Year 6 Reading Challenge

Hi Year 6,

Here are your reading challenges for this half term. Please complete the challenge on paper and hand it to Miss Sahin, ensuring your name is on it. I will be considering the presentation, spelling, punctuation, grammar and handwriting of your responses when choosing a Challenge Winner.



Your challenge is to identify the audience and purpose of this piece of writing. You need to fully explain your decisions by picking out the features, giving examples from the text, and explaining what effect they create. You should find at least four features to discuss.

The moon was unusually bright and an unnatural light hung in the clouds. The night was grey. The large derelict house loomed over her. Sarah felt threatened. At that moment she realised that she was alone. For the first time ever, no friends, no family were there to tell her it was going to be ok. There she stood, staring into the whole in the ground that just opened up before her like a sinkhole to hell. All was quiet…all was still. Was that a footstep she heard behind her? Sarah took baby steps closer, being careful not to lose her sure footing. Shuffling as close as she dared to, she peered cautiously into the hole. All was black. The abyss that she faced appeared bottomless. She shuddered as she thought about the darkness. It made her feel uneasy and frightened. However, this is not what Sarah should have feared… Much more concerning was the hooded figure staring back at her… 



Your challenge is to compare the effectiveness and quality of two pieces of writing. You need to pick out features and writer’s tricks and explain how they affect the reader. Give examples and use this information to say which is more effective.

Text 1: The family were really scared. There might have been someone in their house. They looked around the room.  They went upstairs and looked around. They got to the bedroom door. They didn’t know what they would find. The opened the door and were shocked. The window was wide open. Rushing towards it, they saw a man going into the forest.

Text 2: The family were terrified. Was there someone in their house? Panic. Frantically, they searched the room before also going to check upstairs. Nerves crept up them as they approached the bedroom door and for some reason the air suddenly felt suffocating and panic began to invade their minds. The door creaked open. Fear was followed rapidly by shock. The window was wide open. Rushing over, they got there just in time to see a dark-hooded figure disappear into the forest.



Below is an information text about rainforests. Your challenge is to convert this piece of writing, from a text to inform, into a text to persuade. You must try and persuade the reader not to chop down the rainforest. I want to see lots of persuasive devices in your writing.

  • Rainforests have evolved over millions of years. They are very complex environments and upsetting one part of that environment can have destructive consequences.
  • Rainforests represent a store of living and breathing renewable natural resources. They are rich in animal and plant species. They also provide a wealth of resources for the survival and well-being of humankind. These resources have included basic food supplies, clothing, shelter, fuel, spices, industrial raw materials, and medicine.
  • Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface. They now cover only 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rain forests could be consumed in less than 40 years. One and one-half acres of rain forest are lost every second.
  • More than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest. That is why the Amazon Rainforest is sometimes called the “Lungs of the Planet”.
  • More than half of the world’s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rain forests. However, nearly half of the world’s species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next quarter century due to rainforest destruction.
  • At least 3000 fruits are found in the rain forests.
  • The number of species of fish in the Amazon exceeds the number found in the entire Atlantic Ocean.


Good luck everyone, I look forward to reading your Challenge entries, Miss Sahin and Mr McCabe


6 thoughts on “Year 6 Reading Challenge

  1. SILVER:
    The first text is less interesting because it has used less writers tricks. In the first text for the first sentence, it says ‘the family was really scared’ which is not using any powerful adjectives and that sentence is real boring. The second text has a more effective sentence beacause it has a more better adjective and its short whereas the other sentence was quite long.
    The last sentence of the first text is really boring because it says ‘they saw a man going into the forest’ that bores the reader because they didn’t use anything
    Powerful and its less effective. The second text is really effective because it uses a powerful adjective which is ‘ dark-hooded figure’ and that is more effective and it is a powerful adjective.


  2. Gold:
    Dear reader,
    I am writing to inform you that you can’t chop down trees from the forest. Did you know that 2,500 acres of rainforest are being destroyed every sing hour? In every 20 minutes an area of rainforest the size of New York’s Central Park is destroyed. The rainforest is like the home of oxygen. Do you want that to be lost?

    I think people should stop cutting down trees because one tree cut down is like a animal dying. Imagine if your home was lost you wouldn’t like it. So do you think animals like it? No. Animals will become endangered species. They could die an become extinct. Do you want that to happen? If people start building houses animals will not know where to go and they won’t know where to live.

    My second point is there won’t be enough oxygen. Did you know in every year we breath about 740kg so that will be 740kg of oxygen gone. That is only 7 or 8 trees imagine how much oxygen we will lose If we cut down more .if you cut trees you would end up dying because there will not be any oxygen left.

    My last reason is people will lose life’s because there will not be any medicine. For example medicine vinblastine has helped several children. What happens if animals and plants become extinct or cut the children will suffer. Trees shouldn’t get cut or extinct because one animal is like a humans life.

    By omayah 😀😎😇☺️😏

  3. Bronze challenge

    The purpose of this text is to scare you and to entertain you.
    The audience of this text is for teenagers and adults but I think mainly for teenagers because it is not that scary this kind of text isn’t suitable for people under 13 years

    Reading groupe

  4. The night was grey. This is a short sentence and the effect that it gives is tension.
    Was that a footstep she heard behind her? This is a rhetical question and the effect it gives is leaving the reader thinking.
    There she stood, staring into the whole in the ground that just opened up before her like a sinkhole to hell. This is a simile because it is comparing two things.
    The moon was unusually bright and an unnatural light hung in the clouds. This is personification because it is saying the light hung in the clouds.

  5. The purpose of this text is to create mystery and suspense.This piece of text has suspense because it has short sentences, mysterious but powerful adjectives.This shows that it is obviously made to create mystery and suspense.
    Plaiza Karan

  6. I am doing the bronze challenge today then I will do silver another day then gold.
    The audience of text is an 18 and over.The reason I think this is because it has quite a lot of descriptive language.Adults like powerful language but not the type that we use, sometimes they do sometimes they don’t.This piece of text has Rhetorical questions,Lists,Powerful adjectives to describe the setting mainly.It is also all in past tense the evidence I have to support this is “At that moment she realised that she was alone.”WAS is the evidence that it was in past tense.
    I will do purpose for this text soon Miss and Sir.
    Plaiza Karan

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