Fact and opinion

Home learning focus

To understand the difference between fact and opinion.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos to help you spot the difference between what's factually true and what is someone's opinion

  • three activities

Learn

Facts can be supported by evidence whereas opinions are based on thoughts and feelings.

Watch this short clip to revise the differences between the two in more detail.

Learn how to spot what is a fact and what is an opinion.

Facts

  • Facts are definitely true.
  • They can be backed up with evidence.

For example: The Prime Minister is giving a speech.

Opinions

  • Your opinion is how you feel or what you think about something.
  • Other people might think differently or have a different opinion.

For example: Having a teenager as Prime Minister is a terrible idea.

Watch this fun Super Movers video to learn more about facts and opinions.

Listen carefully because you’ll be answering some questions afterwards.

If you like, you can sing and dance along with Martin Dougan.

Sing a song about fact and opinion with Martin Dougan.

Now answer these questions.

You can think though your answers or write them down as full sentences.

1. What is a fact? Give an example from the video.

2. What is an opinion? Give an example from the video.

3. What does a fact need to be supported by?

Practise

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

Activity 1

Complete this activity to show your understanding of facts and opinions.

Remember: A fact is something that is true whereas an opinion is what someone thinks or believes.

Activity 2

Decide which of the following statements are facts and which are opinions.

Top tip!

If you read the sentence and think that someone might not agree with it then it’s an opinion. Facts are always right.

1. Pandas are cuter than meerkats.

2. The Houses of Parliament are in London.

3. Apples grow on trees.

4. My cat is the best cat in the world!

5. Ice cream is horrible.

6. Water will become ice if the temperature is cold enough.

Activity 3

Complete the ‘Fact or Opinion?’ activity sheet.

You need to write one fact and one opinion for each topic.

For example: Write one fact and one opinion about any animals of your choice.

  • Fact: Tigers have stripes to help them hide better in their natural environment.

  • Opinion: Elephants are the funniest animals because of their big ears and trunks.

Either print the sheet out and write on it, or write your facts and opinions down on paper.

Top tip!

If you don’t know a fact, try looking on the Newsround website for ideas. Use the search box at the top of the page to find useful content.

‘Fact or Opinion?’ activity sheet
activity

Where next?

In this lesson you have learnt about the difference between fact and opinion.

There are other useful articles on Bitesize to help you improve your reading skills.

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