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PE Newsletter Spring Term (1)

Physical Education at Birkdale Primary School

‘Attainment through caring, challenge and creativity'


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.


Please follow our sporting achievements on twitter @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.

Childrens 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:  


Henry (Reception) – I love running around!

Paul (Reception) – I like stretching so my muscles get bigger.

Louis (Reception) – I like PE because we have lots of room on the play deck.


Harvey (Year 1) – I love warming up pretending to be different animals!

Harry (Year 1) – I like playing lots of different games with my class.


Dzesika (Year 2) – I like running.

Jacob (Year 2) – Hula-hooping is my favourite thing about PE!

Jack (Year 2) – I love football!


Ezra (Year 3) – I love doing football in PE because I want to be a goalkeeper!

Olivia (Year 3) – I like moving about!

Scarlett (Year 3) – My favourite thing about PE at BPS is Dodgeball!


Sophia (Year 4) – PE is one of my favourite subjects because I love all sports!

Amy (Year 4) – I enjoy PE because it helps me stay active.

Aleigha (Year 4) – When I grow up I want to be a tennis player and PE helps me improve.


Thomas (Year 5) – I like how active it is and the variation in activities.

Millie (Year 5) – I like PE because I enjoying staying fit and active.

Theo (Year 5) – I enjoy PE because it helps me improve my speed.


Alanah (Year 6) – I love PE because its fun and you get to do lots of different sports.

Archie (Year 6) – I think PE at this school is great and I love representing my school at matches and competitions.

Harrison (Year 6) – I like staying fit and active especially outside in the fresh air!


PE Ambassadors 

Our PE ambassadors for the year have been selected. They will work alongside both Mrs Eden and Mr Gallagher throughout the academic year. Some of their duties will include: 

- looking after and checking the sports equipment

- ensuring the correct PE uniform is being worn by everyone on PE days 

-discuss ways in which we can improve the subject with Mrs Eden and Mr Gallagher

- play an active role in planning and organising Sports Day for both KS1 and KS2 


Congratulations to both of you, we look forward to working with you on helping make our subject even better! 





Sports Hall Athletics

Gymnastics Competition

After School Club - Archery Year 5 & 6

KS2 Dance Club

Table Tennis




Fantastic results for our children who took part in the Y5/6 table tennis event at Formby High school. We came 2nd. Check this out on our school sports twitter page @BirkdalePSSport.

Well done to the children who took part in the dodgeball tournament @FormbyHigh this afternoon. A credit to the school. Excellent teamwork and honesty in all 6 games.


Year 1 and 2 Judo Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes

Year 3 and 4 Cricket Festival at Fleetwood Hesketh Cricket Club

Year 3-6 Tri-Golf Event at Formby Hall Golf Club

Y3-Y6 Crown Lawn Bowls Festival (Commonwealth Games 2022) celebrating the sport of lawn bowls.

Our amazing netball team have played outstandingly well all year, securing them a place in Sefton's GOLD tournament this year! They came 3rd in the tournament last week and we are all beyond proud of them!!!


Our Year 6 children took part in a North Sefton Athletics Competition at Greenbank High School. We came 2nd on the night so we progressed through to the North Sefton school final stages.  We were extremely proud of the wonderful attitude they had and that everyone encouraged and cheered each other on. We are delighted to say we came 4th overall out of all the North Sefton Primary Schools.  

Obstacle Relay

Over and Under Relay

Vertical Jump

Triple Jump

Speed Bounce


Celebration Time..... we're through to the final.

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Year 6 Athletics Team

Meet our swimming gala 2022 team. The girls brought home a trophy!

Year 3 & 4 Tag Rugby Team at Southport Rugby Club

We are proud to announce that out of 10 schools playing in this event we came 2nd. The children were awarded with their silver medals in our school assembly.  

Y5 & 6 Tag Rugby at Southport Rugby Club


This term, we welcome Mrs Freeland to Birkdale.  She is working incredibly hard with our KS2 children in our after school dance club.  


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


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!


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.