Physical Education: Blog items

Invasion Games and Ball Skills in Year Five.

Date: 31st Mar 2021 @ 4:49pm

Year Five enjoyed a coaching session with Alan Williams this week which had a focus on invasion games and ball skills. The children had to work well together as a team and focus on what the opposing team were doing. Everyone enjoyed the session!


PacMan PE session with Mr. Williams

Date: 31st Mar 2021 @ 1:59pm

Mr Williams came to school and we enjoyed a sunny morning of outdoor sports. We increased our heart rates and got warm doing lots of running, including 'everybody's on tig' and 'Pacman' which included people tigging each other by throwing a bib, then making a bridge with our body. All of this exercise contributed to our 'Road to Tokyo' goal for Boundary!

We have also been doing the Boundary Mile everyday to get us closer to the Olympics in Tokyo!

Gross Motor Fun

Date: 30th Mar 2021 @ 4:36pm

We enjoyed the beautiful sunshine today and devloped our gross motor skills. We kicked, threw and caught balls, climbed up and slid down the slide and became very inventive with the hoops!

Year Five are enjoying creating their gymnastic routines working as a team with a partner.

Date: 22nd Mar 2021 @ 4:05pm

Over the last two weeks, Year Five have been creating routines in their gymnastics lessons. They have been mostly focusing on mirrored and matched balances, arabesques and different ways of travelling. Working together as a team was vitally important whilst devising their routines.

Fundamental Skills

Date: 20th Mar 2021 @ 6:58pm

Today in Year 1, we made the most of the lovely weather and took our PE session outside! 

For the remainder of this half term we are going to be focussed on developing and improving our fundamental skills. This will include focussing on running, jumping, balancing, throwing, catching, agility and coordination.

Today we took part in a number of different team games which enabled us to practise lots of the above skills! These games encouraged us to work together as a small group within our bubble, as well as testing our listening and communication skills. 


Dodging Our Way Through PE

Date: 18th Mar 2021 @ 1:35pm

In today's PE lessons we looked at different skills we would need as part of 'Invasion Games'. Today's skill was 'dodging'. We had to remember to look where we were going (keeping our heads up) in order to effectively dodge opponents who were coming towards us. For one of our activities we worked in groups of 4/5 where we held hands in a circle by holding plastic bands. One member of the group had a bib tucked into their waist band and they are the ones to be defended. The catcher then had 30 seconds to try and catch that person's bib whilst the group worked together to defend them by blocking the attacker. As you can see from the pictures, we had a great lesson! 

The Royal Ballet Zooms in

Date: 18th Mar 2021 @ 1:29pm

We have been having weekly Ballet lessons from The Royal Ballet School via zoom. Miss Gough has taught us some beautiful ballet moves as well as the French words for meaning. We have enjoyed linking our ballet lessons with our Light topic in Science as we have danced like lights, flames, fireworks and candles. Ballet is all about core strength, stamina and control. 

French words:

Tendu - to stretch

Reverence - curtsey

Arabesque - lifting one leg behind the other

Port De Bra - Movement of the arms

Pirouette - to sping

Plie - bend the legs

PE - Invasion Games

Date: 17th Mar 2021 @ 3:42pm

Year 4 were practising their attacking and defending skills in PE this morning during invasion games. The children communicated well with their peers to support the games they were playing.

Invasion Games PE

Date: 11th Mar 2021 @ 2:54pm

Not only do we have to remember our PE Kit for Wednesday (Royal Ballet), we also need it on Thursday for invasion games with Mr. Willets. This should be a white T-shirt and black shorts with pumps. It was great fun to get hot and increase our heart rate in the hall with our class. We need to make sure we are keeping ourselves fit and healthy both inside and outside of school. This will also help contribute to the Road to Tokyo goal for Boundary of physical activity. 

Year Three and Four loved their first lesson with the Royal Ballet!

Date: 8th Mar 2021 @ 4:43pm

Year Three and Year Four really enjoyed their first lessons this year with Sarah and Rob from the Royal Ballet! They learnt all about the Royal Ballet School at White Lodge and how ballet and lots of its terminology originates from France. 

The children learnt some of the main ballet positions and their dance was linked to light which is one of the current Science topics in Lower Key Stage Two. Children learning at home also joined in with the Zoom lesson. 


Date: 14th Dec 2020 @ 11:01am

Reception have been busy getting physical!

In PE they have been learning how to balance, climb and make a shape with their bodies. They worked very hard to maintain their balance and most of them managed to not topple over!

Team Work Makes The Dream Work

Date: 7th Dec 2020 @ 6:57pm

What a challenging lesson today's OAA was! The pictures say it all!!!

Our first activity was to split into two groups and run through the hoola hoop obstacle course at the same time as the other team. Once we were face to face with our opponent, we had to play 'rock, papers, scissors' and the winner could carry on their journey as the other person had to go to the back of their line. As soon as one person made it to the other side, they won a point for their team. 

Our next task consisted of us getting into groups of 4/5 where we had to balance the hoola hoop on the back of our hands (on our fingers). We then had to follow particular commands whilst the hoola hoop balanced such as: kneel down, raise your arms up, put one arm behind your back, lift one leg up etc... This tested our patience with our team and relied on good communication skills. 

Our final task was to get into groups of 8 where we were given a number 1-8. There were 9 cones and we had to get in numerical order but only by moving one space (and person) at a time, and using the blank space. to achieve this This is a similar concept to the game slider puzzle. 

We can't wait to see what next week's lesson has in store for us! 

Points and Patches

Date: 24th Nov 2020 @ 3:39pm

This week in PE, we focused on perfecting our point and patch skills. A point is where a smaller body part is being used to balance, whereas a patch is where a larger body part is being used to balance. Today, we got apparatus out. We had to travel in different ways up the benches to the podiums. Once we were on the podiums, we had to hold our chosen point or patch. Then we had to safely jump off the podium and land on two feet.

Balance and Spin!

Date: 17th Nov 2020 @ 8:06pm

In PE this half term we have started gymnastics, focussing on balancing and spinning on points. We have been learning how to perform controlled spins, supporting our body weight in symmetrical balances, and spinning on apparatus.

We initially discussed what is a spin and what parts of our bodies we can spin on. We practised spinning on our front, side, back, and bottom in symmetrical shapes. We really focussed on performing with control and imagination! After we perfected three spins we then added a balance in between each spin. We had to try and hold our balances for 5 seconds each!

We are going to be practising and perfecting our sequence over the next couple of weeks! We will then be working on peer assessment of each others performances, observing and giving feedback to refine our sequences and performance.

OAA Team-Building Skills

Date: 12th Nov 2020 @ 8:47pm

In our PE session today, we had a great time learning and developing our team-building skills where we had to work on our communication and listening skills. Today's task was to pair up, sit back-to-back and one of us to draw a picture without our partner seeing. We then had to describe what we had drawn to our partner so they could attempt to draw the same. I know what you're thinking, 'You could just tell them what you have drawn!' But, it wasn't as simple as that. We could only describe it in shapes, sizes and position. After that, we teamed up in groups of 4 where 2 people held a mat between two others. The ones on each side of the mat, had to choose a person between them to strike a pose. The two holding the mat, had to describe to the other how the person was positioned. Once they were in position (and it was a mirror of the other person) the mat was removed to reveal them. Were they the same? Did they communicate and listen effectively? On the whole, we did extremely well and we can't wait to see what our next OAA session has in store for us! 

Orienteering competition

Date: 5th Nov 2020 @ 4:15pm

Today in PE we took part in an orienteering competition. Spread across the MUGA were 12 posts with a letter attached to each one. In groups of four, we had to work through 8 different routes and write down the letters that we came to on each route. We were timed to see how long it took us to complete all 8 routes. The winning team did it in a time of 12 mins 23 seconds. All of Blackpool schools completed the same course and there will be an overall winner. Stay tuned to see if it was us!!

Dance and Art - We're Bright Sparks!

Date: 4th Nov 2020 @ 8:53pm

Welcome back to Autumn 2 in Year 3. This week we have started learning about Artists Georges Seurat and Henri Rousseau, we looked at their paintings and added comments about colour, form, texture and shapes. We expressed our likes and dislikes. We also started our first Dance unit, Dance around the world. It was great to talk about all the different styles of dance we knew and then we began to create a 32 beat motif based on 3 different dance styles, African, Indian and Street Dance. We had to keep in time to the beat and it was tricky, but a good first week. 

We also listened to the Fire Service Bright Sparks assembly and talked about how to stay safe around Bonfire Night. Our top tip is to hold a sparkler in a carrot or cucumber!

Mud, glorious mud!!

Date: 4th Nov 2020 @ 10:04am

Platform pupils had a fantastic time in our Boundary Forest School.

We really enjoyed splashing in the muddy puddles!

We showed our great teamwork skills building a den and created a picture of a person out of sticks.

Black History Month in Y4

Date: 23rd Oct 2020 @ 1:30pm

This week, we ended the half term and October in school by celebrating Black History Month. The children learnt all about what Black History Month is and why is it important to learn all about it. We looked at many black men and women who have had amazing achievements; including Ruby Bridges (ask your child/ren who she is and why she had such a brilliant achievement). After we learnt all about what Black History Month is, we focused on the sporting achievements of black men and women. Firstly, we looked at the achievements of American black men and women. For example, the Williams sisters and Barack Obama. Then we focused on British black men and women and their incredible sporting achievements. For example, Marcus Rashford, Jessica Ennis Hill and Dame Kelly Holmes. On Friday afternoon, we went to the Dance Studio and had a look at the black post boxes which each year group had created about their Black History Month learning. Then we went back to class and watched the videos each year group made.

Outdoor Adventures!

Date: 20th Oct 2020 @ 9:07pm

The children in Reception have been having a great time riding the new balance bikes and scooting around on the scooters. They have also been enjoying climbing up the slide (three points of contact at all times!) and then sliding straight back down again! At all times, they took care when moving freely and loved being active and energetic! 

Teamwork in PE

Date: 8th Oct 2020 @ 7:55pm

This half term our PE unit has been OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities). The main focus has been working together as a team. Today we took part in several activities that required us to work together as a team and communicate so that the team succeeded. The main part of the lesson was a game called 'Crossing the Swamp'. For this, we had to move the entire team from one end of the hall to the other by only using hoops to stand in. We had to make sure that everyone was playing their part and moving the hoops carefully down the team to put at the front so that we could all get across quickly. 

It's all about the teamwork!

Date: 17th Oct 2020 @ 8:49am

This week in PE, it was all about the teamwork. We learned about how to effectively communicate to solve problems and discussed the qualities of a good team player. We talked about how effective communication can make tasks easier and learned that mutual respect and tolerance of other people's opinions was important. 

OAA adventure

Date: 16th Oct 2020 @ 2:22pm

In PE this half term, we have been doing Orienteering (OAA). We have been doing a lot of work on team building skills for most of the half term and we have also looked at map skills. Today, we put all the things we have learned to the test. In pairs, the children received a map of the KS2 playground with A-R on. At each letter, there was a a times table question or a map symbol. The children had to navigate the map and make sure they were holding it the correct way round (tricky at times!!), then they had to write down what they found at each letter. They all worked very hard in their pairs and some pairs even helped others out once they finished.

Animal Action!

Date: 26th Sep 2020 @ 7:23pm

In PE this half term we are exploring dance through the theme of animals. We have focussed on creating and developing simple movement patterns, moving safely and creatively in space and using different types of travel and levels.

We began by developing our fundamental skills (hopping, skipping, jumping and balancing) to create patterns to music, focussing on freezing in an animal pose when the music stopped. We used examples such as, lion, crouching low with sharp claws, giraffe, standing tall, and snake, flat to the ground, sliding in wiggly shapes. We talked about various animals from around the world, discussing what our favourite animals and are how do these animals move.

We have continued to focus on our agility, balance and coordination to develop 16 counts of motif, using whole group ideas whilst focussing on timing and unison. The children are continuing to develop and perform their dances over the next couple of weeks!

We're keeping fit!

Date: 23rd Sep 2020 @ 4:34pm

Over the last few weeks we have been trying to improve our fitness using different exercises. This week we did some running, star jumps, planks and ab crunches. It was hard and very tiring, but we are trying to challenge ourselves every week to do a little be more and show great determination and resilience. We learnt how important it is to rehydrate after we have done exercise.