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Kilbrittain National School, Kilbrittain Co Cork

Physical Education


The PE programme in Kilbrittain National School incorporates six strands:

Gymnastics, Athletics, Dance, Games, Aquatics and Outdoor and Adventure activities. Our focus for the 2019/2020 year is Athletics.

Our PE Programme is constantly being updated to make sure we are always providing best practice PE delivery in our school. Our targeting of the Active School Flag has required an audit of our PE programme. This examination has helped us improve our provision of Physical Education.

Here are some key elements we focus on:

  • We prioritise one strand each year for further development. This year is athletics
  • We discuss each child’s PE development in parent teacher meetings
  • Our staff attend PE specific CPD courses
  • We carry out a PE audit
  • We have carried out an extensive overhaul of our PE equipment and updated the equipment to facilitate excellent learning while having fun. All our equipment and resources are clearly labelled, well organised and easily accessible in our new PE shed. We make maximum use of this equipment.
  • The school has introduced active homework at certain times of the year.
  • Themed monthly yard activities, supervised by our yard supervisors and committee members
  • Integrated PE lessons in the classroom through physical activity breaks
  • Ensure that pupils are provided with at least 1 hour of PE a week. However, we also reinforce a message that children 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.

As we in Kilbrittain NS are so lucky to be living and working so close to the beach and the water, we took part in the LAND PAWS (Primary Aquatics Water Safety) programme developed by the Irish Water Safety. Juniors, 1st class and 3rd class learned about water safety and the importance of staying safe in the water. We learned that you have to be water safe at home, on farms, at pools and beaches, on boats and around inland waterways. Water safety is hugely important for all. Being water aware can save lives and prevent a dangerous situation from happening, so by sharing our knowledge at home, at work and in school, we can help.