When reading, we teach the children 8 different reading skills. These skills link to the 8 types of questions children will need to answer in their end of KS2 reading assessment.

The reading skills are as follows:

  • Give/explain the meaning of words in context
  • Retrieve and record information/identify key details from fiction and non-fiction.
  • Summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph
  • Make inferences from the text/explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text
  • Predict what might happen from details stated and implied
  • Identify/explain how information/narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole.
  • Identify/explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases.
  • Make comparisons within the text. 

This half term will be focussing on the following 3 skills: Give/explain the meaning of words in context, summarising the main ideas from more than one paragraph and making inferences.

Below is an example text ‘Chapter 4 of Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone’. We have attached some example questions for this extract. We have put the corresponding reading skills next to each question so you can see how questions link to the skills we teach.

Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone Chapter 4 Example Text

Year 6 Reading Questions and skills for  Harry Potter

Example Content Domain Questions

Looking for books?

Check out these recommendations for Year 6 Age 10-11

Click here to view a list of ideal summer term reads to support you in your transition to secondary school.

If you would like to choose a book to listen being read aloud, why not try Audible Stories. Here you can find Dreadnaught, The Dragon Squisher, Robinson Crusoe, The Enchanted Castle and hundreds more!

The Oak National Academy have developed a library for people to visit.   Each week, they will update the library.

Here are some recommended reads for our topic, Survival of the fittest: