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.
The strand units of the athletics curriculum include:
- 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.
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!!
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!
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!
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.
The strand units of the Aquatics curriculum include:
- Water safety
- Entry to and exit from the water
- Buoyancy and propulsion
- Stroke development
- Water-based ball games
- Understanding and appreciation of aquatics
The strand units of the Gymnastics curriculum include:
- Understanding and appreciation of Gymnastics
- 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.