PE @ Dame Dot
We believe that a high quality PE curriculum and a healthy lifestyle can have significant benefits for children. That’s why at Dame Dorothy we are seeking to create opportunities inside and outside of school for children to be actively involved in a variety of sports.
The PE grant from government is being used as a means to improve staff knowledge of PE by working alongside coaches to deliver lessons. From this we want to have teachers confident to deliver quality gymnastics, dance, tennis lessons etc in the future.
The impact upon the children can already be seen. One of the first meaningful links we established was with Castleview Enterprise Academy and their new venture of a cricket academy. This has resulted in ten children becoming involved with this project over the past two years, resulting in two pupils going on to play cricket at South Shields CC despite never before playing the game. Two other children have gone on to play club cricket elsewhere as a result of being introduced to the sport.
Our next exciting venture is promoting tennis through links with another local club, Boldon LTC. We have coaching in Years R, 1, 2, 3 and 4 over the course of this year and additionally we were selected to be part of the Davis Cup Legacy Programme. This coaching comes from highly skilled Level 3 coaches, one of whom was the NE Developmental Coach of the Year for 2015. Further to that our school is now the satellite hub for all our cluster schools in the north of Sunderland in order that talent can be identified and channelled into coaching through the team at Boldon LTC.
Swimming is a life skill and all key stage 2 classes receive 3 half termly blocks of swimming at the Aquatic Centre and again links exist there in order that the most able swimmers can become part of the City of Sunderland squad. Currently we have one child represented, hopefully more to follow.
We have an active and successful football squad, who were division C winners 2016. Quality coaching in school can be found in football, gymnastics, dance and rugby during curriculum plus extended schools offers karate and more contemporary dance styles.
Dame Dorothy is the lead school for all the north of Sunderland primary cluster. Dame Dorothy has achieved the Gold Standard Award for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and has assisted neighbouring schools to achieve awards as well. We were also one of the first schools in Sunderland to achieve the Great Active Sunderland Schools Charter Gold Award. In 2018 we received the Platinum Award.
Our Young Leaders programme has been a huge success. It has promoted active lifestyles during the lunch hour to our younger children and developed the leadership skills of our older KS2 children. We are recognised in the city as a leading school for the Young Leaders programme.
The latest drive to promote good health and active lifestyles are our thrice weekly mini pigs circuit club which runs before school starts. So far we have 35 children signed up.
Our other major initiative is the installation of our ‘Path to Wellbeing’ following a successful bid application to Tesco. The path is being used during lesson times so that every child runs at least one lap per day in order to raise heart rate. In addition to this will be our weekly lunchtime running club.
PE and sport is thriving at Dame Dorothy but we believe we have the capacity to achieve so much more in the years to come.