This policy has been approved and adopted by the Governing Body in September 2020 and will be reviewed in September 2023.
At St. John the Baptist we recognise the importance of food in our lives and know that healthy eating is vital for long term good health. We are committed to giving our pupils consistent messages about all aspects of health, to enable them to take responsibility for the choices they make.
The school supports the '5-A-DAY' campaign and The Eatwell Guide to encourage children to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day and choose from each food group, which has been shown to reduce the onset of certain life-threatening conditions, as well as being helpful in tackling and preventing childhood obesity.
We do not allow any nut products to be brought into school. We also do not allow confectionary or fizzy drinks.
We do not allow crisps, cake or chocolate for mid-morning break, although a choice between crisps, biscuit bars and cakes are allowed in lunch boxes as part of a balanced diet (having multiple items from this list in one packed lunch does not reflect a balanced diet). For more information on break time snacks please see Appendix 1.
Our school meals are provided by Hampshire Caterers (HC3S), who have a healthy food policy as part of their tender. They ensure where possible that meals include fresh fruit and vegetables each day as a choice for pupils. There is a three weekly rota of menus.
Healthy Eating is not just about what goes on in the lunch hall and on the playground. We have a responsibility to teach children how and why they need to eat a healthy and balanced diet. We do this through curriculum areas such as RHSE, science, PE and DT.
Children are praised for healthy eating, trying something new and for showing good manners at the lunch table. When this is identified they will be awarded a sticker.
We offer a range of delicious treats for the children to enjoy. These vary daily but include:
Healthy Eating – Break Time Snacks
Diet and nutrition play an important role in the mental, physical and social development of a child. The establishment of healthy eating in childhood can reduce the risk of health problems such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis in later life. With this in mind, we aim to establish good eating habits, to promote good growth and to hope that these will be continued into adulthood.
Historically, some children were bringing in snacks with a high fat and sugar content and we took the opportunity to work with all the children to enable them to make healthier choices.
In school we feel that it is beneficial for all children to have a substantial snack at break time. This is an important part of the diet for young people who may not get enough energy for growth and development from their three main meals and because snacks can positively contribute towards a balanced diet (providing foods which are high in sugar, fat or salt are avoided) we permit only healthy snacks at break time.
In line with our healthy eating policy a piece of fruit is provided for every KS1 and EYFS child in school.
Possible healthy break time snacks include:
Children in KS2 can chose to purchase one of these items from the Snack Bar. Sugar and fat laden foods such as confectionary, biscuits, pastries, sausage rolls and crisps are not allowed.
Remember we are a nut-free school
Judging what us healthier: a LOT and a LITTLE
With the best will in the world, it is not always obvious whether a snack is healthy. The following table can be used as a guideline:
A LOT is 20g or more per 100g
A LITTLE is 3g or less per 100g
A LOT is 5g or more per 100g
A LITTLE is 1g or less per 100g
A LOT is 10g or more per 100g
A LITTLE is 2g or less per 100g
A LOT is 0.5g or more per 100g
A LITTLE is 0.1g or less per 100g
Fluids in school
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind parents that children must bring a water bottle into school. Children require 6-8 glasses of fluid a day to stay healthy and even small levels of dehydration can lead to reduced levels of concentration and affect behaviour. Personal water bottle can be kept in the classroom and filled up as needed. We do not allow anything other than plain unflavoured water in these bottles. Children should take their water bottles home at the end of each day to be washed.