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.