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School Programmes

Students in Toonagh NS have access to a wide variety of learning programmes. The primary aim of each programme is to challenge each child at their own level so that they are able to reach their full potential.

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a brilliant motivational reading programme. AR is used for monitoring and managing independent reading practice and motivating students to read for pleasure. In Toonagh NS pupils are regularly testing their reading comprehension by taking online quizzes based on books they are reading at their correct reading level. There is a fantastic ethos of independent reading around the school.
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Toonagh NS was awarded the Active School Flag in June 2018.
The Active School Flag was launched by the Department of Education in 2009.
It is an initiative which seeks to recognise schools (both primary and post primary) that strive to achieve a physically active and physically educated school community.
For more information see our Active School Section on our website and

Aistear is the early childhood curriculum framework for all children from birth to six years. The word Aistear is the Irish word for journey and was chosen because early childhood marks the beginning of children’s lifelong learning journeys. Junior and Senior Infants in Toonagh NS take part in Aistear with an emphasis on active learning and oral language development. During the Aistear period, the children are implementing their numeracy and literacy skills in a more meaningful way through the use of role play, games and real-life situations.

Each year sixth class participates in the County Schools Debating Competition which is organised by Concern and Clare Education Centre. Debating engages our young people in research, critical analysis, communication and higher order skills. Toonagh National School are the current county champions for 2019/20.

This is a programme designed to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school and at home. It is based on positive role models (the Food Dudes characters), repeated tastings and rewards. The Food Dudes Programme is ultimately designed to enable children to enjoy a healthy diet and to create a healthy eating culture within schools.

This innovative programme opens the minds of primary school pupils to the joy of entrepreneurship at a time in their lives when they are full of imagination and open to new possibilities. Through the JEP curriculum, children get a clear picture of what creating a business is all about. Every step mirrors strands in the primary school curriculum. The children have an opportunity to learn new life skills as well as their core subjects. Pupils in the senior classes partake in the JEP.

Literacy Lift Off is an intensive reading and writing programme which gives pupils lots of opportunities to read books at their own level of competency.
The children read 3 books a week at their own level, each child takes home a book each night and the books are from the PM Levelled Reading Scheme. The children progress through the levels and make great progress with their reading and writing. Literacy Lift Off is implemented in blocks of 8 weeks. Pupils are assessed and grouped according to their reading ability prior to the commencement. We have teachers in our school who have trained in the Literacy Lift Off Programme.

Mata sa Rang is a classroom-based early intervention programme aimed at raising children’s competency in the various aspects of the number strand. It offers a unique approach to extending children’s number knowledge, understanding and strategies.
The programme provides a framework for individual, group or class-based instruction, which is suitable not only for pupils who are experiencing difficulties but also for average and more able children.
By using the strategies of Mata sa Rang, children learn through the use of concrete materials and simple games. We have a number of teachers in Toonagh trained in Mata sa Rang and the programme is integrated into the daily maths lesson.

Spellings for Me is an online and an offline programme. The online aspect is the child's profile, where they log in and take a series of tests. The offline aspect is the differentiated workbook. The workbook provides a clear framework of activities for both teachers and students. Within this framework, are differentiated activities that support the child's learning of the errors they made online. Despite being a “spelling workbook,” it is still completely differentiated, as children print out their spellings from their individual online profile and paste them into the workbook.
The child works according to their ability, not their class or age. No two children will have the same spellings, as no two children are the same!

Super Troopers is Ireland's first 'health homework' campaign aimed at helping parents and children achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Over 60,000 Irish children aged 4-12 participating in the 30-week programme get an easy-to-follow physical activity ‘homework’ planner with a plan to follow every day. Each daily plan is based on short-burst activities that marry physical exercise with fun games such as musical bumps, penguin shuffles, freeze tag and wall ball. It is great fun!