PE & Sports at Dane Royd
In order to sustain the improvements made to schools sports at Dane Royd, since the introduction of the Sports Premium funding we have made a the decision to be fully committed to the continuous development of school sport by employing a teacher with a specialism in Physical Education. Through this targeted approach we are fully committed to sport and developing a healthy lifestyle.
Our Physical Education Leader is Mr Watson, a graduate of Leeds Becket University. Leeds Becket have a fantastic reputation in teaching training, and are leaders in the training of teachers with a sports specialism. Mr Watson also brings to the school the experience of coaching Sunday league football teams, his own training and participation in club sports as well as numerous coaching certifications.
Since the introduction of the Sports Premium Funding, Dane Royd have set about improving sport across school as a whole. Mr Watson’s vision is to continually and consistently raise the level of attainment in PE across the school. In addition to this, echoing the aims of the Government, he believes children should be able to experience a wide range of sporting activities in and out of competitive contexts. Mr Watson's goals were to work with local and regional sporting organisations to develop the link between school sport and community sport. Furthermore, he wanted to establish sporting leagues with inter-school competitions between schools within our local geographical location.
Currently, as a school and sporting partnership, we offer at least 8 tournaments a year along with participation in a football and netball league. This ensured children at Dane Royd, we exposed to 35 sporting fixtures last year which is an outstanding amount.
Kettlethorpe Football League Winners 2018 & 2019
Kettlethorpe Cricket Tournament Winners 2017, 2018 & 2019
Kettlethorpe Volleyball Winners 2018 & 2019
Kettlethorpe Tennis Winners 2018 & 2019
Kettlethorpe Rounders Winners 2019
Kettlethorpe Basketball Winners 2018
Alongside Mr Watson, Dane Royd have a team of staff who are passionate about delivering high quality PE and sport daily to the children of our school.
At Dane Royd, we aim for a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. Through careful and vigilant planning, we provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.
Our target of ensuring our children are ‘fit for their future’ is emphasized by offering at least 2 hours of timetabled sporting activity with many more occasions to extend this throughout playtimes, lunchtimes and after-school clubs. These opportunities to compete in sport and other activities intend to build character through improving self-esteem, teamwork and communication skills and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
Physical education doesn't necessarily mean standard indoor and outdoor P.E. lessons. At Dane Royd, we provide a range of opportunities for children to get moving and stay fit, this includes dance lessons with a specialist dance teacher, visits from outside coaching agencies such as Skip 2B Fit, and Football Freestyler and World Record Holder, Ash Randall, swimming sessions at Sun Lane swimming pool, and weekly P.E. lessons with our highly skilled teachers and P.E. Sports Coach, Mr Mensah. We pride ourselves on offering a rich variety of sports for the children to experience from football to volleyball and even handball.
Below you will find the curriculum that each class will study throughout the current academic year. This curriculum was devised by Mr Watson in partnership with TLG-PE who offer support to our school on improving all aspects of PE and sport.
Since health and fitness in children is a prominent topic within the DfE’s aims, Dane Royd have further secured their partnership with TLG-PE by investing in their Steps 2 Summit Program.
Steps 2 Summit is a whole school program designed to improve the physical, social and mental health of primary aged children. The program centres around children virtually climbing a mountain by transferring physical activity completed in school into progress towards the summit of some of the most iconic mountains in the world.
Each child's physical activity is simply recorded in the Steps 2 Summit system, giving us a clear and accurate record of how active every child is in our school. As children are getting more active in an attempt to reach the summit, the program also utilises the key skills developed in mountaineering to help nurture fundamental character skills in children. Through the summiteer skills lessons and classroom resources, children explore what it means to be a ‘persevering pioneer', an ‘honest explorer' and more.