Writing and asking questions

Home learning focus

To understand when to use question marks and that questions can start with many different words. You will also understand how to write a diary entry.

This lesson includes:

  • a video to help you understand what question marks are

  • three activities to do at home


Questions are sentences which ask something. When we write a question, we should put a question mark (?) at the end of the sentence.

Watch this short video to learn more about question marks.

Whilst watching the video, practise writing question marks in the air.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1: The Magic Faraway Tree

Later in this lesson we are going to watch a clip about 'The Magic Faraway Tree'. In the story there are four children called Joe, Beth, Franny and Rick. They love going to the Magic Faraway Tree because they always have so much fun there.

Write a question for each of the four children asking them something about the tree. You can do this verbally or you can write it down.

  • Use words like: what, did, does, have and where to start your questions.
  • Don't forget your question marks.

Activity 2: Writing a diary

Firstly, watch the video below about The Magic Faraway Tree.

'The Magic Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton.

What can you remember about The Magic Faraway Tree? Imagine you have been on an adventure there and you want to write a diary entry about it.

You can watch the video again and make some notes about the things you want to include in your diary.

Your diary entry will need to include:

  • a greeting like 'Dear Diary' or 'To Diary'
  • a description of the tree (what it looked like, how it felt to be there)
  • who you met (what were their names and what did they look like)
  • what questions you asked whilst there (remember to include question marks)
  • information about what you did and how you felt
  • a closing like 'Got to go now' or 'time for me to go'

Activity 3: Let's draw some of the characters

In the story 'The Magic Faraway Tree' we heard about characters such as: Dame Washalot, Silky the Fairy, Moonface and The Saucepan Man.

Using their names, draw what you think they would each look like.

Once you've drawn them, next to each character, write one question you wish you could ask them.

Where next?

In this lesson you have practised how to use question marks correctly. You have also watched a video about 'The Magic Faraway Tree', written a diary entry about your time there and drawn pictures of the characters you met.

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