Friday, June 7, 2013

Melville Intermediate Vs. Irn Bru

This afternoon in class Mr Webb posed a challenge to the students of Room Five - we are looking at cultural diversity and have made a great connection with Scotland, but we needed something more.  Not far from our school is a shop called 'Celtic Connections' where they sell a range of all things Scottish, so Mr Webb went there at our schools lunch break to track something special down for the class.

They did have haggis but they also had Irn-Bru  Mr Webb purchased some for the classroom.  We examined it in class, reading the label and looking at the information about it.  We then looked online about Irn-Bru and found out that it was the number one soft drink in Scotland and that in Scotland it is more popular than Coke or Pepsi.

As a class we made predictions about what we thought that it would taste like based on the ingredients and what it said on the label.  We compared it to drinks that we knew about other similar drinks that we have in New Zealand.

Then it was time for the taste test.  Each student had their own cup, was given an amount of Irn-Bru to try if they wanted too.  Everyone in the classroom of 26 opted to try some Irn-Bru.  We then had a round of Irn-Bru trivia with the answers contained in the videos that were posted to us by Lochardil Primary School Class P6/7. 
  R5VsIRNBru 2013 from myles webb on Vimeo.


  1. I really enjoyed your reactions to trying an unfamiliar drink. Perhaps it is an acquired taste and if you drank it regularly you might enjoy it more.
    Perhaps different nations have different tastes.
    Spain is a country I know well and I would find their soft drinks are sweeter than Irish ones.
    I'm sure multinational manufacturers of soft drinks have this well researched.
    Here in Ireland we would regard Irn Bru as an energy drink for teenagers and young adults. Mums wouldn't buy it for children in primary school (under 13). Red Bull is probably the most popular energy drink among Irish teenagers.
    Thank you for some interesting 'food for thought' or should that be 'drink for thought'?!
    With every good wish
    Merry Beau and 2nd Class Room 6 who as always follow your interesting school year with interest.

  2. We don't really have it regularly available, Mr Webb had to go to a specialist shop to buy it, he didn't realise that it was an energy drink but we had only a small taste of it each, and it was last thing at the end of the day!

  3. We love your video, Melville.

    Here in Scotland, Irn Bru is a drink which we would have as an alternative to Coke or Pepsi. We would not consider it an energy drink, as the caffeine levels are very much similar to Coca Cola.

    It is most definitely an acquired taste as the school above suggested. It's great to capture the reaction of the first time you tried it!

    Quite pricey as an imported product in NZ by the sounds of things!

    P6/7 - Lochardil Primary School

  4. Hi Room 5,

    Just watched the video and had a bit of a laugh at your reactions. Was the drink sweet or sour? If you had to compare it to a soft drink from New Zealand would you be able to?

    Room 6
    Mr Willis