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Primary English- Instructional Texts

Pupils first learn of instructions in list formats, such as personal reminders and simple planning notes, and soon move onto writing their own instructions for everyday activities and processes. Instructional writing uses the second person, imperative mood (or ‘bossy verbs’) and often employs time connectives, such as ‘first’, ‘next’, ‘finally’. The correct order of instructions is vital, so sequencing activities are widely used.

Our contributors have uploaded detailed planning and sets of instructions for a huge amount of subjects, from making a jam sandwich to putting up a tent…

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Resources aimed at KS1


Non-Fiction Instructions

  • A two week unit linked with D&T ‘moving pictures’, History ‘Toys’ and Science ‘Pushes & Pulls’.

Instructions based on pirate topic

  • Two weeks’ detailed planning for Year 1, based on Pirates, with a Notebook file to support the lessons.

Weekly Lit Plan - Unit2 Instructions

  • 3 days of planning for introducing and reiterating instructions.

Year 1 Non-Fiction Unit 2 - Instructions Planning

  • Daily plans with illustrated instructions for washing hands to sequence.

Instruction planning year 2

  • Weekly planning for instructional writing, where pupils write instructions to make a folding book.

Activities and presentations

Writing instructions

  • An introduction to instructional writing, with excellent illustrated slides and a task to write instructions for an alien.

Writing frame for instructions

  • A writing frame for instruction writing, complete with success criteria, guidelines and a space for a diagram or picture.

Instructions - How to clean your teeth

  • Differentiated sets of instructions to put into order, on the topic of how to clean your teeth.

How to plant a bulb

  • A set of simple, illustrated instructions for planting spring bulbs. Perfect for studying instruction writing in Literacy.

How to make a jam or cheese sandwich

  • Differentiated sets of instructions for pupils to sequence.

Getting Up in the Morning Instructions

  • Instructions for children to reorder correctly. Includes easier and harder version.

Instructions writing formats/worksheets

  • Various instruction worksheets and writing formats to support the teaching of instructional writing in KS1.

Monster Soup Ingredients

  • A selection of yucky ingredients for a Monster Soup to be cut up and used for sorting.


  • Aimed at year 2, four sets of instructions for pupils to arrange into the correct sequence.


  • Pupils write a set of instructions on how to build a snowman, using ‘bossy’ verbs and numbered instructions.

Flow charts for instruction writing

  • A template flow chart to use for drawing or writing instructions.

How to make a Smiley Biscuit

  • Photos and instructional text showing children the steps in icing and decorating a biscuit.

How to write instructions using pictures

  • The children draw their own picture and then write instructions of how they drew it underneath.

Pancake Making

  • Use this apptivity to help pupils to write instructions about how to make a pancake. With a video clip and high quality images, word prompts and decorative clip art.

Resources aimed at KS2

Instruction Planning

  • A Year 5, 3 week unit, based on instructions.

Literacy instructions plans

  • Year 3 literacy plans for instructional writing, plus resources.


  • Planning, a checklist of features, and sets of instructions for various activities.

Yr 5/6 NF Unit 1A Instructions: Camping

  • In this unit the children research camping equipment and write instructions for how to put up a tent. They then become web designers and create ‘The Ultimate Guide to Camping’ website.

Smart Board resource to teach instructions, Year 5

  • Includes links to well known websites and various interactive activities, as well as a link to French vocabulary in the recipe.

TES Primary English KS1 teaching resources

TES Primary English KS1 teaching resources