Today we had a really special visitor to our classroom-our very own classroom chef! Saoirse’s Dad is a chef and he very kindly offered to come in to the classroom to show the children the steps involved in making pancakes. The reason for this (apart from eating delicious pancakes) was to show the children one of the uses for procedural writing, in other words writing instructions, or in this case a recipe. As the children and Saoirse’s Dad whipped up our pancakes, Ms Tracey took some photographs and wrote up the steps. Over the coming weeks, as the children practice their procedural writing they will write up what they need to make pancakes and the steps involved in it, using the photos Ms Tracey took as prompts. The inspiration for making pancakes came from a book we have been reading about Kenya named ‘Mama Panya’s Pancakes’.
If you would like to practice procedural writing with your child at home the steps to remember are;
You can keep things simple and encourage your child to sequence instructions in this order. It can be instructions for brushing your teeth, making a sandwich, posting a letter (which we have worked on in class), or making pancakes as just a few examples!
Hope you enjoy the photographs!
Huuuuge thank you again to Chef Patrick for taking the time out of his busy schedule to come in and help us. It is safe to say the children had a great time!