Ioan hand makes a book for us every morning, before breakfast. He told us, “I need to keep writing stories every day, then when I’m older they will be really good and I can be an author all the time.”


  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Typewriter


This was yesterday’s story, titled, “Mitten”.

Usually all of Ioan’s writing and illustrating are done by hand, but today he had a go on Taid’s old typewriter. He learnt how to type upper case letters, a full stop and exclamation mark. Ioan was surprised how hard it was to press the key down hard enough to print clearly on the paper, he giggled that it was the first time he had heard Taid telling him, “Don’t be gentle.”

He learnt how to start typing on a new line, but most exciting of all, Taid taught him how to turn the ink he was typing with red.

Ioan used his new knowledge to write a message to leave on Daddy’s pillow.

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.

Understanding the world

ELG 15 – Technology:

Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.