Writing command sentences

Home learning focus

To be able to identify command sentences and use them in your writing.

This lesson includes:

  • a video introducing you command sentences
  • three activities to do at home


Command sentences tell us to do something. Like all sentences, they always start with a capital letter. Command sentences usually end with a full stop, but they can also use exclamation marks too.

Commands usually start with an imperative verb, also known as a bossy verb. There are lots of different bossy verbs. Some examples of bossy verbs are: get, bring, pick, take, move, cook plus loads more.

They are called bossy verbs because they are verbs that tell someone to do something. For example: Fetch me some biscuits.

Watch this short video to find out more.

See how many commands you can spot in the video.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1: Spotting imperative verbs

Click on the box below and see if you can highlight all the imperative verbs.

Activity 2: Writing pirate commands

Imagine you are the captain of a pirate ship. You'll need to be very bossy and give lots of commands to make sure the other pirates are doing what they are meant to be doing.

Write four command sentences that a pirate would use.

  • Make sure you use capital letters at the start and correct punctuation.
  • Use the word and in your sentences to join ideas together.

Here are a couple of examples to help you:
Drop the anchor and load the cannons.
Collect my treasure and bring it to me.

Activity 3: Command sentences in jobs

Think about people who need to use commands in their job.

Mums and Dads give commands all the time, so do teachers, police officers, chefs, doctors, hair dressers and even football managers.

1. Pick a job and imagine you are training somebody new to do that job.
2. Write the title 'How to be the perfect _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _'
3. Under the title, write five command sentences explaining what they need to do.

Here is an example:
How to be the perfect football manager

  • Deliver a team talk before every game.

Where next?

In this lesson you have learnt about command sentences and used them in your writing.

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