Lunchtime is from 12 noon until 1 pm. Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children eat their lunch at 12.00 pm. The Key Stage 2 children eat their lunch after the younger children have finished in the Hall, about 12:25 pm.
From September 2014 all Reception and Key Stage 1 children are entitled to a free hot meal at lunchtime under the Government’s UIFSM initiative. Children in Key Stage 2 may pay for a hot meal (details of costs and menus are available form the school office). If your child does not want to take a hot school lunch, they will need to bring a packed lunch.
St Edmund’s School has Healthy Schools status and healthy lunches are encouraged – parents are therefore requested not to include crisps or chocolate bars in their children’s lunch boxes. Please also don’t send children to school with fizzy drinks or glass bottles. All of our children are encouraged to bring water in plastic bottles to drink through the day.
What are the benefits of a school meal?
- From September we will be able to offer a choice of freshly cooked main meals and a selection of desserts every day.
- In addition to the main course and dessert there will be a selection of vegetables, salad, fresh fruit , home cooked bread and water, representing excellent value for money.
- We are able to cater for specific diets and a vegetarian option is provided every day.
- All our meals will be prepared by local, helpful and friendly staff who will ensure that your child selects a healthy and balanced lunch.
- Enjoy the benefits of someone else planning and preparing a balanced lunch for your child. This will save you worrying about preparing a packed meal every day.
Helping your child through the day
Research has shown that children who eat a balanced meal at lunchtime are more likely to maintain concentration during the remainder of the school day.
The social development of children is an essential part of the school curriculum. We aim for the school meal to be a pleasing, positive educational experience where children can enjoy their lunch whilst having the benefit of healthy eating.
In today’s climate it is important that children balance their diet with regular exercise. A lunch can provide the necessary energy to cope with the demands of the school day.
Milk and Healthy Snacks
All the children in the Reception Class are able to have a drink of milk each day. All Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children are provided with a free piece of fruit/vegetable daily under the School Fruit and Vegetable scheme. Key Stage 2 children are encouraged to bring a healthy snack into school which they eat at morning break time.