I hope you’ve been having fun this week learning at home. Let’s wake up this cold Thursday morning with a shake break.
Today, we are going to look at instructional writing. These instructions explain to a person how to do something. We have instructions for lots of different reasons, for example baking a cake or making furniture. Can you think of any other types of instructions? Do you think instructions are always written, or are they sometimes pictures? Think about Lego instructions, they have lots of pictures to show us how to assemble the model. A really important part of instructions is that they need to be in chronological order, this means that they need to be in the order that they happen. If we’re baking a cake, we need to add all the ingredients, then mix, before we can put it in the oven to bake.
Year 1, please have a look at this video which talks us through the key features of writing instructions.
Can you think about what you would need to make a jam sandwich and tell your grown up. Could you also describe to your grown ups what you would need to do to make your jam sandwich? You could even draw your instructions, thinking carefully about the order of how you would need to do it.
I would like you to write me a set of instructions on how to make a jam sandwich. First I will need to know what ingredients I require. For example, the first thing I might need is bread, but how much bread will I need? Then can you write me numbered instructions explaining what I need to do. Make sure you think carefully about what order you need to do things in. Imagine trying to put jam on your bread, but you haven’t got any bread out of the cupboard.
Your instructions might look a bit like this:
1. Get the bread out
2. Get a knife etc…
If you would like you could also draw me a picture to show me how my jam sandwich will look when its finished, or pictures of all the things I will need to make my sandwich.
Remember to make your instructions clear, use capital letters, finger spaces and also full stops in your writing!
I look forward to seeing your final work.
Mrs Whybrow and Mrs Leech