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Active School Flag

Daily Mile

The daily mile is continuing in the school where it has been a huge success to date.

All classes are currently engaging and the senior classes have increased their run to 7 laps!

Well done to all the classes.

In weather like what we're currently experiencing, sure where else would you rather be!!

 

 

Badminton Ireland

Our school were fortunate enough to be chosen to take part in our School Badminton Programme with the Shuttle Time Teacher Training on Wednesday 3rd April. Mr Conneelly and Ms Judge attended the course.

Orienteering in 1st Class

The first class have been busy lately orienteering!

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The school has been focusing on Outdoor and Adventure Activities in P.E. this term as part of the Active Schools Flag.

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Using maps provided by Miss Judge, the first class got stuck into the orienteering and really enjoyed the experience!

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Well done to our future cartographers!

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Physical Education

St. Dympna’s N.S are currently working towards attaining our first Active School Flag.

What is the Active School Flag?

Active School Flag is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland. The Active School Flag is awarded to schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. The process aims to get more schools, more active, more often.
Over the last 12 months we have been very busy in St Dympna’s N.S working on the following areas: Physical Education, Physical Activity and Partnerships. We will be organising exciting activities throughout the year and an Active School Week in Term 3.

In St.Dympna’s N.S each class receives at least an hour per week of physical education. All classes are taught 5 different PE strands each year: Games, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics and Outdoor and Adventure. 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’ Sport Initiate to help when teaching and delivering the different strands as well as the “Move Well, Move Often “programme. The strands are also supported by our visiting GAA coach Dylan who takes classes in 6 week blocks throughout the year.

Games

The strand units of the Games curriculum include:
Sending, receiving and travelling
Creating and playing games
Understanding and appreciation of games
In Term 1 we focused on the Games strand with the aim of developing the fundamental movement skill of catching.
During Games lessons children were provided with opportunities to develop skills, create and play games, understand and appreciate new and familiar games.  The children have opportunities to develop skills and understanding through enjoyable individual, small group and team activities.

Athletics

The strand units of the athletics curriculum include:
Running
Jumping
Throwing
Understanding and appreciation of athletics
In October we focused on the Athletics strand with the aim of developing the fundamental movement skill of running.
When delivering the athletics programme it was important to provide opportunities for the child to challenge him/herself to run using the correct technique while exploring the concepts of running over distance, relays, hurdling and sprinting.

Dance

The strand units of the dance curriculum include:
Exploration, creation and performance of dance
Understanding and appreciation of dance
Throughout November we are focusing on Creative Dance alongside developing the fundamental movement skill of skipping.
The emphasis of Dance is always on enjoyment and full involvement by the children and opportunities are provided for the children to be creators, performers and an audience of Dance while exploring concepts such as body shapes, body actions, levels, directions, mirror movement and rhythm.
In Term 1, the students of 3rd and 5th class have dance classes in preparation for the school play “The Jungle Story”. This is in partnership with Mullingar Arts Centre

Gymnastics

The strand units of the gymnastics curriculum include.
Movement
Understanding and appreciation of gymnastics
We will focus on this strand in our Physical Education lessons in December,where we will practise all the basic movement actions of balancing, rolling, turning, twisting, stretching, climbing, transferring weight with a variety of rolls.

Outdoor and Adventure

The strand units of the Outdoor and Adventure curriculum include:
Walking
Orienteering
Outdoor Challenges
Understanding and appreciation of outdoor and adventure activities. This year, as part of the ASF initiative, it was decided by the PE team to select Outdoor and Adventure as the strand for development within the school.
We will focus on this strand in our Physical Education lessons in January and February.
The PE team have made an orienteering map of our new school.In term 3 we will set up orienteering courses around the school, using our map and the lessons from the PSSI website. The activities in this strand help to develop appreciation and enjoyment of the great outdoors.  The activities are team-orientated and develop social skills.  Some involve map-reading and problem-solving, coming to group decisions, developing leadership qualities and taking calculated risks.

Scavenger Hunt

As part of the Active School Flag, the different classes have been focusing on the Outdoor Adventure and Activities strand this term.

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Recently, the sixth class participated in a Scavenger Hunt around the school!

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They had great fun trying to find different pieces of information hidden around the school in everyday questions!

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Well done to the sixth on their successful scavenger hunt!

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