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The pack contains a set of comprehension exercises covering all 15 chapters of the book. The activities are presented in two different formats: the first format consists of handy A4 worksheets which the pupils work on. Each A4 worksheet includes a reading challenge extension task. The second format requires the pupils to write the answers in their exercise books, and as there are 2 question sheets per A4 sheet this means the question sheets can be easily cut in half and stuck into the pupils’ books if required.

Each comprehension worksheet has a range of different questions, with 20 marks available (allowing for a % score to be made too!). I have tried to design questions which allow success for less able children but with challenging, higher order questions for above average pupils. Harder questions are signified by being awarded extra marks (up to 3 marks as in the SATs and key stage tests). Each comprehension has a learning objective in line with Year 3/4 National Curriculum objectives and requires the reading of one, two or three chapters of the book (most chapters are small).

The worksheets are are all written in Word, so can be easily adapted – for instance you could also add your own questions, objectives etc.

There are various ways to use this resource, including

As part of a shared reading session, with the pupils completing the written tasks after discussion and analysis of the text as a class or group.

As independent written tasks for the rest of the class, while the teacher is reading with a smaller group.

As an additional, ready-made resource to support the study of George’s Marvellous Medicine as a Unit of Work / class book.

As a stand-alone, independent reading activity / assessment.

As a useful teacher prompt/ discussion leader when doing a guided read.


I have also included five SPAG activities which are based on the first 6 chapters. They include practice in proof reading, verb tenses, spelling and questions based on SATS format.

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Last Update: 4th February 2021
Released: 21st January 2021