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). 

For information regarding our spending of the PE and Sport Premium, follow this link: PE and Sports Premium Spending.

PE and Sports News:

  • Colour Smash Run 2022
    To celebrate the 10 year anniveasary of the London Olympics and it’s legacy in the UK, we took 40 Year 3 and 4s to a Colour Smash Run event at the Olympic Park. The Pictures peak for themselves I think: Before After It was a lot of fun., The children really made the most of […]
  • Y1 PE Forward Roles
    The children were really resilient today, practising and improving their forward roles in gymnastics.
  • Year 3 – Squash Lessons
    This half term year 3 have had the opportunity to try out the sport of squash. We were invited down to Abbeydale Squash Centre for taster lessons. It was wonderful to see how the children’s racket skills improved over their three sessions, back in school we have continued developing these too. Hopefully some may return […]
  • Y5/6 Bouldering Team Take Third in City Championship
    The Dore Primary Bouldering team competed in the Sheffield City Championships last Friday and stormed home to a fantastic third place! This was a personal best for the school and showed the team’s great ability, but also determination and resilience. Special mention should go to Ben Taylor, who won a special award for not giving […]
  • South Yorkshire School Games Week
    As part of our PE lesson this week Year 2 have been taking place in a number of challenges as part of South Yorkshire Games week.
  • School Games PE Challenges-
    We participated in the South Yorkshire School Games Week!
  • Y4 Oakes Residential Day Three
    Day Two ended with campfire, with a sing-a-long and hot chocolate. Day Three began with FOUR birthday celebrations, then continued with several games and activities. As I write, children are on their final game, before they have some free time to finish off an amazing three days. Our thanks go to all the staff at […]
  • Y4 Oakes Residential Day Two
    Today has seen more endeavour from our amazing Y4s. As everyone had a great night’s sleep, we’ve seen full participation in all the activities again. Our RE learning today has been about finding out more about what Christians believe Jesus’ life was like. We’ve got campfire coming up soon, so will post the photos from […]
  • Y4 Oakes Residential Day One
    Our first day at the Oakes has been fantastic! The children have, of course been amazing and have given every single challenge and activity their very best efforts. The weather (and the food!) have been kind to us, and as always the Oakes team leaders have been exceptional. As part of our RE learning, children […]
  • Y1 – Football!
    The Y1 enjoyed a football skills session this afternoon! They practised dribbling, toe taps and balancing on their balls!
  • Y2 SportsHall Athletics
  • World Book Day 2022
    We have had a fabulous day celebrating World Book Day, escpecially how books can reflect our own lives but also show us exciting different cultures. Many of the wonderful new books recently delivered to classrooms, The Book Jungle in Infants and The Magical World of Books in KS2 celebrate the diversity of the world. We […]
  • Y5 Working On Handball Skills
    Y5 have been learning about their new sport of Handball. The children began by learning the rules of this fast-paced sport as well as the basic skills of movement, passing and shooting. They have begun to develop their tactics by thinking about defensive and offensive formations and how to “break” from one to another. With […]
  • DPS in the News
    The recent opening of The Book Jungle and The Magical World of Books has been featured in the Star newspaper! While I was reading, I spotted that the brillinant Y4 Basketball team winners were there in the paper too!
  • Year 5/6 Bouldering Team Qualify For City Finals
    The Dore Primary Bouldering Team recently competed in a qualifying session for the Sheffield Schools Bouldering Championship, at the Climbing Works in Sheffield. All the children had a great time and showed great determination and enthusiasm in scaling difficult climbing routes. Staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon session and we were fortunate to have […]
  • Y4 Winter Walk
    To end a great first term, we had a day hike onto Totley Moss and Blacka Moor. As you can see, we had a lovely day!
  • Y4 Team-Building
    Nathan and Jo from Forge School Sports Partnership came into school to work with lots of year groups and help develop our Y6 Young Leaders. The session the Y6s delivered for our Y4s was, as you can see, very successful!
  • Y4 Hotshots Basketball 2021
    It was great to be playing competative sport again, and the Y4 Hotshots Basketball team really went for it! We won every game in our group then went on to win the final. This was the South Sheffield round, so now we await details of the whole city finals! The team played brilliantly well together […]
  • Y6 Summer Athletics Competition
    Congratulations to all the Y6 athletes who represented the school magnificently at the summer inter-school athletics event. Our fine athletes competed across a range of track and field disciplines and rewarded with a slew of bronze, silver and golds!

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 in July 2019.  To be awarded this honour, 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 the 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 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.  Last year we entered teams in bouldering and dodgeball competitions for the first time.

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.


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. 

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!

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.

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’. The Outdoor City 2019

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.