Physical Activity 2021-2022

We have really been working hard on becoming a more active school recently. Apart from our usual opportunities each day to be active, we have added many events and challenges this year to increase the level of physical activity across the school. These have helped the children to be more motivated and to enjoy being active more.

Each day the children have two playground breaks, where they are allowed to run around in two different areas. Monday to Thursday we have four different activity zones set up in the playground for the children to use during their break time. Activities are assigned to a class and change each week so that everyone gets to try out new activities regularly. The activities are changed each month. Some equipment that has been used this year includes basketball, hula hoops, mini golf, skipping ropes, hurdles and tag balls. On Fridays we have a playground disco and all classes can dance during their break time. 

We have Playground Leaders that help Junior Infants to 2nd class during break time. Our Playground Leaders are all the children in 6th class. They work in pairs and change each day so that everyone gets a turn regularly. They help the younger children to use the playground equipment properly and play games with them. Our Playground Leaders are doing a fantastic job and the younger children love having them there to help them.

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When it is raining and the children are unable to play outdoors, each classroom teacher has a classroom-based physical activity planned. The children usually dance or follow a physical workout.

We have been using our Active Walkway during the year. We updated it in March with new signs. It is 200m around the school playground. Now our Active Walkway signs have lots of different information on them such as letters, numbers, shapes and flags of different countries. This allows us to use the Active Walkway across many subject areas. Each class teacher has an Active Pack that has resources and ideas for the Active Walkway. Children from every class level really enjoy the walkway. 

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As part of the Active School Flag process, we took part in the ‘Active Break Every Day, challenge for four weeks beginning 8th November 2021. Every class took part. A poster was stuck up on the outside of each classroom door and information on what activity each class did each day was recorded on it. Some activities the children took part in were running, 10 @ 10, yoga, dancing and exercises in the classroom. 

This year we took part in ‘The Run Around Ireland’ challenge for four weeks starting on 14th March 2022. Each class ran some laps of the playground at some point each day. The number of laps were recorded. Each lap counted as 1km. The kilometres were added up by the Active Committee and each class competed against each other to see who could run around Ireland to visit as many landmarks as possible. The children loved this competition and a total of 6143kms were ran. Junior and Senior Infants ran the most!

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All class teachers have agreed three actions each per month with their class to decrease sedentary time. Each month new actions are chosen. These are displayed on the outside of all classroom doors where everyone can see. Some actions include Go Noodle, 4 corners game, Tony Chestnut Active Song and exercises. 

Our school has taken part in several physical activity events this year. When organising physical activities we ensure that all children can take part. Take a look at some of the activities the children in St John’s N.S. have completed this year.

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Walkway Day (24th September 2021)

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Halloween Scavenger Hunt (21st October 2021)

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Halloween Penalty Shootout (22nd October 2021) A person dancing in front of a crowd of people

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Christmas Scavenger Hunt (21st December 2021)

Green Day Walk (16th March 2022)

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Launch of the new Walkway (25th March 2022)

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Easter Scavenger Hunt (6th April 2022)

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