Our Woodwork Workshop
Over the last two weeks we have been developing our woodwork workshop in our Nursery garden. An appeal for tools and wood has been very generously met by parents and families across the wider school and our workshop is now very well-supplied. Mr Pascoe, our School caretaker, is busy sourcing materials to put a roof on one of our outdoor spaces so that we have a covered area in which to work and keep ourselves, our workbench and the resources dry.
It has been very cold this past week but this has not deterred some of our children excitedly having a turn at using the work-bench, using real tools, exploring the processes of joining the pieces of wood and other materials together, and being very careful to keep themselves and their fellow ‘woodworkers’ safe.
I’m sure that the area will become increasingly well-used as the weather improves and we are looking forward to watching the development of the children’s creativity, problem-solving skills and explorations as their experiences and skills in working with wood grow. Watch this space!
I would like to add a note of acknowledgement to author and woodwork teacher, Pete Moorhouse, and Early Years teacher, Anna Ephgrave, whose various books, training, online publications and articles on woodwork with very young children have inspired us to open up this area for our children.