Healthy Eating

Manor Primary is a healthy school. The curriculum enables us to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. We promote health awareness in all members of the school community. Adults across the school provide a valuable role model to pupils with regard to food and healthy eating patterns.

   

We make sure that we are giving consistent messages about food and health.

  • We ensure that all aspects of food and drink in school promote the health and wellbeing of pupils.
  • We give the children the information they need to make healthy choices.
  • We promote health awareness.
  • All adults contribute to the healthy physical development of all members of our school community.
  • We actively encourage all children to take part in the ‘5 a day’ campaign.

In the dinner hall there are a range of displays that are bright and informative. Menus are displayed by the food counter. Menus are updated every six months giving a winter and a summer menu, and are on a four week rota.

Meals provided have a selection of Halal meats, good range of salads and vegetables. Each day there is a meat option, a fish option and a vegetarian option for the main meal. Children are encouraged to try new foods, and to make sure that they have a balanced meal on their tray with a selection of fruit or vegetables.

The children are expected to stack empty trays, dirty cutlery and any rubbish in the allocated places before leaving the dinner hall. Click on the left link for current lunch menus.

School lunches and packed lunches

All our school meals are provided by a contracted caterer who has a healthy food policy as part of their tender. Food is prepared on site and a wide range of food is served in order to encourage a balanced diet. Wherever possible, this includes the use of fresh fruit and vegetables each day as a choice for the children. They provide a hot and a cold option, both of which are balanced, healthy and nutritional options.
Some children bring a packed lunch to school. We regularly include newsletter items and information leaflets with suggestions for the contents of these and we do not allow sweets, chocolate bars or fizzy drinks.

Water for all

Cooled water is freely available throughout the school day to all members of the school community. Water fountains are located in the children’s toilet areas. Children are encouraged to bring a bottle of water into school with them. Some classes organise jugs and cups of water if staff deem this more appropriate. Children may drink their water at any time except during the 15 minute assembly. Regular breaks are built into the school day and curriculum by class teachers. EYFS and KS1 children are also reminded to drink water at their snack time.

Snacks

All our under 5s are entitled to free milk which is organised by the EYFS staff. All EYFS and KS1 classes include a snack of washed fruit to all children. We are taking part in the Government initiative, the Free Fruit Scheme to provide all infants with free fruit and vegetables during the day.

KS2 children are encouraged to bring fruit which they can eat at playtime. The school council have recently set up a tuck shop to provide a range of healthy snacks and drinks at playtimes. They ensure that all their choices support our ethos of healthy eating.

Food across the Curriculum

In FS, KS1 and KS2, there are a number of opportunities for pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of health, including healthy eating patterns and practical skills that are needed to understand where food comes from such as shopping, preparing and cooking food.

As part of our work around Open Futures the children have regular opportunities to plant, grow, harvest, cook and eat their own produce!