Note: The Physical Education short course will be undertaken by students entering first year in 2019


The short course in physical education aims to develop students as knowledgeable, skilful and creative participants who are confident and competent to perform in a range of activities safely. The course aims to build students’ appreciation of the importance of health-enhancing and inclusive physical activity and a commitment to it now, and in the future.

Students become more confident and competent as they learn to participate in a range of challenging and developmentally appropriate physical activities. They set goals and plan to improve their competence, physical fitness and engagement in physical activity.

Students reflect on their own physical activity levels and plan for regular, meaningful engagement in physical activity. They engage in activities which promote positive relationships and which require cooperation and respect for differing abilities. Students learn to apply safety procedures across the variety of activities. They plan, lead and take part in appropriate warm-up and cool-down activities.

Students create and perform individual and group dance and/or gymnastic performances in accordance with the criteria for artistic performance. They refine their performances based on reflection and feedback.



Young people in junior cycle are at an important stage in their lives where they are developing rapidly; physically, psychologically and socially. Increasingly, they are making their own lifestyle decisions, including whether and/or how they will participate in regular physical activity. Physical education can provide all students with enjoyable and worthwhile learning opportunities where they develop the movement skills and competencies to participate and perform in a variety of physical activities competently, confidently and safely. It builds students’ motivation in and commitment to physical activity and sport within and beyond school. It can encourage students to get involved in both participation and leadership roles, irrespective of their previous experiences of or ability in physical activity. In this short course, students learn to appreciate the importance of regular health-enhancing physical activity and to make informed choices about how to include physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. Such informed choices are key to the development of lifelong habits of physical activity; thus student choice and consultation with students are given particular emphasis in the course and assessment design. The course builds on learning in physical education in primary school and lays the foundations for their learning in senior cycle physical education. This short course contributes to important learning in the school’s Wellbeing programme within junior cycle. As a result of their learning in physical education, students should be better able and more motivated to include regular physical activity in their lives thereby contributing to their overall sense of wellbeing. In junior cycle, six indicators–Active, Responsible, Connected, Resilient, Respected and Aware– have been identified as central to students’ wellbeing. PE provides learning opportunities which contribute to each of these wellbeing indicators.



Junior cycle short courses will have one Classroom-Based Assessment.
Students will gather evidence of what they have learned in a particular strand through ongoing assessment during and/or the end of each strand. In third year, when they have completed the four strands, students select evidence of their learning in one strand to submit for their Classroom-Based Assessment. The Classroom-Based Assessment can be presented in written, digital, visual or audio formats and it may be supported in these formats through the use of an interview or presentation.

Sports Day 2019

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