Using descriptive words

Home learning focus

To be able to identify describing words in writing and be able to use them in your own writing.

This lesson includes:

  • a video to help you understand what describing words are

  • three activities to do at home.


Watch this short video to find out what describing words (adjectives) are.

Learn about describing words in this video

Adjectives are also known as describing words. An adjective is a word that describes a noun (the name of a thing or a place).

'It was a terrible book.'

The word 'terrible' is a describing word because it tells us what the book (the noun) was like.


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

Activity 1: Let's be descriptive

Try and write down as many describing words mentioned in the above video. You could re-watch the video and write them down as the video is playing.

Try and think of some more describing words for things around your home and see how many you can describe. You could try to describe an item beginning with each letter of the alphabet?

For example:

  • apple = juicy apple
  • bed = comfy bed
  • cake - delicious cake
  • dish - dirty dish

Activity 2: The Magic Faraway Tree

Do you remember the story of 'The Magic Faraway Tree'? Watch this video to remind yourself.

'The Magic Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton

In the video, there are lots of different lands at the top of the tree. There was 'The Land of Toys', 'The Land of Topsy-Turvy' and 'The Land of Goodies'.

What do you think each of these lands were like?

Write a sentence for each land describing what each one is like (remember to use describing words).

Activity 3: Let's get creative

Imagine you could create your own land at the top of The Magic Faraway Tree.

  • Choose a name for your land and write three sentences to describe what your land looks like.

Once you've written your three sentences, you will need to think about how you could travel to the land. Will you fly? climb? or maybe there will be multiple ways to travel there.

If you were to fly there, what would you fly on - a magic broom, a bird, a rocket? Would there be other ways to get there? What would the journey be like?

  • Once you've thought about all these things. Either write down how you would travel there (remembering to include describing words) or draw what the journey would look like (including notes next to your drawings to describe things).

Where next?

In this lesson you have practised how to be descriptive by using describing words. You have also watched a video about 'The Magic Faraway Tree' and created your own land at the top of it.

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