It’s 7am and Ioan’s already back working on the next adventure in his ‘Toy Story 5’ book. He’s been making books, by choice, since he was three and they are a safe space where his writing doesn’t get critiqued, just enjoyed. This definitely gave him the confidence to ‘have a go’ when he started school last year.


  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Coloured pencils
  • Sticky tape


He works on these in secret, then we all get the grand unveiling.

Here is the first adventure in Toy Story 5.

For anybody not used to reading a 5 year old’s writing, the final page below says:

“It was a balloon and the sheet made it look like a monster.”

My favourite part is the back page, where he’s drawn some of his older books in case we want to read those too.

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 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.

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.