The Perfect Recipe


Emma Tessa

Our objective is to write instructions with different audiences in mind.

Room 11 has been looking at how instructions are constructed and used in the real world. We have focused on recipes - precisely how recipes are shared for different audiences, like in Hello Fresh and Bargain Box meal kits.

The class explored many kinds of recipe books. Ranging from the ’80s to the 21st century, recipe books designed for kids and recipe books intended for older audiences.


Adult Recipe

Zoe noticed the words are for kids, and there are lots of cool drawings when reading a children's recipe book.

While in recipe books for adults, Lizzie saw that there are a lot of words and only like seven pictures. The words are not very common, so that you won’t see them every day.

As a class, we saw that there were lots of topic-specific language used in recipe books.

These were words like “drizzle, pinch, toss, preheat and pinch.”


Class S C

We then used our observations and learning in our writing.

The class explored what differences in language we need when thinking about who is reading our writing. Thinking a toasted sandwich was a good start, the students created two versions. One for a child and one for an adult.

Leah said, The kid’s one needs to have a larger font so that the kids can read it.

Victoria made a note that We should try and make the recipe bright and colourful for the kids, so it’s fun to read.

Evie said, It’s basically the complete opposite for an adult. You can write smaller, and the words can be much more specific and complex.


Sofie Writing


Caleb Writing

Finally, we looked at the last thing a good recipe needs: The pictures.

Room 11 spent one afternoon looking at what made a food photo look good and made people want to eat the food.

When looking at pictures in lots of recipe books, we decided that the light and the background make a big difference in the quality of the photo.

The students then had a go at creating our photograph. We tried to make an unappealing fruit (a lemon) look as good as it could.

Look at some of our ideas.


Vic and Leah


Liz and Sofie


Tay C and Wiki

Room 11 has enjoyed researching and practising recipe writing and can’t wait to design and create their meal to share with a loved one as part of our Dare to Care inquiry topic.

Keywords: recipe, instructions, photography, vocabulary

Achievement Objectives: English L3 - Processes and Strategies - Integrate sources of information, processes, and strategies with developing confidence to identify, form, and express ideas.