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Year 3 reading comprehension – 12 of the best worksheets and resources for LKS2 literacy

Help boost lower Key Stage 2 children's reading ability with these activities, lessons, worksheets and ideas for teaching comprehension skills in English lessons...

  • Year 3 reading comprehension – 12 of the best worksheets and resources for LKS2 literacy

1 | Year 3 reading comprehension fiction worksheets

Each of these units focus on a different story, and are designed to support you in your teaching of inference and vocabulary. They are based on a carefully scaffolded whole-class reading approach, including multiple iterations, enabling all pupils to access even relatively challenging texts.

They feature extracts which have been annotated with running questions to help you check that children are creating accurate images in their minds, and to clarify their literal understanding (including of key vocabulary) – an essential step towards them making reasoned inferences as they read.

Click the links here to check out each resource:


2 | Y3 and 4 dictionary worksheets

These KS2 dictionary worksheets for Year 3 and 4 support children in learning to use dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read; a LKS2 curriculum aim for reading comprehension.

Activities include sorting trios of words into alphabetical order, finding the definitions of words and their page numbers and using your own dictionary to check and correct the spelling of words.

Get this resource here.


3 | Pie Corbett reading comprehension activities

There’s more to Pie Corbett’s story than first meets the eye – children will need to read closely to uncover its themes.

Read the story as a class, gather ideas, use reading comprehension to unearth the mystery, dramatise the story and write your own versions by modelling the structure and themes.

This resource includes Pie’s original short story and his accompanying activity ideas.

Download it here.


4 | Year 3 Tier 2 Words – Reading Comprehension Worksheets and Vocabulary Cards

Tier 2 words are ones which children might encounter in text but are less likely to use in everyday conversation. As these words are often unfamiliar to children, they can sometimes act as a barrier to reading. We have chosen 48 Tier 2 words for this Year 3 pack.

The Tier 2 words in this pack can be used by children to add more adventurous or formal vocabulary to their writing. The worksheets can also be used as a reading comprehension activity.

This resource pack includes word cards, definition cards, worksheets and answer sheets.

Find this resource here.


5 | Free Beano comprehension worksheets

This comic book comprehension resource is great for reluctant readers and more fluent pupils alike, helping children become familiar with narrative structures and once this knowledge is embedded it can be transferred to more stretching contexts.

It includes three Beano comic strips, three reading comprehension question worksheets, comic puzzles for working on narrative sequence and a blank comic template.

Download it here.


6 | Teaching pupils with poor comprehension skills

How do you teach children who have excellent decoding skills but weak reading comprehension?

In this article, Tony Whatmuff explains just that, saying that if weaker comprehenders neglect key strategies in the moment of reading, they won’t build basic meaning.

Read his advice here.

7 | KS2 fiction and non-fiction comprehension question cards

These comprehension cards give example questions to develop a range of comprehension skills when reading fiction texts (stories) including understanding vocabulary, retrieving information, sequencing events, making inferences based on what is said and done, predicting what might happen next and encouraging positive discussions about books that they have read.

The question cards can be used in one-to-one reading sessions, group guided or whole-class reading sessions. Parents could also use these at home when reading with their child, helping them to understand the types of questions they could ask to develop their child’s comprehension skills.

Click here for the fiction pack and here for the non-fiction pack.


8 | Roald Dahl reading comprehension lessons

Use Alison Dawkins’ three-lesson sequence, inspired by James and the Giant Peach, to develop reading fluency, comprehension and immerse the children in the joy of Roald Dahl’s language.

  • Lesson 1 looks at chapter 19 and expressive and performative reading.
  • Lesson 2 looks at character clues in chapter 20.
  • Lesson 3 looks at vocal intonation and expression reading chapter 21.

All three have opportunities for writing activities too.

Download these lessons here.


9 | Victorian idiom reading comprehension worksheets

This Victorian idioms KS2 pack is a fun and interactive way to practise inference and reading comprehension skills.

For example, did you know that if a Victorian were to say “Nanty narking” they would mean something is ‘great fun’? Learn lots more examples by using these inference worksheets.

Children can also use the knowledge they gain from the reading comprehension worksheets to enhance their writing by adding idioms or extra detail to stories which take place in historical settings.

Give it a look here.


10 | Wild West idiom reading comprehension worksheets

Alternatively, if the Wild West is more your thing, this pack takes you across the Atlantic, but otherwise will teach you all the same skills.

Get this one here.


11 | Great books for teaching reading comprehension

Looking for a book to read on teaching reading comprehension? There are a few to choose from. Thankfully, the National Literacy Trust has rounded up 10 recommendations for you and put them all in one place.

Download the list here.


12 | Discussion exercises and questions for teaching reading comprehension

Also produced by the National Literacy Trust, try these discussion exercises with your classes and CPD.

They’re designed to help to improve children’s understanding and inference abilities, as well as your own questioning skills.

Download them here.

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