We have a whole school PE plan in place which was drafted by the principal and teachers. Regularly, our teachers participate in Continuous Professional Development in the area of PE. Ideas, strategies, tips and resources from these CPD sessions are shared with all staff members.
Fundamental Movement Skills
This year we have decided to go right back to basics and focus on the Fundamental Movement skills of:
To find out more about the Fundamental Movement skills see the links below.
All our P.E. lessons will take place outdoors in line with COVID-19 Guidelines.
Priority Strand 2020-2021: Outdoor and Adventure
Have a look below at some of the fun and learning going on around our priority strand. This learning didn't end over lock down either, it became a great way to get the whole family involved!! We have planned some VERY fun activities during the month of May which will really target this strand, we are very excited!! Watch this space for updates.
Our new Active Walkway is proving a BIG hit. The senior room are enjoying the good weather while completing some Literacy activities.
Have a look at what else we have been doing in PE since September 2019!
Rock Paper Scissors.... JUMP!!
GAA training with Ann is always a HUGE hit!!
We challenged the pupils...
The teachers challenged our pupils learning from home to a keepie uppie challenge with a difference. Have a look on our YouTube channel to see how the teachers and pupils got on!! It was definitely much trickier than it looks....Why don't you give it a go? :-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq3PBykwFvo
Our pupils from Junior Infants to 3rd class really missed their siblings, cousins and friends that were still remotely learning from home. We decided to come together by learning the "Jerusalema" dance and performing it together. It was fun remotely learning together even though we were apart!!
The World Health Organisation recommend that children over the age of six need at least AN HOUR of physical activity every day. In St. Dympna's N.S this is promoted through inclusive physical activity throughout each school day.
Our school provides twice daily playground breaks. Equipment is made available to pupils and pupils are allowed to run. We are very thankful to have access to a pitch at the rear of the school, playtime here is rotated so all pupils have the chance to access this area. On wet days, children will stay indoors and complete physical activities with teachers. Go Noodle is a firm favourite!
Movement breaks are a very important part of the school day. The children enjoy Go Noodle, Yoga and Running breaks which are timetabled everyday. This year we have also began using the Bizzy Breaks from the Irish Heart Foundation.
Running Breaks/ Run Around Ireland
We are very lucky to have the privilege of taking part in the Active School pilot for "Active Sitting". We use the stability balls whilst completing work but we also utilise these in our movement breaks!! We are so excited to get started!
We have Active homework every Thursday. Have a look at an example of the homework we complete.
Active break and lunch times are encouraged. Our active yard monitors ensure that pupils in their playground are actively engaged at all times. They are well equipped with games and playground equipment to encourage everyone to keep active!
Click here to watch as we launched our walkway. Thank you to Eimear and Eamonn president and vice-president of our Active School Committee. They gave a fantastic speech along with cutting the ribbon! twitter.com/i/status/1375400974580387845
As a whole school we have made it to: Week 1: Armagh Observatory, Aviva Stadium, Bunratty Castle, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Corlea Bog, Croagh Patrick, Devenish Island, Dunmore Cave, Glencar Waterfall and Proleek Dolmen. Week 2: Gobbins Cliff Walk, Killarney National Park, Leap Castle, Mondello Race Track and The National Aquarium of Ireland. Week 3: Spike Island, Sport Ireland Campus, The Viking Triangle and the Ulster Americal Folk Park. We managed to run further than plotted on the map by week three- as a whole school! We are still continuing to calculate the distance we run in our class groups.
Our Active School Committee is made up of staff, pupils and members of the local community. Each member of the Active School Committee make every effort to encourage the wider school community to live a healthier and more active life. Each member of the Active School Committee has been given a leadership role and each strives to ensure they fulfil their responsibilities effectively.
We acknowledge physical activity and sports achievements are achieved both during and outside of school hours. Pupils are encouraged to share stories of their success with the entire school community and are permitted to bring medals and photographs into school.
"Active School Week 2020" became "Active Home Week 2020". Things may have been very different to what we were accustomed to but that didn't stop us from having a fantastic, fun, active week! Here are some of the active activities we got up to... "Walk a mile with a smile" "Sunrise walk" Yoga Joe Wicks DAILY activities Scavenger hunts Dances- Haka Teacher challenges- The wheelie bin challenge! Cycling Daily Running challenges Walking in our locality- scavenger hunt for historic artifacts.