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we pride ourselves in opening up sporting opportunities to all of our children from Reception to Year 6

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We are part of Derwentside Sporting Partnership which enables us to participate in competitions across the region. It also allows children to take part in new sporting experiences that are non-competitive.

Our Rugby, Basketball and Athletics teams have all reached county finals, and the school achieved a silver medal in the School Games 2019.


Our Football team plays league games throughout the year and our Netball team train every week and take part in league matches during the summer term.

In 2018, Shield Row Primary School become the first school in the North East to host a children's duathlon. Organised in partnership with the Triathlon Trust it was a running and fixed-biking event in which the whole school was involved.

Our sports coaches run after-school clubs giving pupils the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of different sports. It's a great way for children to gain new experiences, make friends and learn the values of health, fitness and team work.

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Our Sporting Curriculum

To promote children’s social and emotional well-being, as well as their physical fitness, pupils participate in the ‘Daily Mile’, at least 3 times per week.


Early Years children and Key Stage 1 run in the morning and Key Stage 2 children run in the afternoon. 

Every class has two P.E. lessons a week.

Reception / Key Stage 1                                                                                          

Autumn term

  • Fundamental movement skills   

  • Gymnastics

  • Dance

Spring term

  • Multi skills

Summer term

  • Athletics

  • Fielding/striking skills

  • Invasion skills 

Year 3 children attend swimming sessions on a weekly basis.

Key Stage 2


Autumn Term


  • Invasion Games           

  • Gymnastics

  • Dance


Spring term

  • Hockey

  • Gymnastics

  • Dance

  • Rounders

  • Fielding/striking skills


Summer term

  • Athletics

  • Striking and fielding

  • Cricket

  • Tennis

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All children have access to the playground and outdoor ball court all year round and the playing field in the drier months. We also have a spacious school hall.


During the day the children in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) have their own Early Years outdoor area.
They access the playground for the use of bikes, go carts and scooters, in order to promote co ordination, balance and gross motor skills.



Extra-Curricular Sporting Activities


Lunchtime clubs include:


  • Sports club

  • Netball/ Basketball practice (prior to competitons)


After school clubs include:

  • Netball

  • KS1 Sports club

  • KS2 Sports club

  • Football club

We have a number of children who are members of local football clubs and athletic clubs. These children love to share their achievements with the whole school during our weekly Achievement Assembly. We feel it is important to promote as many sports as we can.

We are very fortunate to have some very experienced and proficient coaches amongst our parents, grandparents and teachers who are helping with coaching, in particular the football team and the netball team.

Our two sports clubs are run by experienced coaches.


Children are encouraged to participate in intra-school competitions and inter-school competitions from Year 2 onwards. Year 1 children take part in sporting festivals: gymnastics; football; multi skills, which take place out of school.


We have had success in the following tournaments and leagues, in some cases progressing to District, County and Regional level:

  • Ken Davison Football League

  • Derwentside 5 a side football

  • Netball

  • Basketball

  • Gymnastics

  • Tag Rugby

  • Rounders

  • Cross Country

  • Athletics

  • Cricket

  • Swimming

We pride ourselves in our Sports Festival, which we hold every year. This showcases the children’s athletic skills and allows parents to see how much progress has been made.