Healthy food and eating
Healthy Food and drink at St. Joseph's School
We have been learning about different food groups and the nutitional value in different types of food. We have learned about 'a balanced diet' and looked at the 'New Eatwell Guide'. We have been surprised at how much sugar some food and drinks contain. We are going to work hard to improve our diet by including a variety of foods. This will help us keep healthy.
In Autumn 2015 an audit of packed lunches was undertaken. It showed that less than 50% of packed lunches included a piece of fruit or vegetable. Some lunchboxes were very high in sugar content and did not reflect the 'Eatwell guide'.
Through school assemblies, lessons and a whole school focus we have now improved our lunchboxes. Approximately 33% of school bring a packed lunch to school. Through consultation with parents, advice leaflets etc all children now bring a packed lunch with a piece of fruit or vegetable. The varieties of food and nutritional values in the lunchboxes has increased greatly.
Views from pupils:
'I love having crunchy carrot sticks'
'I never tried tomatoes before but now it's one of my favourite snacks'
'My lunchbox will help keep me healthy'
In September 2015 we undertook a review of our 'snacks' at breaktimes and found that at least 50% of children were eating a packet of crisps daily. The amount of fruit being consumed was less than 25% of pupils. Through consultation with parents and pupils we updated our policy to reflect healthier snacks. Children are no longer able to eat crisps at breaktimes. All snacks brought into school are to be fresh or dried fruit and vegetables. Toast, chopped fruit and crumpets are able to be purchased from our school cook.
St. Joseph's children are enjoying their healthy snacks at break. We have seen some amazing varities of fruit and vegetables including sliced cucumber and carrot sticks, mini tomatoes, chopped fruit, kiwi etc.
Now over 75% of children eat a portion of fruit or vegetable each morning break.
Class 3 designed these eat well plates and have investigated how much sugar there is in different drinks. They made this display to show their findings to the whole school.
Reception and Year 1 children are on the journey to become 'Healthy Heroes!'
Thank you to all those parents who are completing the challenges and tasks and returning their cards to receive the next stamp. Well done!
Healthy Heroes and their sidekick Freddie are on a mission to help children and their families look after their emotional health and wellbeing and make healthier food and activity choices.
How can you become a Healthy Hero?
Each card contains a 'This Week's Challenge' to help children work towards becoming a Healthy Hero. Children gain a sticker on completion of each challenge to add to their Healthy Hero postcard to 'dress' their chosen hero. On completion of their hero, children receive a certificate of achievement, there is also a pledge certificate for the family for the food and activity choices to help maintain specific challenges.
School Food Plan
SCHOOL FOOD PLAN The School Food Plan is an agreed plan published in July 2013 with the support of the Secretary of State for Education and of the diverse organisations who can support head teachers to improve the quality and take-up of school food and put the kitchen at the heart of school life. The plan outlines how schools should improve their attitude to school food by :- Adopting a ‘whole-school approach’: integrating food into the life of the school: treating the dining hall as the hub of the school, where children and staff can eat together; lunch as part of the school day; the cooks as important staff members; and food as part of a rounded education The head teacher leading the change Concentrating on the things children care about: good food, attractive environment, social life, price and brand Encourage take up of school meals to improve school food economics and in particular encourage take up of the new Universal Free School Meals for all KS1 from September 2014 .
The school was visited by Warburtons who ran a workshop on healthy eating. The children discovered how bread is produced at the Warburtons bakeries and they were challenged to create a healthy and colourful sandwich using a variety of fresh ingredients.