Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Instructional Texts in Year 3

This week, Year 3 have started their new non-fiction unit where they have been working towards writing their own set of instructions on how to capture a dragon!

Today, they focussed on the features of instructional texts, particularly on the importance of laying the instructions out clearly so that they are easy for the reader to follow. To demonstrate just how important this is, the children attempted to make a simple dog by folding paper. However, it wasn't as easy as they first thought as their instructions were given to them all at once and were not very clear at all! There was silence across Year 3 with an array of perplexed faces.

"We didn't really have a clue what to do! We thought Miss Rooney must be joking!" Ethan, Sequoia

"There was no way that we were going to be able to make the dog without more help!" Jaydon, Hazel

Thankfully, the Year 3 teachers had the real instructions up their sleeves all along! The children were then able to follow the instructions and make the dog with no problems.

After the children reflected, they realised just how important it is for instructions to be written step-by-step so that they can be followed easily!

"It was so much easier with the clear instructions. There were even diagrams which really helped!" Georgie,  Sequoia 

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