From Phil at today’s holiday club....thanks all and we’ll see you over Easter! Energetic play swamp and the big soil-filled tree root were a big focus of today for most of the group, but there was also time for some whittling, using the saws, helping to set the fire away and finding mini-beasts for the other children. One child even helped make the lunchtime dhal, cutting the vegetables, for the first time, and she ate more than everyone else too! Many of the children tried something new, and others developed a wee bit more awareness of the needs of others, and for one child it was about confidence building with the leaders (making fire) until he felt ready to engage with the bigger group.
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What People Say...
Volunteering with Stomping Grounds is the highlight of my week! Forest School is everything I hoped it would be – a space for children to be themselves, be wild, have some freedom and autonomy and to learn and play outside of the classroom. It’s such an important opportunity for the children and it really does feel like a privilege to be part of it and to spend my Friday mornings with this bunch of vibrant, inquisitive little explorers.Lani
My girl started at the under 5 group after she just turned two and has been going for the last 18 months. It has been a huge part in developing her deep connection with nature and her confidence in the outdoors. Our son has been going since he was born, and has now got his forest legs. It’s a great programme, that I also loved as an adult. We would still be there if we weren’t moving away. Really miss it.Dave Nguyen
I’ve spoken to Sophie who shared her aspirations for these woods and it will be fantastic for children to learn about our countryside and its diversity as well as its maintenance. I am really excited about these woods and that they have been saved for future generations.??Brian Hudspith
I have just completed my first term of Forest School with my almost 4 year old and 1.5 year old. It’s been a wonderful experience, the kids have flourished in the environment and they have had the freedom and responsibility to try activities that they would never have been able to try in a different setting. Sophie is a great facilitator, nothing is too much trouble and overall the atmosphere amongst the group has been really welcoming and friendly. Will be back again soon!Katy Madgwick
Myself and my little boy Oliver (13 months) have been going to the under 5’s session every Monday and we both love it! So nice to see kids getting involved in outdoor activities and being exposed to risk taking, decision making, nature and crafts in a family friendly way! Brought my 5 year old niece to the launch day and she has absolutely loved it and is really looking forward to coming for a few summer school sessions!Sarah Louise Glover
My toddler has been going to the under 5s sessions in Brockwell Woods for over a year now and we both love it. Sophie is wonderful and very good at getting small children engaged! MJ enjoys using tools and having the space to get clarty. She still has a small car which she made in forest school and carries everywhere proudly telling people that she made it. Its a lovely group for adults too – everyone is friendly and lends a hand. Would highly recommendHannah Sorley
Back to nature. Joseph really enjoyed his time with the Forest School,
just what every kid needs! Would recommendKatherine Fletcher
My two boys had the best two days with Stomping Ground Forest School during the Christmas holidays. They absolutely loved it. I dropped them off both days feeling great trepidation, especially on the first day when it rained literally all day, and both days they came home so full of everything they’d done and all the fun they’d had: crafts, making dens, campfires, roasting marshmallows, splashing in mud (or the ‘mud on your face game’ as my oldest called it)… My washing machine may never recover but am delighted they had such fun! Would recommend to anyone.Julia Louise
Fantastic bumps & babies session this afternoon. A very welcoming group to meet other parents and share a love of all things outdoors.
A huge thank you to the forest school leaders for trialing these new sessions! I can’t wait to bring my little one along to join in once he arrives ♥️Sadie Diamond-Fox
Stomping Grounds have been providing regular forest school sessions at our school for the last 4 years. Every class who work with them love the lessons and the opportunity to get up close to nature.
The forest school teachers are always highly professional and have excellent regard for the needs of individual children, as well as for the safety of the group. They form great relationships with the pupils and never fail to create interesting and inspiring learning that ensures our pupils always want to come back for more!Tim Godfrey, Mountfield Primary School
My 6 year old attended the Chopwell Forest School for the first time and he absolutely loved it! He’s not stopped talking about how much fun it was! Thank you!Angela Dennison
My son really loves his Saturday forest school adventures! He has grown in physical confidence and is much more daring in what he will do and attempt. He’s also much more comfortable with things like insects, muck and the stuff of nature! It’s a great way for children to explore the natural world, make new, non-school friendships and learn to cooperate, enjoy the outdoors and push their own boundaries. Out of school activities can be tricky if your child isn’t ‘sporty’ or doesn’t want to do drama, dance etc. Forest School is the perfect solution! I like how it has a good balance between structured and unstructured play too. Would recommend to all.Sarah Raad
Our passion is to create Forest School opportunities for all children, not just for those who’s parents can afford to pay for it or understand its aims.
We believe that by reconnecting communities with the natural world, humans can gain a deeper understanding of our place within the ecosystem and how our choices and actions can impact the environment.
If you’re looking to start a career in outdoor education, or just want to spend more time outdoors, we’d love for you to come and join us at one of our beautiful sites throughout the North East.
1 day 13 hours ago
No doubts that this will be awesome
1 day 16 hours ago
We still have space on this club which starts next week, Wednesdays after school, heavily subsidised and half price tickets still available, please choose the ticket that beat suits your needs Stomping-grounds.org/book
1 day 20 hours ago
A great day at Dukes Hagg for half term club today. The rain held off long enough for us. New friendships were formed, old friendships were rekindled. We baked bread and soup around the fire, discovered and excavated a wonky mammoth and played in the stream. We still have spaces left for our session tomorrow. Book via stompinggrounds.bookwhen.com
3 days 15 hours ago
Saturday club adventuring, freedom, popcorn and leave no trace fires. Lasting childhood memories. Be Wild, Belong Together, epitomised!
3 days 18 hours ago
Saturday club making friendships, adventuring, snacking on popcorn and have the best time ever. Childhood as nature intended. 3 spaces on our March term Stomping-grounds.org/book
3 days 20 hours ago
Thank you to everyone who came to join us for Family Fun yesterday. Hopefully the birds in your gardens are enjoying their handmade snacks today! Lots of new faces spending time down in the stream, hanging on the rope ladder, swinging in the hammocks, drinking hot chocolate and munching warm popcorn. Family Fun runs once a month - hope to see you all again on March 14th.
6 days 17 hours ago
Celebrate love by protecting your planet. Fridays for Future climate strikes tomorrow 14th feb Newcastle Gateshead and Hexham meets. Thanks to friends of the earth for the graphic.
6 days 18 hours ago
Our Prudhoe West group marvelled at the wonder of a huge tree that fell during the recent storms. We assess our sites post storm to ensure the area is safe for us to take our groups. Seeing such a large tree felled by wind power was quite awe inspiring
1 week 2 hours ago
We are looking to recruit 3 new non executive directors to Stomping Grounds CIC Stomping Grounds Forest School is a small but growing Community Interest Company based in the North East of England with ambitious plans for future expansion of its services. To help us grow we need experienced members of the public to join our Board and take the governance to the next level. We are particularly keen to recruit members of the local communities within which we operate: South Northumberland, West Gateshead and Newcastle. We are looking for people with, but not limited to, the following experience. If you think you have something to offer that isn’t listed here we would still look forward to hearing from you: Experience of working in the charitable sector at board or SMT level Expertise in Finance, Fundraising, HR, Marketing or PR Experience of working in the legal profession Experience of working with disadvantaged communities Board meetings take place quarterly on a Thursday 7-9. In addition to quarterly meetings, we would expect members to volunteer ½ day per quarter of time and expertise to support the Executive Director to continue to grow and monitor the social impact and the trading income of…