Healthy food and eating
Healthy Food and drink at St. Joseph's School
We learn about different food groups and the nutritional value in different types of food. We learn about 'a balanced diet' and look at the 'New Eatwell Guide'. We were 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.
Some children like to bring a packed lunch to school. This must include a piece of fruit or some vegetables. Families are encouraged to provide a balanced meal. Sweets and chocolate bars are not allowed.
Through school assemblies, lessons and a whole school focus we have now improved our lunchboxes.
St. Joseph's children enjoy their healthy snacks at break. We see some amazing varieties of fruit and vegetables including sliced cucumber and carrot sticks, mini tomatoes, chopped fruit, kiwi etc. All snacks brought into school are to be fresh or dried fruit and vegetables.
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 leads the change, concentrating on the things children care about: good food, attractive environment, social life, price and brand. School encourages 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.