What is Active School Week?
According to our Active School Committee, “Active School Week is a week in which ALL children from ALL classes complete fun exercises and get taster sessions of activities that are outside of school”.
Our Active School Motto.
Our Active School week normally takes place in June. Children were tracksuits to school each day and instead of written homework children are given Active Homework for the week. For example, jumping jacks, high knees and a plank. A whole school race day will take place and children will also have the opportunity to visit the Peace Link. Different after school organisations come to school to give a taster session. We try to make it different each year.
Cross Curricular Integration
Teachers during this week integrate many subjects with PE. In English children complete kinaesthetic (movement) spelling instead of written spelling. Children complete maths sums and counting with an active integral such as if the answer is 5 the children complete 5 jumping jacks. As part of literacy and oral language children give oral reports on their favourite part of ASW. They also draw pictures of their favourite aspect. Older classes write paragraphs on ASW. Children compose active raps, songs and poems to showcase to parents and other classes. In Science children learn about the body & the importance of exercise. In older classes the functions of major organs are learned. In SPHE the children in ALL classes learn about the healthy eating pyramid & the importance of eating healthy. Children also take part in SESE, Literacy and numeracy trails in the school grounds and surrounding locality. Integration with Irish is used in every class through the use of Sos Beaga & Cluichí Clóis.
Active School Week 2019
On Monday 17th June, we held our annual sports day. The teachers organised various different races for the children such as egg and spoon, fancy dress, relay races, sack races, obstacle races and a match between some of the teachers and the 6th class pupils. Everyone got involved and the rain certainly didn’t dampen our spirits!! We ended the day with the raising of our 2nd Active Flag.