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BLOG TOUR: Comprehension Ninja!

Hey everyone, I’m back with a blog tour today. This one is perfectly suited to me as I am a Teaching Assistant so brownie points to Faye for letting me be a part of it! Speaking of which, thanks so much to Faye Rogers for organising this tour, pretty please go check her out 🙂

Today, I am reviewing a series of exercise books called ‘Comprehension Ninja’. This set of books covers all primary school years and I am focusing on the Year 2 (6-7 year olds) and Year 6 (10-11) editions today. The reason I was so excited to be a part of this blog tour is because the school I work in has invested in the ‘Vocabulary Ninja’ scheme. It is such a good resource for us so to now get my hands on a Comprehension Ninja set, well let’s just say I’m fangirling. Sad, I know, us educators enjoy this kind of thing okay!!!

I’d like to do this review from a professional perspective but also from a book nerd perspective so bear with me. I chose to review these two different year groups as they both sit their SATs so are important years in Primary school life.

Both workbooks feature:

  • 7 non-fiction curriculum-linked texts.
  • Focus on 3 key skills – Skimming/scanning, retrieving and vocabulary.
  • 8 question types.
  • Clear comprehension layouts.
  • Increasing difficulties.

I love that this book tailors questions to ensure those 3 key skills are achieved. I’ve found that children find scanning a text to be one of the hardest skills to learn. A lot of the time they’re so focused on reading every single word and by that time, they have forgotten what they’re looking for! I’m so happy that I now have a resource that encourages that skill!

Let’s talk about the 8 question types. It is so important for children to get the hang of answering SATs-like questions as I think it takes the fear away from seeing the test on the day. Here are the different formats of questions in this workbook:

  • Labelling
  • Matching
  • Fill in the gap
  • Multiple choice
  • True or False
  • Find and copy
  • Sequencing
  • Underline or highlight

These skills are essential tools not just for SATs but as life skills! I think things like multiple choice builds up resilience and confidence. I know for a fact that I will be using these workbooks for my intervention groups.

Overall, a great activity workbook with a range of different skills to work on so that children can build confidence and also their reading ability. The texts themselves are interesting and age-appropriate. They could be used for cross-curricular activities, mainly with Topic and Science.

I highly recommend these workbooks from a Teaching Assistant perspective and I would say parents would find them really useful. Especially in the current situation as a home-schooling tool.

Thank you so much for reading my review and don’t forget to check out the other stops on this blog tour! Also, remember to follow @FayerogersPR on Twitter and @BloomsburyEd for more information. There is also another set of resource books called Vocabulary Ninja if you would like to check them out!

Mel x

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