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
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
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.
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!