PE Curriculum in our School
Our PE curriculum is broad and varied. Pupils are provided with 60 minutes of PE per week. We teach five strands of the PE curriculum. These include Games, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics and
Outdoor & Adventure Activities.
Understanding and appreciation of athletics
Exploration, creation and performance of dance
Understanding and appreciation of dance
oUTDOOR AND ADVENTURE
Walking and cycling activities
Understanding and appreciation of outdoor and adventure activities
Sending, receiving and travelling
Creating and playing game
Understanding and appreciation of games
Understanding and appreciation of gymnastics
Every year we prioritise a new strand for development. Last year swimming was introduced as part of our PE curriculum for the first time for our 5th and 6th classes. This year the swimming strand has been extended to all classes from 3rd up. The pupils attend an 8-week programme in Newpark swimming pool. Parents and pupils were delighted to avail of these swimming lessons to build on this essential life skill particularly when so many pupils lost out on lessons during COVID.
outdoor and adventure
This year we are also prioritising the outdoor and adventure strand with a particular focus on the skills of walking and running for orienteering activities. Walking is an important precursor to other fundamental movement skills and it’s important to give it adequate attention particularly in the younger classes. Teachers focused on the importance of good posture and walking tall with eyes focused straight ahead. Teachers taught the correct walking and running techniques by showing classes the PDST walking and videos and by using the FMS and PSSI lesson plans in PE. Children are encouraged to practise what they have learned in the PE lesson at school by completing the corresponding activities at home using the following link.
We will be availing of our local park at Granada to set up orienteering activities and outdoor challenges for the girls in June.
Teachers use the PSSI lesson plans to help when teaching and delivering the different strands. Our teachers also use a number of other programmes to support their teaching such as the Move Well Move Often programme . The strands are also supported by our GAA coach Emma and sports coach Mr. Oreo.
Our 3rd and 4th class pupils are being taught the Land Paws water safety programme this year providing them with essential skills to keep safe when waterside this summer.
UCD Athletics competition 2023
Our school athletics squad took part in the Cumann na mBunscol Athletics event in UCD on Thursday 1st June. They proudly and successfully represented the school winning both the U12 and U14 relay races. They also took home the silver medal in Shot Put and the gold in the Long Jump and U12 sprint. Hollypark Abú!
Well done to our amazing squad members -Emma Drury Byrne, Camille Fagan, Rachel Anne Irwin, Sarah Kelly, Robyn Kennedy, Juliana Toole, Catarina Mora Martins, Kate Clare Buckley, Holly Cassidy, Millie Cronin, Amelia Doyle, Aisling Kavanagh, Sian McCrohan, Genevieve McGhee, Eva Batt, Sylvia Burns, Saoirse Gallagher, Zoe Kelly, Heidi Keogh, Layla Twamley, Sarah Cruise, Anna Dunphy, Julia Smialek. We are very proud of you all!
Whole School Dance, Sports Day 2023
swimming & Water Safety
Our 3rd and 4th class pupils are being taught the Land Paws water safety program this year providing them with essential skills to keep safe when waterside this summer.
This year the swimming strand has been extended to all classes from 3rd up. The pupils attend an 8-week programme in Newpark swimming pool. Parents and pupils were delighted to avail of these swimming lessons to build on this essential life skill particularly when so many pupils lost out on lessons during COVID.