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Comprehension Monday 1st February 2021

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Read through the following text twice before trying to answer the questions.


The shop from nowhere arrived with the dawn on a crisp November morning.

Word travelled quickly around the village, and by midday the place was abuzz with rumour and hearsay.

“There were four shops in the row yesterday. Today there are five!”

“Did you hear? It sits between the butcher’s and the ironmonger’s…”

“The brickwork is black as midnight, and it sparkles strangely in the light!”

By evening time, a curious crowd had begun to gather around the mysterious building. They jostled for position and traded strange and wonderful theories about where the shop had come from and what it might sell, all the while hoping to catch a glimpse of movement through the darkened windows.

The shop was indeed built from bricks the colour of midnight, bricks that shimmered and sparkled under the glow of the gas streetlamps. Blocking the doorway was a golden gate so fine and intricate that some wondrous spider might have spun it. Over the windows, curling letters spelled out a name: The Nowhere Emporium.


Now you have read it twice, have a go at answering the following questions independently. Use the format that has been set up for you on Purple Mash. 


Please answer using full sentences.


  1.  R - What month did this take place?
  2.  R - Which shops does the Emporium sit between?
  3.  R - What is described as 'black as midnight'?
  4.  I – How do you think the people are feeling about the new shop?
  5.  C - Can you write a definition for 'intricate'?


Home learners please could you submit your answers on by using the 2do template on Purple Mash.