At Worsthorne, Physical Education develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These include dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor adventure activities. Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Thus, we enable them to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives.

Our Year 5 and 6 football team played Padiham Primary in the semi-final of the Hartley Cup. Matthew, in the goals, pulled off a string of good saves including one that he superbly tipped onto the crossbar. Isaac, Ryley and Dylan had strong games at the back, whilst Jacob, Louis, Arthur and Jasper all put a good shift in in wide midfield. Blake, who scored a screamer of a free kick, went toe to toe with their two central midfielders, and Benjamin and Brody put themselves about up front.

In a topsy-turvy first half, Padiham Primary scored two quick goals. Matthew made a couple of good saves before Blake’s free kick pulled one back. The Padiham centre forward, who was a skilful customer, completed his hat trick as they caught us on the counter attack. There was still time for Blake to drive another free kick narrowly over the bar as we pressed to narrow the arrears.

In the second half, we had all the chances. Louis, who moved further forwards, forced a good save from the keeper, whilst Arthur fired one just wide of the far post. In a frantic finish, Benjamin was clean through on goal but their keeper saved it with his leg. The game ended in a 3-1 defeat. It was a spicy encounter that was played in good spirits, but we lost to a very good team. Good luck to Padiham Primary in the final.

Lucia represented Burnley in the East Lancashire cross country finals at Witton Park in Blackburn. The top 25 runners from each of the 6 East Lancashire boroughs, over 100 girls altogether, participated. They were all very strong athletes. Lucia came home in 26th place and helped Team Burnley to a third place finish, thus winning a bronze medal. What a brilliant achievement as all the girls were classed as elite runners. We are so proud of you Lucia.


Wow – what an event!! On Wednesday, eighteen children from Year 3 and Year 4 participated in a ‘mass cross country event’ at Towneley Park. All the children tried their hearts out and we were proud of every single one of them. Thank you to Sophia, Olivia H, Maisie, Gracie, Kate and Seda for representing the girls, and Jude, Brodie, Isaac, Arthur, Louis, Reuben, Cruz, Bear, Zack, Teddy H, Noah and Thomas for representing the boys. Mrs Kayley, Miss Ashworth and Mr Lomas were blown away with the children’s efforts.

Congratulations to Louis, Zack and Thomas who all finished in the top 25 runners. We have to give a special shout out to Arthur who came first in the boys’ race – what a run!!!!


Boys’ team – 1st out of 21

Girls’ team – 14th out of 21


Key Stage 2 Sports Hall Athletics

Key Stage 1 Sports Hall Athletics

Worsthorne goes to Watford


On Thursday 3d February, the football team went to the Leisure Box to play the final of Premier League Primary Stars. Theo, Josh, Luca, Bradley, Isaac, Max O, Max C and Ethan were all really excited knowing the winning team have the opportunity to go to Watford to represent Burnley.

The first game was against Riverside and it was a close game, we lost 1-0, but we climbed back up and in our next game we played Walsden and beat them 3-1. The last game was against Water and we won 1-0. Again, it was another difficult match.

We were winning on points but Riverside and Walsden still had one game to play and if Riverside won, they would take the title. It was a tense match to watch and we were counting down the minutes. When Walsden scored we cheered and hoped they would win but Riverside equalised so we all waited nervously hoping for a draw. When the final whistle blew we all cheered knowing we had won on goal difference. We couldn’t believe it because we thought Riverside were going to win. The other teams were presented with certificates and we were the last team to go up for our medals and t-shirts. We were so proud and happy because we are going to Watford!

Lower Key Stage Cross-country

On Tuesday, children from year 3 and 4 went Towneley to take part in the cross country race. There was over 100 children who took part from Burnley. They all gave 110% and were amazing. In the boy’s race,  Benjamin came in first place, Blake in 3rd and Jasper in 4th. In the girl’s race, Lucia came 3rd. Well done to all of the children who took part.

Key Stage 1 cricket

Year 1 and 2 had a great time last week at Burnley Cricket Club, learning lots of different multi skills and having fun doing so. All the children gave it their all and even had the opportunity to win a gift from the team. Who knows we might have the next Worsthorne’s own Jimmy Anderson!

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Year 4 and 5 Netball

On Tuesday, eight girls from Years 4 and 5 (Anna, Brooke, Daisy, Darcy, Eloise, Holly, Violet and Willow) went to the Bee Stinger Netball Qualifier tournament at Burnley Campus. They all showed amazing resilience and a great attitude towards competing in a sport they’ve only been playing together for five weeks! It was fantastic to see the girls encouraging each other, communicating, further developing their skills in both team work and netball and, most importantly, enjoying the experience. Well done girls, you did Worsthorne proud!

Thank you to Mrs Black for running our training sessions and taking the girls to their first netball competition.

Physical Development in the Early Years


Physical Development – Statutory Framework Programme of Study

‘Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives7. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness through tummy time, crawling and play movement with both objects and adults. By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults can support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination, which is later linked to early literacy. Repeated and varied opportunities to explore and play with small world activities, puzzles, arts and crafts and the practice of using small tools, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence.’

Physical Development
ELG: Gross Motor Skills
Children at the expected level of development will:
– Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and
– Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing;
– Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and

ELG: Fine Motor Skills
Children at the expected level of development will:
– Hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing – using the tripod grip
in almost all cases;
– Use a range of small tools, including scissors, paint brushes and cutlery;
– Begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.

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