Physical Activity is the promotion and engagement of exercise and movement in addition to the 60 minute per week timetabled curriculum subject of Physical Education. St Joseph’s BNS actively promotes the message that children require 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day. In St Joseph’s BNS, we have been extremely busy as we have engaged in a wide variety of different programmes, ideas and initiatives which have inspired the children to become more active.
Do your talking while you’re walking:
St Joseph’s BNS, promotes the full range of fundamental movement skills during break times and pupils are encouraged to run, play and to do our school has adopted the policy “Do your talking while you’re walking” to ensure that all pupils remain active during break times if they are not involved in any game or activity. This is also the case during icy lunch breaks when the ground is too dangerous to run on. We have two daily playground breaks and our school yard is zoned and marked to allow children to flow freely among the other children in their class but without overlapping with another class. These zones are there due to COVID-19 recommendations.
All pupils have engaged in an extended classroom or yard based physical activity break during designated weeks of the year while many classes have been incorporating these breaks into regular days throughout the year. Our school has agreed an Active School Flag slogan which is “Climb, Jump, Swim, Run…..Make your fitness number one!” Our school incorporates physical activity into school calendar events as we hold different seasonal activities and events.
Active breaks and wet day activities:
Online activities like Just Dance, Kids Bop and Go Noodle are proving to be a hugely enjoyable alternative during break times on wet days and the pupils are more than happy to show off their moves for the camera!
Fingal County Council SportsCon 10@10
We registered with Fingal County Council and signed up for the live SportsCon 10@10 session on Friday 12th March at 10am. As it was Seachtain na Gaeilge this week, the 10 minute fitness session was delivered through Irish. Here are some pictures of our boys taking part.
Our 5th and 6th class boys have been great leaders for our younger classes, Junior Infants to First class. Unfortunately, this year due to COVID-19 we have had to cut our playground leaders. Hopefully, we will be able to take the initiative up again next year and this time spread it out over the junior and senior classes too. We hope to set up sectioned areas in the playgrounds for playground leaders to help other classes in different games and activities during their lunch breaks.