Discussing books

Learning focus

To express your views about a book you have heard or read.

In Year 2, students are encouraged to:

  • discuss their views about a wide range of poetry, stories and non-fiction
  • describe the sequence of events in books and how items of information are related
  • explore a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales
  • read non-fiction books


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 of sentences using subordinating conjunctions:

  • If you make a card, Dad will be really happy.

  • The sand got warm when the sun came up.

  • I like eating apples because I like how they crunch.

'Because' is very useful to use when you are giving your opinion.

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

Activity 3: Your favourite story

Think about your favourite story.

You may need to go and have a look at some of your books and re-read some of them to decide on your favourite.

Now, imagine that you are trying to persuade your friend to read your favourite story.

Can you think of three really good reasons?

  • You could use 'because' to explain your reason
  • You could use phrases like 'the best' and 'the greatest' to persuade them
  • You could also use strong words like 'should' and 'must'

Can you convince them to read your favourite story too?

Where next?

In this lesson you have expressed your views about a book you have heard or read.

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