This KS2 reading comprehension resource pack can be used as an introduction to myths and legends. It retells the tale of how King Arthur gained the magical sword, Excalibur.
The text can be used as inspiration for reading and writing further Arthurian legends and introduces key characters such as Merlin and King Arthur to pupils; a writing planner is also included.
Also included with the text are 17 comprehension questions (with answers) covering the key reading skills of making inferences, retrieving information, sequencing and explaining the meaning of words in context.
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.
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