Here at S.S Peter and Paul JNS each class receives at least one hour of P.E. every week. Our P.E. classes are made up of the five strands of the P.E. curriculum and throughout the year we take part in games, athletics, gymnastics, dance and outdoor and adventure activities. We believe P.E. is a very important subject and we follow a school P.E. policy and timetable for teaching the various strands.
Mrs Adderley is the school P.E Coordinator, she looks after the ordering and maintaining of P.E resources and timetabling the school hall. There is also a dedicated area in the school resource room for P.E. teaching resources, as well as a shared folder on our computer system where teachers can share resources from various P.E courses they've attended. A number of teachers have completed the Physical Literacy course, Move Well, Move Often and have shared their gained knowledge with the rest of the staff at staff meetings. Have a look at the pictures below to get an idea of the type of activities we do for each strand.
Outdoor & Adventure activities
‘Our school prioritises a different PE strand for further development each year’
After careful deliberation during a staff meeting we voted to prioritise the Outdoor and Adventure Strand. We had several meetings to discuss how we could enhance this strand for all classes. Each month we will incorporate Outdoor and Adventure activities into our P. E lessons as well as linking this strand into other curriculuar areas.
In September the children were exploring their new classrooms and the environment around them by going out on Nature Trails.
For Maths Week in October, all class teachers took their classes out around the school grounds to find Maths answers around the school.
For the month of November the classes participated in Outdoor and Adventure Games, though since the weather was so wet, most of these games had to be "Inside and Adventure Games!"
Needless to say as part of our Outdoor and Adventure activities for the month of December we decided to keep it festive and play a Santa Search game. The children had to turn over the cones and hunt for Saint Nick himself. They had lots of fun doing this.
As part of our Outdoor and Adventure Strand this month we played cone and picture games where the children had to find their friends who had the matching pictures and words. They had so much fun doing this activity.
For the month of February we integrated English into our Outdoor and Adventure Strand and carried out Literacy trails around the school. Mr Donovan did a great job coming up with some cryptic clues for the children to solve.
The children had to find things on the yard that began with certain letters and make new words out of words they found on signs on the yard.
They examined the staff cars and wrote down on their worksheets any words they found on the cars.
As they children walked from one side of the yard to the next, they said the alphabet. They had to count how many times they got through the full alphabet and what letter they landed on when they reached the end.
To tie in with St Patrick's Day, our Outdoor and Adventure activity for the month of March was to go on a Snake Hunt around the school.
The children from Junior Infants had to find the snakes numbered 1-
1st and 2nd classes had to find the snakes numbered 1-
All the classes had such a great time doing this activity.
First classes found out that the jumbled sentence was "St Patrick's Day" and Second classes' sentence was "Lá Fhéile Pádraig"!!