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PE and Sport


In June 2019 Dore Primary School was awarded the Sainsbury's School Games PLATINUM Kitemark for the second year in a row, in recognition of the school's commitment to PE and sport.  To be eligible for this award, schools have to have achieved the GOLD Kitemark for 5 consecutive years, which we have successfully done (Platinum Award). 

Sheffield Schools Active Awards - Primary School of the Year 2019
We are very proud to have been awarded the 'Primary School of the Year' award at the Sheffield Schools Active Awards this week.  To win this award, we had to showcase a whole-school approach to developing PE and justify the impact PE, sport and healthy living has had on pupils, staff and the community.

This is a real endorsement of our ethos on developing the whole-child, and our enriched wider curriculum.  It is an award for every child and member of staff in the school, as well as many parents who've supported sporting events over the years, and the many sports clubs and providers we work with in school and in the local community. Yippee!

The children who attended the awards had been nominated by their peers, parents and staff.  We had so many nominations that selecting just a few was very difficult!

The Government PE Premium in 2020-2021 was spent on a wide range of extras: support for developing outdoor learning resources as a way of engaging children in physical activity and enabling more outdoor, active learning to take place; new PE equipment; membership of Forge Sports Partnership and of Sheffield Federation for School Sport; money for a new outdoor gym to be placed on site during the summer of 2021.  See FULL report here.  This report also contains the information for school swimming results.

Dore Primary School was identified in January 2014 as a best practice school and made a national ministerial case study by the DfE Policies Department for utilisation of the PE and Sport government funding. In October 2014 we were re-designated as a best practice ministerial case-study by the DfE. Read about our early use of the PE Premium in this Daily Telegraph article!

The school is fortunate to have magnificent grounds and 2 good size halls in which to enjoy our PE and sport, which is a strength of the school, both as part of the curriculum and in extended learning opportunities.  The children have many opportunities to learn new physical skills and games and to take part in sports festivals and also competitive sports. The school competes regularly in cross country, athletics in winter and summer, football, cricket, gymnastics, badminton, hockey, basketball, rounders, swimming and orienteering. This year we have entered teams in bouldering and dodgeball competitions for the first time.

Sporting Links, Active Outdoor Learning & Competition Results:
Due to the lack of competitions during the times of the covid pandemic, very little competitive school sport has taken place during 2019-20 and 2020-21. See the bottom of this page for links to sporting events from previous academic years.  

PE Lessons
We have a broad PE curriculum, with an emphasis on developing: motor skills and coordination; teamwork and cooperation; competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. Children are encouraged to develop their health and fitness and gain a life-long love of many forms of physical exercise.  Two hours of curriculum time are dedicated to PE lessons each week across all year groups.  These lessons cover aspects of athletics, dance, gymnastics, and team games.  Children take part in many outdoor and adventurous activities whilst at Dore, both in PE lessons and during special events and residentials.  An overview of our curriculum can be found in the documents section below.


Children in Y4 have swimming lessons booked through Sheffield LA. Each class travels to the pool by coach for their lessons.  The children are grouped according to swimming ability. Dore staff support trained swimming teachers and the children work towards the National Curriculum expectations for swimming and then beyond to develop further swimming skills and water safety practice and understanding. The children have the opportunity to gain the ASA Water Skills Level Award and also at the end of the programme can show their skills in a long distance swim to gain a distance award.


Inter-School Competition
Our children are able to take part in great many different sporting events each year.  Many of these are hosted by the Forge School Games Organisers; some by the Sheffield Federation for School Sports.  Many of these competitions form part of the School Games programme.

In recent years we have been Y5 Girls'  and Y5 Boys' Sheffield Kwik Cricket Champions and Yorkshire finalists several times; had children compete in the national finals of orienteering, trampolining, squash and biathlon; and had many children play at county level in badminton, swimming, cricket and basketball.

During their time at Dore Primary, EVERY child is given the opportunity to represent the school in at least one sporting competition, should they wish to.  Almost every child chooses to take up this opportunity.
 'Most Improved School' - City Swimming Relay Championships

2nd In Yorkshire - Y6 Kwik Cricket
 Summer Athletics Team

Intra-School Competition
The Wileman Cup, named after a former headteacher, is our annual intra-school football competition.  It has been running for well over 25 years.  Boys and Girls from Y4-Y6  are mixed into teams named after local roads, and play two mini-leagues during lunchtimes.  The top two teams from each league then go on to play semi-finals.  The event culminates with a cup final, watched by the whole school.  Trophies are presented by the Queen herself!


Within year groups, children are also regularly split into small teams to play competitive games as a culmination of units of work.

Sports Day 2019 - The Outdoor City Games

After several weeks of shocking weather, we got lucky with Sports Day on 21st June!  The sun shone, and the children - as always - were a credit to the school and their families, taking part in every challenge with enthusiasm and great team spirit.

Many thanks to the DPA for helping with t-shirts (a massive job!) and running the brew station during the day.

Hopefully everyone had a 'reyt gud' time.

Sports Day 2019.mp4

Our first whole-school Sports Day was In 2012, when we hosted the 'Dorelympics', linking with the London Olympics.  In 2013 the theme was a 'Steel City Games', coinciding with 100 years of stainless steel in Sheffield.  2014's theme was 'Bienvenue a Sheffield', as the Tour de France was passing through Sheffield.  Summer 2015 saw the 'TEAM Dore Games', in honour of retiring headteacher Mrs Hopkinson.  In 2016 we held another Dorelympics for the Rio games, in 2017 the theme was 'Made in Sheffield', with zones named after famous Sheffield sportspeople.  2018 saw the 'Stronger Together' Games, and 2019 celebrated 'Sheffield: The Outdoor City'.

These days are inclusive, multi-sport events, where children take part in every activity on offer.  Activities normally include, dance, athletics - throwing, jumping and running, orienteering, ball sports, team-building and problem solving.  Children are split into teams, and have coloured t shirts to denote which team they belong to.  Y5 & Y6 children lead many of the activities, and older children are encouraged to help younger members of their team.  We have an opening and closing ceremony, and the sight of 450+ children wearing bright shirts, parading and taking part in sport, all at the same time, is quite a spectacle.

These links take you to previous Sports Days:
Made in Sheffield 2017

2018-19 Sporting Links
Y6 National Dodgeball Finals - July
Y5/6 Athletics - City Finals - June
Y4 Outdoor Pursuits Residential - June   Day 1  Day 2
Y5 Outdoor Pursuits Residential - May   Day 1  Day 2
Y6 Youdan Cup Winners - May
Y3 Residential 1  2  3 - May
Y3-6 Key Steps Gymnastics City Heats and Finals - February
Y5 Hotshots Basketball - November
Y3-6 Cross-Country City Leagues, September - February (2 children came in top 10 for individual entrants)

2017-18 Sporting Links
Y6 Boys’ Badminton, April (Individual and Pairs winners)
Y4/5 Outdoor Learning, March
Y5 Girls’ Badminton, March (Individual runner up, Pairs winners)
Y5/6 Girls’ Football, February (postponed for second time this year due to weather)
Y3 Outdoor Learning
Y5 Boys’ Badminton, February (Singles 1st Place)
Y6 Girls’ Badminton, January (Doubles 2nd Place - one child competing 2 years above her age!)
Y4 Hotshots Basketball Competition, January (4th Place)
Y2 Mini-Olympics, January (4th, 7th and 9th Places)
Y3 Dance, January
Y3-6 Gymnastics Team Competition, February (took 4 teams, all placed in top 10)
Y5-6 Sports Hall Athletics Competition, November (Heat winners, 3rd in Forge Finals)
Y3-6 Cross-Country City Leagues, September - February (2 children came in top 10 for individual entrants) 

2016-17 sporting links:
Infant Key Steps Competition
Y4 Hotshots Basketball
Y2 Mini-Olympics
Y2 Sports-Hall Athletics
Y6 Sports-Hall Athletics (unable to attend - school closed unexpectedly)
Y5/6 Girls' Football

2015-16 sporting links:

2014-15 sporting links:
See this News Report about specialist cricket coaching for Y4.