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Sam does woodwork

Four year old Sam is making a ninja sword. He is already competent at using some of the tools and is working out how to solve problems he encounters.

Good for looking at

  • COEL – Creating and thinking critically, having their own ideas
  • Woodwork
  • Creativity
  • Tool use
  • Physical development
  • Concentration
  • Effective practice

 

Four year old Sam is making a ninja sword. He is already competent at using some of the tools and is working out how to solve problems he encounters.

Notice

  • How is Sam learning? Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does the adult support Sam’s learning?
  • How does the environment support Sam’s learning?
  • What is valuable about the materials provided?

Reflect

What are your thoughts about:

  • What areas of learning and development were covered during this activity?
  • How was he expressing himself creatively?
  • The role of the adult in this interaction – how did he support Sam?
  • The value of this type of adult initiated activity for Sam?
  • The effectiveness of the materials and resources provided for the activity?
  • How the environment supports this activity?

Respond

What would you do to:

  • Support Sam’s interest in how to create the ideas he has?
  • Encourage him to talk about how he is learning?
  • Encourage him to collaborate with other children and make something together?

What next:

  • Would you like to offer this kind of activity for the children in your setting? What would need to think about and provide before letting children have access to these kinds of tools and materials? See further reading for more information about how to set up wood working activities in your setting. 

Links

Pete Moorhouse - Learning through Woodwork book Visit Link
Pete Moorhouse - Woodwork in the early years website Visit Link