MANOR COURT PRIMARY SCHOOL

School meals


School Meals and Snacks

Children in Key Stage 1 are provided with a piece of fruit or vegetable to eat at break times. Children in Key Stage 2 are encouraged to bring in a healthy snack in the form of fruit (including dried fruit), vegetable, cheese or cereal bar to eat at break times.

From 1st September 2014 Children in Foundation and Key stage 1 will be provided with a hot meal.

Hot meals are available and menus can be obtained from the school office. Alternatively, children can bring their own packed lunch. In the interest of safety please do not include glass containers in lunch boxes. In support of healthy schools you are asked to include a range of healthy items and to limit the amount of chocolate biscuits or full fat crisps in your child’s lunchbox. Sweets/chocolate/chewing gum are NOT allowed in school.

Lunchtime Arrangements

  • Children bring their own packed lunch, or have a school packed lunch or hot meal.
  • Pupils eat in the school hall or outside if the weather is suitable. School lunches are also eaten in the hall.
  • The children are encouraged to remember table manners and to eat sensibly and quietly in their seats.
  • We ask the children to wash their hands before sitting down to lunch.
  • They are encouraged to eat all their lunch and return anything they have not eaten to you.
  • We will endeavour to let you know if they are not eating enough.
  • Children are politely asked to avoid fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolate bars

Top Tips for a Healthy Lunchbox

“90% of children’s packed lunches contain too much fat, sugar and salt, but small changes can make a big difference.” (NHS website)

Here are our Ten Top Tips to a healthier lunchbox:

  • Make sandwiches with thickly sliced bread, or choose rolls or pitta breads. Go for wholegrain or wholemeal varieties where you can.
  • Cut down on the amount of butter and margarine you use in sandwiches.
  • Pick low-fat sandwich fillings such as ham, turkey, fish, cottage cheese or even sliced banana.
  • As well as fresh fruit, include a handful of grapes, a small fresh fruit salad or a box of raisins.
  • Go for unsweetened fruit juice, water, flavoured water, milk and yoghurt drinks..
  • Cut down on crisps, which are high in fat, and choose plain popcorn, pretzels, unsalted nuts or dried fruit.
  • Replace cakes, chocolates and biscuits with scones, currant buns and fruit bread.
  • Try to include some vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes, sticks of carrot, cucumber, celery and peppers.
  • Put some salad in your sandwiches. Once a week, why not go for a mixed salad instead of a sandwich.
  • You can still eat chocolate and sweets! Just make sure they are occasional treats.