Physical education (PE) provides children with learning opportunities through the medium of movement and contributes to their overall development by helping them to lead full, active and healthy lives. The Physical Education Curriculum provides a balanced range of activities for children and encourages schools to adopt a flexible approach in planning for PE.
Physical Education CurriculumThe Physical Education Curriculum includes six strands:
Dance in the Physical Education Curriculum encourages children to improve body management skills, to understand movement, to work with others and to develop creativity and imagination.
Gymnastics focuses on body actions such as jumping, turning, swinging and balancing. This strand is also concerned with the control and management of body movements in increasingly challenging situations.
Involving children in games enables them to appreciate and enjoy games both as participants and as spectators.
The outdoor and adventure activities strand is a new aspect of the curriculum. Schools can plan for walking, cycling, orienteering and other outdoor challenges suited to children's needs, interests and circumstances.
The aquatics programme involves not only teaching children how to swim but promoting children's enjoyment of water-based activities also. The curriculum also stresses the importance of play in the development of competence in the water.
Active Schools Programme
At Tarmon National school we are committed to improving the health and physical well being of all our pupils.
We are currently participating in the Active Schools programme which is a national initiative geared towards improving the general fitness of primary and post primary pupils. The cornerstone of this programme is that our school will increase our focus on physical education by pursuing the following strategies
Current School Year