'Love, Courage and Fellowship'
It is the intention of this section of our website to enable all those involved with Chawton Primary to develop and maintain a shared philosophy on all aspects of food and drink within the school. We seek to develop healthy eating and drinking activities at Chawton Primary that benefit all pupils, staff, parents, caterers and others associated with Chawton Primary community.
We believe that all members of the Chawton Primary community (i.e. pupils, teachers, other staff, parents, external sport and other services providers and volunteers) are both aware and help with the implementation of the following at Chawton Primary:-
At Chawton Primary, we regularly update our medical records of all children to identify those with food allergies. This process occurs at least annual at the start of the school year. We ask all parents however to note that it is the responsibility of parents to advise of any changes in their children’s dietary requirements. Any such information received will be promptly communicated to the HC3S and all relevant pupils, staff, caterers and anyone associated with food production visiting Chawton Primary, thus ensuring all affected children are not unknowingly exposed to food allergens.
At Chawton Primary we aim to be a "NUT FREE SCHOOL" this means we ask all parents not to send their children in with nuts and we do not give out nuts as snacks. This is to minimise the risks for any pupils with allergies.
Break time snack
All pupils are welcome to bring a healthy snack from home for the morning break time. This may include fruit or vegetables. Water may be drunk and access to fresh water is always available.
Plentiful drinking of water by school children has been recognised in improving behaviour and concentration. Therefore, all children are encouraged to bring a plastic water bottle for which they are responsible. Regular opportunities to drink water are given throughout the school day. Children are regularly reminded to drink water at break times.
The Food Standards Agency survey of packed lunchboxes showed that in general children’s lunchboxes contained too much sugar, salt and fat and little fruit and vegetables. We encourage parents to provide healthy lunchboxes.
We actively discourage some foods from being consumed at school such as: crisps, sweets, (including sweetened fruit products such as Winders), chocolate and confectionary containing chocolate, nuts and cereal bars containing nuts. ‘Squash’ or added-sugar and/or sweetened drinks should not be included in packed lunches or brought into school by other means and at other times.
Food not eaten in a packed lunch will be taken home by the child to ensure that parents know what their child has or has not eaten. We encourage parents to include in lunchboxes those foods which will provide a balanced meal and are known to have a positive impact on the child’s development.
In accordance with the British Nutrition Foundation guidelines a child’s packed lunch should include only the following:
Lunchtime staff will look for opportunities to engage with children and chat to them about what they are eating.
The Dining Environment
Chawton Primary is committed to providing a welcoming eating environment that encourages the positive social interaction of pupils and teachers. It is recognised that the physical constraints of the main hall mean that there are two lunch ‘sittings’, placing limits on the length of time available for serving and eating school dinners and eating packed lunches. Despite this constraint, we do aim to provide a calm, ordered environment conducive to good behaviour.
Chawton Primary is also committed to the following:
Celebrations & Festivals
Chawton Primary also recognises that food plays an important role in celebration of culture, and religious festivals. As part of its religious education programme and topic work throughout Chawton Primary, children will have the opportunity to experience foods significant to different countries and to different religious beliefs.
Food in the curriculum
Food represents many things to us all: energy, nutrition, commodity, livelihood, communal activity and pleasure, to name but a few. Its significance in our lives means that it can and should be used to enrich Chawton Primary’s curriculum. This curriculum can in turn be used to enrich pupils’ experience of food and healthy eating. Schemes of work currently within this curriculum include a range will reflect the whole-school emphasis on healthy eating.
Curriculum content will focus on:
Food beyond the curriculum
The link between cultivation and consumption is often difficult to make for children who are used to picking products off a shelf and never enquiring about their origins. Chawton Primary’s Gardening Club encourages children to grow their own vegetables and fruits. To complete the cycle, we do remind children to use the compost bins, to compost their fruit and vegetable waste, the products of which will then be used in the tubs and pots around Chawton Primary.
At Chawton Primary we also try to take full advantage of our setting by having school trips to local farms on a regular basis.
Children are able to select their meal choices in the morning. There is, therefore, no need to book lunches further in advance.
Payment For Meals
Each meal costs £2.50 although children in Years R, 1 & 2 receive a free school meal.
Ideally meals should be paid for in advance monthly but we can accept payments on a daily or weekly basis. Payments can be made by cash or cheque (made payable to Chawton Primary School) via the school office or by using our online payment system. If you register on Tucasi as a first time user, you will need an unique online line code which you can request from the school office.