P.E in St ita's!

Physical Education allows children to learn and develop their fundamental movement skills while having fun. The skills learned in the PE lessons are skills which children need for life. Each fundamental skill is taught using a variety of games and activities. Children get lots of opportunities to develop these skills across each strands and strand unit of the curriculum.

Here at St Ita's, each class is timetabled for at least 60 minutes of PE per week in the hall but we always do our best to move outside, where possible! This gives us more flexibility and more time for our PE lessons! 

We offer a balanced approach to PE, across all strands: Athletics, Dance, Games, Gymnastics, Outdoor Education and Aquatics. Children in 3rd and 4th class attend swimming lessons during the year with all other classes completing the Land PAWS programme. 



The Fundamental Movement Skills are:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Hopping
  • Skipping
  • Jumping for height
  • Jumping for distance
  • Side-stepping
  • Dodging
  • Balancing
  • Landing
  • Throwing
  • Catching
  • Kicking
  • Striking with an implement
  • Striking with the hand

Click on the button below to find a detailed overview of the strands and strand units, along with the fundamental movement skills 


November 2019: Here are Mr Whelan's Senior Infants having some fun with relays and working as part of a team! This month we are working on the fundamental movement skills of running! 


March 2019: Mr Whelan and Ms Cormican attended the "Move Well, Move Often" PDST seminar in the Salthill Hotel on 21st March 2019. They returned to the school and shared the information learnt on the course with all staff members (planning for and incorporating fundamental movement skills into PE lessons )


March 2019: The Active School Flag committee did an audit of our PE equipment. We counted and examined the equipment and recorded what we needed! Our boxes and PE space are now labelled and everything has a home!  We even ordered some new equipment! We are looking forward to using them especially in our PE lessons andduring our Active School week!