Physical Education (PE) is a subject where you can take part in and learn about physical activities.  You 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.

What will I learn in PE?

Some of the things you will learn include:

  • how to take part in many activities
  • how to be part of a team, but also fun activities which you can do on your own
  • why physical activity is good for you.
How can I learn more about P.E. outside of school?

Some of things you may do are:

  • practise the activities you learned in class with a friend
  • join a club or a team, in school or locally
  • find out about the activities you take part in by reading books, newspapers and magazines, as well as looking them up on the Internet.

At home you can get your family to help by:

  • showing and telling them about what you did in class
  • going to sporting activities and events that are happening in the community.
How will I learn P.E. in school?

Some of the activities you may do with your teacher and classmates are:

  • adventure activities
  • athletics
  • dance and gymnastics
  • games

In these, you may be asked to:

  • work on your own, in pairs or in larger groups
  • show your classmates, or sometimes show on video, what you can do well

Some things that will help you learn in class are:

  • be willing to take part in every class & activity
  • have proper clothing and footwear
  • ask questions or ask for help
  • keep a neat file of your notes and handouts.
What is the Physical Education Junior Certificate exam like?

There is no Junior Certificate exam in Physical Education.However, your teacher will keep records and reports of your participation level.

How will I know how I am getting on?

Your teacher will let you know:

  • what you did well
  • where you need to improve

what you can do to improve.Other things you may do are:

  • think back about the things you did in Physical Education class
  • talk to your teacher if you are finding anything difficult
  • ask a friend to help you develop your skills.
How will Physical Education be useful to me?

You may wish to study sport, physical education, or leisure and recreation in third level courses when you leave school.

By taking part in Physical Education, you will:

  • learn activities that you can enjoy outside of class and when you are older
  • learn about physical activities which will help you have a healthy lifestyle.
Will Physical Education have anything to do with other subjects I will be studying?

Yes, it will.

Your map-reading skills from Geography may help you read maps in adventure activities.  Learning about what happens to your body in Science will help you when you exercise.  Learning about nutrition in Home Economics will help you make wise food choices.

Is learning Physical Education anything like what I did in primary school?

You have been taking part in Physical Education in primary school which has provided you with learning opportunities in athletics, dance, gymnastics, games, outdoor and adventure activities, and aquatics.  In Junior Cycle, many of the games and activities will be the same.  You will get the opportunity to further improve your skills and realise how important physical activity is for you.

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