We picked rhubarb from the organic garden at the back of the school beside our yard. We went inside to the school kitchen and washed our hands. We did this in groups as the kitchen is too small. Everyone else worked in the halla beside the kitchen while the group cooked. We put an apron on and cut off the leaves from the rhubarb. We then washed the rhubarb and cut it into small pieces. We put it into a saucepan, added some sugar and some hot water. Then teacher turned on the cooker and put the saucepan on it. We watched it bubble and had to stir it. Teacher tested the rhubarb with the wooden spoon to see if it was soft.

We let the rhubarb cool in a bowl on the windowsill while we were tidying up. When it was cool enough we put it in a cup with some vanilla yogurt and ate it. Some people did not like it and some people loved it. Some people liked it without the yogurt. We had great fun cooking.



By Rang I

We are doing a food science experiment. We want to see which type of food gets bad first. We got plates and put food on them. These are the foods we put on the plates: a half eaten apple, a piece of cooked ham. some cheese, some bread, a cut grape, a melon skin and a piece of banana. We are going to observe the food to see what happens. We are trying to predict what will happen and what will go bad first. We think that the banana or the apple will go bad first. We think the bread will go mouldy. We think the banana will go black. We think that the grape will dry up and shrivel. We will watch the food over the next week to see what will happen.

By Rang I

After one week the cheese has gone really hard. The banana has gone really black and has stuck to the plate. The ham has gone hard. The melon skin has really shrunk and curled. The apple has gone brown but we thought it would have gone more brown. None of the things grew blue mould. The grape has shrunk. The bread has gone very hard, but we thought it would have gone blue mould.

School Cookbook

Our school has just finished creating a cookbook. It has all sorts of recipes in it – starters, main courses, desserts and cakes and breads. The pupils designed pictures for a competition to illustrate the cookbook. One picture was chosen for the cover of the cookbook. It was designed by Ciara H in 5th class. There are more illustrations inside the cookbook.

On Friday June 24th at 6.30pm, the cookbook will be launched in the school halla. The Cookbook costs €10 and will be available to buy on the night. The proceeds from the sale of the cookbook go towards the school funds. There will be samples of some of the recipes from the cookbook on the night. If you cannot make it on Friday night, money can be sent to the school secretary, Mrs. Hampson.

We would like to thank Mrs. Hampson and Mrs. Mc Veigh for putting the cookbook together.

Also on Friday night, there will be a display of other work and projects completed by classes during the year. We hope to see as many people as possible on the night.

There we were doing  our Mental Maths on Tuesday morning when there was a knock on the door. A Postman was outside the door holding a large blue decorated box. The Postman came into the classroom and said, “Special Delivery!”. The whole class started screaming at the Postman because we knew he had our Trans-Atlantic Treat Box from @superkiddos, our American friends on Twitter. They live in Indiana, USA. They are in 2nd Grade.

We went on Twitter straight away to tell @superkiddos that we got their package. We went to the top of the classroom and huddled together with the box in front and Mr. Quinn took a photograph of us with the box. After Circle time in the hall we decided to open the box. The box was so heavy that some people couldn’t lift it. We were hopping on our seats with excitement. The atmosphere in the room was crazy. We saw so many nice things that we nearly fainted.

We tasted the Animal Crackers first and then we had the Cheez-Its. Animal Crackers were like ginger biscuits and Cheez-Its were like cheesy crackers. We then tried Twizzlers which are liquorice in strawberry, blue raspberry, lemonade, orange, grape and watermelon flavours.  They were chewy, soft and good as straws. We then tasted Chocolate Turtles. They were crunchy in the middle with chocolate on the outside. We then tried Flipz which are milk chocolate covered pretzels. They were delicious. Later Mr. Quinn gave us lots of things to bring home to taste like Atomic Fireballs, Almond Joys, Blow Pops, Peeps, Dum Dum Suckers, Sour Patch Kids, Jolly Ranchers, Strawberry Twizzlers, Nutter Butters, Kisses and Hersheys chocolate. Hershey’s chocolate is different to our Cadbury’s chocolate because they use more cocoa in their chocolate. But it was like chocolate heaven!

Some people tried Atomic Fireballs before they went home. They were really hot and spicy. There were screams and people were running to the sink looking for water. “My tongue is on fire” could be heard around the room. Everyone had red tongues and it looked like they were bleeding.

We would like to say a big thank you to @superkiddos and their teacher Mrs. Overman for sending us all the lovely treats, thoughtful letters and beautiful pictures.  We really enjoyed doing this project.








Our class and a class in Indiana USA that we met on Twitter are using “Snail mail” to send treats to each other. There are different kinds of treats in the box that they are sending us and they have given us a sneak peek of what they are sending us. Click HERE to read what some of them are on their blog. Click HERE to see what we have sent them.

Trans-Atlantic Sweet Postage

We are sending a box of sweets over to Indiana USA. We are sending them to @superkiddos who are a school we know on Twitter. We decided to swap sweets with them. We are sending them some of the sweets that they don’t have and we do have. They are sending us sweets that we can’t get in Ireland. Before we sent the sweets over, we discussed with Ms. Rolf what to send over and what not to send over. We asked Ms. Rolf for help because she was born in Texas USA. We used Twitter to ask @superkiddos to ask them what we have and what they don’t.

In the box that we are sending we put in some Cadbury sweets because they don’t have them, Taytos, Chickatees, Chipsticks, Hoola Hoops, Onion Rings, Snakes and Shamrocks, Emerald sweets and lots of others. We are looking forward to seeing what sweets they send us over and we are looking forward to tasting them.

By Aidan and Eimear (Rang II)

Cake With Cherry

Yesterday we started learning in our geography about the food we eat. At the end of the chapter we discovered some food sayings, like “That’s not my cup of tea” and “Hunger is the best sauce”. We also looked in our Peannaireacht book because there was some food sayings in there as well. We asked our followers on Twitter (@mrquinnsclass) if they knew any other food sayings. Today people on Twitter came up with many more food sayings to help us out. People all over the world came up with lots of sayings. If you want to look at all the food sayings we gathered on Twitter go to #foodsayings We enjoyed doing this very much and we hope you enjoy it too.

By Rang II & Rang III

This is a video that we found on the iPod Touch while looking for five facts about the pomegranate. We thought you’d like to see it.

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Rang III Pomegranate Tasting

Today we tasted pomegranates in school. 22 people liked them and 5 people didn’t like them. We were tasting them with two other schools in America on Twitter. The schools we were tasting them with are in Indiana, USA. We ate the seeds, they were nice and juicy. Some people didn’t like the seeds but liked the juice. Lots of people thought they tasted like grapes. They also tasted like cranberry. The schools in America thought that the pomegranates were really nice and they didn’t like the seeds.

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Rang III Pomegranate Tasting

Earlier we went to the halla to find out five pomegranates facts each. We used our iPods to go onto the internet to find out the pomegranate facts. Here are some of the things that we found out:

  • We found out that the word pomegranate is from the Latin “Pomum Granatum” which means “apple of many seeds”.
  • The Romans called the pomegranate a “punic apple”.
  • The ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranates. (Weird!)
  • The pomegranate is also known as “Granada” in Spanish and “Grenade” in French.
  • The pomegranate can cure kidney disease
  • The most popular thing is pomegranate juice but there is also pomegranate jellies, pomegranate wine and even pomegranate salad dressing.
  • Pomegranates are actually not a fruit, they are a berry.
  • The pomegranate tree can grow between 20 and 30 feet tall.
  • A lot of people don’t know that it’s only the juice and the seeds that are edible.


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Rang III Pomegranate Tasting

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Rang II Pomegranate Tasting

Near the start of the year we were doing science work on how food goes off. Sam brought in a Galia melon that was starting to go off. At that stage it looked like a normal melon with a bit of mould on the bottom. We left it on the window sill since then and we have been keeping an eye on it ever since. Now it doesn’t look like a normal melon at all. It has become very mouldy and mushy. It has also shrunk and got wrinkly. There is only a little smell from it. This is Science Week and we thought you’d like to see a photo of it.. This is what the melon looks like now:

The Rotten Melon

By Sam and Joshua

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