Physical Education

 

All classes are taught 6 different PE strands each year: Athletics, Aquatics, Dance, Gymnastics, Games and Outdoor and Adventure. In Warrenmount each class receives at least an hour per week of physical education. By taking part in the Active School Flag programme it has helped us to focus on an improved provision of Physical Education in the school. Teachers use the Primary Schools’ Sport Initiate to help when teaching and delivering the different strands. For further information on our PE programme, please see our School Policies.

Athletics

The strand units of the athletics curriculum include:

  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Throwing
  • Understanding and appreciation of athletics

Athletics was our strand for development and we focused on this strand in our Physical Education lessons in September and October. This coincided at the same time as our Run Around Europe programme and was also ran in our After School Club held on Tuesdays.

When delivering the athletics programme it was important to provide opportunities for the child to challenge themselves to run faster or for a longer period, to throw an implement further and to jump further or higher. The children in 6th monitored their running over a period and increased their running time day by day.

Running
For the running strand unit the children enjoyed sprinting, long distance running and relays. Depending on the class level the children did standing start and reaction sprints, pair and group relay, running over flat markers or hurdles and shuttle sprints of different distances.
3rd Class with their relay sprints using hurdles:

Sixth Class have been working hard on their run around Europe challenge! They have reached some extraordinary places!! They built their fitness up to even manage a 5km run!!

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Junior & Senior Infants and First Class being put through their paces in their run a mile challenge which they do after little break – keep up the good work!

Jumping

For the jumping strand unit, depending on our class we explored different aspects like jumping from 1 to 2 feet, 2 to 2 feet,  our strides leading up to the jump, our landing and strategies for jumping for height and distance. We marked out different jumping courses with markers and cones. We watched the Move Well, Move Often videos before we began our jumping lessons. We then moved on to jumping over hurdles which was great fun!

We even have an Athletics after school club which runs every Monday for the girls from 3rd – 6th Class!

Games

The strand units of the Games curriculum include:

  • Sending, receiving and travelling
  • Creating and playing games
  • Understanding and appreciation of games

During Games lessons children are provided with opportunities to develop skills, create and play games, understand and appreciate new and familiar games. The children have opportunities to develop skills and understanding through enjoyable individual, small group and team activities.

This strand was also supported by local visiting coaches from St Kevins Hurling Club, Eimear from FAI Ireland and Solas Volunteers who taught us how to play Tag Rugby!
One of our After School Club’s also teaches us how to play Gaelic Football which we love!

Aquatics

The strand units of the Aquatics curriculum include:

  • Hygiene
  • Water safety
  • Entry to and exit from the water
  • Buoyancy and propulsion
  • Stroke development
  • Water-based ball games
  • Understanding and appreciation of aquatics
Since the beginning of the year 4th Class have been attending swimming lessons in Kevin’s Swimming Pool every Thursday for an hour. The girls from 3rd Class have been going since after Easter on a Friday during the school day.
The girls have really enjoyed it and all of them have become fantastic swimmers 😀 
The school also follows the PAWS lessons from Irish Water Safety. There a lots of fun interactive lessons which you can do at home too – visit http://paws.edco.ie/ to find out more! 
Some useful tips for pool safety can be seen if you click on the link below!

Gynmastics

The strand units of the Gymnastics curriculum include:

  • Movement
  • Understanding and appreciation of Gymnastics
We love having the chance to practice our gymnastics moves as so many of our students are involved in gymnastics groups outside of school!
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Ms Connells class helping teach the children in Wonderland some moves!

Dance

The strand units of the Dance curriculum include:

  • Exploration, creation and performance of dance
  • Understanding and appreciation of dance

Our students love to dance!! We have had lots of performances in the yard at lunch time and during golden time on a Friday! Debbie comes in to teach us some dance routines for a block of 12 weeks also.

 

 

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