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Year 3 Reading Comprehension - Spring Term
First Impressions

4 Resource Packs

About the theme

The saying ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ is thoroughly examined in this unit, which draws links between Stephen Hawking, King Arthur… and the most peculiar restaurant menu children will ever have come across! Resources to support children in making connections between the texts can be found in the ‘pulling it all together’ pack, as can a suggested list of books also linked to the theme, which could be read as a class.

Real Comprehension


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Supper Menu

With maggots for a starter and bluebottle tarts for dessert... who on earth would choose to eat in a restaurant like this?

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Stephen Hawking

A short biography of a man whose brilliance shone throughout a life lived with Lou Gehrig's disease and all its implications.

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Arthur - the Rightful King of England

A charming retelling of the first chapter of one of Britain's most loved legends.

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Finished all three texts?

Pulling it all together

Once you have gone through all three texts with pupils, establishing familiarity and understanding with each, you can use these additional resources to help children engage with them thematically, making links between the texts, and to others they may have read or heard of. A suggested list of books for class reading, linked to the unit theme, is also included.

Pulling it all together
Real Comprehension, 54 original texts - 18 themes

See all resources in the Real Comprehension programme

Real Comprehension is a unique, whole-school reading programme designed to develop sophisticated skills of inference and retrieval; build rich vocabularies; and encourage the identification of themes and comparison between texts from years 1 to 6.