Child-led learning. Finn called me over to see a word he’d written independently.


  • Paper
  • Felt-tips


Two months ago, Finn wasn’t interested in writing or drawing. At three, I didn’t push him as I knew it’d come in it’s own time.

Now he is obsessed and nothing will stop him. I always walk in and find him and Ioan lying on their tummies, surrounded by piles of scrap paper and felt-tip pens.

Finny’s used to seeing Ioan sounding out words and loves segmenting words himself. Having said that, I wasn’t prepared for him to write the word ‘Incredibles’ independently as ‘increbibls’. I was so shocked that I searched the cushion label to see if it was written somewhere.

When Ioan got home from school he wanted to join in with the superhero theme. His friends talk about the Avengers, so he wanted to show us what they look like and had a go writing their names.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.


ELG 10 – Writing:

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.