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Comprehension - A Letter to the Queen (Summer of Year 1)
What colour are Alison's shoes?

Comprehension - A Letter to the Queen (Summer of Year 1)

A Letter to the Queen is one of our quizzes about comprehension. Comprehension is very important for young children to come to grips with – the sooner the better.

This quiz is for Year 1 students during the summer term or for pupils that have just begun Year 2 at KS1. A paragraph of writing will be shown at the top of the page and they are to answer questions on what they have read. You should let them refer back to the text for help.

This will aid their comprehension skills, English language and literacy as suggested in the National Curriculum.

I have written a letter to the queen and I’d like you to read it. When you have read it, answer some questions. You can look back at the letter any time to help you.

Dear Queen,

I would like to become a princess. I have worked hard at school and am now in Year 2. I have learned how to ballroom dance and can even play the recorder. I think I should be a princess because I have a wonderful pink, frilly dress and orange shoes. My hair is blonde and long and a tiara would look amazing on top of my head. I don’t really want to marry a prince but do want to live in a palace. I’ll even be happy if you just give me one of your castles. Let me know what you think.

Yours sincerely,


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Who is the letter from?
The Queen
We always say who wrote the letter at the end, with either yours sincerely, yours faithfully or kind regards.
Who is the letter addressed to?
The Queen
The Prince
The Teacher
If we don't know who we are writing a letter to, we write 'To whom it may concern'.
What kind of dress does Alison have?
A pink and orange dress.
An orange and frilly dress.
A pink and frilly dress.
A zebra print dress.
In the olden days, only men wore trousers. Nowadays, men and women can wear trousers but only women wear dresses.
What does Alison think will look good on her head?
A hat
A baseball hat
A crown
A tiara
Tiaras are worn be princesses but crowns are worn by queens.
What colour hair does Alison have?
Belle is the only Disney princess to have hazel eyes.
Why does Alison think she should be a princess?
Because she has worked really hard.
Because she has started a new job.
Because she deserves it.
Because she has blonde hair.
Alison gives a few reasons for why she should become a princess, this is called persuasion. She is trying to persuade the queen.
Why else does Alison think she should become a princess?
Because she has learned to disco dance.
Because she has learned ballet.
Because she has learned to sing.
Because she has learned to ballroom dance.
Originally ballroom dancing was for the wealthy and privileged, nowadays anyone can learn.
What other reason does Alison give for why she should be a princess?
She can sing.
She can play the recorder.
She can play the piano.
She can tap dance.
King Henry VIII played and collected recorders.
What does Alison not want to do?
Own a castle.
Marry a prince.
Wear pink.
Own orange shoes.
Prince William was born on 21st June 1982.
What does Alison say she will settle for?
Orange shoes
A reply
A castle
A prince
The country with the most castles is Germany.
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Comprehension

Author:  Finola Waller

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