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Golden National School, Golden, Cashel

Physical Activity

Every child should be getting 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Here in Golden NS, we aim to get each and every child, throughout the school day, active in a variety of ways. Whether it is during their break and lunch or as a transition between subjects, we try to provide as many opportunities to get everyone moving.

During class time we use the 10@10,, The Body Coach's Fitness Week, and Just Dance, to name but a few initiatives.  

At our small break/sos, the children of 4th to 6th pupils, acting as PE Equipment Monitors, bring out PE equipment for all the children to use.  On Mondays we have skipping ropes, Tuesdays we use beanbags and hoops, Wednesdays give the children a chance to use our hurdles and on Thursday, depending on the weather the children have use of either our polydrons or gym mats.  

At big break/lón, we use Playground Leaders to teach and lead games to the younger children. This promotes turn taking, fosters a caring relationship between the older children and the younger children in our school, as well as giving everyone a chance to get active.  We also run leagues in various games from 3rd to 6th class to get the older children active at lunch. Those not taking part in these games are encouraged to " do their talking while they're walking". 

We are currently taking part in the Run Around Europe Initiative, every day after lunch. To "run around Europe" we take into account how many children run or walk the Active Walkway lap everyday and how many children even go for a second lap. For example, if every child completes their lap, our school will have travelled 101km that day.  It's a great motivation to get us going and it's teaching us about nearby countries too. We are also planning a skipping challenge that will see us climbing mountains with every day's skipping.

Freestyle Friday: On Fridays, children are encouraged to try something different and dance as we blast the latest tunes on the school yard.  We try to take a break from the usual team sports, playground games and give some dancing a go.  Some children have even been know to put on choreographed concerts for the other children. Who knows, maybe they'll even give some dance lessons soon too!