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Reading Comprehension KS2 – Wild West Idiom Worksheets

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This Wild West idioms KS2 pack is a fun and interactive way to practise reading inference skills. For example, if someone in the Wild West is ‘stringing a whizzer’ it means they’re telling a tall tale.

Children can use these reading comprehension worksheets to enhance their writing by adding idioms or extra detail to stories which take place in historical settings.

Idiom meaning

Idioms are expressions or phrases with double meanings. Use them if you want to exaggerate or emphasise something.

Wild West idiom examples

Above snakes - Not dead underground

Don’t have a tail feather left - Penniless

Go boil your shirt - Go away

Sawbones - A doctor

Inference meaning

Inference is about drawing a conclusion based on the available evidence plus your previous experience and knowledge. It 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.

  • Wild West phrase cards (two sizes)
  • Wild West phrase definition cards (two sizes)
  • Wild West phrases worksheets
  • Wild West phrases answer sheets
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