Norbury C of E Primary School Food Policy
At Norbury C of E Primary School we understand that a balanced diet makes an important contribution to children’s growth and development as well as to their ability to learn successfully.
The school is dedicated to providing an environment that promotes healthy eating and enables pupils to make informed food choices. This will be achieved by a whole school approach to food provision and food education documented in this policy. This school food policy is coordinated by Sally Wright, deputy head teacher.
The main aims of our school food policy are:
- To provide a range of healthy food choices throughout the school day and in line with the mandatory School Food Standards.
- To support pupils to make healthy food choices and be better prepared to learn and achieve.
- To ensure a consistent approach to healthy eating across the school community including pupils, staff and parents/careers.
Breakfast is an important meal that should provide 25% of a child’s energy requirement and supports pupils to be ready to learn at the start of each day.
The school runs a daily breakfast club for pupils from 7.45am – 8.45
The breakfast menu includes porridge, fruit, toast and cereal.
School meals are provided by Derbyshire County Council and served between 12-12:30 in the village hall. The school meals meet the mandatory requirements of the School Food Standards 2015. The school caterer has achieved the Soil Association Food for Life Catering Mark Silver Accreditation. This award means that the caterers uses local, seasonal and fresh ingredients which are free from trans fats, harmful additives and are not genetically modified. Only UK Farm Assured meat is used which is better for animal welfare, sustainable sources of fish and free range eggs.
School meals are planned on a 3-week cycle which changes every 6 months. New dishes and recipes are trialed by our school catering staff and children before they are added to the new menu.
School catering staff attend annual transition events for new pupils and explain the meals which will be available. Parents are encouraged to discuss any dietary needs with catering staff and adaptations are made accordingly.
The school’s packed lunch policy is developed using guidance from the Children’s Food Trust. The guidance aims to support pupils to have a balanced lunch and best prepare them for learning in the afternoon.
Packed lunches should aim to include:
- Some starchy foods such as bread (sliced bread, pitta bread, wraps, bagels), pasta, potatoes, couscous.
- 1 portion of fruit and 1 portion of vegetables or salad
- Dairy food such as cheese or yoghurt
- Meat, fish or another source of protein such as eggs, beans and pulses, humus, falafel
Packed lunches should not regularly include:
- Crisps or crisp type snacks e.g. flavored rice cakes or cheddars
- Chocolate bars or biscuits
- Items high in sugar such as biscuits, cakes or desserts
Packed lunches should never include:
Please see www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk if you require any additional information.
In recognition of the important environmental drive to reduce plastic waste, we would also like to ask parents to consider packaging when preparing a packed lunch. For example, avoid individually wrapped items, using Tupperware to pack items rather than cling-film, using water bottles rather than cartons of drink.
The school understands that healthy snacks can be an important part of the diet of young people. In our EYFS/KS1 classes, fruit is provided during the morning. This changes on a seasonal basis and can include; pears, apples, bananas, satsumas, tomatoes, baby cucumbers, strawberries and raisins.
KS2 pupils are able to bring in their own snacks to eat at break time. This should ideally be a piece of fruit.
After school club
Children attending our after school club will be provided with a healthy snack and a drink. The after school club menu includes: ham or cheese sandwiches, crudités, crackers, beans on toast, fruit and yoghurt.
The school is a water only school, with the exception of the free milk entitlement for younger and pupil premium pupils. Parents may also choose to purchase daily milk for their pupils by signing up at https://www.coolmilk.com.
Drinking water and cups are provided in each classroom. Children are encouraged to drink water at regular intervals throughout the school day.
EYFS/KS1 and pupil premium children can be provided with a packed lunch for school trips. Please pre-order this with your child’s class teacher. Children are welcome to bring their own packed lunches on trips, however, these lunches must adhere to the same food and drink guidance described above.
The school does not allow food to be used as a reward for good behavior or achievement. Other methods of positive reinforcement are used in school including class awards, Class Dojo Points Gold Book certificates, learner plates.
The school recognises the importance of celebrating birthdays and special occasions. Birthdays will be celebrated in a special assembly where children will take part in our school birthday traditions of singing songs and blowing out the candles on the Victorian birthday cake. Classes might also choose to celebrate birthdays in their own ways such as: a birthday card or birthday badge. We discourage chocolates, sweets and cakes for birthdays.
For celebration events, we welcome a variety of foods for children to try.
Fund-raising events may include the sale of treat food such as cakes, but the inclusion of other foods will also be encouraged.
Food and nutrition is taught at an appropriate level throughout each key stage in Science, PSHE and Design and Technology. The Eat well model is used throughout the school (see appendix 1) as a model of understanding a balanced diet. Our EYFS children cook every week, enjoying a balance of mostly savory and some sweeter dishes. Cooking opportunities throughout the school are linked to the curriculum such as; weighing ingredients in Maths, cooking traditional celebration foods in RE or tasting global foods as part of Geography work. Christmas cookery clubs are also provided for older children and supported by school catering staff. At Forest School children will be given regular opportunities to cook on the fire, preparing a range of snacks such as toast, crumpets, noodles, soup and s’mores.
Staff delivering cooking sessions and clubs on the school premises and at our Forest School site have achieved Level ½ in Food Safety and Hygiene.
The school is committed to doing everything possible to accommodate pupils’ specialist dietary requirements including allergies, intolerance, religious or cultural practices. School catering staff will work with parents and school staff to plan for and meet individual dietary requirements. Individual health care plans will be developed for any children with food allergies and medicine administered in line with our ‘Administration of Medicines Policy’ and guidance on ‘Supporting pupils with medical conditions’.
Pupil’s food allergies are displayed in a sensitive way in relevant places around the school including the school office and kitchen.
The school expects staff to contribute to and support this food policy across the school day. Staff and visitors will be expected to model good practice behavior around food and drink and in line with the policy, when in the company of pupils.
Teaching staff are also encouraged to eat a school lunch and sit with pupils in the dining hall on a regular basis.
Our relationships with parents/careers is very important and we aim to support them with information and advice around food, so that they are best prepared to make healthy choices for their families. Teaching and catering staff are available on an informal basis to support parents and careers where appropriate.