This Key Stage 2 non-fiction comprehension pack covers the story of Laika – the first living creature to be sent into space.
Including a model text and comprehension questions to develop pupils’ skills of retrieval, inference and vocabulary understanding, it can be used for guided reading or as home learning.
This primary resource pack includes:
- 4-page PDF fact sheet
- 3-page PDF questions worksheet
Non-fiction is writing that is factual as opposed to fictional. This can include biographies, autobiographies, essays, journalism, diaries and historical, technical or scientific writing.
What is reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is the ability to read and understand a text.
National Curriculum English programme of study links
All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum
Pupils should be taught to develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by:
- listening to and discussing a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently
- being introduced to non-fiction books that are structured in different ways
Pupils should be taught to retrieve and record information from non-fiction
Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction.