The 17th Annual Irish Primary PE Association Conference will take place in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Saturday 29th February. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Meeting the needs of all learners’ and will have a strong emphasis on highlighting how differentiation can support pupil learning. Join us for a celebration of PE and participate in your choice of four workshops incorporating a wide variety of content, approaches and methodologies. Any professionals interested in teaching primary PE can come along for an enjoyable and informative day.
Workshop 1 & 2
Title of workshop: Scaffolding learning and creativity in Dance
Presenter(s): Clodagh Ryan
School/Organisation: The International School of Paris – France
Where do you like to dance? With who? And why? This workshop will look at how to engage students in Dance in a variety of ways. We will work through practical examples of how we can support students in creating their own dances, in preparation for performance.
Title of workshop: Integrating PE, Science & Maths: A Thematic Approach
Presenter(s): Richard Bowles, Claire Carroll, Mairead Hourigan & Anne O’Dwyer
School/Organisation: Education Faculty, MIC Limerick
This workshop will examine links between the PE and STEM curricular areas, culminating in the development of a thematic lesson or scheme. By focusing on the Running strand, participants will explore a range of inclusive, integrated activities drawn from Science, Maths & PE.
Title of workshop: Self-Assessment in Physical Education
Presenter(s): Cameron Stewart
School/Organisation: Scottish Association of Teachers in PE , Carolside Primary School
Assessment in Physical Education can be tricky, for a variety of reasons. However, plicker magnets are a practical solution that can make self-assessment in PE simple, informative and fun for all pupils of differing abilities.
During this workshop I will demonstrate how your pupils can use plicker magnets to track their own learning and progress. I will also explain how easy it is to collect this data, allowing you, the teacher, to use it for tracking and monitoring purposes.
Title of workshop: EUROPEAN SCHOOL SPORTS DAY/ SPORTS DAY
Presenter(s): Peter Lavin and Ciara Blennerhassett
School/Organisation: Manister NS, Limerick/ Burrow School, Dublin 13
A jam-packed workshop full of inclusive ideas for the upcoming ESSD day in September 2020. This workshop will give you a variety of fun co-operative challenges and team events suitable for all levels which can be used for ESSD and also for a school sports day. The various activities shown will use minimal equipment, making it easy for any teacher to set up ESSD or a Sports Day with little fuss
Title of workshop: Promoting Positive Social Interactions through the Outdoor and Adventure Strand*
Presenter(s): Edel Murphy
School/Organisation: St. Mary’s NS, Enniskeane, Co. Cork.
This is a practical based workshop exploring activities for developing the outdoor and adventure strand, encouraging enjoyable participation for all with a focus on enhancing positive social interactions, co-operation and teamwork. There will also be a section exploring ideas on how to best utilise an active walkway in your school.
*Please note this workshop will take place outdoors
Workshops 3 & 4
Title of workshop: The Magic of Team shake – Differentiating & Streamlining groups based on assessment of performance.
Presenter(s): Éanna Casey
School/Organisation: Teacher – Rehins National School, Ballina & Associate PDST PE
This workshop will explore a Fundamental Movement skill from Move Well Move Often (the skill of Kicking). Incorporating the use of ICT & a peer observation checklist (assessment tool), the workshop will explore how to streamline groups to peers of similar abilities and level of need. All of the aforementioned will be done using Team shake. Team Shake is an app that provides a technological and environmentally friendly way to choose teams for board games, sporting events, tournaments, school projects or anytime groups are required.
Title of workshop: Learning from teachers about inclusion strategies
Presenter(s): Claire Heffernan and Susan Marron
School/Organisation: St. Michael’s Special School, Holy Angels, Glenmaroon, Chapelizod, Dublin 20 and DCU respectively
A three-part workshop (1) Claire will share the inclusive strategies she implements in her PE teaching (2) Susan will share web-based PE resources to assist inclusion that are available and coming on stream. (3) The IPPEA Learning Community on Inclusion will be launched. The network aims for interested teachers to share their experiences and inclusion challenges, to find solutions online.
Title of workshop: Teaching circus skills for PE using self-paced progressions
Presenter(s): Liam Clohessy
School/Organisation: Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh and co-chairperson IPPEA
Circus skills are a set of activities which can be included in PE to promote fun, teamwork and physical skills such as co-ordination and balance. Participants will develop their plate spinning and juggling skills in this practical workshop, using a self-paced progression approach to support development and enjoyment for all learners.
Title of workshop: ‘Just Right Challenge’.
Presenter(s): Missy Parker and Donnacha Ó Corcoráin
School/Organisation: IPPEA and Gaelscoil Ruairí, Maynooth, County Kildare
All children are different. Do you ever struggle making learning meaningful for ALL of them? This workshop will focus on adapting activities to meet the needs of all learners – skilled, unskilled, enthused, hesitant, and many more. Participants will experience modified activities and then experiment with designing bespoke experiences for their teaching environment.
Title of workshop: ‘Fun Fitbreaks’- Movement activities for SEN and all!
Presenter(s): Caitríona Cosgrave
School/Organisation: Scoil Áine, Raheny and co-secretary IPPEA
This workshop will focus on a range of movement activities that can be used to promote physical activity, fundamental movement skills and regulation in a general classroom or within SEN setting (withdrawl time with SNA or SET). Particular reference will be made to assisting children with DCD and ADHD.
*Please note this workshop will take place outdoors