Developing Reading Comprehension Skills Years 5–6: Contemporary Childrenʼs Literature

Contains 12 high quality extracts from modern children’s stories and is perfect preparation for ensuring children develop the skills needed for the KS2 SATs and 11+ Reading Comprehension papers. Look inside.

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Each of the 12 extracts from contemporary children’s literature is accompanied by eight sets of questions based on the Key Stage 2 (KS2) Reading Content Domains and National Curriculum. This book provides opportunities to tackle more complex vocabulary, explore how authors use language to impact their readers and develop endurance for longer passages.

The clear structure and the author’s passion for literature make Developing Reading Comprehension Skills Years 5-6: Contemporary Children’s Literature invaluable for everyone working with pupils in Years 5 and 6. Support for teachers and parents is built in with guidance for how to teach the different question types, plus suggestions for embedding these texts in the wider English curriculum.

This series is suitable for new and recently qualified teachers as well as those who are more experienced and wanting to expand the range of texts they use. If you’re looking for a comprehensive resource to enhance reading provision and teaching in your classroom or to support home education, this is exactly what you need. Look for other books in the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series. This book contains extracts from the following contemporary novels:

  • The Invasion of Crooked Oak by Dan Smith
  • Darwin’s Dragons by Lindsay Galvin
  • Lori and Max and the Book Thieves by Catherine O’Flynn
  • Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll
  • Dragon Mountain by Katie and Kevin Tsang
  • October, October by Katya Balen
  • The Mask of Aribella by Anna Hoghton
  • The Haunting of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes
  • A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll
  • The Hungry Ghost by H.S. Norup
  • The Vanishing Trick by Jenni Spangler
  • Asha and the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan

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1 review for Developing Reading Comprehension Skills Years 5–6: Contemporary Childrenʼs Literature

  1. missnix (verified owner)

    A great resource. Super choice of extracts- very up-to-date too- and comprehensive materials for questioning, covering all comprehension skills taught at this level.

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Read this descriptive extract, with a hint of magic, from October, October by Katya Balen


Use these questions to explore the vocabulary used in October, October.


Turn detective and look for clues in the text to support your answers to these inference questions.


Answer these questions on the author's use of language to develop your skills in recognising figurative language and descriptive phrases.


Try this KS2 lesson plan for developing inference skills from the author Kate Heap


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