The Mile a Day Challenge continues..
Every class is will try to complete one mile every day- depending upon the activity chosen, and the age group involved, students can complete the mile individually, in pairs or as a team.
WALK IT 2,000 steps = 1 mile
RUN IT 1,609 metres = 1 mile
SKIP IT 1609 skips = 1 mile
We are making great use of our new skipping ropes,with everyone from Juniors to 6th having fun skipping. Some classes have even been fortunate enough to have skipping lessons from our best skippers in 6th!
Skipping is a great, energetic and fun break from school work!
We at Killygarry NS are delighted to announce that we have 25 fully Trained Playground Leaders springing into action this March! Over 20 children in Fifth class have volunteered to become Playground Leaders – this is in addition to our Active School committee in 4th and 6th class. Their training involved considering what makes a good/bad leader and considering how to safely plan and modify activities to ensure everybody can enjoy the activities. On yard, our Playground Leaders will be wearing Red Bibs.
Each week a new activity will be rolled out and each class will have the opportunity to participate. For week 1, we are playing basketball.
Our Newly Zoned Yard
Our Active Schools Committee noticed there was a lot bumps and knocks when we were all out on yard. We brainstormed and came up with a few ideas. Ms Finnegan gave us a blank plan of the yard and we drew lines, where we thought the zones should be. Afterwards, Ms Finnegan and Ms Donohoe went through the plans and used the best bits of all plans, to zone our yard.
We are going to use the zones for two full weeks (14 days) and see how we get on. Each morning four of our Active School Team, use space-markers to zone the yard for us. If we think the zones are working well, we will keep them, although we might need to modify them.
We are going to use the zones for two full weeks (14 days) and see how we get on. Each morning four of our Active School Team zone the yard for us. If we think the zones are working well, we will keep them, although we might need to modify them.
Every Friday at both breaks we have Funky Friday! It is brilliant fun because we get to listen and dance to our favourite songs. Sometimes the teachers even dance with us!
Sometimes we need to stretch our bodies but not necessarily take a skipping or running break. The chair exercises are a great way of allowing us to get some movement breaks in.
Getting more active within the school day!
Our Active School Committee noticed that on wet days, many of the pupils are not getting an opportunity to exercise. They decided to have a dance crew visit each class on wet days and use GoNoodle with them. It is great fun and really gets the heart pumping! A few times a week, we also have the 10@10.
The Committee also thought that we could try out doing some chair exercises between lessons each day and see if it might be helpful both in terms of concentration and exercise.
We had a disco to actively celebrate the festive season. It was great fun!
Tour of Europe Challenge
As part of the European week of Sport, we decided to take part in the Tour of Europe Challenge. This involved us doing laps of the yard at times that suited our teacher during the day. As a school we made it to Aspendos in Turkey!! It is 3,399km away, this means as a school, we ran 3,399 laps of our school yard in one week.
Each day we noticed an improvement in our Personal Best’s – whether it was the length of time we were able to jog/run (without needing to slow down) or the laps covered.
We really enjoyed this challenge and are delighted that our teachers are going to continue to allow us to do this on a regular basis.