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KS2 Reading Comprehension Worksheets – Classic Texts

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These KS2 reading comprehension PDF worksheets based on classic texts provide a quick burst of comprehension practice – ideal for morning work, a short reading session or even sparking an interest in a classic text.

Each challenge includes a brief extract from a classic text with a range of reading challenge questions focusing on the key KS2 skills of:

  • Inference
  • Information retrieval
  • Vocabulary use
  • Sequencing

The classic texts in this pack are:

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Increasing pupils’ familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths, legends and traditional stories, modern fiction, fiction from our literary heritage, and books from other cultures and traditions.

Discussing understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context.

Drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence.

Summarising the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas.

Pupils should explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read, providing reasoned justifications for their views.

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - extract questions and answers
  • Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift - extract questions and answers, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe - extract questions and answers
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