Churchill Fellowship Update

Churchill Fellowship Update

Researching the rich potential of creative woodwork in early childhood education
Winston Churchill Fellow 2018- update

My research abroad is now almost complete. The final leg will be to Sweden. It has been such a privilege to travel as a Churchill Fellow – and it has certainly opened up many doors. Through my trips I’ve met leading researchers at Harvard University, The mayor of Helsinki, The director of education for Finland, and many leading academics, authors and policy makers in New Zealand, as well as a great many passionate and dedicated teachers.

I have been overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity, with people often dedicating half a day of their time to being interviewed, having in-depth discussions and showing their provision. (But no-one let on just how much time it takes to set up and coordinate all these appointments!)

My research has been looking into the value of woodwork and making in early childhood education, looking at countries that have well-established provision or have innovative practice. There is wealth of rich practice out there ranging from the well-established making in Finland both in early years and primary education. Every primary school has designated technology spaces for woodwork and fabric work and their work is often directly connected to other areas of learning. In the USA the rise of the maker movement has had a phenomenal impact on education with many schools adopting ‘tinkering labs’ or ‘makerspaces’. In New Zealand woodwork is firmly established in early years settings – it was a delight to see the engagement of very young children working on their models with real tools.

Practical work is highly valued in many cultures but in the UK we have very mixed messages. The sad reality is that the majority of UK school children never get to use tools in their entire education – early years, primary or secondary.  Less than half schools in the UK even offer D&T at GCSE level and courses are being cut almost weekly due to funding and EBacc prioritisation marginalising arts and technology. Meanwhile the government is saying we need more students with practical skills and we need to encourage more students to go into manufacturing, engineering and science. In terms of early years we are also dealing with new challenges – for a generation that is learning to swipe before they can walk we desperately need more hands-on experiential learning.

From my research the value of working with tools is clear. Woodwork is a truly cross-curricular activity embracing all areas of learning. Children almost universally seem to enjoy working with tools, with hands and minds working together and we see extraordinary levels of sustained engagement with high levels of persistence. Raised self-esteem and confidence is central and all teachers highlighted just how important woodwork can be for developing children’s creative and critical thinking skills as children express their imagination and problem-solve. The benefits are truly wide ranging: increased physical development, enhanced well-being, increased sense of agency – that can-do spirit, mathematical thinking, scientific knowledge, artistic expression, craft and design thinking and all of these combine to have a profound impact on children’s learning and development. They are becoming the designers, creative thinkers, architects, engineers of tomorrow. Woodwork also provides a wonderful foundation to go on to more technical ‘making’ incorporating electronics and computing.

I have been in the fortunate position that I get to present regularly at national and regional conferences as well as deliver regular training to teachers so in that way I have almost immediately been able to share findings from my research trips and hopefully these inspire others and already start to have an impact on provision here in the UK. I am now in the process of establishing the Early Childhood Woodwork Association in the UK and The Big Bang Project to further research woodwork and promote woodwork both here in the UK and overseas. I’m looking forward to the final phase in Sweden and then working out just how I can best use this knowledge, how to best make waves in the media and how to really have the greatest impact on provision here in the UK.

EYFS Woodwork training in Oxfordshire

EYFS Woodwork training in Oxfordshire

There are  upcoming woodwork training opportunities in Oxfordshire! This is a two part course with a project in between the two sessions to enable you to feel confident and to successfully introduce woodwork into your school or setting.

Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance
Tutor: Pete Moorhouse

From this course you will:

Understand the value and theory of woodwork.
Learn about the historical context of woodwork
Understand the potential of woodwork for creativity and critical thinking
Learn how to introduce woodwork safely, implementing an effective risk assessment.
Understand the most suitable tools for young children and how to use them.
Be confident to develop a woodworking area.
Know where to buy the most appropriate tools and materials

For more information and to book:

OTSA Professional Development AM sessions

OTSA Professional Development PM sessions

Pete awarded Winston Churchill Fellowship

Pete Moorhouse, an artist educator from Bristol, will be travelling to Finland, New Zealand, Sweden and the USA to research best practice in  woodwork in early childhood education. Pete’s Churchill Fellowship is supported by the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation.

“Most children in the UK never touch tools in their entire education. A whole generation is missing out on the rich development opportunities that practical work with tools provides.” “I am passionate about the opportunities that woodwork provides for young children. It is a truly cross-curricular activity, encompassing all areas of learning and development, and can really play a central role in education. Woodwork is exceptional for developing children’s creative and critical thinking skills, as they tinker and experiment with the possibilities of wood and tools, and then go on to express ideas and resolve their work” –Pete Moorhouse

Early years teaching

 

“Churchill Fellows search the world for ways to improve their communities and professions.”

Over the next 12 months, they will travel the world and research cutting-edge solutions to important topical issues.

These 150 Fellows include people from all walks of life, researching topics across a broad range of sectors, from housing to nursing, science to education.

More info……

Book Launch – Bristol March 15th 4-5pm

Dear EYFS teachers, practitioners, heads, colleagues

Join us to celebrate the publishing of the new book “Learning Through Woodwork: Creative Woodwork in the Early Years” by Pete Moorhouse.

Join us at St Werburghs Nursery, Bristol (BS2 9UX) for tea and cake! There will be opportunity to see the new book and we’ll be sharing examples of woodwork practice at the nursery and providing information about woodwork in EYs education, including demonstrating the most suitable tools to use. This is a free event Thursday 15th March 4 – 5pm. Copies of the book will be available to buy.

We are also running a CPD training day – Introducing creative woodwork in Early Years education on May 22 – contact the school directly to book your place. rosie.duckett@bristol-schools.uk

What other say about the book:

“Every so often a book is written that helps practitioners to develop their work in deep and far reaching ways. This is that sort of book.”
Tina Bruce CBE

“The benefits that working with wood offers young children shine through in this timely and informative book that will become a mainstay of your setting.”
Neil Henty, Early Years Educator Magazine, UK.

‘The Definitive EY Book for Woodwork. Destined to be a classic’
Juliette Robertson Early Years Consultant

Early Years Woodwork Training in Bristol

Early Years Woodwork Training in Bristol

CPD training: Introducing Creative woodwork in Early Years Education
March 7th and May 22th  – Full day training sessions
Further information:   http://www.stwerburghs.com/teacher-training/
Contact Rosie Duckett to book:   rosie.duckett@bristol-schools.uk

From this course you will:
 Understand the value and theory of woodwork.
 Learn about the historical context of woodwork
 Understand the potential of woodwork for creativity and critical thinking
 Learn how to introduce woodwork safely, implementing an effective risk assessment.
 Understand the most suitable tools for young children and how to use them.
 Be confident to develop a woodworking area.
 Know where to buy the most appropriate tools and materials

CPD Woodwork training with Early Education in Birmingham

Introducing woodwork in early years education

Date:
Tuesday, 26 June, 2018
Location:
Birmingham
Venue:
Allens Croft Children’s Centre, Allens Croft Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands, B14 6RP

*Price – NB early bird discount is applied automatically if available: for the Member rate, please login to your account.

  • Members £150, or with early bird discount (until 15 May 2018) £120
  • Non-members £180, or with early bird discount (until 15 May 2018) £150

Book three training days at once, or three places on a course, and save £20 on each of them! To take advantage of this offer, add the three events to your basket, and use the coupon code: EEDISCOUNT3 – the discount will automatically be applied at the checkout.Course outline

Woodwork is hugely popular and provides a rich source of enjoyment as well as learning. The impact is profound and long term. Deep levels of engagement and intense concentration are common and the children often remain involved in their explorations for extended periods. Woodworking allows children many opportunities including; expressing their imagination, problem solving and sustained perseverance with challenging tasks. The learning outcomes have been remarkable and encompass all areas of the EYFS.This practical session will look at ways in which woodworking can be safely introduced in your early years settings. We will look at the theory and how woodwork meets many learning and development aspects of the EYFS. We will examine the historical context and look at examples from other countries that have been working successfully with wood for many years. There will be explanations of the most suitable tools for young children and instruction on how best to use them.  We will look at the most suitable woods.  Information on potential suppliers of wood/ tools will be provided. Explanations on how to set up a woodworking area. Suggestions for activities, open-ended explorations and longer term projects. There will be practical elements during the day for practitioners to explore the tools, gain confidence and share the experience of making creations in wood.Aims

From this course you will:

  • Understand the value and theory of woodwork.
  • Learn about the historical context of woodwork
  • Understand the potential of woodwork for creativity and critical thinking
  • Learn how to introduce woodwork safely, implementing an effective risk assessment.
  • Understand the most suitable tools for young children and how to use them.
  • Be confident to develop a woodworking area.
  • Know where to buy the most appropriate tools and materials

The trainer

You can view Pete’s profile on his dedicated Associates page.

Speaker/s:
Pete Moorhouse

Time:

9am Registration, Course runs 9.30am – 3.30pm

CPD Woodwork training with Early Education in Bradford

Introducing woodwork in early years education

 
Date:
Monday, 25 June, 2018
Location:
Bradford
Venue:
St Edmund’s Nursery School & Children’s Centre, Washington Street, Girlington, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 9QW

*Price – NB early bird discount is applied automatically if available: for the Member rate, please login to your account.

  • Members £150, or with early bird discount (until 14 May 2018) £120
  • Non-members £180, or with early bird discount (until 14 May 2018) £150

Book three training days at once, or three places on a course, and save £20 on each of them! To take advantage of this offer, add the three events to your basket, and use the coupon code: EEDISCOUNT3 – the discount will automatically be applied at the checkout.

Course outline

Woodwork is hugely popular and provides a rich source of enjoyment as well as learning. The impact is profound and long term. Deep levels of engagement and intense concentration are common and the children often remain involved in their explorations for extended periods. Woodworking allows children many opportunities including; expressing their imagination, problem solving and sustained perseverance with challenging tasks. The learning outcomes have been remarkable and encompass all areas of the EYFS.

This practical session will look at ways in which woodworking can be safely introduced in your early years settings. We will look at the theory and how woodwork meets many learning and development aspects of the EYFS. We will examine the historical context and look at examples from other countries that have been working successfully with wood for many years. There will be explanations of the most suitable tools for young children and instruction on how best to use them.  We will look at the most suitable woods.  Information on potential suppliers of wood/ tools will be provided. Explanations on how to set up a woodworking area. Suggestions for activities, open-ended explorations and longer term projects. There will be practical elements during the day for practitioners to explore the tools, gain confidence and share the experience of making creations in wood.

Aims

From this course you will:

  • Understand the value and theory of woodwork.
  • Learn about the historical context of woodwork
  • Understand the potential of woodwork for creativity and critical thinking
  • Learn how to introduce woodwork safely, implementing an effective risk assessment.
  • Understand the most suitable tools for young children and how to use them.
  • Be confident to develop a woodworking area.
  • Know where to buy the most appropriate tools and materials

The trainer

You can view Pete’s profile on his dedicated Associates page.

Speaker/s:
Pete Moorhouse
Time:
9am Registration, Course runs 9.30am – 3.30pm

CPD Woodwork training with Early Education in London

Introducing woodwork in early years education

 Child using woodworking tools
Date:
Wednesday, 21 March, 2018
Location:
London
Venue:
Old Church Nursery School, Walter Terrace, off Bromley Street, London, E1 0RJ

*Price – NB early bird discount is applied automatically if available: for the Member rate, please login to your account.

  • Members £150, or with early bird discount (until 7 February 2018) £120
  • Non-members £180, or with early bird discount (until 7 February 2018) £150

Book three training days at once, or three places on a course, and save £20 on each of them! To take advantage of this offer, add the three events to your basket, and use the coupon code: EEDISCOUNT3 – the discount will automatically be applied at the checkout.

Course outline

Woodwork is hugely popular and provides a rich source of enjoyment as well as learning. The impact is profound and long term. Deep levels of engagement and intense concentration are common and the children often remain involved in their explorations for extended periods. Woodworking allows children many opportunities including; expressing their imagination, problem solving and sustained perseverance with challenging tasks. The learning outcomes have been remarkable and encompass all areas of the EYFS.

This practical session will look at ways in which woodworking can be safely introduced in your early years settings. We will look at the theory and how woodwork meets many learning and development aspects of the EYFS. We will examine the historical context and look at examples from other countries that have been working successfully with wood for many years. There will be explanations of the most suitable tools for young children and instruction on how best to use them.  We will look at the most suitable woods.  Information on potential suppliers of wood/ tools will be provided. Explanations on how to set up a woodworking area. Suggestions for activities, open-ended explorations and longer term projects. There will be practical elements during the day for practitioners to explore the tools, gain confidence and share the experience of making creations in wood.

Aims

From this course you will:

  • Understand the value and theory of woodwork.
  • Learn about the historical context of woodwork
  • Understand the potential of woodwork for creativity and critical thinking
  • Learn how to introduce woodwork safely, implementing an effective risk assessment.
  • Understand the most suitable tools for young children and how to use them.
  • Be confident to develop a woodworking area.
  • Know where to buy the most appropriate tools and materials

The trainer

You can view Pete’s profile on his dedicated Associates page.

Speaker/s:
Pete Moorhouse
Time:
9am Registration, Course runs 9.30am – 3.30pm

EYELA Teaching School Alliance – Woodwork CPD


Looking to Introduce Woodwork into your Curriculum?

Join Pete Moorhouse to engage in this inspiring and practical session.

Wednesday 21st February 2018 : 1.00 – 4.00pm

EYELA Room, Pickhurst Infant Academy, Pickhurst Lane, West Wickham BR4 0HL

Woodwork is hugely popular and provides a rich source of enjoyment as well as learning. The impact is profound and long term. Deep levels of engagement and intense concentration are common and children often remain involved in their explorations for extended periods, impacting on the PSED skills.  Woodworking allows children many opportunities including; expressing their imagination, problem solving and sustained perseverance with challenging tasks. The learning outcomes have been remarkable and encompass all areas of the EYFS. Children’s physical skills, both gross and fine motor are developed as they learn to saw, screw, nail and drill.

This practical workshop will look at ways in which woodworking can be safely introduced in your early years settings. We will look at the theory and how woodwork meets many learning and development aspects of the EYFS. We will examine the historical context and look at examples from other countries that have been working successfully with wood for many years. There will be explanations of the most suitable tools for young children and instruction on how best to use them. Information on potential suppliers of wood/ tools and explanations on how to set up a woodworking area will be provided. .Suggestions for activities, open-ended explorations and longer term projects will be shared.

There will be a practical session for practitioners to explore the tools, gain confidence and share the experience of making creations in wood.

Aims:

From this course you will:

  • Understand the value and theory of woodwork.
  • Learn about the historical context of woodwork.
  • Understand the potential of woodwork for creativity and critical thinking.
  • Learn how to introduce woodwork safely, implementing an effective risk assessment.
  • Understand the most suitable tools for young children and how to use them.
  • Be confident to develop a woodworking area.
  • Know where to buy the most appropriate tools and materials.

Who should attend?

Early Years Leaders, Manager, Teachers and Practitioners.

Facilitator:

Pete Moorhouse is an Artist Educator and Early Years Consultant. He is an associate trainer for Early Education and is an Honorary Research fellow at The Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol researching creative and critical thinking in early years. He is the author of several journal articles and books and a Member of ICEnet – the International   Creative Education Network.

To book a place, please complete the online booking form.


To book on a course please complete the booking form opposite stating dates you wish to attend. If you have any further questions in relation to the course please contact Lisa Bromley, EYELA Manager lisa.bromley@pickhurst-inf.bromley.sch.uk stating the course title and date.