Novel Reading Comprehension 3 whole class reading comprehension lessons based on Hilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson. Suitable for age 7+ Download Contents: 22-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint, 4 x printable PDF activities Text not included. Lessons Overview: Vocabulary, about the book, warm up game, whole class reading, paired reading Reading Skills: Lesson 1 Use clues in a text to predict what might happen next. Make predictions based on the front cover and part way through the story. Lesson 2 Infer a character’s feelings based on their speech, actions and facial expressions. Infer character’s feelings based on the illustrations. Lesson 3 Summarise the main events in a story. Summarise the main details of the story, decide which are most important. Available for £3 on our website https://myteachinghive.co.uk/reading-comprehension-resources/
Book Review Template
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Book Review Template

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Book review template. Free. KS2. Space for star rating, an illustration, short synopsis and review. More free resources at myteachinghive.co.uk. What should I include in a book review? Provide a summary of the most important events and characters, but be careful not to give too much away! Let the reader know what genre the book would fall under. It could be more than one. Opportunities to hit National Curriculum objectives. Give your opinion on the story and remember to explain your viewpoint. Recommend the story to a particular audience. Is it for thrill-seekers? Lovers of history? Is it a page turning mystery for budding detectives? Mention similar books that might mean somebody would like this one too. Draw an illustration to show a character, setting, important object or even your own front cover design. Would make a nice display for children to share their favourite books. Other activities for getting to know your class’ reading habits: https://myteachinghive.co.uk/activities/summer-reading-habits-get-to-know-your-class-resources/ https://myteachinghive.co.uk/activities/my-top-three-trending-books/ Example book reviews for children to read here.
Refugee Week Assembly 2021, KS2, age 7+, 14th to 20th June
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Refugee Week Assembly 2021, KS2, age 7+, 14th to 20th June

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KS2 Refugee Week Assembly 2021 PowerPoint, age 7+ 14th -20th June Introduce year’s theme is ‘we cannot walk alone’. PowerPoint supporting discussion on and teaching of: What is a refugee? What is an asylum seeker? If you had to leave home with 1 small bag, what would you take with you? The Refugee Week 2021 theme, ‘we cannot walk alone’ an introduction to 3 award-winning KS2 appropriate texts: ‘The Island’ by Francesca Sanna ‘Oranges in No Man’s Land’ by Elizabeth Laird ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Rauf Supporting whole class guided reading resources for ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Rauf looking at the main character Ahmed’s journey to the UK also available.
KS2 Kirby Ultimate Football Heroes Comprehension - age 7+
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KS2 Kirby Ultimate Football Heroes Comprehension - age 7+

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3 whole class reading comprehension lessons based on two chapters of ‘Kirby Ultimate Football Heroes’ by Charlotte Browne Vocabulary, about the footballer, whole class reading, paired reading Reading Skills foci: retrieve, infer, clarify, words’splore 24-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint, 2 x printable PDF activity (other activities featured on the PowerPoint slides) Extract included. Suitable for age 7+ Visit myteachinghive.co.uk for more comprehension activities.
KS2 Neymar Ultimate Football Heroes Comprehension - age 7+
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KS2 Neymar Ultimate Football Heroes Comprehension - age 7+

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3 whole class reading comprehension lessons based on three chapters of ‘Neymar Ultimate Football Heroes’ by Matt and Tom Oldfield About the footballer, whole class reading, paired reading Reading Skills foci: retrieve, summarise, clarify 26-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint, 3 x printable PDF activity (other activities featured on the PowerPoint slides) Extract included. Suitable for age 7+ Visit myteachinghive.co.uk for more comprehension resources.
KS2 Mbappé Ultimate Football Heroes Comprehension - age 7+
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KS2 Mbappé Ultimate Football Heroes Comprehension - age 7+

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3 whole class reading comprehension lessons based on two chapters of ‘Mbappé Ultimate Football Heroes’ by Matt and Tom Oldfield Vocabulary, about the footballer, whole class reading, paired reading Reading Skills foci: retrieve, infer, discuss 28-page dyslexia-friendly PowerPoint, 1 x printable PDF activity (other activities featured on the PowerPoint slides) Extract included. Suitable for age 7+ Visit myteachinghive.co.uk for more comprehension resources.
KS2 Football School Resources Whole Class Guided Reading
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KS2 Football School Resources Whole Class Guided Reading

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Celebrate the women’s world cup with our football school resources! 15 x whole class reading lessons based on 5 biographies in the Ultimate Football Heroes series: Ronaldo Mbappe Kirby Neymar Messi Lessons suitable for any KS2 class and possibly KS3 Year 7 reluctant readers. 3 lessons per book, dipping in to 2 chapters each. Ready to use PowerPoints, PDF activities and printable extracts. Whole class reading, paired reading, lots of book talk and hands on activities to support children in practising their reading comprehension skills in line with the National Curriculum. Reading skills practised: predict, retrieve, summarise, infer, clarify, feature’splore (exploring the structure of the text), word’splore (exploring the effect of the author’s choice of words. Visit our website to purchase for £12. https://myteachinghive.co.uk/register/football-school-resources/ Individual resources £3 each on our website… Explore our other resources: https://myteachinghive.co.uk/reading-comprehension-resources/ Our ethos: We make whole class reading lessons, dipping into high quality literature, encouraging enthusiastic collaborative comprehension lessons that are easy to use for teachers, improve children’s readiness for the SATs and create a culture of enthusiasm for reading in your school.
Reading Journal Activities Worksheet
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Reading Journal Activities Worksheet

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Reading journal activities worksheet Repeat tasks or encourage children to colour in each task as it is completed. Stick in the front of a child’s reading journal exercise book. Upper KS2 Example tasks: Design and draw your own front cover for a book you are reading. Write 5 interview questions for the author of your book or for a character in the story. Make a list of words from a text that you would like to learn and/or use in your own writing. Write a diary entry for one of the characters in the story. Write a blurb for your story. Don’t give too many details away!