In March, the pupils in Newtownmountkennedy Primary School completed a different physical activity every day. On Mondays and Wednesdays pupils ran laps of the yard. On Tuesdays they completed a GoNoodle and on Thursdays they took part in a Kidnetic fitness challenge. On Fridays, pupils completed in a freestyle Friday challenge where they could engage in a physical activity of their choice.
Throughout the month of February, pupils in Newtownmountkennedy Primary School took part in the Operation Transformation 10@10 challenge. Each day the pupils took part in a different 10 minute physical activity guided by the RTEjr website. On the 9th of March the whole school got together to complete a final 10@10 activity in the Community Centre. Lots of fun was had by all!
Super Troopers with laya healthcare is Ireland's first ever health homework programme designed to help children increase their levels of physical activity in an effort to combat childhood obesity. It encourages children and their families to become more active and learn about healthy lifestyles. The programme includes short burst, fun activities around physical activity, well-being and nutrition. Newtownmountkennedy Primary School are delighted to be a part of this initiative. We joined the programme in January and every child received a Super Troopers participation pack including an activity journal and family wall chart. Every evening children get one Super Trooper activity to complete as part of their homework. Children can complete these fun activities alone or get their family and friends involved.
In addition to PE lessons pupils take part in many fun activities to stay active. Our school day is regularly revitalized within the classroom with ‘brain break’ activities such as yoga, dance, aerobics and Zumba thanks to the Go Noodle website, the Bizzy Breaks programme and teacher led physical movement breaks. These regular brain breaks boost energy levels fuelling the children’s brains for further learning. These breaks are particularly important on rainy days when we can’t get outside and movement breaks are extended on these days.
We have many initiatives to promote activity throughout the day and school year. These include chiristmas disco, zoned playground games, the 10@10,school discos, Run around Europe, whole school walks, céilís, million step challenge, active week, whole school cycle to school day using the playground markings and having active rewards.
Teachers also use activity throughout the curriculum. For example maths trails, nature walks, tours of the school, Deir O Gradaigh as Gaeilge.