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Reading KS2

Week Beginning 1.12.20

Read and enjoy the poem below!!

Are there any tricky words? Use strategies to try and define them. E.G- read around the word to put it in context.


'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds;

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,

Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,

When what to my wondering eyes did appear,

But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,

With a little old driver so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;

So up to the housetop the coursers they flew

With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too!


Week Beginning 23.11.20

The following extract is from the Bear Grylls Survival Guide

Underline any words that are unfamiliar in the text. Try to define them without using a dictionary!

You could:

  • read around the word to try put it in context then make a sensible guess
  • can you use the root word to help you?
  • do you have any experience or background knowledge that could help you?
               Week beginning 16.11.20

What type of text is this? 

What features does it include?

Have you read one of these before?

What do you like and dislike about these types of text?

What do you predict these articles are about?

Week Beginning 9.11.20



Look at the image and use your inference skills to answer the following questions.

Who is in the picture?

Is in hot or cold in the mountains?

How do the campers feel?

Why have they chosen to camp in this location?