As a Health Promoting School, Stokeinteignhead Primary is committed to encouraging and developing positive attitudes towards food and a healthy diet. Promoting a healthy life style is integral to our curriculum and we recognise the importance of offering children the opportunity to make informed choices about what, when, where and why they eat.
As a school we know that food is fundamental to the quality of a child's life, not just in providing essential nutrition but in communicating and sharing positive values, attitudes and experiences with each other. We believe that adults (staff, parents and carers) should be good role models and should support the children in understanding how balanced nutrition contributes to a person's health, happiness and general well-being.
1. Aims and Objectives
1.1 To improve the health of pupils, staff and the whole school community by helping to influence eating habits through increasing knowledge and awareness of food issues including what constitutes a healthy diet.
1.2 To ensure pupils are well nourished at school and that every pupil hasaccess to safe, tasty and nutritious food and a safe, easily available water supply during the school day.
1.3 To ensure that food provision in the school acknowledges the ethical and medical requirements of staff and pupils e.g. religious, vegetarian, medical and allergenic needs.
1.4 To introduce and promote practices within the school to reinforce these aims and to remove or discourage practices that negate them.
2. Organisation -Curriculum
2.1 We regard healthy eating education as a whole-school issue, and we believe that opportunities to teach about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle occur throughout the curriculum.
2.2 Healthy eating education is an important part of our school's curriculum and children are taught about the importance of balanced nutrition and healthy food choices
2.3 All pupils have the opportunity to learn about where food has come from and the requirements for plant growth, the food chain and the components of a healthy diet through the Science curriculum
3. Organisation-Management of Eating At Stokeinteignhead Primary, we have agreed the following statements:
3.1 Pupils in KS1 will benefit from the free Fruit and Vegetables Scheme. These pupils will be encouraged to eat their piece of fruit as part of their daily break time.
3.2 To ensure consistency across the school KS2 children will also be asked to eat only fruit or vegetables at break time.
3.2 All children are encouraged to bring in a water bottle so they can have access to water throughout the day. A water fountain is also provided inthe school for additional access to drinking water.
3.3 Pupils' lunch boxes should offer balanced nutrition. Across a week parents are encouraged to offer a variety of healthy foods.
3.4 Birthdays, and special events such a Christmas parties in school are also times where food contributes to a sense of celebration and sharing. On these occasions foods other than fruit or vegetables may be offered, but the staff will remind the children that this is an "occasional “treat and not "every day food".
3.5 Food offered in after school and breakfast clubs comply with the food standards regulations, but occasionally (usually once per month) children are allowed to have alternatives as treat.
3.6 The school community is aware of the possibility of food allergies within the school population, particularly nut allergies. Parents or carers of children who are on special diets for medical or religious reasons, or who have allergies, will be asked to provide as much information as possible about which foods are suitable or foods which must be avoided. This information will be displayed in the staff room and in the school kitchen.
3.7 Pupils are taught not to share packed lunches and we ask parents to avoid sending inpacked lunches containing nuts.
3.8 Portion - no child is made to finish all the food that they are offered because we know that appetites vary from person to person. However, we do actively encourage the children to "try a little bit more"if they can to ensure that they are not hungry later on in the day.
4. School Meals
4.1 The school kitchen is managed by Devon Norse and we work closely with the company to ensure that a balanced meal is available for the children. Each day salad and fresh fruit are available to the children There are strict guide lines determining the meals that are available through the course of the week and these are in accordance with the Food Standards that apply to Schools.
5. School Dinners
5.1 We; Give the children time and space to eat in a calm environment Help the children to see that enjoying food and eating meals with others contributes to a happy lifestyle Encourage the children to find out more about achieving a healthy balance Encourage the children to try new foods and flavors in a supportive environment Promote school food to children and parents Listen to and accept constructive feedback and respond accordingly 5.2 At lunchtimes the hall is well staffed with midday supervisors and older pupils who assist the children in a variety of ways such as opening yogurt lids or helping the children to salad, keeping table surfaces clean and tidy. 5.3 Children will be encouraged to develop good eating skills and table manners at lunchtime and will be given plenty of time to eat.
This will be achieved by:
• Older Year 6 buddies may help younger children with their lunch in a variety of ways.
• Being encouraged to try a wide range of foods at lunchtimes to develop a taste for a greater variety of foods and achieve a balanced diet.
• Entering and leaving the dining hall in an orderly way and to show respect for others
• Parents or carers will be advised if their child is not eating well
• Demonstrating good manners inthe hall e.g. using quiet partner voices and saying "please" and "thank you" to the kitchen staff, MTA's and other pupils
• Seeking permission from a mealtime assistant before eating dessert and leaving the table
6. The role of theSchool
6.1 It is the responsibility of the School to ensure that staff and parents are informed about the healthy eating policy, and that the policy isimplemented effectively.
6.2 The Headteacher will follow guidelines from external agencies and ensure that all adults who work with children are aware of the school policy and work within this framework.
6.3 The Headteacher monitors teaching and learning about healthy eating. He oversees the content of the curriculum to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to learn about healthy eating.
7. The role of Parents:
7.1 The school is aware that the primary role model in children’s healthy eating education lies with parents. We wish to build a positive and supportive relationship with the parents of children at our school through mutual understanding, trust and co-operation.
In promoting this objective we will:
• Inform parents about the school healthy eating education policy and practice
• Encourage parents to be involved in reviewing school policy and suggesting modifications to it as necessary
• Inform parents about the best practice known with regard to healthy eating so that the parents can support the key messages being given to children at school.
8. The role of Governors:
8.1 The governing body is responsible for monitoring the healthy eating policy. The governors support the Headteacher in following guidelines from external agencies. Governors will inform and consult with parents about the healthy eating policy as required.
9. Monitoring andEvaluation:
9.1 The effective implementation of this policy will be monitored by the Headteacher, Business Manager and the Governing Body. The policy will be evaluated after 1year, this will be through a survey of the views of the whole school community, particularly the views of pupils. This will take place through assemblies, in class discussion and with school council.