Ferrars Junior School is committed to encouraging and developing positive attitudes towards food and a healthy diet. We understand the importance of promoting a healthy lifestyle and we recognise the importance of offering children the opportunity to make healthy, informed choices both in and out of school.
Snacks during Break Time
Children are allowed to bring in their own healthy snack to eat during break time. They are allowed to bring fruit, vegetables and seeds. Children can buy fruit at school for 20p daily.
Any other foods brought into the school e.g. sweets, chocolate will be looked after by the class teacher and returned at the end of the school day.
Our school lunches are provided by Food Counts and menus are available to see on the school website. Children are offered three courses, soup, main and a pudding. A salad bar and fruit are available daily. We encourage you to look at the menus and talk about the choices available so that your child is ready to choose when they arrive at school in the morning.
Pupils are encouraged by the Midday Supervisors to sit quietly and behave in a polite and respectful manner, to use cutlery and to cut up their food correctly (practising at home is a good idea). Additional staff also help with this. As children choose what they want to eat we expect to see empty plates.
Children eating packed lunches sit alongside their peers in the dinner hall and are encouraged in the same way to eat what has been provided for them and not waste food. We assume that as the packed lunch is prepared at home it does not contain items that the children do not like. If there are any uneaten items we do not throw them away but they remain in the lunch box so that you are aware. We aim to encourage children to bring healthy packed lunches with a variety of foods. Food items that are not allowed are chocolate bars, sweets, chews and fizzy drinks these items will be given to the class teacher and returned at the end of the day.
Due to certain children having a nut allergy, please DO NOT send nuts into school.
Healthy Eating Packed Lunches
Please see the examples below for a more healthy lunch box for your child. Please do not put chocolate brioche or fruit winders in your child’s lunch box.
What makes a healthy, balanced packed lunch for children?
There are currently no regulations regarding the types of foods that can be included in school packed lunches, although many schools have policies in place, so it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with your child’s school packed lunch policy as some food items may be restricted.
Below are some guidelines on how to put together a healthy, balanced packed lunch – these follow the principles of the UK healthy eating model, the Eatwell Guide:
A school packed lunch should:
Be based on starchy foods
This can include rice, pasta, bread, couscous, wraps, pitta, potatoes and chapatti and where possible try to choose wholegrain varieties, e.g. wholemeal bread and leave skins on potatoes.
Include plenty of fruit and vegetables
· Include 1-2 portions in your child’s lunch box and try to vary these throughout the week.
· You could add sliced vegetables into a pasta dish or sandwich.
Supermarkets often have packs of chopped fresh fruits or individual packs of dried fruits. Keep some of these in the cupboard for those days when you don’t have much time to prepare.
Top tip: Make your own individual bags of dried fruit - place a small handful of mixed dried fruits, into food bags or sealed containers to store in the cupboard, this will also keep the costs down!
Include a portion of beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat, a dairy food and/or a non-dairy source of protein
· Use beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other sources of protein as sandwich fillings or in a pasta or rice salad.
· If you’re not including a dairy food in the main lunch item (e.g. in a salad or sandwich), add in a yogurt or some cheese such as a cheddar stick or cheese string to the lunch box.
If you’re including a dairy alternative, e.g. soya yogurt or milk, choose varieties which are unsweetened and fortified with calcium.
Include a drink
· Healthy options include water, semi-skimmed or 1% milk
You could also give your child fruit juice or smoothie – but remember, fruit juice and smoothies should be limited to a combined total of 150ml a day. You could always dilute fruit juice with still or sparkling water.