All classes are taught at least 5 of the 6 different PE strands each year: Athletics, Aquatics, Dance, Gymnastics, Games, Outdoor and Adventure Activities. We allocate a balanced amount of teaching time to the different strands. For the 2019/2020 school year, we have all worked together to focus on the Athletics Strand in particular. We have done this by having whole staff CPD from Fingal Sports Council on 3rd March. We learned how to introduce and teach various different athletic skills through fun games. By completing this we were given access to the online Healthy Learning Portal which gave us lots of resources and ideas in teaching the Athletics strand as well as allowing us to engage our children in a variety of different programmes such as MarathonKids and the Sports Conditioning Programme.
In Scoil Chormaic CNS, each class receives at least 60 minutes of timetabled physical education per week. By taking part in the Active School Flag programme it is helping us to focus on an improved provision of Physical Education in the school. We ensure that as per our Whole School PE Plan, all of our PE activities are planned so that they are accessible by all pupils. In this way, we always encourage our parents to liase with us if their child has any issue that we need to be aware of when teaching our PE lessons. We will also give feedback to parents on their child’s progress in PE in PT meetings and in their annual school report.
We carry out regular audits of our PE Equipment where we dispose of old or broken equipment. Our equipment and resources are clearly labelled, well organised and easily accessible in our PE store.
Swimming lessons take place during Terms 1 and 3 in Aura Leisure Centre in Drogheda. Children from each class level get the opportunity to partake in a block of lessons. The lessons are on Tuesdays. Each week the children get to learn and develop new swimming strokes and techniques. The children really enjoy it!
Term 2 is finishing for all pupils on Friday 26th March and we will return to school on Monday 12th April. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable spring break!