Tuesday 12th March - It was such a pleasure to accompany our year 4 gymnasts to the Key Steps Gymnastics Competition, held at Huntingdon Olympic Gymnastics Club today. Determination, committment, teamwork and smiles were there in abundance today :) The event was attended by 29 teams over two sessions! Thank you to all of our gymnasts - you did GSPA proud. Thank you to Mrs Todd, who helped transport the children and supported the team at the event. A huge thank you too, to Mrs Griffiths, who prepared the children for the event.
4th March - Keeping fit whilst having fun at Mrs Hampson's Just Dance club. Think I may have to join :)
1st March 2019 - So very proud of our Quicksticks hockey team who travelled to St Ives One Leisur Oudoor Centre today, to compete in the Level 2 Quicksticks hockey tournament. This was the first time that the team had played together and it was lovely to watch them grow in confidence and skill level as the tournament progressed. I think they all came away with a new love of the Quicksticks game - one comment that I overheard was, "I just want to do it all over again!" Huge thanks go to Mrs Griffiths who was there coaching the team and to Mr Taylor who helped to transport the team and support them at the event.
Thursday 28th February - What a wonderful evening we had yesterday for our return to cross country club. I think that they were tired at the end :)
PE in Saturn and Jupiter class - Thursday 7th February
Another week of gymnastics and pupils are self and peer assessing each other to tick off gymnastics skills on assessment sheets. Amazing effort from both classes and pupils are so motivated and have a very mature attitude to having the freedom to practise new and existing skills.
Big thank you to the leaders at gym club on Thursday. Mrs Griffiths
1st February 2019 - Exercising, keeping warm and having fun at KS2 Ribbons club today ...
Thursday 31st January 2019 - Both Jupiter and Saturn classes had curriculum gymnastics sessions with Mrs Griffiths yesterday afternoon. They were consolidating existing skills and learning new ones. This week they were using the vault and were tryng out different ways of dismounting - they included, tuck, straddle, pike, half and full turn. The gymnastics club also had fun learning new skills too ...
News from Mrs Griffiths - 24th January
Year 4 completed an interval training session on the playground. They are mastering warm ups and are doing them independently which is excellent to see.
Jupiter class had an hour of gymnastics with year 4 and all the children worked very hard on core skills. I hope they enjoyed it.
18th January 2019 - It may be cold in the morning, but we keep warm by staying active on the playground before school ...
18th January 2019 - Our new gymnastics club got off to a great start yesterday. The children benefitted from new equipment including, crash mats and wedges, which allowed them to practice forward and backward rolls in a safe environment. Mrs Griffiths was assisted by our year 5 and 6 young leaders; it is so good to see them volunteering their time to help our younger pupils.
Saturn PE - Spring 2019 This term Saturn class will be learning lots of different training methods to improve cardio vascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, agility and more. They are also doing gymnastics. Last week we were using some new equipment to perform backward rolls into handstand, straddle and front support. More equipment will be arriving shortly to allow children to try more new skills.
Don’t forget that jewellery is not allowed to be worn in PE.
Great News! This term (Spring), Mrs Griffiths will be running an exciting new Gymnastics club on Thursdays after school. The club is open to years 3 and 4 as they will be preparing for a year 3/4 competition which will be held at Huntingdon Gymnastics Club in March. However, if numbers allow, it may be possible for other years to join in too. If your child is interested please return the club reply slip as soon as possible as places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Year 6 children are also invited to apply to for the role of gymnastics leaders at the club.
13th December - A few photos from Saturn's curriculum PE netball sessions this half term.
13th December - The Cross Country Club would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy Christmas holiday!
13th December - We have had a fantastic half term in Cross Country club. It always amazes me how enthusiastic and committed the children are to their sport, whatever the weather. Well done team - I look forward to successful 2019 season.
13th December - Over the last half term, Saturn have been concentrating on Netball skills and Dance with Mrs Griffiths. Over the last few weeks they have been creating routines with a Jazz, Charlston and Jive influence. They have been focussing on partnering activities, including mirroring, matching and canon skills. Today they had such a lot of fun with the bell belts (which gave it a real seasonal feel) and they even managed to incorporate some lifts into their choreography. Well done Saturn Class and Mrs Griffiths.
12th December - As part of our PE provision this term, Mars and Jupiter have been concentrating on Dance, and we are really lucky to have our own dance teacher, Miss Jones. To showcase some of the new skills they have learnt this term, the rest of the school and many parents and friends were treated to a super
23rd November - Such a cold evening for our Cross Country club yesterday! However, our hardy athletes still wanted to train. We did succumb to the weather about half way through the session though and were invited to join Mrs Griffiths Table Tennis club, who were enjoying Cardio Table Tennis! We soon got warm and doubled the fun! Thank you Mrs Griffiths.
8th November - Mr Finlayson of the Hunts Schools Sports Partnership was a very special visitor to our Celebration Assembly this morning. We learnt in July, that we had been award the GOLD level School Games Mark Award for 2017-2018. The School games Mark is a government led awards scheme which rewards schools for their commitment to the development of sports in school and the community. Our wonderful sports crew accepted the award on behalf of the school. HUGE thanks to staff, parents and the wider community who support us, and of course our amazing children, whose ethusiasm for the opportunities provided, makes it all worthwhile. Well done team Great Staughton.
6th November - Sshh! Mars class are dancing to Christmas music today!
1st November - Well, what terrible weather for our first cross country session! However, we did keep active (warm and dry), as we joined our new Table Tennis club run by Mrs Griffiths. Lots of fun was had be all!
1st November - WOW! Jupiter class had a super successful time at the DLPT year 3 sports event this morning. Along with year 3 children from KPA, they competed in dodgeball, netball and football - when all of the points were added up, our joint teams were rewarded with 1st place! They have a very smart shield, which they will share with KPA. I know that Miss Connor is so proud and impressed - the chidren supported each other and showed outstanding teamwork, at the same time as developing skills and having fun! Well done year 3.
31st October - A huge WELL DONE to our year 5/6 rugby team who competed in the level 2 small schools rugby tournament at Hinchingbrooke School today. This was the first time that the team had played together in a competitive setting and as the tournament progressed their team spirit, confidence and skill level grew with each match. Everyone agreed that they had so much fun and they look forward to more tournaments in the future.
9th October - A great big THANK YOU to Mrs Hampson and the Grand Union Vineyard Church in Milton Keynes, who have kindly donated a full size table tennis table to our school. An equally big THANK YOU also, to Mr Nairn who arranged collection and delivery of the table. We hope to arrange a table tennis club in the near future.
19th September - Meet our new Sports Organising Crew! They will be busy organising fun activities with our children at lunchtime and helping generally with all things sporty!
14th September - A perfect day for Saturn's first Tag Rugby coaching session yesterday ...
12th September - It was a pleasure to be able to join Year 1 for part of their dance lesson in PE yesterday.
12th September - Jupiter class have been learning some seriously cool new moves in dance ...
I am very excited to announce that I have just found out that we have been awarded the GOLD School Games Mark Award for 2017-2018. The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress. A HUGE thank you to all of our staff, parents and wider community clubs who always work so hard to enable this to happen and provide our children with the sporting opportunities that they deserve. Most of all I would like to thank our children who are always enthusiastic and make the most of the opportunities on offer. I look forward to a great sporting 2018-2019. Happy holidays!
20th July 2018
Here at GSPA we are constantly looking to provide our children with new sporting opportunities and forge links with sports clubs. We are so very proud of two children who have been attending the the junior squad at St Neots Table Tennis Club following a taster session organised by Mrs Di Gutteridge a HUNTSSP and St Neots Table Tennis Coach. The awards were made jointly by HUNTSSP and St Neots Table Tennis Club, prior to National Table Tennis Day on Wednesday, for the commitment and achievement of this talented duo! Mrs Gutteridge is looking to organise more taster sessions in September.
Tuesday July 17th
I would like to say a HUGE thank you to our year 6 Sports Organising Crew for 2017/18, who have worked tirelessly (and without complaint) during lunchtimes, organising and supporting fun sports based activities for the rest of the school. Thank you also, to those members of the Sports Organising Crew, who helped to organise and run the C4L club - your help has been invaluable. It has been a privilege to work with such a motivated and enthusiastic group of young sports leaders.
Wednesday 27th June - The whole school have been busy this afternoon, preparing for Sports Day on Friday. The children learnt about the Olympic and Paralympic values of Excellence, Friendship, Respect, Excellence, Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality before splitting into their house groups. Each house is named after a sporting icon (Jessica Ennis, Bradley Wiggins and Lee Pearson) and the children spent time researching their athletes. The afternoon also had a cultural element, with each house being given a country that has significant importance in the sporting world calendar: South Korea (2018 Winter Olympics), Brazil (2016 Olympics) and Japan (2020 Olympics). Be sure to be there on Friday morning to see the work that they have produced for the opening of our Sports Day!
On Monday, year 6 travelled to Winhills School to compete in the year 6 DLPT sports event. We entered a combined team with KPA which rotated around multi-skills, rounders and dodgeball activities. The GSPA/KPA team worked so well together and had lots of fun! They were rewarded with being awarded joint 2nd place. Well done!
Tuesday 12th June - What a great morning we had at the HSSP Quad Kids (Level 2) event held at the St Ives Athletics Track today. Our team competed in howler throw, standing long jump, 600m and 60m sprint. For many, it was the first time that they had experienced being at an athletic track which was very exciting and inspiring. The event really did bring out the team spirit of GSPA children, as they supported each other with encouragement and advice. I do not have results yet, but I do know that there were some outstanding performances and all of our team came away feeling very proud of themselves. It was so lovely to see the children competing and enjoying themselves - the smiles on their faces says it all! Well done team GSPA, I am very proud of you all!
26th April 2018 - A huge well done to all of our atheletes who competed in the 2018 Cambridgeshire Cross Country Championship last week. It is such an amazing event with so many different schools competing from across the county. In the girls competition, 122 teams started the race and our girls were placed 51st ( 8th within the small schools competition). 146 teams started the boys race and our team was place 16th in the small schools competition. Wonderful results - I am so very proud of them all! Many thanks also to all of the parents and friends who came along to support the teams. I am now looking forward to the athletic season
14th March 2018 - I could not be more proud of our Quicksticks hockey team who attended the level 2 Quicksticks tournament in St Ives today - their enthusiasm and commitment was inspirational. This was the first time that the children had played together as a team and as the afternoon progressed it was lovely to see them gaining confidence and learning new skills and tactics. Thank you also, to Mr Middleton who help with transport and supported the children during the tournament.
22.2.2018 The Taster Sports Club, run by Mrs David from HSSP, was a HUGE success. The children had the opportunity to try a new sport each week. On the final week, the children voted for their favourite sport, which was New Age Curling - very timely with curling being one of Great Britain's key events at the 2018 Winter Olympics currently being held in PyeongChang. We look forward to welcoming Mrs David back in the Summer term.
22.2.2018 - Last half term, Saturn Class worked with Mrs David (HSSP) on Principles of Balance. During their final session they had the chance to perform a sequence of 4-6 linked actions, combining balances with other actions. Impressive stuff!
Saturn Class are enjoying Netball this term, with our Living Sport Coach Mr Hayward, ahead of a High 5's tournament planned for May.
10.1.18 - Our new Taster Sports Club started on Tuesday. The club is run by Mrs David from Huntssp and the children will be introduced to a new sport each week. This week it was New Age Curling - I wonder what next week will be?
10.1.18 - This term Mrs David from Huntssp is working with Mars class, to deliver a unit of gymnastics based around the principles of balance. The children had great fun - they learnt how to move around the room and hold balances. The moves and balances were named after pasta: spaghetti, spaghetti on the plate, pasta bows, sphaghetti hoops, pasta twist and ravioli - can you guess any of these in the photos?
10.1.18 - This half term, Saturn Class are working with Mrs David (HSSP) in PE. They are working on Principles of Balance - by the end of this unit the children will be able to create and perform a sequence of 4-6 actions which combines balances with other actions. This week the children performed a conditioned phrase showing body tension in balances.
Paralympian meets youngsters at St Neots Table Tennis Club - 27th November
It is so lovely to see our pupils exploring new opportunities in sport and gaining inspiration from the sporting activities that we offer in school. During the summer term, Mrs Gutteridge (HSSP) delivered Table Tennis coaching to Saturn and Jupiter classes. As a result of this, a number of children have since joined the St Neots Table Tennis Club. This weekend some of the youngsters were offered the opportunity to take on the role of ball retrieval at an event held at the club. Paralympian, Rob Davies was at the event, and he brought along his Paralympic Gold medal which he won at the 2016 Paralympic games in Brazil. How wonderful!
Year 5 DLPT Sports Event - 8th November
The year 5 children from GSPA and KPA attended the year 5 DLPT sports event at Winhills School today. The event was also attended by teams from Winhills, Middlefield and Round House schools and all of the children competed in dodge ball, netball and football matches. It was such a close competion! There were 5 placings available - our team came 3rd, but they were only 1 point behind the two teams that tied in 1st place! It was so good to see all of the children taking part and having fun; they showed great teamwork and determination as well as respect for the other teams. A huge WELL DONE to the children of both schools.
Level 2 Small School Tag Rugby Tournament - November 1st, 2017
I could not be more proud of our Tag Rugby team, who competed in the Level 2 Small School Tag Rugby Tournament! This was the first time that the team had played together in a competitive environment and during the tournament they demonstrated excellent teamwork, and as their confidence grew, we could see the team develop the skills that they had learnt in school. Well done everyone!
As part of our PE provision this half term, Jupiter and Saturn classes have had the opportunity to take part in Table Tennis, delivered by a Hunts SSP coach. During the final session yesterday, the children were able to hone their nearly acquired skills with fun target based activities. It was also the last session for the after school Table Tennis Club - the club has proved very popular and 2 children are now attending sessions at the St Neots Table Tennis Club. If you would like to know more about local opportunities, the St Neots Table Tennis Club can be contacted at 01480 810076, alternatively just let me know and I will put you in touch.
We are super excited to receive our #PLPrimaryStars equipment pack. Great online resources too! Our Sports Crew are certainly impressed and are looking forward to using them!
Say "HELLO" to our new Sports Crew! They will be helping staff and lunchtime surpervisors with all things sport. We look forward to working with you all.
The children in our Table Tennis club are certainly building their skills; this week they have been practicing their forehand and backhand shots with Mrs G! They have also been playing "battleships" which is an activity to improve their target skills. Such fun!
Table Tennis came to Great Staughton today! Mrs Gutteridge of HSSP delivered sessions to Saturn and Jupiter classes, as part of their curriculum PE provision - during the sessions the children learned the basics of bat and ball control, through skills based activities. The Table Tennis club built on these new skills with fun games and challenges. For the rest of this half term, the sessions will take place on a Thursday afternoon
12th July - National Table Tennis Day! Mrs Gutteridge from St Neots Table Tennis Club, came into school today to celebrate National Table Tennis Day. She told us all about table tennis and gave the children the opportunity to try fun table tennis based activities - some of the adults even took up the challenge. Did you know the game is also known as Ping Pong and Wiff Waff? If you would like to know more about activities at the club (for all ages and abilities) please let me know.