My favourite story

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

Imagine your favourite character came to life and you had to interview them.

Think of at least five questions you would ask them. Write them down on a piece of paper. Are there any clues in the book which could help you answer any of the questions you have thought of?

Super challenge - You could ask someone else in your household to pretend to be your favourite character and ask them the questions you have written down. Take it in turns to be the character and interviewee.

Activity 3

Write to the author of your favourite book explaining why you like it.

Remember to:

  • Start your letter with Dear...

  • Write in sentences using capital letters and full stops.

  • Give reasons why it is your favourite book -

    • What you liked most about the book.
    • What your favourite part was.
    • Who your favourite character was and why.

  • End the letter with yours faithfully, and your name.

Remember you can use conjunctions such as because to join sentences together.

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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