Using a magnet to help BB-8 search for scrap metal. We did this in anticipation of ‘Star Wars Day’ tomorrow.


  • Tray of sand
  • Scrap metal – alan keys, spanners, curtain rings etc.
  • Magnet
  • BB-8


Finn enjoyed counting the pieces of scrap metal as he worked.

Finn loved this activity, exclaiming “Wow!” when he found something new.

I set this back up for Ioan to find after school. I adapted it after Finn’s go, swapping to a deeper box which contained the sand as Ioan searched.

He read the instructions independently, before getting stuck in.

Ioan thought BB-8 would be happy with all the money he’d get for the scrap metal pieces he’d found.

At the end, I asked Ioan what had been happening.

Afterwards we went on to talk about why magnets attract and repel.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Communication and language

ELG 01 – Listening and attention:

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.

ELG 02 – Understanding:

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions. They answer ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about their experiences and in response to stories or events.

ELG 03 – Speaking:

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.


ELG 09 – Reading:

Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.