We believe strongly that children should be encouraged to lead a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. A balance of healthy eating and regular exercise is necessary to achieve this and our curriculum includes a number of opportunities for children to explore both these areas. We also have a cooking club which teaches children about the preparation of healthy foods (and occasional treats).
We offer a Breakfast Club from 8.00 to 8.50 with a good choice of cereals, toast and drinks, which makes for a good start to the day and provides a place to meet for parents and families. Breakfast Club costs £2.00 per day, plus money for your child to purchase a breakfast.
BREAK TIME MILK, FRUIT AND JUICE
Milk for the under fives is free; however milk is also available to all children over five during the morning by arrangement with School Milk Services. Payment is made each term and families will be given advance notice of the charge. School Milk Services handle all monies and correspondence, and may be contacted on: 01934 510950.
The government- funded fruit initiative provides one free piece of fruit per day for each infant child. Children in the juniors may purchase fruit and/or a carton of fruit juice by signing up to the same scheme. Please contact the office for more details.
Children are only effective if they are hydrated. All children are encouraged to drink plenty of water during the day, especially during hot weather. We expect all children to bring in a clear water bottle from home which is kept in the classroom throughout the school day and which can be refilled during the day. These can also be purchased from the school office for £1.25.
OCCASIONAL SWEET FOODS
As part of class “circle time”, children may be asked to bring in some cakes or other food for the class. We do, however, make sure that children understand the “food pyramid” of a balanced diet. If you do have concerns about this, please see the class teacher.
Free School Meals
Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians receive any of the benefits below:
- Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
I don’t currently claim free school meals – what does this mean for me?
If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, submit a claim to your local authority. You can do this at http://www.southglos.gov.uk/advice-and-benefits/benefits/free-school-meals/ The information you provide will be used to check if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and, if you are on Universal Credit, that your earnings do not exceed the threshold. If you claim Universal Credit, your earnings will be assessed from up to three of your last Universal Credit assessment periods.
If you are eligible, the school will be notified. Your child will receive free school meals and the school will receive extra funding.
School meals are cooked on the premises and are of a high standard. Children are normally able to make a choice from a range of meals offered each day, including a vegetarian option. A selection of fruit and yoghurt are normally available from the school kitchen.
Money for school meals is collected on Monday mornings and should be put into a separate envelope, securely sealed and indicating the child’s name, class, amount and the days on which dinners are to be taken, it is very important that this is done consistently.
We give parents the opportunity to accompany their child for the ‘first school meal’.
Free school meals are provided for children whose parents are in receipt of income support or child tax credit. If you feel your child is entitled to free school meals please ask at the school office for further information.
As an alternative to cooked lunches, children may go home or bring their own packed lunch. Packed meals should be in a named plastic container for storage until dinnertime. All cooked meals and Reception and Year 1 packed lunches are eaten in the school hall; Year 2 and the juniors enjoy their packed lunches in classrooms.
As a Healthy School, we encourage any packed lunch to be a healthy one! This includes a balance of food items e.g. sandwiches, fruit, yoghurt, with an occasional treat, such as cake or cereal bar. More information about suggestions for healthy pack lunches is available from the parents information centre at the front entrance of the school.
Children can bring water or juice drinks for lunch time in a tight fitting container.
Any food or left over rubbish is placed in the child’s container to take back home so you can be aware what your child has eaten.
There are some foods that we do not allow for packed lunches:
-No fizzy drinks
-No hot drinks
-No chocolate bars
Your co-operation in this is valued.