Our PE curriculum is broad and varied and we acknowledge the importance of providing 60 minutes of physical activity everyday for the children. We teach the six strands of the PE curriculum. These include Games, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Aquatics and Outdoor & Adventure Activities. All classes except Infants attend swimming lessons each year as part of the Aquatics strand of the PE curriculum. All classes engage in the Land PAWS Water Safety Programme in May/June each year.
By taking part in the Active School Flag programme it has helped us to focus on an improved provision of Physical Education in the school. Teachers use the Primary Schools Sports Initiate to help when teaching and delivering the different strands. Our teachers also use a number of other programmes to support their teaching such as PSSI lesson plans, the “Move Well Move Often” programme and “Action for Life” by the Irish Heart Foundation. The strands are also supported by our visiting GAA coach Nigel, our dance coach Keith and exercise coach Glen. In spring Ms. Gorman coaches athletics after school in the lead up to the Santry and Fingal Athletics events. Ms. Crosse also coaches our school gaelic football team after school and they participate in local tournaments.
Each year our school prioritises a different PE strand for further development. This year we are focusing on eight fundamental movement skills (one each month) and the Outdoor and Adventure strand. The fundamental movement skills are focused on across the PE curriculum whether it be teaching how to throw and catch through the Games strand or balancing and landing through the Gymnastics strand, these skills should be taught explicitly.
As our strand for development this year is ‘Outdoor and Adventure’, we invited Tomás Mannion, a physical education facilitator from the PDST to our school to do fun and active workshops with every class. Tomás also touched on the stands ‘Gymnastics’ and ‘Dance’ and gave the teachers some fresh tips and ideas for lessons which was wonderful. click here to find out more.
On 25th March 2022 we launched our new active walkway. As our school yard was recently extended we decided to map out an new active walkway route around the school grounds and replace the old walkway signs with a new set provided by the Active School Flag. This has tied in nicely with our focus strand (Outdoor & Adventure) for this year and each class has been making great use of our new walkway route activities and orienteering resources. Click here to find out more.
Each year the children in every class have the opportunity to complete six workshops with coach Glen Daly from Daly Exercise. Glen teaches the children about their muscle groups and how to do exercises such as squats, burpees, push ups, lunges, mountain climbers and much more. These child friendly and age appropriate HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) sessions are a big hit with the children and staff as they get to move to some of their favourite songs.
The fundamental movement skills are the basic building blocks of movement and are an essential part of everyday life and recreational activity.It is only when these skills are mastered that a child can go on to develop specialised movement skills which will allow them to reach their potential in sports specific endeavours (PDST Move Well Move Often)
Congratulations to Pippa who won the Mr. Mooney Shield Swimming Competition for 2022. St. Margaret’s N.S. retired principal, Mr. Mooney was delighted to present the coveted shield to her in person. Well done to all the children who participated.
As part of our Active Halloween Feel Good Fridays initiative the children had lots of fun participating in a Halloween scavenger hunt, skeleton relays, exercise circuits and playground games.
The children came up with their own slogans and colourful posters to promote the importance ‘being active’. They came up with so many creative ideas and the overall winner was Zoe Madigan in Third Class who came up with the slogan ‘Put Down Your Switch and Get On The Pitch’.
In March we commenced a non-competitive running initiative called 'Run Around Ireland’. We mapped out a 350 metre track around the school and we decided that each lap would be equal to a kilometre (Younger classes ran laps of the Astro pitch). Every class in the...
We were delighted to welcome back Mark McCabe from SkipnRope to run a skipping workshop with our school in March. The aim of the workshop was to introduce children and teachers to the world of skipping. Skipping is a terrific form of exercise that helps a child’s...
#FeelGoodFriday WALKWAY Day took place on 25th March. We used this day to launch our new and revised Active School Walkway for the first time. We are using the new walkway route to promote ‘Learning on the Move’ which ties in nicely with the Outdoor and Adventure strand in PE which we are focusing on this year.
As our strand for development this year is ‘Outdoor and Adventure’, we invited Tomás, a physical education facilitator from the PDST to our school to do fun and active workshops with every class. Tomás also touched on the stands ‘Gymnastics’ and ‘Dance’ and gave the teachers some fresh tips and ideas for lessons which was wonderful.
As part of our Active Halloween Fun Friday initiative the children participated in Halloween flash mob dances on the last day of school before the midterm. Infants and 1st & 2nd Class had been busy learning the Monster Shuffle dance throughout the week while 3rd – 6th Class learned the Monster Mash dance moves.
As we are an active school, every Thursday the children are assigned some active homework. This varies every week and within every class. This year we are using the Daly Exercise+ app to assign homework. Homework tasks involve body weight circuits (no equipment needed) that a child and parent can complete together.
All of the children in St. Margaret's National School have completed the land PAWS programme. The programme is taught as part of the Aquatics PE strand and the SPHE curriculum. It outlines life-saving guidelines for children of every age. PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water...