Physical Education at Birkdale Primary School
‘Attainment through caring, challenge and creativity'
Our Curriculum Intent
We provide a Physical Activity and a Physical Education curriculum that develops the whole child.
We want our children to enjoy being physically active, to improve fitness levels and to enjoy sport in later life.
We ensure that children develop respect and discipline through physical activity that promotes and encourages leadership skills through the wider experiences of our PE curriculum, sporting events and competitions.
Our PE leaders in school are Mrs Eden and Mr Gallagher. Mr Murphy is our full-time sports coach who as well as our class teachers, teaches PE to our children in Nursery through to Year 6, supports our SEND and PP children through the delivery of fun and engaging sporting activities and ensures that our children are prepared for the events and competitions that we enter as part of North Sefton School Games.
We are very proud to have achieved GOLD School Games Mark for 2018-2019.
During the academic years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, our school was awarded a virtual sports games award for our virtual participation during lockdown Covid 19.
In 2021-2022 we were awarded GOLD school Games Mark and in 2022 -2023 were were awarded PLATINUM award. This is such a huge achievement but an award we are very proud to have been awarded.
Please follow our sporting achievements on X @BirkdalePSSport
Early Years Foundation Stage
In Nursery and Reception, children continuously have the opportunity to be physically active whether this is through daily outdoor play sessions or when taking part in weekly PE sessions. Learning outcomes are referenced to the Development Matters 2020 in the Early Years Foundation Stage through the prime areas of Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
By the end of the Reception (ELG's), pupils will be taught how to;
*Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others.
*Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing.
*Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.
The fundamental movement skills are; skipping, running, throwing, catching, striking, rolling, hopping, kicking, balancing and jumping. Curriculum links will also be made to PSED, the whole child.
Key Stage One
Key stage 1 Pupils 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.
We use 'getset4PE' as our whole school PE scheme. Lessons in EYFS and KS1 focus on the teaching of the fundamental skills and in KS2 children, children apply their sporting skills into a wide variety of competitive sports.
Please can you ENSURE your child comes to school on their assigned PE days wearing the appropriate kit. The PE uniform is as follows;
INDOOR PE UNIFORM - a BPS logo/plain white round neck t-shirt, royal blue shorts and black pumps.
OUTDOOR PE UNIFORM - a BPS logo/plain white round neck t-shirt, royal blue shorts, royal blue BPS hoodie, royal blue tracksuit bottoms and trainers.
All hair longer than shoulder-length must be tied back and earrings removed or covered up for safety reasons.
Children's Views on PE
Why we love PE at Birkdale Primary School!
We asked our children here at Birkdale Primary what they thought about PE in our school. Here are some of the amazing views we received:
(Reception) – I love running around!
(Reception) – I like stretching, so my muscles get bigger.
(Reception) – I like PE because we have lots of room on the play deck.
(Year 1) – I love warming up pretending to be different animals!
(Year 1) – I like playing lots of different games with my class.
(Year 2) – I like running.
(Year 2) – Hula-hooping is my favourite thing about PE!
(Year 2) – I love football!
(Year 3) – I love playing football in PE because I want to be a goalkeeper!
(Year 3) – I like moving about!
(Year 3) – My favourite thing about PE at BPS is Dodgeball!
(Year 4) – PE is one of my favourite subjects because I love all sports!
(Year 4) – I enjoy PE because it helps me stay active.
(Year 4) – When I grow up I want to be a tennis player and PE helps me improve.
(Year 5) – I like how active it is and the variation in activities.
(Year 5) – I like PE because I enjoy staying fit and active.
(Year 5) – I enjoy PE because it helps me improve my speed.
(Year 6) – I love PE because it's fun, and you get to do lots of different sports.
(Year 6) – I think PE at this school is great, and I love representing my school at matches and competitions.
(Year 6) – I like staying fit and active, especially outside in the fresh air!
During the coming weeks, our Year 6 children will have the opportunity to become a PE ambassador. Two children will be selected to help in all aspects of PE around our school. Mrs Eden, Mr Gallagher and Mr Murphy look forward to announcing our PE ambassadors and giving more information on what they will be doing throughout the academic year.
AUTUMN TERM 2023
Santa Dash: December
Hockey Competition @ Formby Hockey Club
Football Teams 2023/2024
SUMMER TERM 2023
Netball Team 2022/2023
2022/2023 Football Team
5 a side Netball Competition
5 a side Netball Competition
Wally Cain Dance Festival
Year 4 Lawn Tennis
Year 5 OAA at Edge Hill
OAA at Edge Hill Year 4
Year 5 Football Team representing Southport at Finch Farm
KS1 Girls Football
KS1 Cricket Festival
Footgolf with Year 3 and 4
Lawn Bowls Festival
Year 5 Tag Rugby
Year 3 Football Tournament
Tag Rugby with Year 4
Year 4 Football
SPRING TERM 2023
Sports Hall Athletics
After School Club - Archery Year 5 & 6
KS2 Dance Club