VIDEO - Dore Primary School sports day has steel theme

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Hundreds of excited pupils trooped on to the school field for an action-packed sports day –including basketball, football and racing events.

Despite fears of rain following heavy downpours, the sun even stayed out for the annual event at Dore Primary School.

Pupils take part in a variety of activites at Dore Primary School

Pupils take part in a variety of activites at Dore Primary School

Youngsters performed a special opening ceremony – including a mass dance to the hit song We Will Rock You and a cheerleading performance – before starting activities t.

Teams of children bore the names of stainless steel manufacturers as they walked on to the school field wearing different coloured T-shirts.

Names included Bessemer, Boulsover, Hatfield, Huntsman, Jessop, Tyzack, and Vickers in honour of the industry’s pioneers as the city marks 100 years since the invention of stainless steel.

And the Steel City Sport event has kick-started a week of activities themed around Sheffield and history.

Sue Hopkinson, headteacher at the school on Furniss Avenue, Dore, said: “We themed our sports day all around steel.

“We’ve been looking at Sheffield the whole term. It was a fantastic day and the weather just got better and better and it went really well.

“All the teams were themed around significant steel manufacturers. In the opening ceremony youngsters stood on the field to perform and it went down so well we repeated it as a closing ceremony at the end of the day.”

The sports day included events in everything from hockey to basketball, dancing and relay runs.

Pupil Amaar Ali, aged 10, said: “The Dore Primary Sports Day was a lot of fun and was jam packed with lots of cool team activities.

“My favourite activity was the relay race. I loved the fact that we were all given colour coordinated T-shirts which we got to keep. The weather was dry and sunny all day which made the day even more fantastic.”

Aown Ali, aged nine, said: “My favourite game was hotshot. I played with my friends and we had a lot of fun.”

Parents also praised the event for its ‘family feel’ and ‘sense of community’ as a family picnic was held.

From next week youngsters at the school will be delving further into Sheffield’s history – and their own.

Pupils will come up with their own written and art presentation about Sheffield or their culture or family heritage to include in an exhibition. More assemblies will be themed on Sheffield.

And On Thursday July 11 the school is inviting families to walk around the school grounds for one mile to raise cash for the Sheffield Women of Steel statue.

The £150,000 statue will honour the inspirational women who braved Adolf Hilter’s bombs, to keep the nation and the steel mills going while their men went off to fight for freedom.

The school has previously submitted a wall hanging with pictures of famous Sheffield landmarks to a time capsule which was buried at the top of The Moor in Sheffield.

Headteacher Sue Hopkinson added: “In some assemblies this term we have highlighted Sheffield local history and looked at the manufacture of steel.

“Next week all children will be making their own written and art presentation about Sheffield or their own culture or family heritage and we are making an exhibition. We will also have more assemblies about Sheffield.”