IMPROVING MIND & BODY
we pride ourselves in opening up sporting opportunities to all of our children from Reception to Year 6
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.
Our Sporting Curriculum
To promote children’s social and emotional well-being, as well as their physical fitness, pupils participate in regular outdoor learning. The school secured funding in 2020 which allowed for the creation of a mini allotment area on the school grounds. Now each class has their own raised bed to grow flowers, herbs and vegetables. In 2021 school used some of our Sports Premium funding to purchase the Cross Curricular Orienteering programme and have orienteering courses set up within the school grounds. Staff plan for regular application of children's orienteering skills to support their learning in all areas of the curriculum.
Our Year 3 children go swimming every week using a local pool. Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 have 2 hours of PE every week.
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 also access the playground and field for the use of bikes, go carts and scooters in order to promote co ordination, balance and gross motor skills.
Extra-Curricular Sporting Activities
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.
Our two multi-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
We hold a Sports Day every year. This showcases the children’s athletic skills and allows parents to see how much progress has been made.