“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.” Matilda – Roald Dahl

At Clapgate we love to read! 


Reading is everywhere! Whether it is an advert of the television, a cook book, an instruction leaflet or the back of your favourite computer game. There are plenty of opportunities everyday to read. You should aim to read for at least 20 minutes everyday on top of your usual reading lessons. It could me a comic book. a fiction story, a non fiction text or you could even listen to an audio book. 

Here are some activities you could do as well as some reading comprehension. 

Thinking about the fantastics in our writing lessons, could you think about:

  • How do the character feel?
  • What are the characters saying? 
  • What can you see or what is being described in the book?
  • What are they touching and what does it feel like?
  • What actions are happening? How does this impact the reader?
  • What are they eating and what does it taste like?
  • What might they be thinking?
  • What can the characters smell? 

Reading comprehension activities 

Reading Activities 

Charlie and the chocolate factory Chapter 1.


Above is a link to the first chapter of Charlie and the chocolate factory. Above is also a picture of the chocolate room. I would like you to design your own new room that the children go into in the chocolate factory. Make it detailed and label the different areas. 

Werewolf non chronological report

Above is a non chronological report about werewolves. I would like you to read through it. Once you feel confident, I would like you to imagine that you are a news reader live on Newsround. There have been reports of Werewolves in Leeds! Write a script and then perform your report.

Book talk 

Dentist and the Crocodile by Roald Dahl

The crocodile, with cunning smile, sat in the dentist’s chair.

He said, “Right here and everywhere my teeth require repair.”

The dentist’s face was turning white. He quivered, quaked and shook.

He muttered, “I suppose I’m going to have to take a look.””I want you,” Crocodile declared, “to do the back ones first.

The molars at the very back are easily the worst.”

He opened wide his massive jaws. It was a fearsome sight––

At least three hundred pointed teeth, all sharp and shining white.

The dentist kept himself well clear. He stood two yards away.

He chose the longest probe he had to search out the decay.

“I said to do the back ones first!” the Crocodile called out.

“You’re much too far away, dear sir, to see what you’re about.

To do the back ones properly you’ve got to put your head

Deep down inside my great big mouth,” the grinning Crocky said.

The poor old dentist wrung his hands and, weeping in despair,

He cried, “No no! I see them all extremely well from here!”

Just then, in burst a lady, in her hands a golden chain.

She cried, “Oh Croc, you naughty boy, you’re playing tricks again!”

“Watch out!” the dentist shrieked and started climbing up the wall.

“He’s after me! He’s after you! He’s going to eat us all!”

“Don’t be a twit,” the lady said, and flashed a gorgeous smile.

“He’s harmless. He’s my little pet, my lovely crocodile.”

Have a read of the poem below and think about the questions:

  • What did you like?
  • What did you dislike?
  • What puzzled you?
  • What connections can you make?


Safari pug

Have a read of the Safari pug below and think about the questions:

  • What did you like?
  • What did you dislike?
  • What puzzled you?
  • What connections can you make?


Exciting books to read for pleasure 

Below are some links to books that you could read for pleasure. If you want to answer some questions about them. Look at the support for reading link below for some generic questions. 

Support for reading

World Book day books 

Tom Palmer books

David Walliam books

Library for schools