We promote the message that there are no ‘bad’ foods, but that some foods are only eaten sometimes. Our children cook and work with food in the Science, D.T and PSHE curriculum. Good hygiene is always stressed and reinforced in these sessions.
St Aidan’s promotes healthy eating attitudes through the following initiatives:
a. Fruit and vegetable scheme (primary)
We give KS1 and Foundation stage children fruit and vegetables daily, at the morning break, through the Government’s fruit and vegetable scheme. Fruit for KS2 children is provided by the PSA
b. Eating environment
We have painted our hall to make it a welcoming eating environment and displays are prevalent that affirm good manners, positive social interaction and encourage healthy eating choices.
c. Water provision
Sufficient hydration is essential for effective learning. Staff encourage pupils to bring a water bottle to school every day and to drink water regularly throughout the day. There is a water dispenser in the staff room and two drinking fountains in the playground.
d. Packed lunches
The lunch time team monitor the content of packed lunches and relay any concerns about inappropriate food to staff and parents.
Cookery takes place on a weekly basis as part of our KS2 Enrichment programme. Many classes cook at other times during the year and demonstrate good food safety practice.
School lunch for all those who want it is made daily, using fresh ingredients, in our kitchen. There is always a choice of either a meat or vegetarian meal. The menu changes daily, on a two week rolling schedule. This is published at the beginning of term in Headlines and on the website. There is a salad and fruit bar from which children can serve themselves.
St Aidan’s and our kitchen team are committed to providing alternative food for pupils with medically proven food allergies. Parents or carers must inform the school about any such allergies in writing, providing evidence, eg. a letter from their GP or hospital.
Dinner money must be paid in advance, either weekly or half-termly; payments should be made via the SchoolMoney system.