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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.


PE Uniform

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!


PE Ambassadors 

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. 



Year 5/6 Swimming Gala at Dunes

We only went and did it again! We brought the trophies back to school from what was an amazing morning at Dunes.  We won 1st place for the boys and 1st place for overall winners of the intermediate schools.  The children were so proud to show everyone their medals and the two trophies on their return to school.  What an amazing end to an incredible term.  

Year 3/4 Girls Football: 1st Place

Sports Hall Athletics: 1st Place

Netball Team: 2023/2024

Year 5 Kurling

Year 3 Multi Skills festival

Year 4 Gymnastics 

Table tennis tournament 




Santa Dash: December



Year 3 and 4 Dodgeball

Hockey @ Formby Hockey Club

Football Teams 2023/2024






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


Cross Country

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



















Sports Hall Athletics


Gymnastics Competition

After School Club - Archery Year 5 & 6


KS2 Dance Club


Table Tennis