Our Christmas this year was very much Fantastic Beasts themed. As their two presents from us, all the boys had asked for art for their bedrooms and smart clothes that could double up as Fantastic Beasts outfits.

Ioan loves dressing smartly and regularly chooses to do his home learning in a shirt, tie and suit jacket. After seeing Fantastic Beasts, he fell in love with the clothes Young Dumbledore wears.

Finny loves everything about Newt, from his love of magical creatures, to his slightly awkward nature and of course his purple bow tie.

Cian, by default, was cast as Jacob. As long as he was able to wear his new safari animal bow tie and eat a mince pie, he was fine with this!

Finny very much identifies with Newt from Fantastic Beats. He’s been busy crafting characters for his role play. These are just a few of his favourite crafts from the wizarding world. The ones included here are baby nifflers, and Pick the bowtruckle, alongside a sorting hat and flying key from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

We really believe that the crafts they make should be played with, rather than just displayed on a shelf. So seeing him role play with his crafts makes us very happy. Finny showed me he’d added pockets to his baby nifflers to store their stolen treasure.

Then the nifflers decided to play with the sorting hat.

Finn had also made the Hogwarts Express, which made a sound when he squeezed it, like a steam train.

Being Finny, he then wanted to see the effect with steam train sounds playing in the background.

DfES Outcomes for EYFS and National Curriculum (2013)

Art and design

Key Stage 1 Programme of study

  • use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space