English comprehension for Primary Six level. Reading excerpts and responding to questions about them to determine the level of understanding of said excerpt.


Bend, crossroads, cyclists, first aid, signal, junction, motorist, pedestrian, pavement, round-about, signpost, traffic, zebra, crossing, unconscious, faint, exhausted, puzzled.

  1. Oral sentences.
  2. What do the traffic colours show:
  3. Green——————–
  4. Red ———————
  5. Orange —————–
  6. What is the work of the traffic police?
  7. What is the first thing you would do to someone who has got an accident?
  1. Structures.

Join the sentences orally using:

  • ———————as soon as ——————–
  • I —————— immediately——————
  • No sooner ——————–
  • ———————- because——————
  1. Who are the other road users apart from drivers?
  2. Why do you think Agaba needs more information about road safety?
  3. Who says that drovers should be mindful of other road users?
  4. What is the title of the dialogue?



Accident, approaching, cyclist, crashed, regret, highway, statement, claim, mortuary, traffic , emergency, , traffic rules, motorist, pedestrians,

  1. Oral sentences.

Construction of oral sentences using the vocabulary

  1. Notice

d:  passage.


Read the passage and answer questions about it in FULL sentences.

e:  Rewrite the sentences as instructed in brackets.

  1. Malewa saw a mad dog on the road. He cried for help.  (Begin: No sooner——–)
  2. I cooked matooke. I did not eat matooke.  (Join using—–although——–)
  3. The chief arrested the thief. The police arrested the thief.  (Begin: Either———)
  4. The red dog ate the goose. (Rewrite ending—————dog.)
  5. “Water boils at 1000C,” said the teacher. (Begin: The teacher said that ———-.)



cross road                              side paths                  Highway code

round about                         first aid

accidents                               careless

traffic lights                          road humps

(a)  Read and pronounce the above vocabulary correctly.

(b)  Construct sentences using the above vocabulary.

e.g  There are many accidents at the traffic lights.

Complete the sentences below using the correct vocabulary from the above list.

  1. Pedestrians should walk along the _______so that vehicles don’t knock them.
  2. Every __________has a circular shape.
  3. If you want to study all the signs on the road, you must buy a ____________.
  4. When the ___________turned green, all the vehicles started moving.
  5. All the accident victims were given __________ before they were taken to hospital.

Structure……should always

Read the examples below.

  • We need to be aware of the Highway Code.
  • We should always be aware of the Highway Code.
  • You need to be careful when crossing the road.
  • You should always be careful when crossing the road.

Now construct five sentences using the structure ….should always….


Read the poem and answer the questions about it in full sentences.

On the Road.

From dawn to dusk,

Roads are full of different road users,

Heading to various destinations,

In the city or village.

Pedestrians trek on the pavements,

Passengers sit comfortably in taxis and buses,

As they pass by,

Trees appear as if they were running backwards,

Yet they are stationary.

Hand signals, traffic lights, indicators,

And horns are used for communication,

The red light commands the driver to stop,

Orange lights alerts him to be ready,

While the green light tells him to move forward,

With an indicator, one can make a left or right turn,

Traffic officers help to keep law and order on the road,

Smartly dressed in their uniform,

They stand at the road junctions,

Because safety on the road is for all.

Kiiza Edrine


  1. a) How many stanzas does this poem have?
  2. b) Where must pedestrians walk?
  3. c) Who is the poet?
  4. d) Why is it not advisable to cross the road while running?
  5. e) Mention any one road user in the poem.
  6. f) Which traffic light tells the drivers to move forward?
  7. g) Give another word or group of words with the same meaning as the following words

in the poem

  1. i) destination……………………..   (ii) trek ……………..    (iii)  Pedestrians ……………….
  2. h) What happens to trees as the passengers pass by?



ambulance                vehicles                      crossroads

trains                         accidents                   Highway code

planes                         side paths                  first aid road humps

Traffic lights

Give the plural form of the following

  • side path
  • vehicle
  • Highway
  • ambulance
  • train

Use the correct form of the word in brackets.

  1. It is very ____________to travel at night.(risk)
  2. Have you ever _________ a car. (to drive)
  3. You should drive __________ to avoid accidents. (slow)
  4. It is very _________to cross the road while running. (danger)
  5. That is a very __________road. (dust)

Structure ……………because ……..

Read the sentences below.

  1. David got an accident because he was driving carelessly
  2. He drove badly because he didn’t know the Highway Code.

Join the sentences below using……………..because……….

  1. Angella was knocked down. She crossed the road while running.
  2. My father didn’t drive a car. He was sick.
  3. The victims died. They did not get any first aid.
  4. The cyclists beat him. He had stolen a helmet.
  5. Moses drank a lot of water. He was very thirsty.
  6. I did not get the taxi. I woke up very late.


Causes of Road Accidents.

Study the pie-charts below and use them to answer the questions that follow in full sentences.


What is the pie-chart ‘A’ about ?

  • According to the pie-chart, what is the major cause of road accidents in Uganda?
  • What percentage of accidents is caused by drunken drivers?
  • Suggest three possible ways of reducing road accidents in Uganda.
  • What is the percentage of unqualified drivers?
  • What is pie chart B about?
  • Name all the means of transport in the pie chart.
  • Do bad roads also cause accidents?
  • Name any two causes of road accidents (i) ________ (ii) ___________
  • Complete the table below.
Road transportWater transport Air transportRailway transport


Use pie chart B to complete the above table.



opposer         point of order

argue              properser       point of inquiry

audience        speaker          point of information

debate                        timekeeper    point of educ

motion           opinion          conclude

  1. Oral discussion

-Discussing debating procedures.

  1. Notice

Read the notice and answer questions about it. (MK  bk 6 pg 57 – 58)

d:  Conversation

e: Use the correct form of the word in bracket to complete the sentence.

  1. The speaker made an ……….from the chairman. (inquire)
  2. There was an …………… between the opposers and proposers. (argue)
  3. The second proposer made a better ………… than the first one. (conclude)
  4. We expect to have a good …………. of the term. (begin)
  5. The chairman was full of ………………….to the opposers speaker. (admire)


timekeeper                            previous speaker

point of information                       current speaker

point of order                       secretary

begin                                      roles


(a)  Read and pronounce the vocabulary correctly.

(b)  Construct your own sentences using the words below

  1. point  of order
  2. debate
  3. previous
  4. timekeeper
  5. current speaker

(c)  Use the correct form of the word in brackets.

  1. Tom was allowed to raise his point of _____________(inquire)
  2. The speakers argued among ________(self)
  3. In his _________, he was very clear. (speak)
  4. The point of _________ he raised was good. (inform)
  5. _______ at school is very educative.(debate).

Structure  ……………even though ………….
Read the sentences below.

  1. She stood up even though she had no point.

Even though she had no point, she stood up.

Compare even though with although, though and but

Rewrite the following using even though…..)

  1. The motion was very educative but the audience did not like it.
  2. John spoke very well. John is in primary three.
  3. The speaker amused the audience. The chairperson did not laugh at all.
  4. Peter made a mistake. He did not apologise.
  5. The girls debated very well. They did not win the debate.

Read the following passage carefully and answer in full sentences the questions that follow.

Every week, schools in Uganda hold debates.  These debates are base on different topics called motions.  The motion to be debated is however, chosen basing on the ability and level of the class.

Last week, Kibimba Primary school held an inter-house debate.  The motion was “Technology has done more good than harm”.  Dr. Albert Cook House proposed the motion whereas Captain Lugard House opposed it.  The chief organizer of the debate was Mr. Waiswa Fred, the head of English Department at Kibimba Primary School.

At the beginning of the debate, the audience stood up and sang the National Anthem.  The chairperson, Hon. Migadde Hamuza introduced his cabinet and the speakers from propostion and opposition sides.

The chairperson warned the proposers and opposers against breaking the rules of a debate.  He also called upon the audience to participate by raising points like; point of inquiry, point information etc.

Among the people who attended the debate was Mr. Mugoya Pius, the head teacher, Kibimba Primary School.  In his speech, Mr. Mugoya thanked the teachers and pupils for being involved in debating.  ‘I am going to buy a bull for the winners and a goat besides a dictionary for the losers.” Said the headmaster.

During  the debate, the secretary  recorded the points raised by both the proposers and opposers.  The speakers argued strongly for and against the motion.

In the end, Dr. Albert Cook House won the debate and took a bull.


  1. What is the passage about?
  2. Who organized the inter-house debate according to the passage?
  • What prize did the winner get?
  1. Which house won the debate?
  2. Where do you think the debate took place?
  3. What did the audience do at the beginning of the debate?
  • Why do you think Dr. Albert Cook House won the debate?
  • What is the responsibility of Mr., Mugoya in the school?
  1. How often is the debate held in this school?
  2. Give this passage a suitable title.



  1. motion 7.  conclude
  2. opposer 8.  inquire
  3. argument 9.  rules
  4. argue 10. point of inquiry
  5. audience 11. opinion
  6. speaker
  • Read and pronounce the vocabulary correctly.
  • Construct your own sentences using the following words.
  • argument
  • motion
  • conclude
  • opinion
  • argue
  • Fill in a correct word.
  1. _____________the boys nor the girls won the debate.
  2. The pupils were warned __________escaping from school during debate time.
  3. The opposers made __________ points than the proposers.
  4. It was such an educative debate ________everybody learnt something.
  5. The boys argued and came out with a very good ____________ .
  • Use the correct form of the word in brackets.
  1. Moses always  uses ___________words in the debate.(abuse)
  2. Children learn a lot from the points of __________ (inform)
  3. Both the opposers and the proposers spoke __________(clear)
  4. We had a hot __________in the debate.(argue)
  5. They _____________a debate in their class last week.(have)

In groups of two or three, discuss the importance of debates to children.

Study the notice below and answer the questions about it in full sentences.



P.6 VS P.5


TIME: 2:15pm – 4:15 pm




Hon: Ssemujju Nathan


Hon: Nambooze Ruth


Hon: Okum Pascal


Hon: Ciconco Hope

Proposers                                                         Opposers

Hon:  Asaba Tom                                   Hon:  Akello Peace

Hon:  Bayiga  Ann                                 Hon:  Kakembo Isa

Hon:  Were Peter                                  Hon:  Musumba Salama

Main  speakers: 5min            :Floor speakers: 3min

Mr. Muzaale paddy



  1. a) What is the notice about?
  2. b) Where is the seminar held?
  3. c) How long does the seminar take?
  4. d) Who wrote the notice?
  5. e) To whom is the notice addressed?
  6. f) In which newspaper did the notice appear?
  7. g) How often is the seminar conducted?
  8. h) Give another word or group of words with the same meanings as the following words in the notice;

(i)  venue…………………

(ii)  noon ………………..

  1. i) Why do you think the above seminar is organised ?


  1. vocabulary

choose                      bargain          buy                 seller

cheap                        customer       dear                change

pack                          price               profit              fruit

foodstuffs                market

  1. Oral sentences.

-Construct oral sentences and give meanings of the new words.

  1. Structures

Join sentences using:

-Do you have, ……………..please?

– How much does/do……………..cost?



A BUSY MARKET (Mk bk 6 Pg 44 – 45)

Read the poem and answer the questions that follow in FULL sentences.

More questions.

  1. What word can be used for people who buy things in the market ?
  2. What is likely to happen if you went to the market on the day it is closed ?


At  Kamengo Market.

Sample price of items in the three stalls.

ItemLatigo’s stallKayanja’s stallOmedo’s stall
Ladies shoes15,000/=12,300/=10,500/=
Dozen exer. Books3,600/=3,600/=3,600/=
Bunch of bananas6,800/=7,000/=6,000/=
Kg of Posho @1,200/=1,400/=1,800/=
Bed sheets25,000/=20,000/=18,000/=


  1. What is the table about?
  2. Where was this table used?
  3. How many items were sampled?
  4. Who owned the stalls ?
  5. Which item was sold at the same price in all the stalls?
  6. Whose shop sold items at cheaper price than the rest ?
  7. What was the cost of a bunch of bananas and a pair of ladies shoes in Latigo’s stall ?
  8. What was the most expensive item in Mayanja’s shop?
  9. If Kabila went to Omedo’s shop with fifty thousand shillings and bought five kilograms of posho, a pair of ladies’ shoes and a bed sheet, what was his balance?
  10. What was the total difference in the items sampled in Kayanja’s stall to that of Latigo?

Rewrite the sentences giving the opposites of the underlined words

  1. Rafla used a sharp razorblade to cut his finger nails.
  2. I think that dogs a wild.
  3. The market was quiet today.
  4. It is legal to trespass.
  5. Mubutu was a famous African leader.

ASSIGNMENT : COMPREHENSION I assignment MARKS : 10  DURATION : 1 week, 3 days

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