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.
6th July - Getting active and having fun at our lunchtime club today!
28th June - Hunts Schools Sports Partnership brought the Sports Science equipment to school today. Mrs Forster worked with our year 5 children to help them to be able to deliver the sessions to the rest of the school. Saturn class had fun challenging themselves to produce personal best times and scores on all of the equipment - some even made it to the leader board.
Well done to our Sports Science Event leaders!
Jupiter class really enjoyed their PE session yesterday - fun and lots of team spirit were the order of the day!
It was perfect weather for long jumping and sprinting at athletics club!
Our Quad Kids team travelled to the St Ives Outdoor Centre today, to compete in the Level 2 Quad Kids competition. This is always such a great event and today did not disappoint. The children competed in 4 events - 600m, Vortex Howler throw, standing long jump and 75m sprint. It was lovely to see the look of determination on their faces and how our children supported each other in their events. The event also gives the children experience of competing on an athletics track. Well done everyone and a HUGE thank you to the parents who helped with transport.
It was really nice to be able to welcome HUNTS SSP back into school today. In Saturn Class, Mrs David taught and consolidated the fundamental skills needed to play Tag Rugby. Mars Class were practising the skills needed to throw accurately and over the next few weeks, will be exploring other skills needed for our School Games Day on 28th June. Despite being indoors, both classes had lots of fun - we are hoping for better weather next week!
Y3 at DLPT Summer Sport Event (25th May 2017)
Having fun learning new skills at athletics club.
Boxing Fitness - Year 3/4 have been working with the Premier Sports coachng team over the last few weeks, where they have been given the opportunity to experience different sports - this week it was Boxing Fitness. The focus of the session was to improve cardio-vascular fitness, accuracy and agility in a safe, controlled environnment, whilst having fun.-
The final results of the Cambridgeshire Primary Schools’ Cross-Country Relay Championships are in!! In the girls championship, 109 teams took part - our girls came 10th in the Small Schools competition. 137 teams took part in the boys championship and our boys came 4th in the Small Schools competition. I am so very, very proud of both of our teams - the athletes should be very proud of themselves too. A huge thank you to all the parents and friends who transported the children to the event and supported the teams around the course. I can't wait for the athletics season to begin!
The Cambridgeshire Primary Schools’ Cross-Country Relay Championships took place yesterday afternoon at Priory Park in St Neots. The event, which is one of the largest of its kind in the country, was attended by 70 schools from across Cambridgeshire. We took a team of 4 girls and a joint boys team with KPA. I have to say, that I think this was one of the most exciting Cross Country Championships that I have ever attended (and I have attended many!) Our children were outstanding! Their commitment to training for the event and their teamwork, which was so evident yesterday, has been inspirational. All of our athletes gave 100% - I think that they even surprised themselves. Perhaps the best part of the afternoon was looking at the smiles of the children as they finished their lap – they then continued to run around with their other team mates offering encouragement. It was such a pleasure to accompany the teams and I look forward to receiving the final results.
A group of year 4 Outdoor Adventurers travelled to Hinchingbrooke School today, to take part in the very first Out Door Adventurous Activities Festival. The activities took place in the stunning grounds of Hinchingbrooke House and the teams were led and assisted by year 9 young leaders. Despite a chilly morning, the children soon got warmed up and took part in 6 different orienteering challenges - their favourite was called "Funny Faces"! The festival compliments the skills that they have been learning in school with Mrs. David (HSSP). The children’s enthusiasm shone through and it was such a pleasure to accompany the team
We did orienteering activities with Mrs David (HSSP) today, as part of our Outdoor Adventurous Activities unit of work. The children learnt how to use control markers, control punches and control cards. Once these key skills were mastered, the children worked in small teams to complete a small orienteering course. It was so lovely to be able to do the activities out on the field, amongst the spring daffodils!
Mr Toyer from St. Neots Golf Club came into our assembly thiis morning and told us all about golf for children. He showed us the equipment he uses and some of the fun games that can be played. Saturn class were then treated to an "Introduction to Golf" taster session, which included key skills, target putting and team games. Children in Saturn and Jupiter classes will be bringing home details of taster sessions that will take place at St Neots Golf Club. This is a fantastic opportunity as we are always looking to build links with local sports clubs and introduce our children to new sporting opportunities. The sessions are FREE and spaces are limited, so to avoid dssappointment, don't delay booking if you would like your child to take part.
Our new Fun Archery club started with Mrs David (HSSP), this afternoon. It was such fun and lots of new skills were learnt. I think we have some budding archers in the making!
What a perfect afternoon for Cross Country running!
Silver School Games Award
We are so proud to be able to display our Silver School Games Award, which finally arrived just before Christmas. The Silver Award was for the year 2015/16 and reflects all of the handwork of our children and staff; it is displayed beside our Bronze Award for 2014/15.
At a recent Key Stage assembly to celebrate our award, we decided that we would love to work towards achieving the Gold Award! We discussed the benefits of keeping active and it was lovely to hear about the wide range of sporting activities that our children enjoy, outside of school.
It would be nice to hear more about our children’s out of school sporting activities and achievements - look out for further details of how we hope to do this, next term.
Well done and thank you to all of the children and staff for their continued commitment to high quality PE in our school.
Hunts School Sports Partnership at Great Staughton Primary Academy
Do take a look at the following links to the Hunts School Sports Partnership website, which gives a flavour of the activities that they delivered in our school, last term.
PE Specialists from HSSP regularly visit our school to work alongside staff, to deliver excellence in sport. Our children always enjoy their sessions and improve their skills.
We look forward to welcoming them back after half term, when they will be delivering a unit of Outdoor Adventurous Activities with some of our children.
Last term, Saturn Class were taught gymnastics by Mrs Forster from the Hunts Schools Sports Partnership. During the final session, they combined all of the skills that they had learnt, into a routine which they performed to the rest of the class. I was particularly impressed with the way that they linked all of the elements in their routines and the positive feedback that they were given by their peers. Well done Saturn Class
Jupiter class have been working with Mr Hayward this half term, on the basics of invasion games. They have been focusing on the game of Kwik Sticks hockey.
Cross Country Club - December
I was cold at the beginning of Cross Country Club today, but we soon warmed up!
Well Done Jade
This half term, we have been very fortunate to have had SJ fro SJ School of Dance, teaching Saturn and Mars classes. SJ decided that she would like to award a scholarship to one pupil in our school who has shown the most progression in her lessons. A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Jade from Saturn Class - Jade will now receive a term of dance lessons at SJ School of Dance in St Neots.
Well Done Jade
Jupiter class have been very busy in their PE sessions this half term.
Year 5/6 Sports Event at Winhills Primary Academy
Well what a sporty week the year 5/6 children of Saturn class have had - yesterday the Tag Rugby Tournament and today the Diamond Learning Partnership Trust sports event as Winhills Primary Academy. The children competed against Roundhouse, Winhills and Middlefield schools. I think that it would be fair to say that Dodge Ball was their favourite event - we think it should become an Olympic event! Well done everyone.
Year 5/6 Sports Event at Winhills Primary Academy
Tag Rugby Tournament
Year 5 and 6 travelled to Huntingdon Rugby Club this morning to compete in the Hunts Schools Sports Partnership Level 2 Tag Rugby Tournament for small schools. Despite the rain, the children played well and showed super teamwork and sportmanship; they were supportive, not only of their own team mates, but also of other teams. For most of the children, this was the first time that they had played in a competitive Tag Rugby match and it was very noticeable how quickly they built upon the the skills that they had learnt and practised in school. The team was awarded the School Games Values certificate for Self Belief.
A MASSIVE well done to everyone.
Tag Rugby Tournament
Yr 3/4 Sports Event at Winhills Primary Academy
A huge well done to our year 3 and 4 children who attended a Diamond Learning Partnership Trust sports event as Winhills Primary Academy on Tuesday. The children competed in Netball, Football and Dodge Ball. For many of the children, this was the first time that they had competed in such an event - it was lovely to see the children take part in new games such as Dodge Ball, learning new skills and of course having fun. The children were excites to be placed in 3rd position overall. We now look forward to the year 5/6 event which is being held next week. A very big thank you also, to the parents who gave their time to help with transporting the children.
Rio Paralympics - 2016
To mark the start of the Paralympics, Saturn class have been exploring what it would be like to be a disabled athlete. They experienced what it may feel like to be an athlete with a visual impairment and how games can be adapted to overcome this. Most of all, they discovered that it was not an obstacle to participation or enjoyment.
We had a great time at our recent Sports Day. The event started with a parade of all of our children in their house colours - each house had it's own banner! To celebrate this Olympic year, lots of children were waving flags which they had made themselves. Mrs Naylor and Mrs Paddick led the whole school in an Olympic themed song with lots of actions! The children then enjoyed a carousel of sporting activities followed by more traditional races. The event ended with a whole school relay in which every child ran in their house team, carrying a baton. All children scored points for their houses in each activity, and in addition to this, children were awarded extra points for demonstrating the Olympic values. Well done to Pearson house who had the highest total of points this year.