English KS1 / KS2: The Magic Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton

TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson reads extracts from 'The Magic Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton, as part of the 'Bringing Books to Life' series.

She explains why it’s her favourite children’s book, how it captured her imagination and why she loves to read.

The Magic Faraway Tree tells the story of three children: Joe, Beth and Frannie, who take their cousin Rick to see an enchanted tree near their home.

As the children climb the tree, they discover many strange and wonderful places.

They also encounter colourful characters along the way including Dame Washalot, Silky the Fairy, the Saucepan Man and Moon-face.

Teacher Notes

This would be useful for writing the description of a setting.

When listening to the description of the Enchanted Forest and the Magical Faraway Tree, pupils can create a word bank of adjectives which can then be used in their own writing to describe where their story takes place.

Can be used to highlight the huge range of reading experiences available to young people and to explore how pupils imagine and interpret the books they have read.

Curriculum Notes

These clips are suitable for teaching English and Literacy at Key Stage 1, 1st Level, Key Stage 2 and 2nd Level.

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