My favourite story

Home learning focus

To talk about your favourite story and explain why you like it using words like 'because' and 'when'.

This lesson includes:

  • a video to help you understand different types of stories

  • three activities to do at home.


Watch this short video and discuss what a story is and how stories can be different.

Explore different types of fiction

Here are some discussion points:

What is your favourite book? (It can be a book from school or a book from home)

Why is it your favourite story?

Do you have a favourite author?

Can you write the name of your favourite book?


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

Activity 1: Favourite books

Write the names of the people you live with or your wider family and ask them what their favourite childhood books were. Next to each name, try to write the titles of their favourite books.

Do the titles of each book give you some clues about what they might be like?

Now you have a list of some books you can read! And you can share your opinion with each person after you've read them.

Activity 2: Using 'because' and 'when' in our writing

Can you remember how to use 'because' and 'when' to join ideas together? Watch this video to remind you.

Find out how to join sentences together using words like 'because' and 'when'.

Words like because, if, when, that, after are words that join two parts of a sentence together. They are called 'subordinating conjunctions'.

All of these words can be used at the beginning or in the middle of a sentence. 'If' can also be used at the start of a sentence. Here are some examples:

'If you make a cake, Dad will be really happy.'

'Dad will be really happy, if you make a cake.

Try the short activity below to check your understanding of joining words.

Activity 3: How good are you at predicting?

You will need paper and a pen or pencil for this activity.

There is a story called 'The Magic Faraway Tree'. Take a few minutes to think about the name of the story and discuss what you think it might be about with your family or those around you.

Using the sentence stems below, write some simple sentences about what you think the story will be about. Use 'because', 'if' and 'when' in your sentences.

I think _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

I hope _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

I wonder _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Remember to re-read what you write to check it makes sense.

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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