Procedural writing is a piece of cake

But why do we 'knead' it?

Procedural writing provides a reader with instructions or directions for doing something, such as following a recipe or a science experiment, or the rules of a game. It is a critical writing skill and an important stepping stone to more complex writing tasks, such as persuasive writing.

By cooking and crafting at home you will be helping your child learn new vocabulary, use specific verbs and practise sequencing steps.

Teri’s Carrot Cake

One of our clinicians Teri likes to bake cakes – and the rest of the Gameplan team enjoy eating them! She brought in this cake not too long ago, and when we asked her she said she’d be delighted for us to share it with you. Get ‘eggcited’! Happy baking!

Carrot cake from Taste

Olive oil, to grease

2 (about 300g) carrots

1 cup (150g) self-raising flour

1/2 cup (75g) plain flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup (80g) brown sugar

3/4 cup (185ml) olive oil

1/2 cup (125ml) golden syrup

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence


250g spreadable cream cheese

1/2 cup (80g) icing sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

  1. Preheat oven to 170C or 150C fan-force. Grease a 20-cm (base) round cake pan lightly with oil, and line with non-stick baking paper. Peel and grate the carrots, and set aside. Sift the flours, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon into a large bowl.
  2. Put the brown sugar, oil, golden syrup, eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl. Use a balloon whisk to mix until combined.
  3. Pour the oil mixture into the dry ingredients. Use a wooden spoon to stir gently until just combined. Stir in the grated carrot.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 1 hour. Set aside for 5 minutes, before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the icing, place the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Use a wooden spoon to mix until well combined.
  6. Spread the icing over the cake.