Dinnington Community Primary School


Writing Activities 23.3.20 - 27.3.20


Lesson 5: Writing Instructions


Good morning Key Stage 1. Today we are going to be writing a set of instructions. Remember to think about all of the things we have already done in this series of learning to make sure they are super clear and easy to follow!


Here is a success criteria to follow. How many can you include?

  • Introduction - what are your instructions about?
  • You will need - can you use commas in a list? 
  • Steps - can you use numbers? Remember a new line for each instruction.
  • Bossy verbs - turn, mix, open
  • Time connectives - first, next, after that, finally
  • Adverbs - carefully, gently, quickly


Below are a few ideas for your set of instructions: 

  • Bake a cake/buns/cookies with your grown up and write a set of instructions for someone else to follow.
  • Plot a route for Paddington to follow around London using google maps and write a set of instructions for him to follow.
  • Build a model out of things from your house. You might want to make an Easter craft. Write a set of instructions so that a friend can make the same model!


REMEMBER Try your best to make this your BEST writing and keep trying with your beautiful handwriting! We are so proud of how gorgeous your books are looking!


Lesson 4: Quick Sentence Practice.


When writing sentences it is so important to remember your capital letters and full stops. So we thought you could practice them using Roy the Zebra.

Can you help Zara and Zed put capital letters in their sentences?


Lesson 3: Instructions - Practical


Good morning Key Stage 1. Let's have some fun today! 

The most important part about instructions is that they are clear and easy to follow so today we are going to test out how good you are at giving instructions. 



You will need a grown-up or a brother or sister to help you with this activity. 


Have a go at one of the following activities and then give each other feedback on how good your verbal instructions were. 


  • Give your grown-up instructions to make your sandwich! must follow the instructions literally...don't do anything that your child doesn't tell you! Did you end up with a sandwich? Was it tasty? What could you have done better? 
  • Draw a picture using simple shapes and colours. Hide your picture from your partner and then (without looking) give them instructions to recreate your picture. When you think you are done, compare your pictures. How close did you get? What could you have done better? 
  • Go on an adventure in your house or garden! One person is in control of the other and you must follow their instructions. Did your partner do exactly what you wanted them to? Why? Why not? What could you have done better? 



  • Use bossy verbs - Butter the bread. Draw a triangle. Step over the rug.
  • Try to add an adverb - carefully, gently, quickly, slowly
  • Keep your instruction as short and simple as possible.



Lesson 2: Adverbs


To make our instructions really clear to follow, we will need to use adverbs to show the reader how to do the action. This is because an adverb describes how we 'do' a verb (a doing word).


We could improve the instruction below by adding an adverb:

Spread the jam.

Carefully spread the jam.



In your book, copy each instruction below, then improve it underneath by adding in an adverb. You might want to write the adverb in a different colour like me! 


  1. Brush your teeth.
  2. Cut the bread.
  3. Mix in the flour. 
  4. Follow the path.
  5. Turn left at the park.
  6. Boil the water.
  7. Wash the dishes.
  8. Feed the lion.


Adverbs that might help:

carefully               slowly                immediately               quickly                  quietly             gently  




Can you add in a conjunction? What about an adjective?






Lesson 1: Instructions


What went wrong? 

We are going to be learning about instructions! To remind us what we need to include in the perfect set of instructions, watch the video below. Be prepared...the silly chef isn't very good at following instructions!



When you have finished watching the instructions, create a success criteria in your book for the perfect set of instructions. What should they include? 


Challenge: Why not write a clear set of instructions for the chef so he doesn't make the same mistake again. Remember, you can watch the video as many times as you want!