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Physical Education [SC]

Junior Cycle - Physical Education [SC]

Subject Group: Social
These subjects explore common issues faced by all people living in society. They develop the skills and knowledge used to manage personal resources and guide human behaviour.

Brief Description:

This new short course in physical education aims to develop students as knowledgeable, skillful and creative participants who are confident and competent to perform in a range of activities safely.
How will Physical Education [SC] be useful to me?

Physical Education (PE) is a subject where you can both take part in, and learn about physical activities. You will learn about how important keeping fit is for the health of your body and mind. In some activities you work on your own and in others you work with your classmates as part of a team.

This new short course has four strands:

Physical activity for health and wellbeing -  This strand aims to build your understanding of and commitment to regular health-enhancing physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. Students apply their learning as they design, implement and evaluate their own physical activity programme.

Games - This strand focuses on building your competence and confidence in two of the following games categories: divided court, invasion and striking and fielding games. Students learn how to develop a range of transferable movement skills and competencies and the ways in which these can be used within and across the different games categories.

Individual and team challenges - This strand focuses on building your competence and confidence in two of the following physical activity areas: orienteering and team challenges, aquatics and athletics. Students are encouraged to set challenging goals for themselves individually and/or as part of a team and to reflect on the experience and progress made. In this strand, schools may choose an adventure activity other than orienteering if their location facilitates this choice.

Dance and gymnastics - This strand aims to build your competency in and understanding of artistic and aesthetic movement, as you create and perform in a group for an audience in either gymnastics or dance. The process of creating the dance or gymnastic movement sequence is seen as being equally important as the final performance.

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