Each month, we focus on a different strand of the PE curriculum. September + October: Games November + December: Dance January + February: Gymnastics March + April: Athletics and Aquatics May + June: Outdoor and Adventure Check out our PE policy in our Curricular Policy section of the website for more info.
Children in 1st class to Senior Infants have the opportunity to going swimming to practice their aquatic skills. The children go to the National Aquatic Centre for 6 lessons each year. The children in Sonas and Spraoi also go to Finglas Swimming Pool every Tuesday. Junior and Senior infants participated in the Land Paws programme. Land PAWS is a water safety programme which taught us all about how to stay safe in the water. They learned about staying safe at the swimming pool, at lakes and rivers and around farms. At the end, they all earned the Land Paws cedrtificate. Junior and Senior Infants were very proud of their achievements.
During PE lessons, all classes participate in athletics activities such as running, jumping and throwing. We focus on Athletics in the months of March and April so that we are reading for our big Fun Day races at the end of the year.
In dance, we have been learning how to perform dances. 5th and 6th class learned some European folk dances such as La Vinca from Italy, German Clap Dance and French Peasant's Dance. Children in Junior and Senior infants have been making up their own dances. The children were working in pairs to perform a mirror dance where one child made up 5 dance moves to music and the partner had to mirror the moves. They performed these dances in front of the rest of the class and did 2 stars and a wish peer assessment. This involved the children saying 2 things they liked about the dance and something they would like to add or change to improve the dance. The pupils responded to this really well and all the children were so chuffed with the positive comments about their dancing.
Every year, we start our PE lessons with the Games strand. Junior classes learn a lot of playground games such as duck duck goose, what's the time mr wolf and the bean game. The children love playing these games and will often play them together at break times too or as part of our Active Lines. The children in the older classes play games such as soccer, unihoc and rounders.
Children in all classes take part in Gymnastics during PE lessons and as part of a series of gymnastics workshops. In gymnastics, we develop skills to carry out balances and travels to create a gymnastics sequence. We practice rolls, handstands and cartwheels.
Outdoor and adventure
In the summer months, the children take part in many exciting outdoor adventure activities. The children in 5th and 6th class take part in the Leinster School's Orienteering League and enjoy the competitive aspect and the trips away to different parks and forests around Leinster. Children develop their orienteering and map reading skills in PE lessons and also take part in Orienteering workshops.