In order to be successful in the Active School Flag we must self-evaluate, plan, implement and monitor improvements in several areas such as the children’s physical activity throughout the day and our partnerships with the local community.
As the Active School Flag involves the whole school community we would encourage you to also provide opportunities for your children to be active at home. Additionally, if you think you have any skills or ideas that would be of benefit to the Active School Flag we would love you to get involved. You can pass on your suggestions to Claire. Your support of the Active School Flag is greatly appreciated. Please find below the different initiatives and strategies we have undertaken through the Active School Flag programme.
Physical Education (P.E)
At BETNS, each class receives at least one hour of P.E. every week (we even get extra if we win our Province Points!). Our P.E. classes are made up of the six strands of the P.E. curriculum and throughout the year we take part in games, athletics, gymnastics, dance, outdoor and adventure activities and aquatics. We think P.E. is a very important subject and we follow a school P.E. policy and timetable for teaching all of the strands in 6 week blocks.
Our teachers have dedicated an area in the resource room for sharing P.E. teaching resources to make our lessons fun and interesting, and sometimes we swap teachers for P.E! We will be starting swimming lesson in February 2020.
The curriculum contains the following strands:
–Outdoor & Adventure activities
Since 2018, the staff have decided to improve our deliverance of the Games strand. We felt we could do better in meeting the curriculum requirements and we did the following:
-Conor attended a Primary Rugby Course in the University of Limerick in February. He brought back his new skills and drills to the staff and pupils. We met as a staff to learn about Tag Rugby and how to correctly deliver it to our classes. The children have loved playing tag rugby for P.E as it is something that we have never taught before and is new to most of them. We bought a new set of rugby balls and tags using funds that the parents raised for taking part in Run a Muck. Tag Rugby was taught in a 6 week block during P.E time in 2018
-Claire attended the Spikeball Workshop in Kildare town in October. She learned the new concept of Spikeball, which was introduced to teach younger children about basic Volleyball skills. Claire then met with staff to inform them of this game, what to teach, how to teach, how to practise skills through drills and how to form teams and matches. We purchased a new Spikeball and net using funds raised from the parents efforts at Run a Muck last September. Spikeball was taught in a 6 week block during P.E time in 2019.
-As part of our Games development, we introduced lunchtime tournaments. The Active School Committee arrange the pupils into different teams, make sure that we have all of the equipment and arrange the fixtures. We aim to do a tournament each half term and so far we have done Spikeball, football, unihoc and basketball. It is a fantastic way to get all of the children involved in team sports, it gives them a great sense of pride and sportsmanship.