We believe Physical Education helps to develop thinking, selecting and applying skills, which are important for progression across the whole of the curriculum. We encourage our children to choose to adopt a healthier lifestyle and develop a positive attitude towards sport. The school believes that Physical Education experienced in a safe and supportive environment makes a vital and unique contribution to a pupil’s physical and emotional health, development and wellbeing.

The Objectives of PE are:

P.E. lessons offer opportunities for children to:

Develop competences to excel in a broad range of physical activities

To be physically active for sustained periods of time.

Engage in competitive sports and activities.

Lead healthy, active lives.
To maximise the overall amount of time spent in being physically active within lessons.

To provide staff with opportunities to continue their professional development in delivering quality PE lessons.

To provide adequate resources for effective delivery of the curriculum and where possible, funding.

To develop a knowledge of safety and an appreciation of the principles of safe practice through correct handling of PE equipment and a commitment to ensuring safe and effective exercise procedures.

To enlist the support of adults other than teachers (AOTT) who may be professionally qualified, to contribute to the provision of extra curricular activities.

To provide safe and stimulating areas that children can play and be active.

To organise specific events that promote and raise the profile of activity, including competitions within the local community.


Comps and Events


Y5/6 Football Team

We are incredibly proud of our Y5/6 football team, who have been on a long journey through the different rounds over the last month or so and have hopefully made many great memories together as a team.

First of all the team won our local competition against schools around the local area. This meant they qualified for the Erewash finals against other teams who had also won their local competition. They won this competition without even conceding a goal! This meant they were the best school football team in Erewash and had qualified for the Derbyshire County finals...

On a wet and cold afternoon the team went to Kirk Hallam for the finals and finished a very credible 5th out of 9 teams at the finals. So by our reckoning the Y5/6 team are the 5th best out of the 358 schools in Derbyshire. A fantastic achievement!

Y3/4 Football Tournament 

On Tuesday some of our year 3's and 4's went to Wilsthorpe for a football tournament against other schools in the area. We took 2 teams who represented our school immaculately both on and off the field. We had success with both teams, one of our teams finished 3rd and the other won the whole tournament without even conceding a goal. We all enjoyed that winning feeling!

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Cross Country Competition – Wilsthorpe

On Thursday 5th October we attended a cross country competition with 25 children from years 1-6. The children had to complete a set course competing not only against each other but also other schools. The children represented Dovedale brilliantly, despite cold weather, rain and the long walk none of the children let this dampen their mood! We came home with a first place medal won by Lucie in the KS1 race and a second place medal won by Ellie in the Year 5/6 race – great job girls well done. 

National Fitness Day – 27th September 2017

WOW, what a day. All the children looked fantastic on National Fitness Day in their sportswear, some great outfits. All the children enjoyed the 10ten10 (10, 000 schools taking part in 10 minutes of exercise at 10am) Samba dancing session, some great moves were busted. The afternoon was also a success, all classes made use of our outdoor space and enjoyed an extra PE session. The atmosphere was fantastic and the children had a great time – it was a fantastic day to raise the profile of physical education both in and out of school.



Year 2 Multi-sports Festival 

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On Friday 23rd June all Year 2 children went to Wilsthorpe School to participate in a range of activities alongside other local infant/primary schools. They partook in tri-golf, athletics such as throwing and sprinting, parachute/problem solving games, bowls and football. We even got to meet the mascot which was very exciting! All children were a credit to the school and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. A huge thank-you to all volunteers who helped this event go ahead! 

Year 4 Multi-Sports Event

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On Wednesday 21st June Miss O’Dowd’s Year 4 children went to Long Eaton School to participate in a range of activities alongside other local schools. The children took part in running races/handball/bowls/parachute games. The children did extremely well considering the temperatures on that day! All of the children supported each other brilliantly and showed real team spirit. A credit to the school, well done.


This Girl Can


Some of the KS2 girls took part in a This Girl Can event at Long Eaton School on Tuesday 13th June. They were able to take part in a range of activities including dance, football and ‘net and react’. They represented the school brilliantly and were enthusiastic about all of the activities. The girls can back to school eager to share their experience with others and are currently planning a lunch time club!




Cricket and Swimming Gala

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This week (w/b 3rd April) has been a busy week for sport at Dovedale with a Cricket Competition and Swimming Gala. We were fortunate to have a lovely sunny day for our cricketers who all looked very smart in their whites. Whilst we didn’t bring home any silverware the children gave it their all and did exceptionally well considering they only started the sport a few weeks ago!

Thursday saw us make the short trip to West Park for a Derbyshire Swimming Gala. Some of our children won individual races, again we didn’t take home the silverware but had a great time cheering each other on. All of the children that attended both events represented our school brilliantly and certainly gave a good impression of the children at Dovedale.


KS1 Mini Movers Festival

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On Monday 14th November 2016, 25 Year 1s and Year 2s attended a Mini Movers Festival at Long Eaton School. The children participated in 6 activities where they partook in physical Literacy, aiming and throwing games, balancing challenges, travelling and they even met the Erewash Mascot Eddie. Every child was a credit to the school!

Cross Country Competition


On Tuesday 6TH October, Dovedale took 24 children to compete in a cross country competition at Wilsthorpe against schools in our local area. We had three teams; Year 1/ 2, Year 3/ 4 and Year 5/ 6 each with eight children.

Our competitiveness was evident and every child did fantastically. The children really supported each other and cheered the other year groups on. It was not an easy activity, especially once we got there and saw how long the course actually was! However, every child showed true Dovedale spirit with a ‘can do’ attitude.

Overall, every team placed in the top three; Year 5 /6 came third, Year 3/ 4 came third and Year 1/ 2 came first (bringing home a lovely cup which can be found on our trophy cabinet). Individually, we had lots of children place in the top ten. There is a need for some special congratulations to Jonas who came first.


Events Documents

7th July 2017 – Sports Day


Dovedale Sports Funding 2015/2016 .doc

Dovedale Sports Funding 2016/2017 .doc


P.E Policy .pdf