Physical Activity is the promotion and engagement of exercise and movement in addition to our scheduled P.E. times. We have been very busy engaging in a wide variety of different programmes, ideas, and initiatives which have inspired the children to become more active. We launched our active walkway in the yards and pupils are encouraged to run, play and to do ‘talking as you’re walking’. We have two daily playground breaks and our schoolyard is zoned to allow children to engage in a variety of different activities. Our school has playground leaders who set up activities and sports equipment during break times for others to use.
St. Patricks GNS have launched a daily Walk To School initiative in conjunction with the parents and the Green School Committee. A daily record of children walking to and from school was filled in by the Green School Committee and the Golden Boot is awarded to the class with the most walkers at the end of the week along with homework passes for those who walk to school daily.
We had an Active Break Every Day Challenge for the months of March and September 2020, where the children engaged in classroom based activity breaks and outdoor breaks on our new Astro pitch. Every class filled in an Active Break Challenge Chart recording their daily activities. On rainy days, teachers ensure pupils are kept active by incorporating extended classroom-based physical activity breaks such as 10at10, Go Noodle and yoga activities.
Pupils from fifth and sixth class will be performing in the musical “Mary Poppins” and are skillfully mastering all the dances during extra dance tutorials. Third classes got active during Seachtain na Gaeilge by participating in a céilí with Hollypark BNS.
Senior classes did a measures Maths Trail and Junior classes did a Shapes Trail during Maths Week. For Science
Week November 2020, 2nd and 3rd Classes completed a mini-beasts and materials hunt around the school grounds.