Fundamental Movement Skills Assessment tools

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Some of the assessment tools we have been using for running. Some teachers have found self assessment a great way of allowing children to take ownership of their movement and other teachers are fans of peer assessment in a positive environment.

Sports Day 2018

Sports Day this year was another roaring success. We couldn’t have been luckier withe the weather and everything ran very smoothly thanks to the organisation of the school and of course the support from the parents as well as the parent’s council.

The junior and senior races were running parallel to each other or time efficiency and to ensure children were as active as they could be. The infants completed running races, egg and spoon races, sack races and crawling races. The senior end completed all these as well as three legged race and one or two more. We were delighted to see so many parents taking place in the parent’s running race.

Huge thanks again to the Parent’s Association who supplied us with a healthy tuck shop in line with Active School. All children received a medal for taking part and a fantastic day was had by all. Well done to all the boys and girls and of course to the mums and dads who take part also!!

More pics to follow!!…

 

 

Girls Soccer team

Soccer

Our Lady’s Girls Soccer team qualified for the Spar Dublin Finals which took place in Irishtown on Wednesday 25th April. Having played very few games together the girls put up a fantastic performance on the day. Our first game was against Good Shepherd N.S. A last minute goal by Demi-Leigh Curtis secured us a 1-1 draw. Good Shepherd went on to win. Our Lady’s defeated Hedgestown National School with goals from Demi-Leigh Curtis and Emma Dunne. In our last game we were defeated 5-3 by Ballybrack . Fantastic goals however by Demi – Leigh and Eunsae! Unfortunately, we just missed out on silver medals as Ballybrack beat us on goal difference.

Well done to all the girls involved and a special thanks to Ms Leacy for accompanying the girls to the matches and preparing them in advance of their games.

On a separate note, our school soccer team top the Dublin league table with one game to go. They continued their unbeaten run with a recent hard fought draw with Sandford. Jack Weadick scored his first goal for the school!! Well done Jack! The team are also involved in the Plate Competition and hope to keep the fantastic form going into the summer!

Once again, a huge thank you to Mr Heneghan for his dedication in supporting and preparing the school soccer team.

National Bike to School Week Art Competition

As part of National Bike Week 2018, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Count is holding an Art Competition for primary school pupils in the County. Students are asked to draw an A4 size poster focusing on making trips by bike with a theme ‘Cycling with your Family’. We will be entering this competition as part of National Bike Week. The closing date for entries is June 7th.

We are also encouraging children to bring their bike with them to school this week. Who knows, we may even have another Slow Bike Race!!

Junior Infants Athletics

Our Junior Infants classes began to learn the fundamental skills of running, keeping arms straight at a 90 degree angle, looking straight ahead and lifting their knees. Even at this young age, the children realised that they could go faster by incorporating these skills into their running.

Playground fun!

We love to make use of our local environment for active activities. We decided to bring infant classes on a trip to our local playground and the children had a fantastic time climbing, swinging and running with their friends.

Rory McIlroy watch out!!

We love to encourage children to try a new sport. Not all children are naturally fond of all sports so Active School’s Week is a great opportunity to get a taste of different sports so that children can find one that suits themselves.

Budding golfers from 4th to 6th classes tried their luck on our pitching ground. Ms. Leacy talked the children through their grip, swing and technique as the children attempted to land the ball in the umbrella! What a great introduction the the game!

Peer assessment for running

The children get a chance to assess their peers which is a great way to boost confidence and really focus on the fundamentals of running. The focus is on what the child is doing well and it also allows the teacher to put more emphasis on a specific teaching point if a trend is noticed in the results. The children also really enjoy this task.

Ceol agus craic

We were lucky to have Ciarán Tourish in school to amaze us with his fiddle playing. Mr Heneghan played the guitar with him. It was great fun!

 

The Daily Mile

The aim of the Daily Mile  ‘is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age or personal circumstances’. The concept is simple; to get children running more every day. It may be simple but it really is effective. It has become part of our school culture over the past two years and the children absolutely love it!

Along with Go Noodle, we strive to provide children with opportunities to give their working minds a break so that they can reset and refocus for the following classroom activity or task. The Daily Mile simply requires children to run laps of the school yard in a non competitive setting. The children keep track of how many laps they have completed and can challenge themselves to beat their record the following day.

The children have commented saying it is their favourite part of the school day and teachers have noticed a massive improvement in concentration following it’s introduction. What’s more is that teachers have also noticed improvements in overall fitness and endurance levels among children who struggled to complete one lap at the start of the year and who are now running non stop for a full 15 minutes!

Go Noodle

Go Noodle

We have been made increasingly aware of the positive benefits of movement with learning. Go Noodles strives to create a more positive classroom environment by boosting productivity, improving behaviour and building community. All teachers in our schools have been making use of this fantastic resource throughout the year to give the children a ‘brain break’ and in turn increase the productivity in the classroom. We have really noticed what a positive affect movement has had on concentration and learning following an exercise.

What is so fantastic about this resource is that it has a range of activities and exercises to suit all class and levels and each video clip can serve a different purpose. There are guided dance and free dance videos as well as breathing exercise and meditation. Teachers can choose which exercise will suit their class at a specific time. It also has longer, more energetic videos for the days it is raining and classes have to stay in at lunch.

 

Obstacle Course

On Friday, children from all classes got active as they competed against their classmates crawling through tunnels, skipping, hopping and literally jumping through hoops as they tried to make it to the end of the obstacle course before their opponents. Great fun was had by all as they revealed their through competitive spirit.

Tricks4Sticks

We were lucky to team up with Hockey Ireland to try out their Tricks4Sticks programme for Primary Schools. Classes from 2nd through 6th had the opportunity of completing a 5 week programme in Hockey Skills. The course provided the children with an opportunity to improve lots of their fundamental movement skills, including running, side stepping, dodging and striking with an implement.

The children had a ball with their instructor, Aran who took them through their paces! Huge thanks to Hockey Ireland for selecting our school.

 

Active breaks

Playground leaders lead activities

Here in Our Lady’s, we want our play times to be as active as possible. We encourage ‘Do your talking while you’re walking’ and we also have designated playground leaders who help to lead activities and teach news games/skills.

Some of the older children have been given leadership roles and are responsible for leading activities on the junior yard. At break times, some children have the job of distributing equipment while other children actually instruct the children in completing the activity for a specific group. This allows all children to be more active and allows for a more positive playground environment.

Tug Of War Tuesday

Tuesday started off a little ropey! because we were afraid the bad weather would force us to cancel our Tug of War. The infants took to the hall to face the rope. Teams were very evenly matched and there was a lot more competition than we had expected! The cheers could be heard for miles!

Fortunately the weather broke and the senior classes dug in for a very competitive and determined tug of war. There were of course some losers but they got to grips with it!!

Pimp My Bike and Slow Bike Race

Wednesday morning was full of glitz, glamour, sparkles and streamers as the children rode in on their pimped out bikes. They had put in serious work overnight and that payed off for a lucky few who won the prize for best pimped bike in their class.

This was followed by the slowest bike race competition. Instead of the usual ‘winner comes first’ scenario we decided to flip it on its head and award the prize to the child who could come last in the race without stopping, falling or putting their foot on the ground. The children wheelie enjoyed it!!

Fundamentals skills of running

Our 5th and 6th classes learned the fundamental skills of running and assessed one another on 4 different areas, landing on the balls of their feet, running with high knees, looking forward at all times and bending their elbows. This was a great physical and mental exercise to challenge the older students to assess where and how they could gather further speed.