Redwell Primary School aims to provide an environment that promotes the health and well-being of pupils, parents and staff by ensuring that all food provision and food messages are healthy and consistent. Staff recognise and are committed to the fact that healthier children learn more effectively.
"Being healthy, safe, cared for, having a voice and influence are fundamental prerequisites to being 'ready to learn' and achieving true potential - at any stage in our lives. Our aim is to help children to grow healthily, safely and responsibly and to become active citizens who do their bit for society and for the environment." (healthyschools.org. 2016)
The Eating Environment
- All pupils eat hot dinners in the Sports and Small halls and packed lunches in some classrooms.
- An attractive new salad bar has been made available to children with a variety of choices.
- In the EYFS classrooms clear snack areas are provided with healthy snacks, fresh water and milk.
- Parents are expected to send their children to school with a healthy packed lunch.
- Parents are consulted by a class teacher or our family link worker if lunch boxes do not contain a balanced diet. Healthier options are discussed.
- All parents and carers will receive information detailing healthy choices which are permitted in a packed lunch on a periodic basis.
In the EYFS classrooms clear snack areas are provided with healthy snacks, fresh water and milk.
A range of fresh fruit or vegetables are offered to children in EYFS/KS1 during morning play. Pupils in KS2 are expected to bring a healthy snack to school during morning play.
Drinking water is provided for all children and staff to drink throughout the day. Pupils are expected to bring a plastic water bottle to school daily and are able to refill throughout the day. Clean plastic cups are provided for pupils who forget their water bottle.
- The formal curriculum develops pupil’s knowledge of healthy living and well-being.
- All pupils learn the importance of healthy living and well-being in Science, Design and technology and PSHE. The message of healthy living is threaded through the New Primary Curriculum.
Provision for Staff
- Staff are encouraged to eat healthily themselves.
- Many staff members may choose to have a school dinner and eat with the children.
- Staff have discussions about healthy eating. This ensures that everyone is part of the process and that opinions of staff, pupils and parents are valued.
- Staff involved in food preparation for breakfast and extended school has a food hygiene certificate.
- Information about school meals is shared with parents via the Nourish website.
- The school provides school meal tasting sessions during parents evenings.
- Sweets or chocolates for special occasions, such as birthdays, are not permitted
- Multicultural food is encouraged during parties such as Christmas, Diwali and school meals.
- The use of sweets for rewards is prohibited. Instead, children are rewarded with stickers, praise, Values pebbles and treats, House points and Merits (in KS2).
- Leftover fruit and milk from EYFS and Key Stage 1 is given to Key Stage 2 when possible.