Physical Education 2021 – 2022
In St. John’s N.S. we understand the importance of providing pupils with plenty of opportunities to be active. Every teacher ensures that all classes are provided with at least 60 minutes of PE every week.
All classes are taught Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Games and Outdoor and Adventure every year. This year 1st class – 4th class will be covering the Aquatics strand during May and June. They will have swimming lessons in Clondalkin Leisure Centre.
We ensure that all our PE lessons are accessible to all pupils and lessons are adapted and differentiated as necessary.
All teachers follow a 2-year whole school PE plan. We allocate a balanced amount of teaching time to each of the strands and all classes cover the same strands at the same time. We prioritise a fundamental movement skill (FMS) from the Move Well, Move Often programme for further development each month.
This year we decided to work together to improve our delivery of the Games strand. All pupils had the opportunity to work in small groups to create and develop their own games using various pieces of PE equipment. They demonstrated these games to the rest of their class and taught them how to play the game. The pupils had great fun doing this and really enjoyed teaching them to the other pupils.
All teachers use the PSSI lesson plans and Move Well Move Often resources to guide their delivery of the PE curriculum. On 4th April Mr.Beckett and Mrs. Veighey attended a training day for the ‘Move Well, Move Often’ programme. They shared the resources and their new knowledge with all the staff.
Outdoor and Adventure Strand:
Water Safety Ireland’s PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety) outlines the essential life-saving guidelines that every child needs to know. Junior and Senior infants will complete this programme during the final term of school.
Each year we carry out an audit of our PE equipment. This gives us the opportunity to replace broken equipment and purchase new items. This year some new PE equipment was bought by the PTA. The BOM provided funding for some new equipment to enhance our active breaks in the playground. Our PE equipment is clearly labelled, well organised and easily accessible in our store room.
During the year pupils do PE homework every Wednesday. We began the year by providing each child with a page of various activities. Every Wednesday they chose a different activity to complete. During the second term we changed it to link in with the strand that we are working on in PE. The activity is now posted on Class Dojo and pupils can send us in some photos of them completing the activity at home.