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Comprehension - worksheets

This page on comprehension begins with development of reading, and moves to writing and the understanding of the written word. All reading relies on comprehension to enjoy and understand the written word. It is also essential to ensure that children increase their spoken and written vocabulary. Comprehension exercises ensure that this is developed and that children get the most out of their reading. It is good if children can be encouraged to question and analyse any passage whether in a book, on the computer, Kindle or any other electronic device that they might read. The papers below help develop all of the above skills as well as hopefully giving children enjoyment!

When reading a story to children it is always useful for adults to ask children a couple of questions about the book. For example, 'Did you enjoy that story?' or  'Would you like to go into space?... go to the seaside?', or other question relevant to the storyline. Children usually ask questions incessantly so try encouraging them to use this as a method of developing comprehension.

See also:
Comprehension worksheets at Key stage 3 (KS3)
Comprehension eBook
Comprehension activities

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 Tips on comprehension
Tips on comprehension
 Help your child with reading comprehension
Help your child with reading comprehension
 Help with comprehension
Help with comprehension

Comprehension Key stage 1 (KS1)

 English exercise for ks1
English exercise for ks1
 KS1 English revision paper - Giant
KS1 English revision paper - Giant
 Hetty Hen the teacher
Hetty Hen the teacher
 Mummy and Poppy -comprehension
Mummy and Poppy -comprehension
 Learning to write in sentences
Learning to write in sentences
 Surprise KS1 SATS type paper
Surprise KS1 SATS type paper
 Comprehension on swimming and exercises
Comprehension on swimming and exercises
 Jack and the beanstalk with comprehension
Jack and the beanstalk with comprehension

It may be necessary to spend some time to discuss ideas before starting work! This is fun and the children feel very proud of the outcomes. 'Help your child with comprehension' is written to give parents suggestions, explanations and information as to how children will be expected to work in school. Developing comprehension and understanding needs to be approached in a logical and varied manner. All the pages featured here include some ideas to help and inspire your child.

 Understanding picture and text Year 1
Understanding picture and text Year 1
 Can you put the pictures in order?
Can you put the pictures in order?
 Sequencing with the aid of pictures
Sequencing with the aid of pictures
 Tell the story of the pictures
Tell the story of the pictures
 Reading and questions for KS1
Reading and questions for KS1
 Key stage 1 reading tasks
Key stage 1 reading tasks
 Rainbows revision passage
Rainbows revision passage
 Teaching comprehension
Teaching comprehension
 Year 2 reading test
Year 2 reading test
 KS1 English revision comprehension
KS1 English revision comprehension
 Marty and the snowman- comprehension
Marty and the snowman- comprehension
 Key stage 1 English paper The seashore
Key stage 1 English paper The seashore
 Working with others
Working with others
 Comprehension Winnie-the-Pooh Year 2
Comprehension Winnie-the-Pooh Year 2
 Lost sheep
Lost sheep
 The tortoise and the hare-comprehension
The tortoise and the hare-comprehension
 The Emperor's new clothes-comprehension
The Emperor's new clothes-comprehension
 The space adventure comprehension
The space adventure comprehension
 The enchanted forest KS1 comprehension
The enchanted forest KS1 comprehension
 Florence Nightingale - Y2 comprehension
Florence Nightingale - Y2 comprehension
 Comprehension on railways for Year 2
Comprehension on railways for Year 2
 Year 1 comprehension and words
Year 1 comprehension and words
 KS1 comprehension and preposition
KS1 comprehension and preposition
 Can you name these pictures?
Can you name these pictures?
 Comprehension & question paper for Year 2
Comprehension & question paper for Year 2
 Zoo Girl - thoughts on being alone
Zoo Girl - thoughts on being alone
 Sometimes by Rebecca Elliott
Sometimes by Rebecca Elliott
 One way the tortoise got his shell
One way the tortoise got his shell
 The lost kitten comprehension & thoughts
The lost kitten comprehension & thoughts
 Frog information comprehension
Frog information comprehension
 Comprehension & spellings on adventure KS1
Comprehension & spellings on adventure KS1
 Let's build a house comprehension KS1
Let's build a house comprehension KS1
 Comprehension on bread KS1
Comprehension on bread KS1
 Comprehension on the weather for KS1
Comprehension on the weather for KS1
 A special present comprehension
A special present comprehension
 Nasreddin comprehension
Nasreddin comprehension
 Nasreddin goes shopping comprehension KS1
Nasreddin goes shopping comprehension KS1
 Nasreddin and the beggar comprehension KS1
Nasreddin and the beggar comprehension KS1
 Comprehension on Lucky Town
Comprehension on Lucky Town
 Robin Hood and Friar Tuck paper
Robin Hood and Friar Tuck paper
 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
 Thoughts on the Frog Prince
Thoughts on the Frog Prince
 Brooms KS1 comprehension
Brooms KS1 comprehension
 R L  Stevenson poetry comprehension Y 2
R L Stevenson poetry comprehension Y 2
 My very own garden comprehension
My very own garden comprehension
 The pirate's treasure comprehension
The pirate's treasure comprehension
 The first clothes comprehension
The first clothes comprehension

We have arranged these passages as graded comprehension to help you find an appropriate level for your child.

 How does it grow- comprehension
How does it grow- comprehension
 The boy and the llama
The boy and the llama
 
 The sled race-KS2 comprehension
The sled race-KS2 comprehension
 Why does the sky look so far away
Why does the sky look so far away
 Chipmunk and the animals Key stage 2 comprehension
Chipmunk and the animals Key stage 2 comprehension

Comprehension Key stage 2 (KS2)

Remember age groups may overlap. It is always a good idea to start with a passage which is easy. This builds confidence and stimulates interest.

 Beethoven comprehension
Beethoven comprehension
 How eclipses occur
How eclipses occur
"How to make" comprehension
 Meerkats worksheet
Meerkats worksheet
 Comprehension Midsummer Night's Dream Y5
Comprehension Midsummer Night's Dream Y5
 Comprehension on John Masefield poems
Comprehension on John Masefield poems
 Comprehension The Owl & the Pussycat Y5
Comprehension The Owl & the Pussycat Y5
 Helping comprehension Year 4
Helping comprehension Year 4
 Comprehension skills for KS2
Comprehension skills for KS2
 Comprehension for KS2 light bulb
Comprehension for KS2 light bulb
 April Fools' Day KS2 English revision
April Fools' Day KS2 English revision
 English topics for revision key stage 2
English topics for revision key stage 2
 English thoughts for revision at KS2
English thoughts for revision at KS2
 Brighten up your writing
Brighten up your writing
 English comprehension for level 3 SATS
English comprehension for level 3 SATS
 Reading task for Year 5 - nose bleeds
Reading task for Year 5 - nose bleeds
 KS2 English comprehension and essay revision
KS2 English comprehension and essay revision
 Books are great
Books are great
 Comprehension Key stage 2 Erastus
Comprehension Key stage 2 Erastus
 Carving your way to fame
Carving your way to fame
 Year 3 English practice
Year 3 English practice
 The thunderstorm
The thunderstorm
 Revision English KS2 comprehension
Revision English KS2 comprehension
 Year 3 comprehension
Year 3 comprehension
 Year 4 optional reading task
Year 4 optional reading task
 Comprehension for KS2 three men
Comprehension for KS2 three men
 Sample English 11+paper
Sample English 11+paper
 Wild stories-comprehension
Wild stories-comprehension
 English questions for 11
English questions for 11
 Comprehension passages
Comprehension passages
 Comprehension 1 with inferred questions
Comprehension 1 with inferred questions
 Comprehension passages for Year 6
Comprehension passages for Year 6
 Sumerians and comprehension
Sumerians and comprehension
 Comprehension passages Year 6 no 3
Comprehension passages Year 6 no 3
 Comprehension passages for Year 6 no 2
Comprehension passages for Year 6 no 2
 Tips on comprehension
Tips on comprehension
 Coastguards comprehension
Coastguards comprehension
 Comprehension - factual writing
Comprehension - factual writing
 Comprehension - Owl and the pussycat
Comprehension - Owl and the pussycat
 Waiting - Year 3 and 4 comprehension
Waiting - Year 3 and 4 comprehension
 Comprehension Years 3 & 4 - Family
Comprehension Years 3 & 4 - Family
 Trouble in the kitchen at Jupiter
Trouble in the kitchen at Jupiter
 Goldilocks and the Three Bears 2
Goldilocks and the Three Bears 2
 Comprehension factual writing Years 3/4
Comprehension factual writing Years 3/4
 Pirates - comprehension
Pirates - comprehension
 Constellations
Constellations
 The Twelve Labours of Heracles
The Twelve Labours of Heracles
 How the whale got his throat comprehension
How the whale got his throat comprehension
 The Secret Garden comprehension
The Secret Garden comprehension
 Comprehension Y6 Way through the woods
Comprehension Y6 Way through the woods
 Comprehension butterflies Year 5
Comprehension butterflies Year 5
 The Thief Year 5 & 6 comprehension
The Thief Year 5 & 6 comprehension
 Reading comprehension spiders KS2
Reading comprehension spiders KS2
 The rainmaker comprehension for KS2
The rainmaker comprehension for KS2
 Comprehension on penguins
Comprehension on penguins
 Baboons comprehension
Baboons comprehension
 Comprehension Alice in Wonderland KS2
Comprehension Alice in Wonderland KS2
 Comprehension symbols at Olympic Games
Comprehension symbols at Olympic Games
 Owls Year 5 comprehension
Owls Year 5 comprehension
 Kidnapped Year 6 comprehension
Kidnapped Year 6 comprehension
 Comprehension How the camel KS2
Comprehension How the camel KS2
 Nonsense poems Lear + comprehension
Nonsense poems Lear + comprehension
 Poster for comprehension stages
Poster for comprehension stages
 Timmy in space comprehension Y3
Timmy in space comprehension Y3
 Coastline comprehension and grammar
Coastline comprehension and grammar
 Lost comprehension and story
Lost comprehension and story
 Comprehension on a poem and questions
Comprehension on a poem and questions
 Cycles comprehension
Cycles comprehension

 

 How the fir tree became the Xmas tree
How the fir tree became the Xmas tree
 Little Piccola's first Xmas Y6 comprehension
Little Piccola's first Xmas Y6 comprehension
 The Little Shepherd Y3 & 4 comprehension
The Little Shepherd Y3 & 4 comprehension
 Comprehension on London Zoo
Comprehension on London Zoo
 Treasure in the house Y4 comprehension
Treasure in the house Y4 comprehension
 
 Comprehension on the Olympics Y3 and 4
Comprehension on the Olympics Y3 and 4
 
 Comprehension a boring man Y3 and 4
Comprehension a boring man Y3 and 4
 
 Girl who got bigger comprehension Y5 and 6
Girl who got bigger comprehension Y5 and 6
 Famous Britons reading comprehension Y3
Famous Britons reading comprehension Y3
 Reading a map
Reading a map
 Reading comprehension playground signs Y3
Reading comprehension playground signs Y3
 Short comprehension passages 1 Y3 & 4
Short comprehension passages 1 Y3 & 4
 Thoughts on The Owl and the Pussycat Y6
Thoughts on The Owl and the Pussycat Y6
 Comprehension passages for Years 5 and 6
Comprehension passages for Years 5 and 6
 The story of Tom Thumb comprehension
The story of Tom Thumb comprehension
 Comprehension passages for Years 3 and 4
Comprehension passages for Years 3 and 4
 Fact or opinion
Fact or opinion
 Comprehension on a new popular hobby
Comprehension on a new popular hobby
 Think about this story called the monster
Think about this story called the monster
 Comprehension on prawns and shrimps
Comprehension on prawns and shrimps
 Comprehension hat maker and monkeys KS2
Comprehension hat maker and monkeys KS2
 Ancient civilisations comprehension for Year 6
Ancient civilisations comprehension for Year 6
 Comprehension symbols at Olympic Games
Comprehension symbols at Olympic Games
 Comprehension on facts
Comprehension on facts
 Comprehension on piracy
Comprehension on piracy
 Fish and sea creatures
Fish and sea creatures
 Comprehension on use of lighthouses
Comprehension on use of lighthouses
 Comprehension on Androcles
Comprehension on Androcles
 Comprehension on Inigo Jones
Comprehension on Inigo Jones
 Wars of the Roses and comprehension
Wars of the Roses and comprehension
 
 The Christmas card comprehension
The Christmas card comprehension
 
 Santa Claus does not forget
Santa Claus does not forget
 
 Comprehension on shopping
Comprehension on shopping
 Hobbies - thoughts and questions
Hobbies - thoughts and questions
 Comprehension for KS2
Comprehension for KS2
 Comprehension Five Children and It Year 4
Comprehension Five Children and It Year 4
 Know your fruit comprehension
Know your fruit comprehension
 Goldilocks and life today
Goldilocks and life today
 Big Ben questions KS2
Big Ben questions KS2
 Sir Walter Raleigh comprehension KS2
Sir Walter Raleigh comprehension KS2
 R L  Stevenson poetry comprehension Y 4 & 5
R L Stevenson poetry comprehension Y 4 & 5
As they get older, it is a good idea to encourage the use of dictionaries and thesauruses, and even Google for research. Please see the Grammar and spelling pages for additional worksheets.The following passages are designed to extend a child's thought processes, increase their reading ability and ensure that they have a good grasp and knowledge of English. Please see also the English revision and test papers as these include comprehension.
 The art of shopping
The art of shopping
 The princess and the pea
The princess and the pea
 The bat and the weasel
The bat and the weasel
 Boy by Roald Dahl + Comprehension
Boy by Roald Dahl + Comprehension
 Year 3 optional English reading paper
Year 3 optional English reading paper
 A Pacific island
A Pacific island
 Mercury and the axe-comprehension
Mercury and the axe-comprehension
 Short comprehension passages for Year 6
Short comprehension passages for Year 6
 KS2 English SATS-type Animals
KS2 English SATS-type Animals
 Year 6 English revision paper a
Year 6 English revision paper a
 Year 6 English revision paper b
Year 6 English revision paper b
 Play: The mouse wedding
Play: The mouse wedding
 Comprehension on raccoons KS2
Comprehension on raccoons KS2
 Comprehension on Achilles
Comprehension on Achilles
 Gulliver comprehension KS2
Gulliver comprehension KS2
 Birds of a feather comprehension KS2
Birds of a feather comprehension KS2

Reading stories to children helps concentration and imagination. We have included some fiction passages from well known books to encourage reading and understanding.Many of these include comprehension passages and tests. More on the Using the library pages and on the Worksheet Finder.

 Harry Potter
Harry Potter
 The machine gunners
The machine gunners
 Lord of the flies
Lord of the flies
 Charlotte's web
Charlotte's web
 The wreck of the Zanzibar
The wreck of the Zanzibar
 Bill's new frock
Bill's new frock
 Charlie and the chocolate factory
Charlie and the chocolate factory
 Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger
 Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky
 Katie Morag
Katie Morag
 Grandpa Chatterji
Grandpa Chatterji
 Goodnight Mr Tom
Goodnight Mr Tom
 Tom's midnight garden
Tom's midnight garden
 Anthony Browne
Anthony Browne
 Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
 Carrie's War
Carrie's War
 Alice in Wonderland topic
Alice in Wonderland topic
 The midnight fox
The midnight fox
 The angel of Nitshill Road
The angel of Nitshill Road
 Boy by Roald Dahl + Comprehension
Boy by Roald Dahl + Comprehension
 Aesop's fables
Aesop's fables
 Kit's wilderness
Kit's wilderness
 The adventures of Tom Sawyer
The adventures of Tom Sawyer
 The Railway Children
The Railway Children
 There's a boy in the girls' bathroom
There's a boy in the girls' bathroom

 

Comprehension worksheets at Key stage 3 (KS3)

Record Breaking Comprehension Year 3 (Guinness World Records)

This is a series that will be thoroughly enjoyed by children - far from the dry texts sometimes associated with comprehension. The Guinness Book of Records is always hugely popular with children, who love to marvel at the strange and wonderful facts it includes.The Year 3 book includes Largest Human Wheelbarrow Race, Deepest Underwater Postbox and Heaviest Car Balanced on the Head! The series is carefully graded to ensure progression and each book has an accompanying teacher's book. The layout of each book follows the same pattern, so the comments apply to the whole series.  Record Breaking Comprehension: Teacher's Book Year 3 (Guinness World Records)

Record Breaking Comprehension Year 4 (Guinness World Records)

Reading comprehension is a vital skill that all children (and adults) need. These stimulating books cover the full range of non-fiction genres, including biography, autobiography, journalistic writing, reports, argument and narrative. I mentioned adults earlier - the content and layout of these books are such that they could also be used with adults and older children with reading difficulties. Record Breaking Comprehension: Teacher's Book Year 4 (Guinness World Records)

Record Breaking Comprehension Year 5 (Guinness World Records)

Each of the books in the series starts with some basic strategies to help with comprehension, and this shows exactly how to use the book and where and how to look for the answers in the texts. The books make excellent use of colour without it being overwhelming and each text has a colour illustration to make it more appealing. The questions are split into three sections: On Your Marks requires a factual answer from the text; Get Set asks for a more detailed answer; and Go For Gold includes inferrential answers. Finally, there is Beyond the Record, which encourages further thinking and offers extension activities. Record Breaking Comprehension: Teacher's Book Year 5 (Guinness World Records)

Record Breaking Comprehension Year 6 (Guinness World Records)

An excellent series which, with the accompanying Teacher's Guides, will merit a place in every classroom. It will be equally useful at home, as the texts give the adult the opportunity to discuss the answers with the child and I can guarantee you will both find this a very enjoyable exercise which will hardly seem like learning - and yet a vital skill will be reinforced. How about Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Mohandas Gandhi for an intriguing title? After reading the text, students are encouraged to find out about the life of the great leader - the extension activities are an excellent idea. Record Breaking Comprehension: Teacher's Guide Year 6 (Guinness World Records)
 

Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension, Year 1 by Charlotte Makhlouf

Subtitled "Engaging Stories and Activities to Develop Comprehension Skills" this series does just what it says! The useful introduction explains the rationale behind the series and explains why it is vital for children to understand what they are reading. As is appropriate for children in Year 1, the activities in this book are all based on understanding and interpreting the information given in pictures - the pictures include text elements. For each picture, there are 'Yes or No' questions; questions to be answered with sentences; and extension work. The pictures and lively and engaging and can be used as the basis for further discussion.

 

Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension, Year 2 by Charlotte Makhlouf

This book moves the child'd learning forward - there are passages to read with questions to answer, word work exercises and extension activities. This is what Brilliant Books say about this series "The importance of being able to read for meaning should never be underestimated. The ability to decode text is not enough. It is vital that children understand what they are reading. More importantly, it is fundamental that they enjoy what they are reading, so that they grow up to become lifelong readers. The passages in the Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension series are designed to do just that. They provide children with a variety of engaging, enjoyable texts that will grab their attention, and indeed their teacher's attention as well. The passages begin in Year 1 with simple picture comprehension. They gradually increase in difficulty as you progress though the book, and through the series, encouraging children to develop their ability to read for meaning and use a range of strategies for decoding the text. Tasks range from simple factual recall and vocabulary work to more open-ended questions enabling the reader to provide a more personal response. The cross-curricular activities provide a wealth of ideas for extending the passages further and are ideal for fast-finishers. The Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension series provides an invaluable resource for assessing pupils' progress in reading, while helping them to develop their love of reading at the same time."

Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension, Year 3 by Charlotte Makhlouf

In Year 3, children move on to longer passages - the passages are well-chosen to give children a lively and entertaining read. A variety of forms is again in evidence - poetry, newspaper reports and non fiction all have their place. Busy parents and teachers will be pleased to know that every book includes answers! Having a series like this is excellent for parents. So often, parents are not quite sure what level their child is at, so a series gives them the opportunity to work through and find out exactly which level suits their child, and then to move on to the next step confident in the knowledge that the passages are giving an excellent progression. This factor makes the books valuable for home educators too.

Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension, Year 4 by Charlotte Makhlouf

Progression is assured with the longer passages in this book for Year 4. Again, there is plenty of variety and the passages are enlivened by amusing illustrations. There are questions, word work and extension activities - the latter provide an excellent opportunity for differentiation in the calssroom or more extensive homework activities. The books don't stand in isolation, any more than comprehesnion itself does. I am really impressed by the cross-curricular activities which feature in every book. For every comprehension, there are a whole range of associated activities, making it easy for the teacher (or home educator) to integrate the activities into day-to-day learning. These highlight the fact that comprehension is not just an 'English' subject - comprehension of texts is essential for every aspect of life.

 

Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension, Year 5 by Charlotte Makhlouf

Take a look at www.brilliantpublications.co.uk, where you can download sample pages from the books and purchase them. By Year 5, children are reading substantial texts and in this book the majority of the passages are two A4 pages in length. Again, the range is wide - playscripts, letters are diaries are featured. The passages are invariably lively and interesting - good reads in themselves! The pages of the books may be photocopied by the purchasing institution for classroom use. At Parents in Touch, we are very aware of the need to make comprehension interesting, which is why we have such a huge range of comprehension exercises available; this series fulfils the same aim of providing a wide range of differing texts which are sure to appeal to children.

Brilliant Activities for Reading Comprehension, Year 6 by Charlotte Makhlouf

In Year 6, children need plenty of experience of wide-ranging texts, to ensure they approach any form of reading with confidence. There is, once again, a selection of lively and appealing texts (including poems, newspaper reports and letters) with accompanying questions (and answers). Each title in the series includes an outline of the National Literacy Strategy which shows how the activities in the books fulfil the expected criteria. All in all, this is an excellent series - I am very impressed and convinced that it is a great resource for teachers and parents.

 

 
 
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