Develop comprehension skills of non-fiction texts using our year 5 reading comprehension pack.
Pupils will read an original text by Anita Loughrey, a biography of the mathematician Katherine Johnson, and answer comprehension questions to develop vocabulary, retrieval and inference skills. Questions state which section of the text the pupils should refer to to support answering the questions. Comprehension questions about the whole text are also included to develop summarising and prediction skills and opportunities to make comparisons within texts where appropriate. All questions are linked to the content domains assessed at the end of key stage 2 for targeted question practice where needed.
This primary resource pack includes:
- Text: Katherine Johnson (illlustrated and plain versions)
- Comprehension questions about the text
- Comprehension question answer sheet
- Content domains coverage sheet
How could I use this resource?
The comprehension could be used as part of whole class or small group reading sessions, reading and discussing the questions for each section. The content domains can be used to identify question types for targeted comprehension practice.
The resource could also be used as an assessment tool, with pupils completing the reading comprehension independently.
National Curriculum English programme of study links
Pupils should be taught to understand what they read, by:
- checking that the book makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context
- asking questions to improve their understanding
- drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
predicting what might happen from details stated and implied
- summarising the main ideas drawn from more than 1 paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas
- identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning
Pupils should be taught to :
discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
distinguish between statements of fact and opinion
retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction