Sport and PE

Tuesday to Friday, 11th - 15th March 2019
Congratulations to all the Year 3, 4 and 5 children who participated in the Bikeability course this week, which was run by Outspoken. Approximately 50 children from the three year groups participated, all of whom learned new and important Level 1 and Level 2 on- and off-road cycle skills. A big thanks to the Bikeability instructors for coming in and working with the children!  
Thursday, 6th December, 2018
Shirley Primary School took over 30 children to participate in the annual Cambridge School Sports Partnership (CSSP) cross country event at Netherhall Secondary School. The children gave a really good account of themselves, with one year 6 girl finishing in the top 10 and a year 6 boy finishing in the top 20 of each race. Much fun and fresh air was had by all!      
Tuesday and Wednesday, 13th & 14th November 2018
Shirley Primary School celebrated its annual House Football competition on Tuesday and Wednesday. Year 5 and 6 boys and girls played on Tuesday, with Year 3 and 4 boys and girls participating on Wednesday. The children thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon kicking the ball around in the late autumn sunshine and the year 6 children played a really important role choosing the teams, rolling substitutions and keeping everyone inspired and motivated. Well done all! Kings was the overall winner with 23 points! Well done Kings!    
Friday, 19th October 2018
Shirley Primary School participated in the English Football Association (EFA) football tournament at Netherhall Lower School last week, entering both a girls' and boys' team of 10 players in each.
At what is probably the strongest annual football tournament for primary schools in Cambridge, both teams competed really well, showing great togetherness and making their opposition work really hard.
To say both Shirley teams had never played together as teams before, we think the children gave a really good account of themselves and took pride in representing the school. We were really proud of them! 
Thursday 14th June 2018
Congratulations to the Shirley Primary School Year 3 and 4 Cricket Team who reached the semi-finals today in the CSSP Kwik Cricket Competition at Whittlesford Cricket Club.
The team of ten children were chosen because they had shown their skill and talent in cricket club or in their PE lessons. 
They demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship, teamwork and resilience in today's competition, as well as a great deal of enthusiasm and energy. 
Despite being the first time they had played together as a team, they beat both of the schools in their first group, and reached the semi-finals of the competition. They were determined to succeed, but were knocked out of the competition by a very strong team from William Westley C of E Primary School. 
Well done to all those involved, and thank you for CSSP for organising another enjoyable event!
Thursday 17th May 2018
We had so much fun today at the Aspire Sports Festival at St Bede's.
The children got to try new sports such as boccia, archery, frisbee and golf. 
There were also lots of opportunities to work on our teamwork skills, including guiding a friend who was blindfolded, and having to cross a crocodile infested river as a team! 
Thank you to Cambridge School Sports Partnership for arranging this event and inviting us to come! We loved getting active and working together.
More information about the event is available here.
Tuesday 15th May 2018
Last week the Year 5 classes went to the NCA for their football festival!
They had a great morning learning new football skills, practicing their team work and communication, and then taking part in some competitive games. 
Here are some photos of the morning. Thank you NCA for inviting us! 
Introducing... Shirley Sports' Crew!
Last week, ten Year 6 children received training from Cambridge School Sports Partnership, in order to become qualified Young Sports Leaders. We learnt that successful sports leaders need to be safe, organised, good communicators, cooperative, responsible and fun! 
The Sports' Crew will be responsible for helping organise school sports events, discussing PE and sport with Miss Wilson, and running activities for the KS1 children at lunch time. 
They started their job this week, and the KS1 children have loved participating in the activities which they have been running for them. 
Monday 12th March
Shirley v. Mayfield 
A great result tonight for Shirley School as they traveled to Mayfield Primary School for their next fixture. Despite the wet and muddy conditions, the team played exceptionally well against a strong Mayfield side. Two goals were conceded early on, however Shirley did not give up and demonstrated resilience and teamwork with John and Trey bringing the score to a draw with a goal each. Excellent defence by John and Nagaina denied Mayfield any further goals despite some great chances. With seconds to go before full time, Tommy scored a last minute goal to give a final result of 3-2 to Shirley. The team should be proud of their sportsmanship and skill!
Wednesday 24th January 2018
On Wednesday, Mrs Hazle and Mrs Brett took some of our children to Impington Village College for the Primary Adapted Multi Sports PLUS competition, run by the Cambridge School Sports Partnership. 
They had a brilliant time, and took part in a range of sports, including Althletics, Boccia, Table Cricket and New Age Kurling. 
The children loved experiencing these new sports and competing against children from other schools. Thank you CSSP for inviting us to take part!
Year 1 Multi-skills Festival
On Wednesday 17th January the whole of Year 1 visited North Cambridge Academy for a multi-skills festival.
They had a lot of fun practicing some of the different skills and techniques needed for sports, including teamwork, decision making, respect for rules and problem solving.
As well as this, they had a lot of fun! It is so great to see the children developing their love of sport and PE at such a young age!
Wednesday 17th January 2018

Shirley School vs Sancton Wood


On a biting cold afternoon yesterday, the Shirley School football team got together for their second fixture of the year. This particular team have not played together before, and were up against a very strong Sancton Wood team, however despite this they played with enthusiasm and skill, largely due to the hard work of the football coach, Mr Reynolds (Premier Sport) who has been coaching football throughout the year.  The final result was 2-2.


Jonjo and John, both in Year 6, scored for Shirley School, and Sonny, Alfie and David had some really good chances at goal. There were plenty of chances at the Sancton Wood end as well, but thankfully there was some particularly solid defence from Nagaina, and Shirley had Tyler and then Trey in goal, whose fantastic dedication meant Shirley maintained the lead right until the final 5 minutes, when Sancton Wood put away a final goal to end in a 2-2 draw.


The whole team (Jonjo, Trey, Alfie, John, David, Aaron, Tyler, Arif, Mohammed, Vincent, Nagaina, Soshana and Sonny) played really well and displayed excellent sportsmanship at all times. Congratulations Shirley Football Team on a fantastic result


Friday 1st December 2017
Today the Year 3 and 4 children wrapped up in the coats to take part in Bikeability. This is an excellent opportunity for the children to learn how to ride a bike safely, from expert instructors. 
The children first learnt how to do basic safety checks on their bikes, and how to wear their helmets properly. Then they played some games on their bikes, such as an obstacle course.
We are so grateful to Bikeability for coming to Shirley School and teaching the children how to ride safely.
Hopefully this will encourage many more children to ride their bikes to school. 
Cross Country Competition 2017
On Monday 27th November, some of the children from Year 5 and 6 were invited to take part in the Cambridge School Sports Partnership's Cross Country competition at Netherhall School.
It was a beautiful day for the competition with perfect running conditions for the children. More than 1000 runners came from schools across Cambridge to compete in this annual event.

The children had to compete against other schools in separate races for boys and girls, on a one lap course of over 1500m!

The atmosphere was buzzing as all the runners were cheered on at the start and finish by the other children and their teachers. The children from Shirley were keen to achieve their best and make their school proud

Although none of the children placed 1st, 2nd of 3rd they all ran really well, and showed great resilience and team spirit. Congratulations to all those who took part!

Thursday 10th March 2016
Shirley vs St Laurence School
On a lovely evening after a week of rain, Shirley boys got together for their first fixture of the term year. Shirley boys have not played in a competetive match against another school for several years and came up against a very strong, organised St Laurence team and performed fantastically well. This is due to the hard work of their coach at the school, Joe Peacock (Cambridge United apprentice), who has been running the after school club throughout the year. 
The first half displayed end to end football with great chances at both ends, particularly for the strikers of St Laurence in the first few minutes. Fortunately, Shirley had Istiaq in goal, who was outstanding throughout the match!
Kurtis, Jesse, Tanvir and Nathan defended well and near the end of the first half, St Laurence attacked too much, leaving little defence back. Shirley, like a panther, pounced on this opportunity, scoring the opening goal which Wyndell finished sublimely on the outside of his right foot (despite Anthony sprinting to try and tuck the ball away himself!) Carlo, Anthony and Devonne also had good chances at goal, Kamil and Thomas displayed some great runs on the wing and James showed some outrageous skill and passes in the first half. 
Unfortunately, soon after St Laurence equalised, somehow finding a way past Istiaq. 
The second half saw St Laurence kick into 6th gear with many chances and they scored two more great goals which meant we lost 1 - 3 in our first game, which was a fantastic effort.  The boys were very gracious in defeat, shaking hands with the opposition without being prompted and the teams shared three cheers! It is worth mentioning also that St Laurence had two girls playing in their team who were fabulous players (one of which scored a goal), great inspiration for our girls who played at Netherhall earlier this year! 
Girls Football Tournament at Netherhall School - 22.10.15
On a Thursday afternoon, having had one practise session, Shirley girls A and B team set off for Netherhall School for a tournament against 10 other primary schools. Shirley was the only school to enter 2 teams, which is a great achievement in itself!
Shirley A team play 5 games, won 2, drew 1 and lost 2. The girls played fantastically well in the correct spirit; congratulation the opposition, celebrating each others success, and playing with a smile on their faces. Leah and Naimh both scored powerful goals and Ceilidh, Rebecca and Honey scored penalties! Tianna made some wonderful saves and Elizabeth defended valiantly! It must be added that the girls only conceded 1 goal in the 5 games (against the team that came 2nd in the WHOLE tournament), the other game was a draw which they lost on penalties! 
Bearing in mind we only had one practise session and many of the girls have never played competetive football against other schools, Shirley B played extremely well, running their socks off and defending well. The girls created lots of scoring opportunities but didn't quite put the ball in the net! They played 5 games, drew 2 and lost 3, again playing the games with great sportsmanship.
All in all it was a brilliant afternoon, the girls will be playing in more matches and tournaments in the near future.

Year 3 - 4 House matches - 20.10.15

On what turned out to be a beautiful afternoon, the year 3 - 4 girls and boys house matches were played. The overall winner is the house with the most points after both the girls and boys matches. 

Darwin were the winners after the girls won all their games coming 1st in their tournament and the boys came second, winning 2 out of three. 


1st  - Darwin – 9pts

2nd – Trinity – 4 pts

3rd – Emmanuel 3 pts

4th – Kings 1 pt



1st  - Kings– 7 pts

2nd – Darwin – 6 pts

3rd – Trinity – 2 pts

4th – Emmanuel 1 pt



1st – Darwin – 15pts

2nd – Kings – 8 pts

3rd – Trinity – 6 pts

4th – Emmanuel – 4pts  

We offer children the opportunities to take part in a variety of competitive sports. We have teams who represent the school in Cambridge Competitions and we also run house competitions so all the pupils get a taste of competition.

See the range of extra-curricular sports clubs on our clubs page.