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.
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 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.