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

 

Men in Early Years Conference – Bristol – 10th July

3rd National Men in Early Years Conference, on Tuesday 10th July 2018, City Hall, Bristol.

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This is going to be an amazing conference!

Bristol Men in Early Years Network write:

– More info on Bristol Men in Early Years BMIEY

This has been the result of months of hard work behind the scenes with the scope of not only raising awareness of gender issues in the Early Years, but actively seeking to put these ideas into action in our everyday practice with children.

We are pleased to put together a day featuring some of most prominent speakers on gender in the Early Years, and invite you to join us in addressing the key questions:

  • How can we effectively tackle the gender imbalance in the workforce, at just 2% male?
  • What do we need to do remove these restrictive stereotypes we place upon children?
  • Why does society not give the profession the status it deserves?
  • What difference can we make about this in the profession and in wider society?

 

With this, we are proud to announce Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London, Lord Robert Winston as one of our keynote speakers.

He will be joined by author of Cleverlands: The Secrets Behind the Success of the World’s Education Superpowers, Lucy Crehan, and star of the BBC2 documentary ‘No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free’’ Graham Andre.

There will be a wealth of knowledge and experience to be shared by our Workshop and Stall Leads and we have invited local Bristol organizations to celebrate the work being carried out across the city to tackle gender inequality.

We are fortunate enough to offer these tickets heavily subsidised. As a Community Interest Company, anything we make will go straight back into the network. Tickets are just £40 and £20 for Standard and Students respectively (plus booking fees). Spaces are limited!

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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.

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The Project Approach lecture – Dr Sylvia Chard

Dr Sylvia Chard

Project Approach

Extended in-depth learning

19 April 2018

4.oo-5.30

St Werburgh’s Park nursery school, Bristol

We are delighted to have Sylvia Chard talk at St Werburgh’s. The project approach revolves around an extended and in-depth investigation of an area of interest. Children have a strong disposition to explore and discover. The Project Approach builds on natural curiosity, enabling children to interact, question, connect, problem-solve, communicate, reflect, and more. It essentially makes learning the stuff of real life and children active participants in and shapers of their worlds.

 

Dr. Sylvia Chard is Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education at the University of Alberta, Canada, She is a prolific author and has presented all over the world.

Free session:       To confirm your place:   rosie.duckett@bristol-schools.uk

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.