English Teaching, Reading

Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series by Kate Heap (Brilliant Publications)

There are now four books available in the Developing Reading Comprehension Skills series:

Classic Children’s Literature for Years 5-6

Classic Children’s Literature for Years 3-4

Classic Poetry for Years 5-6

Classic Poetry for Years 3-4

Developing Reading Comprehension Skills is a series of eight reading comprehension books for children, focusing on high-quality literature and the full range of question types in the National Curriculum for English and assessed in the KS2 SATs and 11+ Reading Comprehension papers. This series gives children opportunities to tackle more complex vocabulary, explore how authors use language to impact their readers and develop endurance for longer passages.  

The new books for Years 3-4 provide scaffolding to support children as they begin more formal, written comprehension, encouraging them to look for evidence to support their ideas.

To support the adults using the books, each begins with guidance and strategies for teaching the eight 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 more experienced teachers looking to expand the range of texts they use. These books are incredibly useful in the classroom, for home learning and for long-term home education. Although aimed at Key Stage Two, they would also be appropriate in Key Stage Three for supporting children who have not yet reached the expected Year 6 standard.

Purchase Links – All 4 books are available from Brilliant Publications & Amazon:

Brilliant Publications website (print & e-books)

Classic Children’s Literature: Years 3-4

Classic Poetry: Years 3-4

Classic Children’s Literature: Years 5-6

Classic Poetry: Years 5-6

Amazon UK (print books)

Click on the book covers to find out more and purchase on-line from Amazon:

Amazon Canada (print books)

Classic Children’s Literature: Years 5-6

Classic Poetry: Years 5-6

Classic Children’s Literature: Years 3-4

Classic Poetry: Years 3-4

Amazon US (print books)

Classic Children’s Literature: Years 5-6

Classic Poetry: Years 5-6

Classic Children’s Literature: Years 3-4

Classic Poetry: Years 3-4

Upcoming titles: 

Contemporary FictionYears 5-6

Contemporary FictionYears 3-4

Non-fictionYears 5-6 

Non-fictionYears 3-4

Content Domain Question Types
• Vocabulary
• Retrieval
• Inference
• Summary
• Prediction
• Text Meaning
• Author’s Use of Language
• Compare & Contrast
Classic Children’s Literature: Years 3-4 Extracts
 The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter
• The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
• Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll
• The Story of Dr. Dolittle
by Hugh Lofting
• Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
• The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams
• The Magic Bedknob
by Mary Norton
• The Railway Children
by E. Nesbit
• Peter Pan
by J.M.Barrie
• The Nutcracker and the Mouse-King
by E.T.A. Hoffmann
• The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
• The Prince and the Pauper
by Mark Twain
Classic Poetry: Years 3-4 Poems
• Boats Sail on the Rivers by Christina Rossetti
• My Shadow
by Robert Louis Stevenson
• Buckingham Palace
by A.A. Milne
• The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
by Edward Lear
• A Visit from St Nicholas
by Clement Clarke Moore
• The Eagle
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
• The Bronze Legacy
by Effie Lee Newsome
• Something Told the Wild Geese
by Rachel Field
• A Bird Came Down the Walk
by Emily Dickinson
• The Cloud-Mobile
by May Swenson
• The Flower-Fed Buffaloes
by Vachel Lindsay
• Night
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Classic Children’s Literature: Years 5-6 Extracts
• Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
• The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by C S Lewis
• Swallows and Amazons
by Arthur Ransome
• The Call of the Wild
by Jack London
• The Hobbit
by J R R Tolkien
• Anne of Green Gables
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
• Black Beauty
by Anna Sewell
• The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
• The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling
• Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
• Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
by Jules Verne
• A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Classic Poetry: Years 5-6 Poems
• Night Clouds by Amy Lowell
• An Autumn Evening
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
• In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae
• Leisure by 
W.H. Davies
• In the Bleak Midwinter
by Christina Rossetti
• The Way Through the Woods
by Rudyard Kipling
• “Hope” is the Thing with Feathers
by Emily Dickinson
• The Highwayman
by Alfred Noyes
• The Listeners
by Walter de la Mare
• North of Time
by Rachel Field
• The Tyger
by William Blake
• A Musical Instrument
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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