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 these are 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 activities

Comprehension Key stage 1 (KS1)

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

It may be necessary to spend some time discussing ideas before starting work. 'Teaching 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 worksheets featured here include some ideas to help and inspire your child.

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

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

As they get older, encourage the use of dictionaries and thesauruses for spelling and vocabulary. 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 princess and the pea
The bat and the weasel
Boy by Roald Dahl + Comprehension
Year 3 optional English reading paper
A Pacific island
Mercury and the axe-comprehension
Short comprehension passages for Year 6
KS2 English SATS-type Animals
Year 6 English revision paper a
Year 6 English revision paper b
Play: The mouse wedding
Comprehension on Achilles
Gulliver 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
The machine gunners
Lord of the flies
Charlotte's web
The wreck of the Zanzibar
Bill's new frock
Charlie and the chocolate factory
Katie Morag
Grandpa Chatterji
Goodnight Mr Tom
Tom's midnight garden
Anthony Browne
Hans Christian Andersen
Carrie's War
Alice in Wonderland topic
The midnight fox
The angel of Nitshill Road
Boy by Roald Dahl + Comprehension
Aesop's fables
Kit's wilderness
The adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Railway Children
There's a boy in the girls' bathroom

Comprehension worksheets at Key stage 3 (KS3)

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