Zuriel Chucks of St Cronan's SNS, Brackenstown, in action against St Aidan's SNS, Brookfield, in the Corn Mhic Chaoilte Shield Final during day two of the 2019 Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Finals at Croke Park in Dublin. 
Zuriel Chucks of St Cronan's SNS, Brackenstown, in action against St Aidan's SNS, Brookfield, in the Corn Mhic Chaoilte Shield Final during day two of the 2019 Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Finals at Croke Park in Dublin. 

#GAAPrimary Challenges relaunched for lockdown


In response to the latest closure of primary schools, the GAA, supported by the Cumann na mBunscol, the GPA, the LGFA and the Camogie Association, are relaunching #GAAPrimary Challenges learning resources on learning.gaa.ie/primary-school.

First published in April last, the #GAAPrimary Challenges are designed to help Primary Teachers and parents to work on the cross-curricular lesson plans with children to meet their learning needs - especially while doing so from the home at present. Gaelic games themed lessons are across all curriculum subjects and are for children at every class level, based on the GAA Céim ar Aghaidh/Step Ahead resource.

For some fresh air and physical exercise, inter-county start have set physical distancing-appropriate Skill Challenges that can be done at or nearby your home.

A key member of the team driving the #GAAPrimary Challenges is Micheál Martin, Principal of Kilmore National School in Wexford and Chairman of Wexford Co. Board. Michéal, who produced the GAA Céim ar Adhaigh Learning Resource in 2007, helped with the design of the weekly curriculum learning activities.

“The idea is not to overwhelm parents or students. One learning activity and one physical activity will be suggested each day with the subject area changing each day. It is important to have realistic expectations for children during this time. This is a challenging time for everyone, and children will sense the anxiety in society.

"Teachers and schools have set work to be completed at home but it’s important to acknowledge that this is a new and difficult experience for children. We are attempting to provide a resource that will be beneficial in some homes. My opinion as a school principal is that one learning activity such as that we are providing as well as continuous book reading will satisfy children’s learning needs for now. It is also essential to get physical activity while respecting social distancing and we hope that the skill challenges can inspire children to get out and practice their skills”.