Session 4

Join Rob in the kitchen as he prepares a feast of onomatopoeia. Listen out for the sounds and words and see if you can follow his recipe.

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    Activity 1

Activity 1

Rob's full English breakfast

Look at these ingredients. They are what Rob is going to use to make his favourite dish – a full English breakfast. This traditional feast of fried food, usually eaten in the morning, is sometimes called a fry-up – can you guess why?  This meal can set you up for the day – but it might not be everyone's cup of tea!

To do

Listen to Rob in his kitchen preparing a fry-up. See if you can hear what ingredients he uses and also what words he uses that include sounds that are similar to the noises the words refer to. These words are examples of onomatopoeia. There are 16 to listen out for.

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Welcome to my kitchen. Today I'm going to try and talk you through making my favourite dish – a traditional full English breakfast – or what we sometimes call a fry-up – can you guess why we call it that? Well maybe you will when you listen to this!

So we've got to have some meat in a fry-up so I'll start with my sausages so I'm going to put those in the frying pan carefully – the cooking oil's quite hot so you can already hear them sizzling away – and sounding delicious as well. We sometimes call them bangers simply because they 'bang' and 'pop' when they're cooking. Like that!

And let's quickly stick in the bacon too – trying not to splatter myself with hot cooking oil – I should be wearing an apron - there it goes crackling away in the pan. Listen to that! It makes your mouth water, doesn't it?

Now a fry-up usually includes baked beans – so I have a bowl here to heat some up – I'll just plop the beans in there and heat them in the microwave - stirring them occasionally so they don't burn.

Ah, we can't forget the eggs so in another frying pan, I'm just going to gently crack open an egg and fry that too – lovely!

And I need a few mushrooms, so I'm going to chop those up into small slices -  and fry those up in the pan too.

Of course, I need some toast to accompany my breakfast, so I'm going to slice some bread with the bread knife – put that in the toaster – and hopefully when it pops up it will be nice and crunchy and I can smother it in butter.

Ah, there's the ping of the microwave so the beans are ready now, let's get those out.

And finally, you've always got to have a big mug of steaming hot tea to slurp  -  something to wash down all that lovely greasy food. Cooking is thirsty work.

OK the toast has popped up so I'm about ready to serve up and munch on all this tasty food. I just need to put it on the plate now and smother it all with tomato ketchup and sprinkle on some salt. Now it's time chomp away and gulp down my tea –  ahhh!

So that's my perfect meal - I'm sorry you're not here to join me.

Did you understand what Rob was doing? He described making a full English breakfast by using 16 onomatopoeic words. They were:

Sizzling, bang, pop, splatter, crackling, plop, crack, chop, slice, crunchy, ping, slurp, munch, sprinkle, chomp and gulp.

Now you know the words, see if you can match some of them to the sounds in this next game.

Name that sound

7 Questions

Choose the correct word that describes the sound

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End of Session 4

You've learnt some useful words that sound a bit like the noises they are describing. The English language is full of onomatopoeia. Join us in the next session where we catch up with our drama, The Importance of Being Earnest. See you there!

Session Vocabulary

  • ingredients
    pieces of food used to make a particular meal or dish

    a special and large meal

    set you up
    prepare you

    not be everyone's cup of tea
    not something that everyone will like

    words that include sounds that are similar to the noises the words refer to