St Attracta’s is committed to providing high-quality Physical Education to all pupils. All classes receive 60 minutes of formal PE lessons each week. All classes are taught the strands of Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Games and Outdoor & Adventure each year. Pupils from 3rd-4th class also take part in Aquatics, having swimming lessons in Claremorris Pool.
Teachers use a variety of resources to guide them in delivering quality PE lessons. PSSI Lesson Plans are widely used throughout the school and we have focused on the Athletics strand for the school year 2019/2020. We also introduced the Move Well, Move Often programme to teach the Fundamental Movement Skills to all pupils. From November 2019, we introduced a School P.E. Year 1 & 2 , meaning that all classes are taught the same strand and Fundamental Movement Skill at the same time during the school year. This allows for the sharing of resources and ideas among staff and ensure that an equal amount of time is given to each strand. From April 2021, we introduced a specially revised School P.E. Year 2 – TERM 2 & Term 3 plan in light of the period of distance learning from January to March 2021.
Our school teaches the Land PAWS water safety programme in the 3rd and 4th classes every year. These are the classes that attend swimming lessons as set out in the school’s plan for P.E. Year 1 & 2. For 2020-2021, the PAWS programme was also taught from the Junior Infants to Second Class (see photos below).
Our PE equipment and resources are clearly labelled, well organised and accessible. In line with our Covid-19 Response Plan, every class was given its own supply of P.E. equipment (see photos below). In May 2021 the school took delivery of a brand new steel container for the storage of P.E. equipment – see the video of its arrival on our school twitter feed here. From September 2021 we look forward to using this single storage place for all our equipment.
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