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Year 4 Reading Comprehension - Summer Term
Rags to Riches

4 Resource Packs

About the theme

This classic theme is echoed right across the literary and cultural canon; and in this unit it’s explored through retellings of a well-loved fairy tale and pantomime favourite plus the biography of a real life ‘self-made man’. 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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The Ballad of Cinder-Sooty-Nose

A familiar fairy-tale is given quite a few twists in this hilarious poem by Sue Hardy-Dawkins.

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Andrew Carnegie

A look at the life of a steel magnate and philanthropist, who is sometimes called the patron saint of libraries.

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The Tale of Dick Whittington

Margaret Bateson-Hill retells the history of the lad who heads to London looking for streets paved with gold; and ends up more fortunate than he could have imagined!

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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.