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Tudor Food and Writing Instructions

This week, we are going to be finding out about the kinds of food people ate at the time of 'The Great Fire of London'.  We know that bread was eaten by people at this time, because we have already learnt that the fire started in a bakery.  

Can you remember the name of the street where the bakery was, in London?  Can you remember the name of the man who owned the bakery?  

This week, you are also going to pretend to be a baker, just like Thomas Farriner.  We would like you to make some bread or some cakes, following the instructions really carefully.  We would then like you to write your own set of instructions, for someone else to follow.   

This is our last week studying 'The Great Fire of London'.  Therefore, we will finish with a quiz to see how much you have learnt and can remember.


Today, you are going to find out about the different sorts of food people ate at the time of 'The Great Fire of London'.  Some food you will recognise, as it is similar to the food we eat today.  However, there were some differences between the food rich people ate, and the kind of food eaten by poorer people.

Watch the 2 video clips.  When you have watched both video clips, complete the worksheet, called 'Tudor Food' on Purple Mash.


Complete the worksheet, 'Tudor Food', on Purple Mash.


Today, we are going to start thinking about writing some instructions for making bread or cakes, which you will hopefully make tomorrow.  

Instruction writing uses words in a special way, so people can follow them and know what to do.  Instructions usually start with a verb, e.g. "Clean your teeth" or "Jump over the bench".  The verb written at the beginning of the sentence can make the instruction sound rather bossy.  Therefore, these 'bossy' verbs, also known as 'Imperative verbs', usually start each instruction.

Have a look at the power-point, below.  It tells you some more about 'Imperative verbs'.

Now, have a look at the worksheets, below.  There are 3 worksheets, ranging in difficulty.  Choose the worksheet which you think suits your ability.  Have a go at completing the worksheet.  If you find one worksheet too easy, try the next one, too.  You don't need to print the worksheet, if you don't want to.  You can always copy out the sentences onto paper, instead.


Today, we would like you to have some fun in the kitchen.  Ask mum or dad, or whoever is looking after you, if you can do some baking.  We would like you to imagine you are Thomas Farriner, working in his bakery.  Bakers enjoy making all sorts of different bread, as well as delicious cakes and pastries.  

If you can, we would like you to follow a recipe to make some bread or cakes.  

There are 2 recipes below, one for bread and one for cup-cakes.  However, if you have a different bread or cake recipe which you would like to use, then please do.

Follow a recipe to make either bread or cakes.  If you can, take a photo at each stage of making your bread or cakes.  This will help you remember what you did, when you write your own set of instructions.  You may even be able to use your photos to illustrate your instruction writing work, tomorrow. 

Enjoy making your bread or cakes, but most importantly, enjoy eating what you have baked!




Today, you are going to write a set of instructions for how to make bread or cakes.  Hopefully, you were able to do some baking yesterday, so you are now ready to write what you did, as an instruction sheet. 

You will also need to remember the work you did about imperative verbs.  Imperative or 'bossy' verbs need to start each of your instructions.  The sorts of imperative verbs you will need to use are:

Measure          Weigh          Pour           Mix          Fold

            Add           Spoon out        Bake           Cool 

You will need to use the worksheet on Purple Mash, to write out your instructions.  The worksheet is called 'Instruction Sheet'.

Don't forget to complete the title:  How to Make ...

You will need to list the ingredients you used in the 'What you need' box.  You can also list the utensils (equipment) you used, here too.

Your instructions need to be split between the next five boxes.  Don't forget to start with imperative (bossy) verbs.  You must also start with a capital letter, and finish each sentence with a full stop.  

You can upload your photos into the picture boxes, if you wish.  Instead, you can draw a simple picture to illustrate each step of your instruction.

We look forward to seeing your instruction sheets, on Purple Mash.


Today is the last day of our 'Great Fire of London' topic.  We hope you have enjoyed learning about this important historical event.  

To finish this topic, we have a quiz for you to complete.  This will help you see how much you have learnt and remembered about 'The Great Fire of London'.  We hope you enjoy taking part, and do let your teacher know how many questions you answered correctly.  There are 17 questions altogether, and you will need some paper and a pencil to write down your answers before checking to see if you were right.  

Good luck!