Physical education provides children with learning opportunities through the medium of movement and contributes to their overall development by helping them to lead full, active and healthy lives.
There are six strands in the P.E. Curriculum
- Outdoor and adventure activities
Each of these 6 strands are covered by teachers throughout the year. For aquatics children from Senior Infants – Sixth Class receive a 6 week block of swimming lessons in Monaghan Swimming Pool. As well as that each class in the school cover the ‘Land Paws’ programme that focuses on water safety theory and land-based skills.
All classes are allocated 2×30 minute slots in the hall weekly. In addition, all classes get a 6 week block of gymnastics, dance and GAA coaching. 3rd- 6th get basketball and rugby coaching.
Over the past three years we have prioritised three strands for further development in school Gymnastics (2016-2017), Games (2017-2018) & Athletics (2018-2019). We make use of the PSSI Lesson plans, the NCCA guidelines for children with Learning Difficulties and the Move Well Move Often programme to aid the teaching of PE. All staff attend regular training sessions to improve our teaching also.
To aid teachers in teaching the strand of gymnastics a number of activities were undertaken by the Active Flag Committee. PSSI lesson plans were photocopied and distributed to each teacher. These were also made available on school server. PDST Gymnastics skills cards and station cards from PSSI were laminated and placed in the PE store for use during gymnastics lessons. Students Rachel O’Shaughnessy, Megan Smith & Amy O’Harte are a great help to teachers and give them advice and demonstrations on how to complete different rolls, tucks and jumps. Teachers were shown videos on YouTube based on correct movement during gymnastics. LA gymnastics completed a gymnastics ‘blast’ with the children and regularly consult with teachers on effective gymnastics teaching. The teachers learn a lot of new ideas for use in their own lessons. These were discussed during a Croke Park Hour.
For the strand of games, all SET & Realta teachers completed the Games4all training in November 2017. All ideas were discussed at a Croke Park hour and the resources were photocopied and distributed to each teacher. Each teacher was also sent a copy of the resource to their own personal email. The Active Flag Committee & Rang a Sé worked together to compile a list of games that they feel would be suitable to teach in PE lessons. These games were also used during our Game of the Week Activity. The children loved this as they loved playing the games that they had suggested. The Active Committee & the Irish Committee also worked together to promote cross curricular use of games. A games day as Gaeilge was devised by the committees. Teachers were also taught the games by the students for use in their lessons. The ‘Get Active in the Classroom’ booklet was discussed at a Croke Park and printed and left in the staffroom for ideas for cross curricular games during PE. To promote inclusion during PE, the Realta classes devised games for teachers to teach to their classes. These were taught to the teachers by the Realta pupils and an PE day was held led by the Realta pupils also in April 2018. The Realta students loved showcasing their games to the teachers and were thrilled that they would use them in their classes.
In relation to the strand of Athletics PSSI lesson plans were also printed and distributed to teachers. The teachers were shown PDST videos based on running, jumping and throwing and they in turn showed the videos to their class. Múinteoir Ciara is highly involved in Clones Athletics Club and gave a talk to staff during a Croke Park hour based on a course she had undertaken the Irish Athletics Council ‘Run, jump, throw & catch’. Resources from PDST were laminated and put in PE store for use during station teaching. An Athletics Club was formed in school and children were given the opportunity to complete training during lunchtime. Resources for the teaching of athletics were left out by the Active School Committee so that teachers had them readily available for their lessons.
Courses Completed by staff to date:
On completing each course teachers provide feedback to other staff during Croke Park hour.
Múinteoir Michelle: IPPA PE Conference (2017)
Muinteoir Majella & Ciara- Healthy Eating Workshop (June 2017),
Múinteoir Lisa- Irish Heart Foundation Busy Breaks (4th October 2017)
Múinteoir Dearbhla & Muinteoir Lisa- Move Well Move Often Course (11th October 2017 & 26th March 2019)
Muinteoir Ciara, Lisa, Fiona, Olivia, Roisin, Caoimhe, Aishling & SNAs Brenda, Maura, Larissa, Elizabeth, Shauna, Gemma, Denise, Claire- Games4All (11th November 2017)
Muinteoir Dearbhla & Lisa ‘Active Flag Find Out More’ September 2017
Muinteoir Dearbhla Active Flag ‘Getting Started’ Seminar (Sept 2017)
Muinteoir Lisa & Roisin Whole School Approach to Physical Literacy (March 2018)
Muinteoir Lisa & Roisin Healthy Ireland Whole School Food Policy (April 2018)
Muinteoir Eimhear & Lisa ‘Mindfulness Course’ (Summer 2018)
Múinteoir Lisa Be Active ASAP (6th December 2018)
Muinteoir Ciara Irish Athletics Council ‘Run, Jump, Throw, Catch Coaching Course’ (February 2019)
Muinteoir Lisa Monaghan Sports Partnership Inclusion Morning (8th February 2019)
Múinteoir Lisa Move Well Move Often (26th March 2019)
In October each class, from Junior Infants-6th class, took part in the Land PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety) Programme. We learned about being safe when around any water. Whether it be water in a bath, lake, river or swimming pool- we know that we must take care.
Some of the things we learned were to always get an adult to help us when filling a bath or to accompany us when going to the pool/river/beach. We must always make sure that there is a life guard at the beach/swimming pool before getting in and to stay away from slurry pits or drains when we’re out and about.
Each child was given a pack which contained leaflets about water safety and a fun book with puzzles, quizzes and spot the difference activities. This made learning about water safety fun!!
What we learned?
Justina learned that it is safe to swim when she sees a yellow flag or a red and yellow flag but if she sees a red flag or no flag at all it’s not safe to swim.
Donncha learned to always swim with an adult, to never swim at night time and to not bring a float into the sea.
Lily learned that if someone falls into deep water you can throw a ring buoy in to help save them.