"The PHYSICAL Act gives our schools the flexibility they need to give physical education the attention it deserves in promoting our children's well-being"
Ufit currently operates as physical education teacher in the following Schools
The Red Door,Monkstown
Saplings School for Autism ,Rathfarnham
Powerstown Educate Together School,Tyrellstown
and has also worked previously in Marino Special Needs School ,Bray.
Key Benefits of Physical Education We know that physical activity can benefit participants in many ways. These benefits are not however, natural by-products of random participation. Physical education programs must be designed specifically to reach selected objectives. Some of the beneficial outcomes which can be achieved though participation in the appropriate kinds and amounts of physical activity are:
Reduced risk of heart disease:Physical education can counteract major risk factors of coronary heart disease: obesity, inactivity and high blood pressure. Improved physical fitness:A good program improves children's muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition (fat-to-muscle ratio) and cardiovascular endurance. Stronger bones:Regular physical activity increases bone density to create a sturdy skeleton. Weight regulation:A good program can help children regulate their weight by burning calories, toning their bodies and improving their overall body composition. Health promotion:Appropriate physical activity prevents the onset of some diseases and postpones the debilitating effects of the aging process. Improved judgment:Quality physical education can influence moral development. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership, cooperate with others and accept responsibility for their own behavior. Self discipline:A good program teachers children to follow rules and established procedures and to be responsible for the own health-related fitness. Skill development:Physical education develops skills which allow enjoyable and rewarding participation in physical activities. New skills become easier to learn. Experience setting goals:Physical education gives children the time and encouragement they need to set and strive for personal, achievable goals. Improved self-confidence and self-esteem:Physical education instills a strong sense of self-worth in children. They can become more confident, assertive, emotionally stable, independent and self-controlled. Stress reduction:Physical activity is an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety. Strengthened peer relationships:Physical education can be a major force in helping children socialize with others more successfully. Being able to participate in games and sports is an important part of fitting in, especially for those in late childhood and early adolescence. Reduced risk of depression:Physical education is effective in the promotion of mental health. More active lifestyles:Physical education promotes a more positive attitude towards physical activity.
Body/Skills Development: Development of motor skills and the enhancement of reflexes. Hand-eye coordination is improved, as well as good body movements, which helps in the development of a healthy body posture.
All of the above are worked on within the Athletics strand of the curriculum
Athletics The athletics strand provides a variety of opportunities to engage in the natural activities of running, jumping and throwing. The child needs to learn to associate joyfulness with these experiences. The emphasis should be on exploring and experimenting with the basic movements of walking, running, jumping and throwing through a wide range of informal play experiences. Building on these early experiences, children then develop the techniques of running, jumping and throwing as they progress through the primary school. Running activities can be devised to encourage children to run and to accept challenges to their personal performances by running faster or by running over a longer distance. Jumping activities will give the child an opportunity to explore various jumps and to develop technique for height and distance. The child participates in throwing activities using objects of different shapes and weights and develops a variety of throwing techniques, improving accuracy and distance.
The child with special needs The child with special needs should experience the enjoyment of participation and progression through the various stages of the physical education programme according to his/her ability. It is important that the class encourages maximum participation in the physical education lesson by the child and provides the opportunity to benefit from a balanced physical education programme.