Gymnastics with Akaash
Following an Active Flag Committee meeting where pupils expressed an interest in having gymnastics sessions during Active Week we reached out to a local gymnastics class provider and Akash from Wave Gymnastics kindly volunteered his time to come and teach our two fourth classes a few basics. Akash stressed the importance of warming up properly and played some warm up games followed by simple jumps and poses. The class then progressed to learning how to perform a forward roll in the correct way, with the back of the neck and not the head making contact with the floor! This was followed by learning the steps involved in doing a handstand and then a cartwheel. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the sessions. Thanks to Akash for facilitating this. For any pupils interested in pursuing the further development of their gymnastic skills details on Akash’s classes can be found here Wave Gymnastics Ashbourne
Akash doing a handstand
PE at Ashbourne ETNS
As per curriculum guidelines all pupils in our school are taught a minimum of 60 minutes PE per week. We generally teach this in two separate sessions to help contribute to the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity that children require each day. If you’d like to read more about the PE curriculum have a look at this link: http://PE curriculum online
Every year our pupils are taught lessons from the six strands: Athletics, Games, Gymnastics, Outdoor and Adventure Activities and Aquatics. As we don’t have a pool on the premises our pupils from 3rd-5th Class have been taking swimming lessons in Gym Plus this year and enjoying a nice walk there and back!
Fourth Class Embarking on their Walk and Swim
Fourth Class Go Swimming!
PE Resources for teachers in Ashbourne ETNS
Ashbourne ETNS shoot hoops in St. Luke’s!
3rd & 4th Class Swimming Lessons – Checklist
Below are the items children need to bring with them every week to their swimming lessons.
- Swimming togs/shorts – to make it easier for your child we would advise they wear their swimming togs under their school clothes when coming to school every Thursday so they are ready on arrival to the pool.
- Change of underwear and/or vest
- Swimming hat (compulsory)
- Goggles (optional)
- Plastic bag to put wet swimming togs into
- Arm bands if your child cannot swim as the pool is 1.5m deep
- Swimming socks (optional) to avoid verrucas
The first lesson will comprise of the children being grouped into levels of ability. Your child will be able to tell you what group they are in after the first class.
Budding Gymnasts in Robert’s Senior Infants
January was a long and very busy month in Robert’s class. It has been a busy month for wobbly teeth, and so we talked lots about the dentist and learned a new poem called ‘My wobbly tooth’.
Our P.E. topic in January was Gymnastics. We walked like animals, talked about the different ways we can move around a space, rolled in different ways, balanced on the big and small parts of our bodies and even tried some very tricky balancing positions.