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Hi everyone, Miss Vincent here.

Today in our writing lesson, we're going to continue to think about instructions and we're going to be thinking about instructions for looking after a pet dragon.

So in today's lesson, we are going to plan our instructions.

So using a combination of our imaginations and our film clips from the film, How to Train Your Dragon, we're going to come up with lots of ideas for our instructions about feeding a pet dragon, and also about getting a pet dragon to have a regular and a good bedtime routine.

So, let's get started, I can't wait.

Let's get thinking about how to look after our pet dragons.

Off we go.

On the screen, you can see our agenda for today.

So we're going to start with a writing warmup to get our brains into gear, then we're going to move on to generating our ideas for our instructions.

Generating just means coming up with lots of ideas, and we're going to do that by using our creativity and our imagination, but also by using some short clips from the How to Train Your Dragon films. Then we're going to move on to planning our instructions really carefully so that in the next lesson, we can write our next set of instructions.

In today's lesson, you will need an exercise book or a piece of paper, ideally two pieces of paper.

If you have them or two pages in your exercise book.

You'll need a pencil or a pen and you'll need your amazing creative brain switched on ready to try your best with your learning.

If there's anything that you need to go and get, then please pause the video, and go and do that now.

Fantastic, so I think that means we're all ready to go.

So let's start with our writing warmup.

In today's writing warm up we're going to think about apostrophes.

In particular, we're going to think about apostrophes for contraction.

Now I clapped because we clap for contraction.

When we take two words that are not together or one word in some cases and squish them together to make one word and put in an apostrophe for any letters that I have omitted.

Omitted means left out.

And I've got one example for you.

I've got, was not, and I put them together to make wasn't.

And when I've made the word wasn't, I've taken out the letter O, so I've put an apostrophe in its place.

So I want you to have a go at writing the other words as contracted forms. That means, with an apostrophe and move together.

So the words that I want you to try are, cannot, will not, do not and has not.

So I'd like you to pause the video and complete the writing warmup for me.

Great, really well done for trying.

So let's have a look and let's check our answers.

So cannot becomes can't and we've put the apostrophe where we have taken out the N and the O, from the word cannot.

Will not is a bit of a tricky one, it becomes won't.

So, W-O-N'-T.

Do not becomes don't and has not becomes hasn't.

Really well done if you've got any of those right.

If you didn't get them right, then don't worry, it's all about practising and that's how we learn by making mistakes, so don't worry at all.

Well done for taking part in the warmup.

So now we're going to move on to generating our ideas.

To coming up with our ideas for our next set of instructions.

Our second set of instructions, are going to be all about caring for your dragon.

When I say caring, I mean feeding your dragon and bedtime routines for your dragon.

So we can see a picture, on the screen, of Hiccup feeding Toothless, his pet dragon.

He's feeding him lots and lots of fish and it looks like from the film, that dragons really liked to eat fish.

So we'll see a little bit of that when we watch the clip.

But first, I want us to use our amazing creative brains to think about our own ideas.

So how would you feed your dragon? What steps would you take to make sure that you can feed your dragon? What would you do? What would you not do? What warnings might you give to your reader if you are writing your instructions? So I'd like you to pause the video, to come up with as many different ideas as you can, and once you've come up with those ideas, we'll watch a little bit of the film together to help us come up with even more ideas.

So you can write in the middle of your page, you can write feeding your dragon and any ideas that you have, you can write, coming off the middle part.

So a little bit like a spider diagram or a mind map.

So pause the video and have a go at thinking of as many ideas as you can.

Have a go coming up with at least three, I would say.

Pause the video and have a think.

Really well done.

I wonder what different ideas you came up with for feeding your dragon.

So now we're going to watch a short clip from the How to Train Your Dragon film, to see what Hiccup does when he goes to feed Toothless.

Let's watch.

I brought breakfast bro, I hope you're hungry.

Okay, that's disgusting.

I've got some salmon, some nice Icelandic cod and a whole smoked eel.

No, no, no, no, no, no, okay.

Yeah I don't really like eel much either.

I wonder what you noticed in that clip that Hiccup was doing when he was feeding Toothless.

Remember, it's quite a short clip, so you might want to go back and watch it again, and then think about your ideas.

So I'd like everybody to either, watch it again and then pause the video, or to go straight into pausing the video and writing down some notes about what you noticed in the film clip.

What Hiccup was doing, when he was feeding his dragon.

Remember, that when we're writing down notes about instructions, it's still really important to think of what the imperative verb is for what Hiccup is doing, and so what you'll tell your reader to do.

So I can see, in the clip that he poured out the fish.

So my imperative verb would be pour out the fish.

Pour, is the imperative verb.

So, I'd like you to pause the video and you might want to rewatch the clip.

If you feel confident and don't need to rewatch the clip, then write down your notes when the video is paused.

Off you go.

Fantastic, so let's see some of the things that I noticed, in the video clip.

I noticed that dragons eat a lot of fish.

So perhaps that might be my signposting sentence, when I come to writing my instructions in the next lesson.

I noticed that the dragon was happy with cod, the dragon was happy with salmon, but the dragon was not happy with eels.

So I've put that in brackets just to remind myself that, that I should not be giving eels to a dragon.

So I will tell my reader, to not to give eels to their dragon.

I noticed that the dragon can get very cross at the sight of eels.

So I noticed that what Hiccup did, was he let the dragon sniff the fish and take its time.

So I think that would make a really good instruction for my reader, and then finally, I'm sure we didn't see it in the film, but I'm sure he had the job of clearing away any mess.

So I've turned that into a command with an imperative verb, and I've written clear away any mess after.

Really well done.

If you want to take any notes of anything that I've written, you can pause the video and do that now.

Fantastic, let's move on to the next part of our instructions and our planning.

So the next part is all about bedtime routines.

If you have a look at the picture on the screen, you will notice that Toothless, sleeps upside down like a bat hanging from a tree.

I thought that was a really interesting fact that I definitely was impressed with and I wanted to know.

So before we watch anything in the clip, I want you to think about how you would get your pet dragon to fall asleep.

So using your imagination, what things would you do to help your pet dragon fall asleep? So pause the video, making new little mind map or spider diagram, to take down some notes about what you would do to help your pet dragon fall asleep.

Pause the video, and do that now.

Okay, fantastic.

I hope that we definitely have some things written down.

What we're going to do now, is we're going to watch a small part of the film.

So again, like I've done in the past, this isn't all one long part from the film.

I've taken clips to do with falling asleep.

So clips that are relevant to this part of our lesson and put them together.

So they might jump around a little bit.

You need to watch really carefully, and you might choose to watch twice.

Then, you might want to pause the video and write down the things that you have noticed to write down your notes.

Let's have a look at Hiccup and Toothless' bedtime routines.

Okay, fantastic.

I wonder what things you noticed.

Now, remember if you haven't yet paused the video, now is the time to pause the video and write down your notes about what you noticed about bedtime routines or falling asleep for the dragon Toothless.

So do that now, if you haven't done it yet.

Okay, fantastic.

Let's have a think about what we saw in the film.

So what kinds of things helped Toothless to fall asleep? So, I think it's an important note to take down that dragons sleep upside down like bats.

I don't know if all dragons do that, but I've seen that Toothless does that.

So that's interesting to me.

I noticed that that fresh grass really helped to relax Toothless.

So I think that's some advice that we could give to our reader, if they wanted to help their dragon relax before bedtime.

I noticed that when Hiccup scratched the underside of Toothless' neck, it sent him to sleep.

Remember, I haven't written full sentences.

I've just written notes because we're going to write our full instructions in our next lesson.

Then I also added a little bit of creativity and I thought that we could tell our reader that they had to be really quiet because dragons have got excellent hearings.

So they've got great hearing.

I don't know if that's true, but I thought that that's what we can tell our reader.

So if there's anything that you'd like to copy onto your mind map or spider diagram, then please pause the video and do that now.

Okay, fantastic.

Let's move on to planning our instructions.

So at this point in the lesson, we should all have two diagrams, two sets of notes.

One, about feeding a dragon, and one about bedtime for dragons.

So lots of different ideas that we can now put into an organised plan.

So hopefully we all have that.

If you're not.

if you're missing some notes for one of those two things, then remember you can skip back in the video and make sure that you've done all of the small tasks that you needed to do up to this point.

So, let's move on to planning our instructions.

So the first thing I'd like you to do, like you've done before in my lessons, is split your page into two sections by drawing one line down the middle.

You can draw.

you can have your page landscape where it's longer at the top, or you can have it portrait where it's longer at the sides.

It doesn't really matter, as long as you split it into two sections so that you have to neat sides.

Because on each side, I would like you to write a heading.

On one side, you can write the heading, how to feed your dragon.

On the other side, you can write the heading, bedtime routines.

So I'd like you to pause the video, draw your line down the middle and write your two headings.

Off you go.

Okay, really good job.

These headings are going to help us to organise our ideas and write them out neatly.

So let's start with the side of how to feed our dragon.

So I'd like you to find your notes that you took down earlier in this lesson, about feeding your dragon.

I want you to look at them carefully and decide what order they should come in for your instructions.

You might number them from one, to how many instructions you have.

So for example, my notes were on a mind map and I organised them into an order in which I'm going to write them down.

So I'm starting off.

My first point, is dragons eat a lot of fish and then I've made a list.

Cod, salmon, not eels.

So you might have a different point to start and that's fine, as long as you're organising it in your order.

Then I've written dragons can get very cross at the sight of eels.

Remember, I'm not worrying too much about full sentences at the moment.

I'm just making sure that I get my ideas down so that in the next lesson, I can make them into instructions for my reader.

My third point, let the dragon sniff the fish and take its time.

So just like with training, we don't rush our dragons.

Then the fourth step, clear away any mess after.

So now it's your turn, pause the video and put your notes in the correct order, for how to feed a dragon.

They don't need to be full instructions yet, just notes.

Off you go.

Okay, well done.

Now we're going to do exactly the same, but we're going to do that for bedtime routines.

So you need to find your notes that you'd made, all about bedtime routines.

Look at them closely and number them in the correct order.

So I've already done that with mine.

So I decided that first of all, I was going to tell my reader that dragons sleep upside down like bats.

Then, I was going to give my reader a top tip, that they could use fresh grass to relax their dragon.

Another top tip about scratch the underside of the neck to send to sleep.

So I've not written full sentences, I'm just writing notes, remember? So that next time I know exactly what I want to write and I can turn it into an instruction.

Then finally, be quiet, dragons have great hearing.

So now it's your turn to pause the video, number all the notes that you've put round your mind map about bedtime routines, and then write them out in the correct order on the bedtime side of your plan off you go.


So now we've got our plan for our new set of instructions.

In the next lesson, we're going to use these notes to help us remember the order of the actions that our reader needs to take.

We can take these and really, really improve them and make them into an excellent set of instructions.

So really well done because we have completed all the sections of our lesson today, good job.

So well done for all your hard work.

If you'd like to, please share what you've learned with a parent or carer.

In our next lesson, we're going to use the plan that we've created today, to write up our instructions.

Our instructions about feeding our dragons and getting them to bed on time.

I will see you soon, for another lesson on How to Train Your Dragon, bye.