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KS2 Non-fiction Reading Comprehension Question Cards

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In Years 3-6, pupils continue to develop their speed and fluency when reading. Are they developing their comprehension skills alongside this?

These comprehension cards give example questions to develop a range of comprehension skills when reading non-fiction including:

  • understanding vocabulary
  • retrieving information
  • sequencing events
  • making inferences based on what is said and done
  • predicting what might happen next
  • encouraging positive discussions about books that they have read

How to use these cards
The question cards can be used in one to one reading sessions, group guided or whole class reading sessions.

Parents could also use these at home when reading with their child, helping them to understand the types of questions they could ask to develop their child’s comprehension skills.

This resource pack contains

  • 5 vocabulary question cards
  • 9 retrieval question cards
  • 5 inference question cards
  • 8 structure question cards
  • 10 discussing books question cards

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Pupils will understand what they have read by:

  • checking that that books make sense to them, discussing their understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context
  • drawing inferences…
  • summarise the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph…
  • identify how language, structure and presentation can contribute to meaning

Pupils will retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction

Pupils will participate in discussions about books that are read to them and that they can read independently for themselves


Pupils will provide reasoned justifications for their views

  • 5 vocabulary question cards
  • 9 retrieval question cards
  • 5 inference question cards
  • 8 structure question cards
  • 10 discussing books question cards
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