It was hard to choose their favourite books as they are all book mad.

Ioan went with ‘Supertato’ by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. He found the bits for his costume himself and made the buckle. I can’t even describe how often we have read these books. Finn made his own Supertato last year, which he used to act out the stories whilst Ioan read them to us. Then Ioan made his own Supertato Box which were crafts he used for retelling ‘Veggies in the Valley of Doom‘.

Finn chose ‘Barry The Fish With Fingers’ by Sue Hendra. He borrowed this book from the library every week for months, until he decided to use one of his book vouchers to buy it.

Finn was adamant that he wanted to use real fish fingers, despite my suggestions that it might not work very well. I decided to let him try it and discover the difficulties for himself. After trying to fend off his little brother and the dog, who were both competing to eat his fingers, he agreed to wear the fingers we made instead.

Cian loves ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. So much so, that it has accompanied us on trips to the dentist, doctors and for his first haircut.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been a favourite of ours for years. Last year, Finn was absolutely obsessed with it so we did all sorts of activities based on it. From ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Shopping‘ for his ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar Picnic‘, to hole-punching and a sink play.

I took Cian’s photo outside, then when we came inside I caught him climbing on the easel.

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.


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.