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Welcome to our PE page


......where we will aim to keep you up to date about our in-school opportunities and sessions.




We are very proud to have achieved Silver School Games Mark for 2015-2016.
Remember to check our
'School Clubs - Sports Clubs'
page for details of those too. 
These include - netball, gymnastics, taekwondo, dance, football and more throughout the year.

We're sure that you all agree, that in order to live full and active lives, children need to be encouraged to take part in as much physical activity as possible in a fun, enjoyable way.
Here at Birkdale, we take this belief from the beginning of your child's school life and aim to provide them with many opportuniites for developing their physical skills, from outdoor play sessions in Nursery and Reception to our orienteering in Upper Key Stage 2.

Taught sessions throughout the year include games, dance, gymnastics and outdoor adventure sessions.

Key Stage One

Key stage 1 Pupils, through the Lancashire Scheme of Work for KS1, are taught to develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They are given the opportunity to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.


Pupils are taught to:

master basic movements (on both the dominant and non dominant side of the body) including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
perform dances using simple movement patterns.


Key Stage Two

Key stage 2 Pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.


Pupils are taught to:

use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
perform dances using a range of movement patterns
take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.


Swimming and water safety

pupils in year 3 and 4 are taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

All children should therefore ensure that they have a full, named PE kit in school at all times in a named drawstring bag to include -


  • blue/black shorts
  • white t-shirt
  • black pumps
  • blue/black tracksuit bottoms
  • blue/black jumper or jacket


Remember, for safety reasons, no jewellery should be worn for PE including earrings. 
If earrings cannot be removed, microporous tape to cover them should be included in your child's PE bag.

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