Daddy has just finished reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes to them. This book has really captured Finny’s imagination and a lot of his play is centred around it.


  • The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and Chris Mould
  • Magnatiles
  • Grimm’s bricks, rainbow, semi-circles and boards
  • Lego


First, Finn made his Iron Man out of Grimm’s bricks, rainbows and semi-circles. Then he made the tractor out of Magnatiles.

Finny drew the Iron Man. Then he made the the dragon out of bricks and Lego. Finally, he added a mini Iron Man, made out of Lego.

Finny talking through his creations:

My favourite feature is his opening and closing mouth.

Meanwhile, Ioan built the Iron Man and the dragon out of Lego.

He also added a mini Iron Man.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Communication and language

ELG 01 – Listening and attention:

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. 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.

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements.


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.

Understanding the world

ELG 14 – The world:

Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one another.

Expressive arts and design

ELG 17 – Being imaginative:

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role-play and stories.