Junior Infants have been working on the Agri Aware Incredible Edibles Healthy Eating Programme over the past few months. We have been really busy and have had lots of fun learning about Irish produce, planting fruit and vegetables and doing research at home for this. We were set with five tasks to complete and are hoping to be recognised as a healthy eating school 😊
You can click through the slides to see lots of photos of us undertaking each task!
For our first task, we were so lucky that Brother Ben came to visit us in his tractor and had a chat with us about all things growing and planting!
Mary Porter was so kind to show and help us to plant some potatoes, onion, spinach, lettuce and chard in the garden. She explained how to plant each and what they needed to grow. Thank you to Brother Ben for preparing the raised beds for us and Ms. Neville for organising soil from the farm for these too! Many hands made light work of this 😃
We planted strawberry plants and potatoes in the classroom so we could see their progress daily!
Agri Aware sent us some lettuce, spinach, turnip, and carrot seeds to sow too. Here we are planting those!
In April, we were school of the week! https://www.agriaware.ie/incredible-edibles-school-of-the-week-st-josephs-national-school-co-cork/
For another task, we were set the challenge of looking out for Irish produce in our homes and when shopping. Thank you so much to all of our parents for taking on this challenge and helping the children to recognise the importance of eating healthy and buying Irish produce! Here are some photos of the children finding the Bord Bia Quality Mark on Irish produce.
After all of our planting & research on Irish produce, we then prepared some soup and stewed rhubarb using Irish fruit and vegetables and other Irish products.
For the final part of our Incredible Edibles journey, we had a ‘Healthy Eating Week’. Each child aimed to have at least 7 portions of fruit & vegetables per day for this week. We tasted some fruit and vegetables in class and the children were great to give some new fruits and vegetables a go. We’ve also kept a close eye on everything we’ve planted and can’t wait to harvest everything over the next few weeks!