Sport and PE

CSSP Friendship Run and Cross Country Competition            Monday 16th Novemner 2020                         
A big well done to all the children across school for actively participating in the Cambridgeshire School Sports Partnership (CSSP) Friendship Run this Autumn term. The children completed a number of runs during this themed week, each time choosing a personal challenge to attempt. For children motivated by a bit of competition, the challenge was to see how fast they could run one mile, their times being submitted to the event organisers. An extra well done and congratulations to all the children who took part in the one-mile challenge, particularly to some our year 3s and 4s who achieved gold and silver medals!     
School Games Mark Award                                          Thursday, 9th July, 2020
We are pleased to announce that we have just been awarded the School Games Mark as recognition for our commitment and achievement in the School Games Programme during the Autumn & Spring terms this year!  Many thanks to all the children, families and teachers that engaged with the events and activities throughout the last few months. We hope you enjoyed taking part! 
Virtual School Games: Fitness Week                             Thursday, 4th June, 2020
Throughout lock down, Cambridge and Peterborough Schools Sports Partnership (CSSP) has been circulating online sports challenges that can be done in school or at home. Next week is Fitness Challenge Week. There is a learning challenge for each day, with each activity linked to a short sequence of fitness exercises!  Check out the information below for more information and remember to send your photos to Living Sport and CSSP for a chance to enter the prize draw. 
Stay Active Ideas - Summer Term, Week 5                     Wednesday, 20th May, 2020
As we enter the final week of this half-term, we bring you news from the Virtual School Games, including daily cricket challenges (this week) and news about Athletics Challenge Week (starting on 1st June). This will include a pentathlon event for each day of the week, including:
  • Speed Bounce
  • Feed the Animals
  • Run and Collect 
  • Throw Golf 
  • Long Jump 
Open the attachments below for more information about each daily activity and how to submit your photos and videos to be entered for the prize draw! Let's get practicing!  
Stay Active Ideas - Summer Term, Week 4                     Wednesday, 13th May, 2020
This week's Stay Active suggestions include:
  • Going for a family bike ride and perhaps a picnic
  • Learning juggling skills  
  • Go on a wilderness adventure. What can you identify?
  • Footballing skills and freestyle tricks
  • Daily Mile and Virtual School Games - tennis
Open the attachment below for details about each activity and check out more resources below! 
Stay Active Ideas - Summer Term, Week 3                     Wednesday, 6th May, 2020
This week's Stay Active suggestions include:
  • The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Virtual School Games
  • The new weekly Daily Mile at Home challenges  
  • Kwik Cricket practice including bowling, throwing, catching and striking
  • Skipping with Dan the Skipping Man
Open the attachment below for more details about each activity and check out more resources below! 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Virtual School Games        Wednesday, 6th May, 2020

 The Cambridge Schools Sports Partnership (CSSP) is running a Virtual School Games and this week the theme is tennis!  The Virtual School Games will be sending weekly activity cards matching a different sport each week. Check out the information below to find out what is happening each week and how to earn points for your family and school!  

Stay Active Ideas - Summer Term, Week 2                       Tuesday, 28th April, 2020
This week's activity ideas (open the attachment below) include:
  • Throwing and catching from different starting positions 
  • Dancing
  • The Beep Test challenge 
  • Yoga with Adriene 
  • Daily Mile at Home - count the rainbows on your run! 
The Daily Mile At Home                                               Thursday, 23rd April, 2020 
The Daily Mile has created a new Get to Know Cambridgeshire and Peterborough series of resources for the Summer Term.  These are virtual Landmark Maps of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with a supporting Fact sheet for children (and families) to complete as an individual challenge/ motivator. Please find the ‘Get to Know Cambridgeshire’ resource attached below, which includes instructions on how to take part.
You can also find out about their Family Fun Challenges by visiting The Daily Mile at Home. These challenges change each day and everyone can participate them. 
Stay Active Ideas - Summer Term, Week 1                     Wednesday, 22nd April, 2020
Have a browse through some of our fun ideas to keep your family fit, active and healthy whilst at home.
Activities include:
  • Continuing your Daily Mile at home
  • 'Rock, Paper, Scissor' sprints
  • Throwing and catching ideas 
  • On the Spot exercises
  • Moving Squats  
  • Running around the block
And more! 
17th January, 2020
Daily Mile accreditation: We have just been recognised as being an excellent practitioner within Cambridgeshire for the ‘Daily Mile’ which we promote and take part in. We are very proud to receive this award!        
16th December, 2019
Cambridge School Sports Partnership Cross Country Race
In November, our school took part in the annual Cambridge Schools cross country race. Held at Netherhall each year, with over 900 children from 29 schools from across Cambridge taking part, this is one of the biggest sporting events of the annual calendar. Separate races were held for boys and girls in each year group and Shirley sent a team consisting of 10 boys and girls from each year group. In the muddy conditions, the children did themselves and the school proud with everyone completing the testing 1.5 km course in the best time they could. We had 8 children from our school team finishing among the top 50 in the race for their age group - a really good result given the high number of children attending; and out of the 29 schools participating, Shirley Primary School was awarded sixth place overall. A great team effort from all the children!   
20th November, 2018
Inter-house football tournament
We held our first inter-house competition of the year in November, focusing on football. We held the competition over two afternoons: one for years 5 and 6, and the other for years 3 and 4. The year 6 house captains signed up players for their house’s boys’ team and girls’ team.

The children enjoyed two excellent afternoons of football out on the field with each of the teams trying really hard to win points for their house and, although competitive, the games were played in a good spirit. There were overall winners for each competition, with 3 points available for a win and 1 point for a draw.

The group winners were as follows:

Year 5 and 6 boys: Darwin (on goal difference!)  

Year 5 and 6 girls: Emmanuel

Year 3 and 4 boys: Darwin

Year 3 and 4 girls: Trinity

However, the overall winner of the house football competition this year was Trinity! Well done to Trinity and, more importantly, to all the children that took part in this year’s competition and played out of their skin for their house teams!

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.