Engaging children in woodwork: Pete Moorhouse

Engaging children in woodwork: Pete Moorhouse

Engaging children in woodwork: Pete Moorhouse

Introduction

Woodwork is a cross-curricular activity with proven potential to develop children’s creative and critical thinking skills. It was once firmly established in early childhood education in the UK, but started to decline in the 1960s and had almost disappeared by the year 2000.

"My Fellowship really helped to develop my expertise and knowledge in this area.” - Pete Moorhouse, Fellow

Childhood consultant Pete Moorhouse (CF 2018) is the UK’s leading authority on woodwork in early years education. Upon return from his Fellowship, Pete has promoted woodwork within education, presenting at many national conferences and increasing his teacher training to schools and local authorities. As a result, hundreds of nurseries and reception classes have begun offering woodwork as part of their curriculum. This impact has been UK-wide, with teachers participating in training across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Pete is also the author of several books that promote the benefits of learning through woodwork and has had several journal articles published in the educational press.

Pete is an honorary research fellow at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education and is currently researching creative and critical thinking in early years. He recently initiated the Big Bang research project, which aims to collate the evidence of the impact that woodwork has on children’s learning and development. The interim findings were published in February 2021 and Pete will continue to collect data until 2023 when the final paper will be published.

Passionate about the opportunities that woodwork provides for young children, Pete was keen to explore best practices in other countries. His Fellowship took him to Finland, New Zealand, Sweden and the USA to research the provision of woodwork in early childhood education.

Pete says, “I am truly humbled by just how much enthusiasm there has been for my promotion of woodwork as an educational medium. I have been on a mission for several years now to encourage woodwork in early years education and my Fellowship really helped to develop my expertise and knowledge in this area.”

"My Fellowship really helped to develop my expertise and knowledge in this area.” - Pete Moorhouse, Fellow

Childhood consultant Pete Moorhouse (CF 2018) is the UK’s leading authority on woodwork in early years education. Upon return from his Fellowship, Pete has promoted woodwork within education, presenting at many national conferences and increasing his teacher training to schools and local authorities. As a result, hundreds of nurseries and reception classes have begun offering woodwork as part of their curriculum. This impact has been UK-wide, with teachers participating in training across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Pete is also the author of several books that promote the benefits of learning through woodwork and has had several journal articles published in the educational press.

Pete is an honorary research fellow at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education and is currently researching creative and critical thinking in early years. He recently initiated the Big Bang research project, which aims to collate the evidence of the impact that woodwork has on children’s learning and development. The interim findings were published in February 2021 and Pete will continue to collect data until 2023 when the final paper will be published.

Passionate about the opportunities that woodwork provides for young children, Pete was keen to explore best practices in other countries. His Fellowship took him to Finland, New Zealand, Sweden and the USA to research the provision of woodwork in early childhood education.

Pete says, “I am truly humbled by just how much enthusiasm there has been for my promotion of woodwork as an educational medium. I have been on a mission for several years now to encourage woodwork in early years education and my Fellowship really helped to develop my expertise and knowledge in this area.”