How about trying something different to check reading or listening comprehension?
Get the pupils to stand in a line facing the front, I get them to line up according to age – lots of practice of “When’s your birthday?”
Then draw a big tick on the left of the board board and a cross on the right.
Read/Call out phrases about the text, if it’s true the pupils point to the left, false to the right.
This activity makes a change from written comprehension exercises, it also checks what they remember as they don’t have the text in front of them, so make sure your questions are relatively simple.
Boxes ticked – kinaesthetic learning, SEN/dyslexia (some forms) friendly, no marking.