Primary Schools 2020

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Bainisteor Beag!

Playground’s Leader Programme

What is it?

The Bainisteoir Beag playground leaders programme was designed by KRSP to encourage pupil led activities during break times in school.

The aim of the programme is to train pupils in fifth and sixth class as playground leaders. At break times they organise lots of fun activities for the younger classes in the school.

What is included?

KRSP tutors will deliver leadership training in your school to 5th or 6th class students. Two to three hours should be allowed for this training.  The school will receive a resource pack.  There are a range of activity cards in this pack that can be used by the children to plan, organise and implement their mini-sessions.


Each activity card contains one game. There is an illustration of how the game might look, the equipment needed, key points, safety points and also tips on how to make each activity easier and harder.  There are also a number of exercise cards. These can be used for the ‘Orienteering’ card, but also for the’ Rainy Day’ card – these are exercises that can be done indoors if the weather is bad. Some of these exercises could be used by the teachers during the school day if the children needed a little ‘brain break’ during class time!

A rota could be used to help organise the leaders and activities for the week. The leaders should try to include as wide a variety of activities as possible so that the younger children get to try a range of games and learn many new skills.

Currently this programme is funded by the Healthy Ireland Fund supported by the Department of Health, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Rural and Community Development and is free to local schools.

Balance Bikes

Time to take the training wheels off!


Picture credit: Michelle Mc Williams/ KRSP

Learning to ride a bike is a milestone in every child’s life. Learning to ride a bike however is sometimes a frightening experience for some children. Somehow, they are able to overcome it and soon enough and before long are showing off their biking skills. Smarter Travel Kilkenny recognizes the need to familiarize children with bikes and cycling at an early stage. This pilot programme is based on Buntús Start. The aim is to deliver training to pre-school teachers and then loan the balance bikes to each school for a period of 4-5 weeks. Each school may use the bikes for this period and then return the bikes (in good condition) to Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership. Balance bikes are suitable for children aged between 3 and 6 years and prepare children for their first ‘big bike’.


Why use a Balance Bike?

Balance bikes do not have unstable training wheels; training on balance bikes removes the safety hazards of crank sets and chains that can initially confuse a small child; more importantly, they can help the toddler understand and get to grips with balance and coordination skills. The young child will be unfamiliar with pedals and so will not use them. Trouble is, when not in use, pedals still rotate within the vicinity of the child’s legs. Often the unused pedals end up scratching the child’s legs or slamming against the child’s shins. Enter the balance bike!


Active Travel

KRSP offers the Active Travel Challenge to all Primary Schools in Kilkenny. To date, 35 schools have taken the challenge. Each class receives a chart on which the teacher writes the student’s names. The teacher and students place stickers alongside their name corresponding with their mode of transport for each day – walking – cycling – carpooling – bus or car. Students that make the most effort to change their mode of transport in favour of more sustainable ones receive small incentives KRSP. The teacher also has the option to reward the whole class for their effort with a local walking or cycling trip!

Basketball Workshops 

Our Basketball Coaching Workshop will cover fundamental basketball skills, drills and plenty of new ideas for use during PE and in the playground.

The workshop will be delivered by local coaches, and KRSP will organise a series of blitz days for schools that take part in the workshops!

Picture credit: Michelle Mc Williams/ KRSP

Inclusive Workshops 

 Are you looking for ideas to include a child with disabilities in your P.E. class?

Cara has collaborated and partnered with the SESS to design and develop a one day Primary Teachers’ in-service entitled ‘An Introduction to Inclusive Physical Education’, which is being delivered by the SESS.

This is a practical-based seminar focusing on enhancing a teacher’s knowledge, skills and understanding of how to include ALL pupils, regardless of ability, within their PE lesson. The course covers The Inclusion Continuum and the TREE model, an adaptation tool which can support teachers in the delivery of their lessons. This in-service provides teachers with the opportunity to practically experience the application of both tools to various strands of the PE curriculum, enhancing their ability to give ALL pupils the opportunity to reach their potential.

To book your place on this one day Primary Teachers’ in-service, please log on to:

KRSP staff can deliver a mini inclusive games workshop for schools in Kilkenny who are looking for ideas to accommodate children with disabilities in their PE class. Contact Caitriona at


Sportshall Athletics                 

Enhancing the delivery of the Athletics Strand of the PE Curriculum  

Sportshall Athletics was devised to allow athletic events be coached and performed within a sports hall environment over the winter months. Schools can transform a sports hall or gymnasium into an arena of fun-filled athletic activities, involving children in exhilarating, confidence-building competitions. Sportshall Athletics help young people to learn fundamental movements that are essential to all sports. Sessions may include long jump, ball throw, speed bounce, balance beam, relay running and javelin throwing, complementing the athletics strand of the primary schools P.E. curriculum.

KRSP are offering 2 hour teacher workshops in Sportshall Athletics.  The workshops can be delivered to all staff or on a cluster basis with neighbouring schools. Following the workshops, Sportshall Athletics Equipment will be given out on loan to the schools for a four week period.

The programme is delivered by Pat Power, National Jumps Co-Ordinator with Athletics Ireland.

Picture credit: Michelle Mc Williams/ KRSP


Active School Flag

Are you looking for support to apply or renew your Active School Flag?  

Schools across the country have come up with many innovative and easy ways to improve their PE and to energise  the school  day as part of the Active School Flag process.

The process seeks to recognise schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.



Daily Mile Challenge

The Irish Life Health School Mile Challenge is a 1 Mile fun run staged in schools in conjunction with the Irish Schools Athletics Association and Athletics Ireland. The challenge allows students the opportunity to take the first steps towards fitness with the emphasis on participation whether it be walking, jogging or running. The focus of the initiative is to promote running or walking as part of a balanced healthy lifestyle. The mile challenge is run by the school on a school day or over a number of days and involves setting up a one mile course/lap, followed up a couple of weeks later with another challenge to gauge progress. Each pupil would be timed over the mile and rewarded with a coloured coded wrist band. Colour coded bands will be made available in over 10 mins, 9 mins, 8 mins, 7 mins, 6 mins and 5 min categories. 


Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE


Helpful Tool for Primary Schools-Go Noodle

Turns basic fundamental movements in to fun game based scenarios through interactive videos. Go Noodle improves both behavior and attention in the classroom, aids academic performance and strengthens classroom cohesion between students. The custom made videos are age appropriate to kids, promoting fundamental movement patterns of jumping, running, dancing and stretching through silly, energetic and playful games and activities. The videos also have a mindfulness element which promotes relaxation and calm on occasions of classroom unrest.


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Children who aren’t active enough are at a higher risk of developing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other cardiovascular illnesses. Children and youth aged 5 to 17 should get 60 minutes a day of medium to intense physical activity. Currently only 9% of this target group meets the recommendation. Physical activity is an important part of healthy living at any age, and it’s essential for children.

Physical activity helps children develop cardiovascular fitness, strength, flexibility, and bone density, maintain a healthy body weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease and health problems, lessen the likelihood of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use and feel better every day, through improved mental health and well-being. Here are a few tips to help teach children the importance of daily physical activity:

  • Encourage them to walk or ride their bikes to school instead of taking the bus.
  • Schedule active time for your children after school.
  • Combine periods of moderate activity like walking or biking with periods of more vigorous activity such as running or playing soccer or tag.
  • Activities like swimming, soccer, baseball, dancing, gymnastics, skiing, and basketball provide opportunities to learn new skills while having fun. Check with local schools and community centers for affordable programs.
  • Set a positive example by being physically active as a family. Plan regular outings to hike, cycle, walk, or skate.
  • Remember to praise your children for being active. Confidence is the key to success!

Physical literacy is the combination of mastering fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills. It helps children involve themselves in and react to physical activities going on around them. Most skills require a series of developmental stages. If a stage is missed, development can be negatively affected.




Fundamental movement skills are a specific set of skills that involve different body parts such as feet, legs, trunk, head, arms and hands. These skills are the “building blocks” for more complex and specialised skills that kids will need throughout their lives to competently participate in different games, sports and recreational activities.

Balance skills – Movements where the body remains in place, but moves around its horizontal and vertical axes.

  • Three year old children can walk along a wide balance board
  • Four year old children can walk part way along a narrow beam
  • Five year old children can walk the length of a narrow beam

Locomotor skills – such as running, jumping, hopping, and galloping.

Runningrapid movement that involves transferring weight from one foot to the other with a brief loss of contact with the ground by both feet. Speed and maturation of running style increases with age as the child’s muscle strength, balance and coordination improve.

  • Three year olds can run around obstacles and corners.
  • Four year olds can more skilfully navigate sharp turns and manage on a variety of surfaces.
  • Five year olds can stop quickly on a signal and can run backward as well as forward.

The following PDF’s contains a full run down of the fundamental locomotive movements and black skills with tips were training.

Ball skills – such as catching, throwing, kicking, underarm roll and striking.

Skill development by age

Between the ages of three and five years, children are starting to develop their fundamental movement skills (FMS) and enjoy a wide variety of activities.

Three-year olds: still developing the basic skills required for play. They’re able to perform the following FMS:

  • Climb jungle gyms and ladders
  • Run on toes
  • Balance on one leg for a short time
  • Kick a ball from a standing position

Four-year olds: develop quickly and learn a lot from their experiences and their play environment. They’re able to perform the following FMS:

  • Gallop
  • Hop forward
  • Skipping
  • Throw a ball 3.5 metres overhand
  • Kick a rolling ball

Five-year olds: begin to display a variety of styles of play, including copying others, creative play, and making up their own games or activities. They’re able to perform the following:

  • Run through an obstacle course avoiding objects
  • Skip forward
  • Maintain balance on a moveable platform
  • Throw a ball with direction and force for more information.

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