Learning Through Woodwork

My latest book, Learning Through Woodwork: Introducing Creative Woodwork in the Early Years in now available!

“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

This essential guide provides clear and comprehensive support for those looking to introduce creative woodwork into early years settings. With theory, practical advice, stunning colour images and case studies, the book will inspire practitioners to embrace woodwork and encourage children’s independent creative learning.

Focusing on the numerous benefits that working with wood offers young children, from boosting their self-esteem and problem-solving skills, to enhancing their communication and social development, the author draws on over 25 years of experience to discuss each and every aspect of establishing woodwork in the early years curriculum. Including practical information on materials and tools, staff training, and health and safety advice, this go-to guide provides a treasure trove of ideas to engage children at various stages of development, drawing the maximum benefit from working with wood and tools.

Both inspiring and informative, Learning Through Woodwork will become an essential tool for early years practitioners and teachers wishing to explore and develop woodwork provision.

Available direct from Routledge and Amazon

 

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 9th  – 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.

Dubai Creativity Training

Encouraging Creative and Critical Thinking in Early Years Education by Pete Moorhouse, Dubai

Date 18-19 march 2016
Location Dubai, UAE
Hotel Holiday Inn Barsha,
www.hialbarshadubai.com
(special room rate for event)

This course will focus on how to develop children’s creative thinking. We will gain an understanding of the importance creativity plays in education and in life as a whole. We will look in detail at the experience of Reggio Emilia and their approach to encouraging creativity and independent thinking. I will present two examples of children’s explorations in depth – Woodwork and Photography. The course will conclude by looking at the role of the teacher and the importance that the environment plays, both indoor and outdoor, in facilitating creative investigation and exploration. The pedagogical approach of Reggio Emilia will be the foundation underlying all the sessions.

Day 1

8:30 – 9:00 Participants arrival

9:00 – 11:00 Session 1 : Creativity

We will gain a thorough understanding of what creativity means. Learn why creativity is so important in education and in life in general. We will look at the many factors that contribute to encouraging and nurturing young children’s creativity.

11:00 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 1:00 Session 2 : Learning from Reggio Emilia Approach

The Reggio Emilia approach is a world renowned educational philosophy originating from the preschools of Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy. Central to their philosophy is the importance of creativity and developing the child as an independent thinker. We will gain an in depth understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach and look at the main aspects of their philosophy. We will discover how we can take inspiration form Reggio Emilia into our own professional practice and Pete will share first-hand experience of visiting Reggio schools

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 Session 3 :  The Language and Dialogue of Photography

Learn how photography can be another tool for children’s creative expression and just how versatile it is. We will discover the potential for photography to stimulate communication – children’s voice. We will learn how photography can support all areas of learning by children documenting their own work

We will look at the use of photography as a way of consulting with children and understand how photography can be used as a tool for self-evaluation.

There will be information about the practicalities, best cameras for children, reviewing images, storage, software and how to successfully introduce photography to young children.

Day 2

9:00 – 11: 00 Session 4 : The Wonder of Woodwork

In this session we will learn all about the learning and development associated with woodwork and discover what a powerful medium it is for children’s creative thinking and problem solving.  We will gain an insight into the historical context and current thinking. I will explain about health and safety issues and risk assessments and how to introduce tools safely and set up a woodworking area.

11:00 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 1:00 Session 5 : Children’s Powerful Thinking and the Role of the Adult

We will investigate the role of the teacher in extending creative and critical thinking. We will look at sustained shared thinking and possibility thinking. We will also focus on the importance of documentation and reflective learning practice. We will also look at ways in which we can work together with parents to support children’s creative thinking.

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 Session 6 : The Enabling Environment the Third Teacher

The impact that the environment can have on learning and development is profound. We will look at the aspects of the environment that play a part in encouraging creativity and wellbeing. In the Reggio Emilia approach they refer to the environment as the Third Teacher – showing the importance they place on creating the right environment for learning and growth. We will look at an environment audit – a resource that could be used to reflect on your current learning environment and plan for possible improvements. We will consider aesthetics, access to intelligent materials, opportunities for inquiry based learning, environmental factors, wellbeing and sustainability.