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Training sessions available at St Werburgh’s Park Nursery School and Children’s Centre. A National Teaching School. Brsitol. Click links to view pdf information sheets.
Introducing Creative Woodwork in Early Years Education
Woodwork is a very special activity to introduce to young children and has the potential to make a profound impression. Woodwork is full of rich learning opportunities and is a very popular activity with children. Deep levels of engagement and intense concentration are common with children often involved in their explorations for extended periods. I introduce the children to many provocations in our studio but working with wood has consistently impressed me by engaging the children in a profound way and by providing many opportunities for creative and critical thinking. The learning outcomes have been remarkable.
The workshop will look at ways in which woodworking can be safely introduced to early years settings.
- We will look at the theory and how woodwork meets many learning and development aspects of the new EYFS.
- We will look at examples from other countries that have been working successfully with wood for many years.
- We will talk about risk and health and safety issues. Look at example risk assessments.
- 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
- Practical session for practitioners to explore the tools, gain confidence and share the experience of making creations in wood.
Course Tutor: Pete Moorhouse has worked with young children in education for over 20 years and is the Artist in Residence at St Werburgh’s Park Nursery (National Teaching) School and Children’s Centre in Bristol. He has spent the last five years researching woodwork in early year’s education, collaborating with practitioners from Japan and the USA who engage children in woodwork, sharing experiences, best practice and evaluating learning outcomes. He is the author of the book “Woodwork in Early Years Education” and had several journal articles published on woodworking in education. Pete delivers training both in the UK and overseas.
St Werburgh’s Park Nursery School and Children’s
Centre, Bristol A National Teaching School
CPD Courses January – July 2014Artist in Residence – Pete Moorhouse
All CPD courses are designed and delivered by Pete Moorhouse and staff from St Werburgh’s Park Nursery School and
Children’s Centre – A National Teaching School.
Pete Moorhouse is a professional artist who has over 20 years of experience of working as Artist in Residence within
schools. He is the author of Woodwork in Early Years Education and has had several journal articles published.
Encouraging Creativity in Early Years Education
• Develop your theoretical understanding of Creativity
• Understand the importance of encouraging creativity in education
• Look at ways in which we can encourage creativity and critical thinking in young children
• Inspiring ideas for provocations
Saturday 1st February 2014 9.30-12.30pm £75
Working with Intelligent Materials
• Placing and arranging with natural and found materials – encouraging open
• Intelligent materials for the playground – outdoor learning with loose
• Linking intelligent materials with learning and development in the EYFS
• Learn how creativity and curiosity underpin children’s emergent thinking and
• Practical session giving opportunities to explore our resources
Thursday 24th April 2014 4-6pm £60
Creative Approaches to Mathematics
• Discover methods to engage children in mathematical thinking
• Develop your understanding on how children develop their mathematical
• Creative approaches to mathematical teaching
• Sample ideas for activities
Thursday 27th March 2014 4-6pm £60
Learning from Reggio Emilia
The Reggio Emilia approach is a world renowned educational philosophy originating from
the pre-schools of Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy.
Centre to their philosophy is the importance of creativity and developing the child as an
• Gain an in depth understanding of the Reggio Emilia approach
• Explore the main aspects of the philosophy
• Learn how to take inspiration from Reggio Emilia into your own professional practice
• Drawing on Pete’s experience of visiting the schools in this region of Italy
Thursday 22nd May 2014 4-6pm £60
The Language and Dialogue of Photography
• Using children’s photographs as a vehicle to express themselves and encourage
• Using children’s photography for reflection, evaluation and documentation
• Camera skills and computer organisation of images
• Moving images – making video clips
• Whose picture is it anyway? Image rights and permissions
Thursday 26th June 2014 4-6pm £60
Creative Woodwork in Early Years Education
• Deepen your understanding of the learning and development associated with
woodwork in relation to the EYFS
• Learn how to introduce tools and set up a woodworking area
• Learn about health and safety issues and risk assessments
• An opportunity to have hands on experience and gain confidence working with wood
• Information on where to source materials and tools
Saturday 7th June 2014 9.30-12.30pm £75
As a National Teaching School (NCTL/DfE) we work in a collaborative partnership, Bristol Early Years
Teaching Consortium (BEYTC) with Redcliffe Children’s Centre & Nursery School and St Pauls Nursery School &
To book onto a training course or discuss other aspects of our work please contact:
St Werburgh’s Park Nursery School & Children’s Centre,
Bristol. BS2 9UX
(0117) 903 0323