Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Meningitis Awareness Week

Go purple this week to support the Meningitis Awareness week.

Learn more and help to spread the word about the danger of Meningitis and Septicaemia.

We have a stand in the lobby area  with information about meningitis and septicaemia, feel free to grab leaflets when you come for your class and also, you will be able to donate to help with research.
Click on the link below to find out more information about the Meningitis Awareness week.

Sun, Sep 10, 2017

3, 2, 1, its Semester 1! And its not too late to join!

Hello everyone, 

We hope you had an amazing summer and you are ready and excited to start a new season at The Little Gym Cambridge. 

Our first week of classes is behind us and we are in a full swing towards new adventures. If you still travelling or cannot attend class, please take and advantage of our Cancellation/Make up service. 

We are always looking for ways to support children's development. To make sure that children attending our classes will develop their gymnastics skills as effectively as possible we are introducing a 'Root Skill' in our Pre-school and Grade school programmes.

The Root Skill will be one skill which is going to stay the same for the whole learning unit and week to week we will change the skill progressions and teaching objectives to support children' skill growth as best as we can. 

Not a member yet? Not to worry, we still have some spaces available in our classes starting as young as 4 months up to 12 years. Call the gym to find out more about the appropriate class for your child; so you can be part of the Serious Fun journey with The Little Gym family.

Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Parent and Child Open Morning!

On Monday 21st August, we are hosting an open morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm for families with children aged between 4 months and 3 years. Come down to check out our facility, meet our team of instructors and join in with activities in our purpose built gym. BOOKING REQUIRED as spaces are limited, so call us now to secure a place!
Call 01223 324554 for bookings and timings as times differ per age group.

Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Our Super Fun Summer Holiday Camp Sessions are in Full Swing

This week our camps theme was all about Parichutin Volcano.   Besides all the fun in the gym our campers were making model volcanoes erupt!!

Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Our Animal Planet Adventure: February Half Term Holiday Camps

Last week at the gym we have been very busy learning about the different continents of the world in our Adventure Holiday Camps. Each day we have been focussing on a different continent and learning interesting facts about the world around us.

We have been making some fantastic crafts including tiger masks, paper plate penguins and paper bowl tortoises!

The children have had lots of fun moving like different animals in the gym and learning about the animals that we find in different places. Definitely safe to say we have had lots of serious fun!

Wed, Feb 15, 2017

The Little Gym Cambridge Carnival Show Week!


To celebrate the end of our current semester, we have been at the carnival this week at the gym. The teachers have been dressed up in fancy carnival costumes and we have had lots of fun celebrating everyone’s achievements.

Each child received a special The Little Gym medal for their hard work in classes and had the opportunity to show their parents some skills they have been working towards this semester.

We are looking forward to starting our new semester on Tuesday 21st February with lots of serious fun!

Thu, Jan 26, 2017

The Secrets of the Senses!

It’s our senses that provide information to our mind and body which help us to process information. Imagine driving a car – the sensory information you get from your feet, hands, eyes, and ears work together to form the whole experience. For this to happen, your senses work in coordination with each other. This is known as sensory integration.

In the gym, children go through all of the different planes of movement as they rotate, go forwards, backwards and upside down. Gymnastics is one of the few sports that enables a child to move through all of the different movement planes. This makes gymnastics a holistic sport as it develops the child as a whole. For example, when they run, forward roll, swing on the bars and walk on the beam- their senses work in coordination with one another as they develop new motor skills which become the foundation for more complex thinking.

Encouraging your child to move as much as possible, whether it be walking to the shop or participating in a The Little Gym class is so beneficial to their brain development, so Let’s Move!

Sun, Jan 15, 2017

Music and Movement


This week at the gym we are starting new learning units in our classes. For Parent Child and Pre-K classes, these new learning units are focussed around music and its effect on your children's physical development. Music and physical development go hand in hand, which is why music plays such a key role in all of our programmes.

Using music in a physical environment helps children to become more independent movers as their minds are stimulated to become a better at thinking and learning. Children's attention span is increased as the music changes and they become more creative with their expressions.  Music is also great for helping your child to cooperate and interact with other children in their age group as they bond through sounds and movement.

We are looking forward to getting creative with music and movement in the gym over the next few weeks!

Sun, Sep 25, 2016

Meningitis Awareness Week at The Little Gym Cambridge

Meningitis Awareness Week
Over the past week we have been collecting donations for the Meningitis Research Foundation.  Meningitis Awareness Week is aimed at making people more knowledgeable about the symptoms of the disease and how to spot them. 
If you fancy testing your knowledge about some of the myths and symptoms associated with this disease that causes deaths and life-altering disabilities weekly in the UK, CLICK HERE TO TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Sat, Sep 24, 2016

What have we been doing to maximise learning in our Parent and Child classes?

What sort of state do children learn best in?
This is the question we have been asking parents in our classes over past weeks. The answer, children need to be calm and alert. Too active and the child's focus is moving so quickly on to the next thing that the current activity does not sink in. Too lethargic and the child's brain is not engaged in anything so nothing sinks in.
We have been encouraging parents in the gym to observe their children and try to assess what state they are in. We then give them tools to steer their child towards the "calm alertness" needed to get the most out of all the Brain Boosting activities we do in the gym. Every child is different and we want parents to understand that investing time in observing their child in an objective way will enable the parent to help their child get the most out of the gym over the course of the semester. It is something that requires a bit of practice but pays of over the course of weeks and months.
Our primary goal is for children to learn and develop confidence through having fun. In our Parent and Child Programme the best way to do this is through teaching parents who attend with their children what they can do to maximise learning with their child both in and outside the gym.

Tue, Apr 19, 2016

The Little Gym Europe comes to Cambridge!


On the 18th April, we had the pleasure of hosting the European Curriculum Training Workshop at our gym. With more than 40 delegates representing gyms across the UK and Europe, the day was filled with flips, tricks and lots of learning. The special guest speaker, Carla MaCall, a children's Occupational Therapist, spent the morning talking to us about the importance of movement and sensory processing.

Wed, Apr 13, 2016

The Road to Rio 2016 Begins....


Spring is in full swing, and that can only mean one thing....Summer is on its way! Come join us on the 'Road to Rio' as we gear up for the 2016 Olympics this Summer. We will be running 6 weeks of Olympic themed Summer camps so the fun of one of the most prestigious games on earth can be celebrated right here! Information will be released 17th May, so keep watching this space for more information.

Thu, Apr 7, 2016

First Aid First

First Aid at The Little Gym Cambridge

On Monday 4th April the team underwent their Paediatric First Aid Training with ProTraining. The course, which was a two day course, took us through how to manage situations from bumps and bruises to infant and adult CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). A mixture of theory and practicals have sure prepared the team on how best to handle emergencies!
Thank you ProTraining!

Thu, Apr 7, 2016

Fit Forever

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Every so often, between the videos aimed at making us feel we need to buy into something that is not for us, we see something on our social media that makes us smile. In just a few minutes it can totally inspire us. Well, we just came across something that did just that. An 86 year old woman Johanna Quass performing a gymnastics routine on the parallel bars.

(Click here to see her in action)

Now we didn’t just watch this and think how well she nailed the technique (which she did), how strong she was or how flexible. We watched this hoping we would be just like her when we reach 50, let alone 86! How many grannies or granddads do you know who could do that, or even close? It got us to thinking about how much this lady must enjoy her gymnastics to still be that strong and motivated. Which, in turn, led us to think about all we do here at The Little Gym Cambridge. Creating enjoyment in something, especially being active, is normally what helps people to stick at it. Many people can be been put off exercise by the time they are in their late teens from their experiences as a child. If we can help children to have so much fun at the gym, that they can’t imagine living without gymnastics, or being active then we are doing something right. We aim to help every child realise their own potential, not by pitting them against their peers but by building their own confidence, helping them to see what they can achieve by trying. Who cares if we aren’t perfect when we do a skill? By nurturing enjoyment in the process of trying hard we can help sow that seed from a young age. 80 years from now I hope many of them will be performing parallel bars routines with a big smiles on their faces.



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