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Year 5 Reading Comprehension - Autumn Term

4 Resource Packs

About the theme

By Year 5, pupils should be ready to identify and discuss more abstract themes - and they will start by considering the meaning and implications of freedom in fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as their own lives and the world around them. 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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Two Birds

One is in a cage; the other is flying through the air. But is that the only difference between these two birds?

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The Life of Nelson Mandela

The inspiring biography of a remarkable man, who survived imprisonment and helped to reshape a nation.

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The Light of Hope

Inspired by the life of Harriet Tubman, this story follows the fortunes of a young girl who escapes slavery in 19th century America.

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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.