My favourite story

Home learning focus

To talk about your favourite story and explain why you like it.

This lesson includes:

  • a video to help you understand different types of stories

  • three activities to do at home.


There are lots of fiction types or 'genres' such as science fiction, fairy stories, scary stories and mysteries. Each has a different style and set of rules.

Have a chat with someone in your family and answer these questions.

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

Why is it your favourite story?

Can you write the name of your favourite book?

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

Explore different types of fiction


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. Forming letters

Watch this video to remind you how to form your letters correctly.

Practise writing them in the air with your finger. You could pause the video and practise writing the letters on paper too.

Try forming the letters in the air whilst you play the video

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'. Using the start of the sentences below, write some simple sentences about what you think the story will be about.

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

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

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

Where next?

In this lesson you have explored different types of stories including the favourite stories of people you know. You have also practised forming letters and predicted what a story might be about based on its title.

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