Year 5 Reading comprehension worksheets by Subject

Your 11+ Prep Reading Adventure

Your 11+ Prep Reading Adventure

Reading is an 11+ preparation superpower! Each of the 40 books in our 11+ prep reading adventure has been chosen to act as a story-filled portal to new vocabulary and will help your child get to grips with challenging texts the fun way – no flashcards required!
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11+ vocabulary flashcards

11+ vocabulary flashcards

Download our free 11+ flashcards to help boost your child's vocabulary and practise for the verbal reasoning tasks of the 11+ exams.
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Year 5 English Challenge Pack

Year 5 English Challenge Pack

Challenging reading comprehensions and activities for Year 5 readers and writers, designed to stretch your child and offer them the opportunity to explore their year-group topics in greater depth.
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Book reviews activity pack

Book reviews activity pack

Help your child explore books and language with TheSchoolRun's Book reviews activity pack, a huge collection of reading comprehension and creative writing resources for Year 1 to Year 6.
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Reading comprehension: the bride

Reading comprehension: the bride

Great Expectations is a novel written by Charles Dickens in 1861. In this passage the protagonist Pip visits an old lady who lives nearby, Miss Havisham. She was abandoned at the altar by the man she was about to marry and has spent the rest of her life indoors, still wearing her wedding dress.
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Year 5 Cloze test: the ship in the storm

Year 5 Cloze test: the ship in the storm

This is a passage from Swiss Family Robinson, a novel written in 1812 by Johann David Wyss. It is about a family that get shipwrecked and have to survive on a tropical island. It is written from the point of view of the father, William. Some of the words in the text are missing. Can you complete the text by filling in one missing letter per box?
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Year 5 Cloze test: the garden party

Year 5 Cloze test: the garden party

The Garden Party is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, written in 1922. Some of the words in the text are missing. Can you complete the text by filling in one missing letter per box?
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Year 5 Cloze test: meeting Miss Havisham

Year 5 Cloze test: meeting Miss Havisham

Great Expectations is a novel by Charles Dickens about the life of boy called Pip. In this passage, he has gone to visit an old lady who was abandoned at the altar by the man she was about to marry. Miss Havisham has spent the rest of her life indoors, still wearing her wedding dress. Some of the words in the text are missing. Can you complete the text by filling in one missing letter per box?
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Reading comprehension: underwater parade

Reading comprehension: underwater parade

The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley is about a chimney-sweep called Tom who falls into a river and becomes a water baby. Read this passage and then answer the questions below.
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Reading comprehension: the ship wrecking

Reading comprehension: the ship wrecking

This is a passage from The Swiss Family Robinson, a classic novel about a family who get shipwrecked and have to survive on a tropical island. It is written from the point of view of the father, William. Read this passage and then answer the questions below.
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Reading comprehension: the garden party

Reading comprehension: the garden party

The Garden Party is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, written in 1922. This passage is about a family preparing for a party. Read the passage and then answer the questions below.
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Reading comprehension: shrinking to fit

Reading comprehension: shrinking to fit

In Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll a young girl falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world. Read this passage and then answer the questions below.
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Reading comprehension: new home

Reading comprehension: new home

Prelude is a short story by Katherine Mansfield, about a family who have moved into a new house. It was written in 1922. Read the passage and then answer the questions below.
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Reading comprehension: home to stay

Reading comprehension: home to stay

Anne of Green Gables is a classic Canadian story about an elderly brother and sister, Matthew and Marilla, who adopt an orphan girl called Anne. In this passage, Anne is about to leave home and Marilla is considering selling their farm after her brother’s death. Read the passage and then answer the questions below.
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Reading comprehension: going down the rabbit hole

Reading comprehension: going down the rabbit hole

Alice in Wonderland, written in 1865 by Lewis Carroll, is a story about a girl called Alice who falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world. Read the passage and then answer the questions below.
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Reading comprehension: foraging for food

Reading comprehension: foraging for food

This is an extract from Swiss Family Robinson, an 1812 novel about a family who are shipwrecked and have to survive on a tropical island. It is written from the point of view of the father, William. In this passage William and his oldest son, Fritz, are looking for food with their dog Turk. Read the passage and then answer the questions below.
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Reading comprehension: best friends

Reading comprehension: best friends

Anne of Green Gables, written in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, is the classic story of an orphan girl adopted by an elderly brother and sister. Read this passage about Anne making a new friend, Diana Barry, then answer the questions below.
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Reading comprehension: The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Anderson

Reading comprehension: The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Anderson

Read this extract from The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Anderson then carefully answer the questions below.
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Reading comprehension: Peter and Wendy by JM Barrie

Reading comprehension: Peter and Wendy by JM Barrie

Read this extract from Peter and Wendy by JM Barrie then carefully answer the questions.
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Reading comprehension: more Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde

Reading comprehension: more Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde

Read this second extract from The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde and then answer the questions.
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