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Comprehension - Inference
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Comprehension - Inference

Our quiz introduces KS1 children in Year 2 to inference. It can also be played by pupils that have just begun Year 3. There will be a sentence and then they are to answer questions on what they have read from inferring or assuming. This will enhance their comprehension, literacy and English language skills as suggested in the National Curriculum.

Sometimes we can understand how somebody is feeling, not because they say ‘I’m sad’ but because of what they say, like ‘I fell over.’ This is called inferring. Use your detective skills on the following questions.

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1.
'Tammy called Harry's house phone and there was no answer but when she drove past the house all the lights were on.' What can we infer from this?
That Harry doesn't own a phone.
That Tammy is ignoring Harry.
That Harry is ignoring Tammy.
That Harry isn't in.
In this one, we would assume that Harry is in because he has left the lights on and he is ignoring Tammy's calls.
2.
"My hand shook as I fed the tiger." How does this character feel?
Excited
Happy
Nervous
Sad
We can tell by the character's actions that they are nervous. People normally shake when they are worried or cold.
3.
'Annie went upstairs whilst Fred was in the kitchen. All of a sudden she heard a bang and a thud.' What do you think has happened?
Fred joined her upstairs.
Fred left the house.
Annie left the house.
Fred fell over.
The sounds suggest he hurt himself.
4.
'She honked her horn.' What can we say about this character?
She is excited.
She is impatient.
She is worried.
She is scared.
You should only honk a car horn to warn of oncoming danger, not because somebody has annoyed you.
5.
"Put that down right now!" How would this character be speaking?
Whispering
Shouting
Crying
Laughing
The exclamation mark tells us how this would be said.
6.
"No I don't eat meat." What can we call this person?
Silly
Strange
Vegetarian
Meat-eater
If somebody doesn't eat meat, they are a vegetarian. Sometimes, people choose to not eat meat but might still eat fish and they are called pescatarians.
7.
'He got out of the taxi and ran towards the airport gate as fast as he could.' What can we assume?
He didn't pay for the taxi.
He is late for his flight and worried he might miss it.
He arrived early.
He is travelling to a great country.
The busiest airport in the world is in America. They work this out by counting how many people go through and land at that airport.
8.
'"I'm not lying," said the girl, with a smile.' Is she lying?
No
Yes
Only about one thing.
Only about smiling.
Because she is smiling, her actions are giving her away.
9.
'When she walked through the door, there were feathers everywhere and her dog sitting on the sofa.' What has happened?
The dog has ripped open her cushions.
The dog has been watching television.
The dog has found a new owner.
The dog likes ketchup.
Did you know dogs have dreams?
10.
"Can I have some more?" What does this suggest?
That he is full up.
That he is really hungry.
That he is allergic to the food.
That he is on a diet.
Did you know that chocolate was once used as a currency?
Author:  Finola Waller

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