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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.


Please can you ENSURE your child comes to school on there assigned PE days wearing the appropriate kit. Children will wear their PE kit for the full day and will be required to have it washed and dried ready for their following week. Some after school clubs have started to resume during the spring term.  These are Y5 and Y6 football and Y6 netball.



Please share your celebrations, videos, photos from National School Sports at Home 2020 via twitter @NorthSeftonSG. @birkdaleprimary


It would be fantastic to see as many young people and their families from across North Sefton having fun and taking part #NSSWtogether



We are very proud to have achieved GOLD School Games Mark for 2018-2019.


During the academic year 2019-2020, our school was awarded a virtual sports games award for our virtual participation during lockdown Covid 19. Thank you to all the children and families that took part during these times.


This year (2020-2021) we are extremely fortunate to have Mr Murphy, a sports coach in school supporting our teaching staff in Nursery, Reception, KS1 and KS2. Lessons focus around the teaching of the fundamental movement skills thorough fun and energetic games which the children are thoroughly enjoying. Mr Murphy also leads a 'get moving' lunchtime club for the children in Reception and Year 1 and coaches our after school rugby club on a Tuesday. 


 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.


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. Children are taught their fundamental movement skills, through the Lancashire Scheme of Work for Early Years.  Learning outcomes are referenced to the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage through the prime area of Physical Development:Moving and Handling.

The fundamental movement skills are; skipping, running, throwing, catching, striking, rolling, hopping, kicking, balancing and jumping.


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.




Virtual Gymnastics Competition - Autumn Term 2020.

Fabulous and exciting news!  Our Year 6 girls came 1st for North Sefton and now progress through to the Merseyside Wide District and the Year 4 girls were runners up.   Here they are with their certificates and medals.

Virtual Pentathlon Event - Autumn Term 2020

Well done to all of our winners from Reception to Year 6 for taking part in the pentathlon event - speed bounce, standing long jump, high jump, chest push and the 100 metre shuttle run. 


We are so pleased to announce that we are the MERSEYSIDE CHAMPIONS for the Reception girl long jump and Year 2 and 3 girls 10x10 metre shuttle run!  

Virtual Dance Festival - Autumn Term 2020

The theme for the dance festival this year was 'Friendship'.  Our Reception children performed a dance that told the story of their feelings and experiences of starting school from waving goodbye on that very first day to making new friendships along the way.  

Personal Challenge Autumn Term 2020

Well done Year 1's for winning the Year 1 Jumping Jack personal challenge for North Sefton this Autumn Term.  


Playground Activity Leadership Training

Thank you to Kate Alyson, our North Sefton School Games Organiser, for coming into school to train 20 of our key Stage 2 children to become 'Playground Activity Leaders (PAL).  They thoroughly enjoyed their training and learnt about the skills needed to become a PAL and the games that they can lead during break times.  Each year group has their own playground bag of equipment to use outside.  Keep busy and have fun!

Personal Challenge Spring Term 2021

Our winners were from Year 2 (Around the World), Year 3 (bench jumps) and Year 6 (burpees). Excellent work!

Introducing a new sport into our school curriculum this term is ...Archery for Year 6.