Taunagh N.S. is striving to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. With help from our teachers, students, parents and wider community we hope that in 2020 our school will be recognised as an official ‘Active School’. As always, when the school community puts our minds to something we can achieve big things. This will be no different. So with everyone’s help, ideas and support, we expect to be flying the Active School Flag with pride at the end of this school year.
Taunagh N.S. is committed to providing high-quality Physical Education to all pupils. All classes receive 60 minutes of formal PE lessons each week. All classes are taught the strands of Athletics, Aquatics, Dance, Gymnastics, Games and Outdoor & Adventure each year. All classes receive 60 minutes of formal PE lessons.
Pupils from 2nd -6th classes also take part in Aquatics, having swimming lessons in Aura Leisure Centre in Carrick-on-Shannon.
Our targeting of the Active School Flag has required an audit of our PE programme. This examination will help us improve our provision of Physical Education in the school.
Active School Flag Website: www.activeschoolflag.ie
We set up our Active School Committee. The Committee members are: (L – R) Ellen O’Hara, Finn O’Hara, Victoria, Penny and Karl Barlow.
A key part of the ASF process is finding ways to encourage less active children to ENJOY physical activity more. Therefore, it is essential that the voice of less active children is represented alongside the voice of more active children on the ASF Committee.
Teachers use a variety of resources to guide them in delivering quality PE lessons. PSSI Lesson Plans are widely used in our school and we have focused on the Athletics strand for the school year 2019/2020. We have introduced the Move Well, Move Often Programme to teach the Fundamental Movement Skills to all pupils. From January 2020, all classes will be taught the same strand and Fundamental Movement Skill at the same time during the school year. This will allow for the sharing of resources and ideas among staff and ensure that an equal amount of time is given to each strand.
Here are some of the activities the Active Flag Committee organised to help all classes get more active. Children can share more suggestions with the Committee using the Suggestion Boxes in each classroom.
- 10@10 – we took part in rte10@10 on designated days throughout January.
- Active special occasions – The ASF Committee organised the Spooktacular Disco at Halloween, which was a great success. Well Done! See our Active Halloween video on this page. They also organised “The Twelve Days of Fitmas” for each classroom in the lead up to Christmas. This too, was a great success. See video below.
- ‘Do your Talking as You’re Walking’ – we have introduced this into our playground to encourage pupils who, even if they just want to chat, they can do so while walking to make sure they are keeping active.
- Active Lines: We started “active lines” to increase the fitness and activity levels of all the children in Taunagh N.S. At the end of each break, the playground leaders lead each line in activity.
- Playground Leaders – pupils from 5th-6th classes are our Playground Leaders. They give up two lunch breaks per week to play games with the Junior Classes, ensuring they are active and happy throughout break time.
- Active Break Every Day challenge – We did this as a whole school initiative over a period of four weeks from 11th November – 6th December 2019.
- Daily Mile Challenge – The children completed a daily mile as part of the running break during our active break every day challenge.
- Active Flag Committee – Our Active Flag Committee (AFC) is combined with our Pupil Voice Committee this year. On the AFC, pupils are given various roles and tasks to carry out throughout the school year such as making announcements to the classrooms on various initiatives, designing posters for the school, carrying out surveys and checking the suggestion box. Our pupils play a very important role in organising and delivering our Active Flag initiatives.
- Active School Walkway – We will soon have a designated walkway around the grounds of our school. One lap of the walkway is 1 kilometre.
- Active Breaks – All classes take part in active breaks throughout the school day. This includes Go-Noodle and a variety of classroom movement ideas. On a wet day, if pupils cannot go outside at break time, extra time will be given to movement breaks in the classroom.
- Tour of Ireland Challenge – this running challenge will take place in the summer term. Each class chooses an Irish landmark to ‘run’ to e.g. the Spire in Dublin or is 183km away. We use our Active Walkway to clock up the kilometres; 1 lap of our walkway is 1km. Watch out for the Tour of Ireland Challenge on our Active Flag noticeboard.
- Shamrock Gaels GAA – we are developing a stronger school-club link with our local GAA club. Many of our pupils play at under age levels. We have 12 week coaching sessions with Ross, a member of Shamrock Gaels GAA, each spring term. We are very fortunate to have a lovely park and astro turf pitch near the school, which we can use when to weather is good.
- Well done to the boys and girls who represented our school so well and the GAAmigos Skills Competition in February.
- Sligo Sport Partnership – Orienteering with Mr. Barrett.
- ASF Slogan: The ASF Committee organised an ASF Slogan competition. All entries are in our ASF Slogan box. The winning slogan will be chosen on our return to school. Well done all who participated.
#ASW20 will take place 27th April – 1st May, 2020 (dates to be confirmed).
We will have a wide variety of activities throughout the week such as a disco in the yard, circuits and fun activities. We will also try to incorporate as much physical activity into our curriculum as possible during this week, for example, doing a Maths Trail or a Minibeast hunt in the school grounds. After Easter, we will have an ‘Active Week’ Suggestion Box in each classroom where pupils and parents may give suggestions on what they would like to see during Active Week or in general to make our school more active. Pupils and staff will wear tracksuits during Active Week and Active Homework is given throughout the week. We’re already looking forward to what should be one of the most enjoyable weeks in our school.