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RYEPEG web@ryepeg.ie PHYSICAL EDUCATION
4th class Aquatics Our school distributed the A.S.F. Pupil Questionnaire, discussed the findings and acted upon the feedback. All classes receive 60 minutes of timetabled P.E. each week (this includes Aquatics 6 week blocks in 4th and 5th)
“Staff members have completed recent training in Physical Education and shared what they have learned with all staff. “
4th Classes Active Flag
Gymnastics: Our Priority P.E. Strand Our school has prioritised Gymnastics as our P.E. strand for further development this year. All classes took part in Gymnastics during P.E. for the first half of Term Two. Guidelines from the P.D.S.T. website and P.S.S.I. lesson plans to help teachers teach the Gymnastics strand, were distributed among staff and put on display in the staffroom for teachers to borrow. Our Gymnastics equipment such as the horse, incline wedges, benches and mats were left at the side of our P.E. Hall during these weeks so they were easily accessible to all classes.  All classes practiced and developed the various rolls and worked through the lesson plans using our equipment to help perfect their gymnastics skills. We really enjoyed our Gymnastics P.E. Lessons.
Parent and Pupil Questionnaire Results No.1-6 P.E. & P.E. Homework:  Of all the strands, Games and Athletics proved to be the most popular choice of students with the majority of students enjoying P.E. Parents are generally delighted with P.E. Homework and our P.E. programme. Most parents would like more information on school reports about P.E. progress, we will work on this in June. They would like to see more daily P.E./more activity. We are addressing this with initiatives such as The Daily Mile. Parents had a very positive reaction to the daily run using comments such as “It helps his self esteem” and “We have seen a huge improvement in our child’s fitness due to running daily”. No.7-10 Break times: Classroom activity breaks and break times are really enjoyed by our students according to them and their parents. Most parents agreed that their children are happy with the playground environment and yard buddies although a few suggested investing in an onsite playground. Suggestions were made to improve our playground breaks, such as “More equipment on yard”, “Basketball nets on yard”. Our school back yard is being resurfaced this Easter so Basketball can be played safely again. The school has also invested is Elastics for children to play with on yard. No.11 Fundamental Movement Skills: The majority of parents thought that their children are proficient in most of the F.M.S. A few would like to see further development of “striking with an implement”. Every class is currently working on F.M.S. Children are enjoying the games element while learning Fundamental Movement Skills. No.12-14 Active School Week and Physical Activity: Parents and children unanimously agreed that their children enjoy Active School Week. There was a suggestion for more Athletics. A lot of parents were unsure of the recommended minutes of Physical Activity that children should do every day. About 50% of parents knew it is 60 minutes per day. No.15-17 Active School part of Website: More than 50% of parents had not yet seen the A.S. part of the school website. To address this, the school will send a message to all parents about the website in the lead up to A.S.W. Those who had seen it, all had very positive comments to make, such as “Mental and Physical Wellbeing is a priority in this school”. In relation to helping out with the Active School Committee, most parents have a lot of commitments and lead very busy lives so don’t have the time to help out. A few said they may help out during A.S.W.
Primary Aquatics Water Safety – PAWS This programme was specially tailored for primary school pupils and is exclusive to schools. Schools now have the opportunity to be part of Irish Water Safety’s fastest growing programme. Teachers have the ability to certify their pupils with nationally recognised awards from our programme that is recommended by the Department of Education and Science. Teachers can take their class through the first three awards without going near water - Land PAWS 1, 2 and 3. These awards consist of theory of water safety safe swimming safety on the farm safety on open water etc. The awards become more detailed as the pupils progress (Land PAWS 2 and 3) - simulated rescues on land, e.g. throwing a rescue rope into a designated area