When to use question marks

Home learning focus

To understand when to correctly use question marks and to write a postcard describing 'The Magic Faraway Tree'.

This lesson includes:

  • a video to help you understand how to use question marks

  • three activities to do at home.


Watch this short video 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, when, how, did and can to start your questions.
  • Don't forget your question marks.

Activity 2: Writing a postcard

Watch the video below about The Magic Faraway Tree.

'The Magic Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton

Do you think you can explain what it's like to be at the top of The Magic Faraway Tree?

Write a postcard to somebody explaining what it was like at the top of the tree. You can decide who you want to send the postcard to - it could be somebody real or somebody imaginary.

Try to include a greeting at the beginning (like 'Dear' or 'To'), and some information about what you can see and who you met at the top of the tree. At the end of your postcard you will need a closing (like 'Love' or 'from').

Try and include some questions in your writing (remember to use a question mark).

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. You could add labels too, if you'd like.

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 postcard describing what the tree is like and drawn some characters from the story.

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