Incredible Edibles is a healthy-eating project for primary schools.

The aim is to educate students about growing fruit and vegetables and to increase their knowledge of food origin and quality.

Besides learning about where our food comes from, students taking part in Incredible Edibles also pick up geography, science and maths skills.

In our Incredible Edibles Diary, we hear directly from the classroom as to what students are learning about food systems and growing vegetables.

This week, it’s Mrs McCarthy’s class in St Lachteen’s National School in Co Cork.

Mrs McCarthy teaches in St Lachteen’s National School, Donoughmore, Co Cork, and the children in her class have been busy examining the food in their lunch boxes and wondering: where does each item come from?

As a result, a discussion on the various shops the children visit ensued – to include, of course, the local village shop, Jamesie Kellegher’s Shop. Then, they went a bit further up the food chain: from where do these shops get their food?

It was time for a discussion about farms, and whether you can grow pineapple or potatoes in Donoughmore!

St Lachteen's National School Students learn about from where local shops get their foods.

The children planned an enquiry into this interesting topic using the Incredible Edibles resources created by Agri Aware and, with that, it was time to start Task One in the programme: Food Origin.

The resources within this programme are differentiated to cater for all class levels within the primary school system, so Mrs McCarthy selected materials to best suit and challenge each child. Some were given the task to find out how many of the parents in the school are actively involved in producing food and, if so, what they produce.

Others had to sequence the various stages of food production, from farm to fork. They all created a vegetable/fruit “Superhero” and got to name and identify various vegetables and fruits that were brought in. They completed complementary worksheets and watched videos from the programme.

Within the programme, task one is done within a timeframe that best suits each teacher and the learning objectives are directly related to the primary curriculum.

St Lachteen's National School Students enjoyed quiche made from local eggs.

For Mrs McCarthy’s class, it also led to tasty results. The students used the vegetables brought in to make vegetable soup and used eggs, which were brought in from one of the children’s hens, to make a quiche. The Incredible Edibles programme is certainly giving the children in this class some food for thought!

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