All classes will focus on developing the games strand in PE throughout March and April
Here at Scoil Mhuire N.S., we ensure that all children receive an hour of Physical Education a week as set out by the NCCA P.E. Curriculum (1999). We are lucky to experience a wide variety of strands every year (at least 5) and our teaching is guided by the 7 key messages of the P.E. Curriculum. The 6 strands we cover are: Aquatics, Games, Outdoor and Adventure, Gymnastics, Dance and Athletics.
These 7 messages are as follows:
The importance of enjoyment and play
Maximum participation by all children
Development of skills and understanding
Balance between competitive and non-competitive activities
Balance between contact and non-contact activities
Providing opportunities for achievement for every child
Providing activities equally suitable for boys and girls
Our main focus is to assist the children in our school to achieve their potential to lead active and healthy lives and derive a sense of enjoyment and fulfilment.
Outdoor and Adventure Activities
Children have access to all six strands each year. A timetable for swimming is circulated to each teacher at the start of the year.
One hour per week is allocated to P.E.
Coaches are used to support the class teacher in dance, aquatics, hurling and rugby on an annual basis.
PE. Equipment and I.C.T.
An inventory of resources and equipment is made available to each teacher at the beginning of each year
The equipment is stored in a designated room and every teacher has access to it.
We are lucky to have a lot of equipment available to us, which the Senior Classes and the Active School Flag committee regularly re-organise and monitor. This year, we have labelled everything in the PE room to make sure everything is nice and tidy!
This year as part of the Active school flag process we are putting a big emphasis of the Games strand of the P.E curriculum. Over a period of six weeks, in conjunction with the PSSI lesson plans, all teachers have taught the Games strand with a specific goal of utilising all elements of the strand.
3rd class practicing their soccer skills
4th class playing basket ball
5th class practicing their running and sprinting techniques