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 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. 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 sessions for practitioners
to explore the tools, gain confidence and share the experience of making creations in wood.
There will be project to work on between the two sessions to enable practitioners to confidently introduce woodwork into their classroom or setting.
Two part course: 21st November and 4th March
Cost £100 +VAT including all materials
Venue: Hill End Centre, Oxford
From this course you will:
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
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.
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.