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P.E

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME

All classes in our school are taught five out of the six strands of the P.E. curriculum each year.
The six strands include: Aquatics, Athletics, Games, Dance, Gymnastics and Outdoor and Adventure.
Physical Education is allocated 1 hour per week of overall teaching time. Discretionary time is also used towards P.E.

Every child’s progress in PE is discussed at PT meetings and feedback is included in the end of year school reports.

All teachers use the PSSI lesson plans to ensure the delivery of a broad and balanced PE curriculum. We also use the ‘Move Well Move Often’ PDST resources to promote fundamental movement skills development when teaching the different PE strands.

We teach the Land Paws Water Safety Programme each year.

We have chosen to prioritise gymnastics as our focus for the Active School Flag. Some staff members will be attended CPD courses in this area and will provide feedback during staff meetings.

Aquatics:

Swimming lessons take place during Terms 1, 2 and 3 in Templeogue College Swimming Pool. Children from 3rd 4th, 5th and 6th class level have the opportunity to partake in a block of lessons (8 weeks). The lessons are on Mondays.

Games:

In our first and and third terms of the year our football and hurling coaches from Ballyboden St. Endas G.A.A. club work with our pupils in Senior Infants, 1st class, 3rd class and 4th class. Junior and Senior classes also engage in games during these terms focusing on basic skills required for playing games.

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Athletics

Ciarán takes classes from 4th class up for the Athletics strand. Children participate in the South Dublin C.c. cross country events during the year

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Dance

In the 3rd term classes from 1st up participate in Zumba classes with Aoife. During Seachtain na Gaeilge classes do a big Ceili with Ballyroan Boys school and younger classes are taught Ceili dancing by the older children.

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OAA

The strand units of the Outdoor and Adventure curriculum include:

  • Walking: WOW ….Walk on Wednesday initiative….winners get the Golden Boot every week
  • Orienteering: our school has been mapped for Orienteering
  • Outdoor Challenges: 3rd and 4th classes go to Royal Breffni Crystal Maze Adventure Centre every May/June.
  • Water based activities (fifth and sixth class only): 5th classes go to Avon Rí Adventure Centre in May/June and 6th classes go to Delphi Adventure Centre in June every year.
  • Understanding and appreciation of outdoor and adventure activities.

These activities help to develop appreciation and enjoyment of the great outdoors. They also help children foster a healthy attitude to the environment around them. The activities are team-orientated and develop social skills. Outdoor and adventure activities are mainly non-competitive and offer alternative ways to enjoy a healthy approach to recreation and outdoor activities.

Orienteering Map 1.pdf

Orienteering Teachers Map.pd

Gymnastics:

The Gymnastics strand outlines the movement activities for each class level and indicates how movement can be developed sequentially. The focus is on body action such as jumping, turning, swinging and balancing and with the control and management of body movements in increasingly challenging situations. Movement tasks are set to match children’s stages of development and provide all children with opportunities for achievement.

The gymnastics curriculum contains activities which refer to the teaching of specific skills e.g. forward roll, handstand, and cartwheel. Whereas all aspects of gymnastics are planned with an emphasis on the state of readiness of the child, this applies particularly to the teaching of specific skills. To be able to perform these with a degree of success, the child needs to be strong and supple and to be able to create tension throughout the body.

Below is a list of resources we use for Gymnastics:

Our PE Equipment:

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 to the front of the school hall. At present, due to covid, each class has their own bag of equipment which can be easily wiped down at the end of a lesson.

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Ballyroan Cresent,
Ballyroan,
Dublin 16,
Ireland

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