Kings Road Primary School – Healthy Food Policy
In our school we are committed to giving all our pupils consistent messages about all aspects of health to help them understand the impact of particular behaviours and encourage them to take responsibility for the choices they make. This policy should be read alongside the school's PSHCE, Science and Packed lunch Policies.
The school supports the '5 a day' campaign to encourage children to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, which has been shown to reduce the onset of certain life-threatening conditions as well as being helpful in tackling and preventing childhood obesity.
We have used the following approach to identify what areas we need to change to develop a more healthy approach to the issue of food in our school:
How well are we doing?
How well should we be doing?
What more should we aim to achieve?
What must we do to make it happen?
What action should we take and how do we review progress?
King’s Road Primary is a healthy school. It is important that we consider all elements of our work to ensure that we promote health awareness in all members of our diverse school community. We can provide a valuable role model to pupils and their families with regard to food and healthy eating patterns.
Through effective leadership, the school ethos and the curriculum, all school staff can bring together all elements of the school day to create an environment which supports a healthy lifestyle.
Aims and Objectives
To ensure that we are giving consistent messages about food and health.
To give our pupils the information they need to make healthy choices.
To promote health awareness.
To contribute to the healthy physical development of all members of our school
To encourage all children to take part in the '5 a day' campaign
Settings for Food Policy
We do not use vending machines in our school. We run a healthy snacks tuck shop and the Food Policy is applied to all items sold. Pupils are allowed to bring fruit or snack items from home to eat at playtime but the snacks must be consistent with our healthy snacks criteria. We have consulted with our pupils through the Schools Council and talking to whole classes in order to offer choices of snacks that appeal to them.
Breakfast Club operates on a daily basis in the school for all children from age 5. We target some children who we know have little or no time for breakfast in the mornings at home.
The food offered is healthy and is consistent with a healthy diet. We provide toast, low fat spread, fruit jam and low salt/low sugar fortified cereals (occasionally including Cocopops as a choice). Children choose from water, orange juice and blackcurrant juice to drink (with no added sugar).
Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
All our under 5s are entitled to free milk which is organised by the Nursery teacher. All FS and KS1 classes include an afternoon breaktime snack of cut and washed fruit or vegetables to all children, which is eaten outside on the playground or in the classrooms if it is raining.
School lunches and packed lunches
All our school meals are provided by a contract with Trafford Local Authority. Where possible, this includes the use of fresh fruit and vegetables each day as a choice for the children. They provide a hot and cold option, both of which pay regard to nutritional balance and healthy options. There is a daily salad bar which offers a wide choice of cold salad items including pasta, rice or potato salads and bread. The School Cook has been invited to attend School Council meetings in order to discuss preferences with our pupils and to explain some details about nutritional standards. This is reported back to the rest of the school.
Many children bring a packed lunch to school. The school is developing a Packed Lunch Policy after consultation with pupils, parents, staff and governors and this will encourage parents to provide a healthy packed lunch in line with our Healthy Food Policy
Water for All
Water is freely available throughout the school day to all members of the school community. Every child has been encouraged to bring in a water bottle to store their water in. Children may drink their water at any time except during the 15 minute assembly. FS and KS1 children are also reminded to drink water at their snack time. There are several water coolers available in the school.
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.
Literacy provides children with the opportunity to explore poetry, persuasion, argument and narrative work using food and food related issues as a stimulus, eg writing to a company to persuade them to use less sugar and salt in children's food and drink etc.
Maths can offer the possibility of understanding nutrition labelling, calculating quantities for recipes, weighing and measuring ingredients.
Science provides an opportunity to learn about the types of food available, their nutritional composition, digestion and the function of different nutrients in contributing to health and how the body responds to exercise.
RE provides the opportunity to discuss the role of certain foods in the major religions of the world. Children experience different foods associated with religious festivals.
ICT can afford pupils the opportunity to research food issues using the internet and other electronic resources. Pupils design packaging and adverts to promote healthy food choices.
Food Technology as part of DT provides the opportunity to learn about where food comes from and apply healthy eating messages through practical work with food, including preparation and cooking. We have adapted our DT policy to ensure that each class prepares at least 1 healthy dish as part of their DT work. These include pizzas, fruit salads and fruit crumbles.
PSHCE encourages young people to take responsibility for their own health and well-being, teaches them how to develop a healthy lifestyle and addresses issues such as body image. Pupils are able to discuss issues of interest to young people, eg advertising and sustainable development.
Music can provide pupils with knowledge about different properties of cooked and uncooked foods where pulses and grains are used in unpitched percussion instruments.
Geography provides a focus on the natural world and changing environment, offering the chance to consider the impact our consumer choices have on people across the world who rely on growing food as their source of income. History provides insight into changes in diet and food over time.
Physical Education provides pupils with the opportunity to develop physically and to understand the practical impact of sport, exercise and other physical activity such as dance and walking.
School visits provide pupils with activities to enhance their physical development eg to activity centres.
Out of hours learning includes cookery and gardening clubs from time to time.
In addition to normal curriculum time, each year we have a dedicated week for the whole school which is designated as Healthy School week. This includes many fun activities which are designed to promote knowledge of healthy eating such as making pizzas, fruit salads, bread, healthy drinks such as smoothies etc.
Partnership with parents and carers
The partnership of home and school is critical in shaping how children and young people behave, particularly where health is concerned. Each must reinforce the other. This is not always easy but our school is well placed to lead by example.
Parents and carers are updated on our water and packed lunch policies through school and class newsletters and the web-site. We ask parents not to send in fizzy drinks and we remind them that only water may be drunk during the school day, except at lunch when children may drink juice or squash with their packed lunch.
During events such as parties, the school will encourage parents and carers to consider the Food Policy in the range of refreshments brought to school to share. However it is important to stress to children that it is O.K. to eat less healthy foods and snacks occasionally as a treat and as part of a well-balanced diet.
Role of the Governors
Governors monitor and check that the school policy is upheld and can also offer guidance where a member of the body has particular expertise in this area.
Monitoring and review
The Breakfast Club Manager is responsible for ensuring that the food served is in accordance with this policy. KS Managers and Subject Managers are responsible for the curriculum development of the Food Policy. The Headteacher and Deputy Head are responsible for supporting colleagues in the delivery of the Food Policy. The LA are responsible for ensuring the quality of the food offered as part of the contract with the caterer.
This policy will be reviewed annually to take account of new developments.