How to teach children about imperative verbs
Children are introduced to imperative verbs in KS1. It is important for children to understand how to identify and use imperative verbs in order for them to write clear instructions.
Typically, a good place to start is with a model set of instructions that contains a variety of imperative verbs. As a shared reading activity, children could work with a partner to find examples of imperative verbs within the text. They could be highlighted and written up on the board to create a word bank of useful imperative verbs that children could later use in their talk or writing.
Giving children lots of practise with using imperative verbs in their talk is really important in them developing their skill and confidence in using them. Children could follow instructions to do or make something and photographs could be taken. Children could subsequently use the photographs to give their own instructions. A good way to do this is to get children to pretend they are on a cookery show and are instructing the audience how to make a delicious dish! Children could have a bank of imperative verbs to refer to whilst the rest of the class could listen out for any imperative verbs they hear.
In our Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch English Pack is a lesson on the language of instructions. In this interactive lesson, children will perform a cookery programme including lots of imperative verbs.