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Reading comprehension KS2 – Victorian idiom worksheets

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This Victorian idioms KS2 pack is a fun and interactive way to practise inference and reading comprehension skills.

For example, did you know that if a Victorian were to say “Nanty narking” they would mean something is ‘great fun’? Learn lots more examples by using these inference worksheets.

Children can also use the knowledge they gain from the reading comprehension worksheets to enhance their writing by adding idioms or extra detail to stories which take place in historical settings.

Idiom meaning

An idiom is an expression or phrase with a double meaning. They are often used when you want to exaggerate or emphasise something.

Victorian idiom examples

  • Afternoonified - Smart and tidy
  • Doing the bear - Hugging
  • Grinning at the daisy roots - Dead
  • That’s the ticket - That’s the proper thing to do

Inference meaning

Inference is the process of drawing a conclusion based on the available evidence plus your previous experience and knowledge. Inference involves reading between the lines of a text.

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.

Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by discussing their favourite words and phrases.

Develop positive attitudes to reading and understanding of what they read by discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination.

  • Victorian phrase cards (two sizes)
  • Victorian phrase definitions cards (two sizes)
  • Victorian phrases worksheets
  • Victorian phrases answer sheets
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