All classes are taught the different PE strands each year: Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Games, Outdoor and Adventure. The children in 1st class also participate in Aquatics.

In the Convent Junior School each class receives at least an hour per week of physical education. By taking part in the Active School Flag programme it has helped us to focus on an improved provision of Physical Education in the school. Teachers use the Primary Schools’ Sport Initiate to help when teaching and delivering the different strands. For further information on our PE programme, please see our School Policies. This year, as part of the ASF initiative, it was decided by staff to select Athletics as the strand for development.

Athletics

The strand units of the athletics curriculum include:

  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Throwing
  • Understanding and appreciation of athletics

Athletics was our strand for development and we focused on this strand in our Physical Education lessons to develop these skills. This coincided with our Daily Mile running initiative as the children were developing their running skills on a daily basis with this.

When delivering the athletics programme it was important to provide opportunities for the child to challenge him/herself to run faster or for a longer period, to throw an implement further and to jump further or higher. 

Running

For the running strand unit the children enjoyed sprinting, long distance running and relays. Depending on the class level the children did standing start and reaction sprints, pair and group relay, running over flat markers (hurdles) and shuttle sprints of different distances.

Jumping

For the jumping strand unit, depending on our class we explored different aspects like jumping from 1 to 2 feet, 2 to 2 feet,  our strides leading up to the jump, our landing and strategies for jumping for height and distance. We marked out different jumping courses with cones.

Throwing

For the throwing strand unit, depending on our class level we did different activities. We did individual throws exploring height and distance, underarm throws into hoops using beanbags, underarm and overarm throws with bean bags for height and distance, overarm standing throws with beanbags & hoops, 3 stride approach using beanbags and hoops.