Using descriptive words

Home learning focus

To be able to create sentences with description by using noun phrases (adjectives with nouns).

This lesson includes:

  • a video to help you understand what describing words (adjectives) 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

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 an adjective because it tells us what the book (the noun) was like.

Adjectives can be placed before or after a noun. For example: 'The book she read on holiday was terrible.' or 'She read a terrible book on holiday.'

You can use more than one adjective if you want to add extra detail. For example: 'She had a mouldy, smelly, overpriced sandwich.'

When you have a list of adjectives like this, you separate them with commas.


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

Activity 1: A new land at the top of 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).

Once you've written your sentence for each land, think about a new land that you would like to create - you can be really imaginative.

Choose a name for your land and try to write six sentences to describe what it looks like. Make sure you include describing words (adjectives) in all of your sentences.

Activity 2: Becoming an author

Now that you have created a new land, could you write a mini chapter about what happens in your land? You can even create a character who you meet there.

  • First write the name of your land (that will be the title of your story).
  • You can then write some sentences describing what it is like there (you could use your writing from activity 1, if you'd like).
  • Introduce a new character who lives in the land and explain what they do there. Are they kind or mean?

Remember to write in full sentences with capital letters and full stops at the end of your sentences.

Activity 3: Let's be creative

How would you travel to the new land you've created? Will you fly? climb? or maybe there will be multiple ways to travel there.

Either write down how you would travel there (remembering to include adjectives) or draw what the journey would look like (including notes next to your drawings to describe things).

Once you've done this, think about who you would invite to join you in your new land. Write an invitation to invite one of your friends or family members to come and explore the land. Remember to include:

  • the name of the person you're inviting
  • directions on how to get there
  • what time they will need to get there for
  • a bit of detail about the land, but not too much! You want them to see it for themselves.
You could fly to the top of the tree on a jetpack

Where next?

In this lesson you have practised how to be descriptive by using adjectives when writing sentences. You have also watched a video about The Magic Faraway Tree, created your own land at the top of the tree and written invitations to invite new people to join you there.

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