Physical Education in school is hugely important in a child’s development physically, mentally and socially. In PETNS all classes are taught 6 different strands each year. They are Games, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Aquatics and Outdoor and Adventure. Teachers use the ‘Primary School Sports Initiative’ resource materials to support their lessons. These are available to all teachers on the school server and in the PE resource library. In Portlaoise Educate Together NS we aim to include a variety of different sports and activities during the year in the PE curriculum. We have initiatives such as ‘Active Breaks’ in the classroom, especially on rainy days. Children receive 60 minutes of timetabled PE during the week but are often rewarded with extra PE/physical activity for good behaviour or achievements earned.

The Key messages of the Primary PE curriculum are:

  • The importance of enjoyment and play
  • Maximum participation by all children
  • Development of skills and understanding
  • Balance between competitive and non-competitive activities
  • Balance between contact and non-contact activities
  • Providing opportunities for achievement for every child
  • Providing activities equally suitable for boys and girls

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