Abbey Park Schools Federation

Welcome all to the new PE section of the website. As a school we thought it was important to celebrate all that we are doing in our curriculum in relation to PE. We realise how important it is to keep not only our minds, but also our bodies active in a variety of different ways.

The nursery children have enjoyed being space explorers! Stepping over the hurdles to the dark side of the moon, jumping over hoops from one planet to the next and leaping like an astronaut through space!

All about the best experience we could have hoped for…when Paul Sturgess came and visited our school!

On Thursday 14th December Abbey Park Schools Federation had the honour of welcoming Paul “Tiny” Sturgess into our school. He is a world famous basketball player and has travelled the world with the Harlem Globe Trotters. He not only is a world famous basketball player playing against some of the modern day greats, but has now turned his hand to the world of acting. He has been in a huge variety of films and is currently filming Deadpool 3 alongside Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman.

You might think ‘WOW’ to all of this but he is also 7ft 7in and the worlds tallest EVER basketball player and Britain’s tallest man.

However, this is not the reason that he came to see us. He is incredibly passionate about getting into schools and teaching young people that your differences can be your super power. Paul could easily have shied away from the public being so tall, the constant comments and questions could have made him retreat, but he didn’t. He turned what made him different into his career. He embraces who he is every single day and doesn’t let what other people think ever stop him from doing what he wants to do. While doing this he is always trying to make sure that the youth of today know that their individuality is something to embrace and not hide.

He told us that, “incredible opportunities have come my way because of the fact that I am different. I have grabbed each of these opportunities with both hands and worked as hard as I possibly could to be successful”.

He came into our school and held an assembly for Reception to Year 7 talking us through his career and all of his sporting achievements. It was truly incredible. He reiterated that his achievements came through a huge amount of hard work. Each class got a workshop with him and he played different games with him and showed us some tricks.

He really was such a true inspiration to not only the children, but also to the staff. It is a memory that none of us will forget any time soon.

All your class teachers took a huge amount of photos, so if you want to see your child’s class with Paul, drop them an email and see if they have any photos that they could email you!



On Wednesday 15th November, 12 year 3 and 4 pupils went to The De Montfort School in Evesham to take part in a multi skills festival which was run by their sixth form PE students. We took part if seven different activities which got gradually harder as we completed the challenges. We had a great day with the rest of the schools there and loved all the activities. We played battleships, football, had to balance bean bags while completing other activities and much more. It was not a competition, but based on how we worked together as a team and encouraged each other during the activities. We all did really well and were very supportive! We cannot wait to go to the next event.


On Tuesday 17th October six of us went bowling in Worcester and competed against several other schools in a competition. We worked as a team and we were incredibly successful! We won the whole competition and came first out of all the schools!! One of our team members also won the ‘fastest bowler’ certificate so we were super proud of ourselves after our performance.

So far this year we have been competing in lots of sporting activities outside of school as well as inside. Below are some of the superstars that we have celebrated in assembly. We are continually proud of all the extra sport that goes on outside of school and love celebrating these among our school community.  Keep bringing your recent achievements in to show us!

In Deer class we have been lucky enough to start the year with swimming on Friday’s! This is always the highlight of our week and we are making great progress! We have three different groups and we are all gaining confidence and stamina! Come and watch us if you haven’t yet, the children know the timings!

This year in year 2 we began with one of our favourite games…dodgeball! We always have great fun playing this! We have now moved on to the fundamentals of physical education and will keep you updated on how we get on!

So far this year we have been having great fun in PE. In Reception we have been practising the fundamentals of physical education and looking at different ways of moving our bodies from one place to another and it has been great fun!

At the end of the last academic year, Abbey Park First School were awarded the Silver School Games Mark. The School Games Mark is an awards scheme that is led by the government and is designed to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school. Participating in the annual School Games Mark allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and develop an action plan for future progress. Our provision was seen worthy of the Silver award and the next academic year we shall be striving for Gold! This was a team effort and the children should be very proud of this achievement and their dedication to Physical Education within school and also at a competitive level.

Sporting Superstars!

Here at Abbey Park we love to celebrate sporting achievements inside and outside of school! Here are a few of the latest superstars that we have celebrated during celebration assemblies on Friday’s at school.

Chloe has been collecting even more awards! She has got three sixth place awards and one fourth place award, all for her efforts in gymnastics. She got sixth places for beam, floor and vault and fourth place for bar. Way to go Chloe!

Martha recently completed a 5k run!

Heidi is having great success in ballet.

Harry was celebrated as student of the year at apex martial arts! Way to go Harry!

Chloe has gained two medals at her local gymnastics club! Keep it up Chloe!

Mia has got a menagerie of medals ranging from gymnastics to swimming! You’re doing amazingly. Well done!


On Monday 22nd May, 10 year 3 and 4 children made their way to Pershore tennis club to take part in a variety of different tennis activities. We had a fabulous time learning new skills and came back very pleased with ourselves.

Running Club Update!

Check out our running clubs early morning runners. We have committed to running each Wednesday morning come rain or shine, or even frost! We have run a combined total of 86 miles now which is absolutely huge. We work each week on beating our lap score from the week before and we are doing really well! I wonder how far we will run this week and where we will end up?!

Running Club

Wow! Our Wednesday morning run club has got off to a speedy start! Our runners are clocking up some serious miles at a serious pace. So far, we have added all our miles together and we have run as far as Bromsgrove! Golly gosh! Today we racked up another 30 miles between and with three weeks left to go, let’s see how far we can go!

Chance to Shine

We have been lucky enough to get the opportunity to work alongside a charity called ‘Chance to Shine’. This is a charity that funds cricket lessons alongside Pershore Cricket Club. They will be joining us next term to teach years 2, 3 & 4 for six weeks. They will coach us on how to become cricket experts and also train some of our year 6 pupils in how to be successful playground leaders, so that they can run lunchtime clubs here at the first school. The sessions are an hour long each, with the hope of taking part in some competitive cricket as well. The timetable is below so keep an eye out on when your child’s class has their session. If for any reason there are any timetable changes your child’s class teacher will let them know. For anyone who doesn’t get the six week programme, the charity come back in for a day to give a taster of cricket to those classes. There will also be a celebration assembly at the end of the six week programme to celebrate all involved.

Questionnaire Results

Thank you ever so much to everyone that sent back their questionnaire responses saying how you got to and from school. We had a very positive response back and the results are as follows:

76% of children walk to school

10% scooter or cycle

14% drive

90% do this more than 3 times a week

95% of pupils who walk or scooter to school live over 2 miles away which means a HUGE 86% of children complete 30 minutes of exercise a day, not including what is completed at school! This is AMAZING news. Keep it up!

Have a scroll down to see what we have been up to so far in the Autumn term…

Quick sticks hockey:

A group of year 3 and year 4 children attended a quicksticks hockey tournament TDMS. We were not sure what to expect as we are not too familiar with this form of hockey, but we went with determination and competed against different teams.

Panathlon Event:

A group of our children were invited to Evesham to take part in a Panathlon Event. This is where you try a variety of different sports that are accessible to all children, no matter what their ability. We had the most wonderful time and came home with our very own medal for participating which we proudly showed off during celebration assembly.

Hockey U9:

Our team of under nines went to the ri first ever away hockey game at Bowbrook school and were not sure what to expect from it all. However, they showed amazing team work and determination and secured their very first win! Safe to say there were smiles and high fives all around! Well done team. Keep it up!

Hockey U11:

This was the first time since Covid that Abbey Park have hosted an event at the school and we were very excited about it. We were welcoming in Bowbrook U11 hockey team to our ground and we played fantastically as a team, working together and really trying to use all the opportunities that arouse. Unfortunately we didn’t steal the win this time, but it was a fantastic afternoon and we look forward to playing again.

Bollywood Dance:

We have also been lucky enough to have been taught a lesson on Bollywood Dance from a professional dancer. Each class in the first school had their own sessions and got the chance to show off their moves! We had a great time and learnt a full dance during our time.

Year 3 Swimming:

As part of our curriculum lessons Foxes class have been thoroughly enjoying our weekly swimming lessons – we have gained confidence and skill over the few months we have been going and have developed a real love of swimming. We will now pass the lessons over to Woodpeckers class who begin their sessions on the 20th of January and we have no doubt they will enjoy it as much as we did! Here is a taster of the fun you will have!

Still to come:

U9 and U11 Netball matches against Bowbrook school – We have more matches against Bowbrook school this coming term. Keep an eye out on the website for the results!

New Clubs – We have brand new clubs beginning soon in the first school for KS1 and KS2 so keep an eye out for the letter about those and join!

Inter school competition – Ideas are in the pipeline for more interschool competitions throughout the term in our PE lessons so keep checking the website for details when they are finalised.

More out of school competitive sport – Once the weather starts getting a bit warmer we are going to be taking on other schools in a variety of different sporting events throughout the summer term, so make sure you are ready for some friendly competition!

And much much more!