This school year we have teamed up with Food For Life, an initiative which brings schools, nurseries, hospitals, care homes and their surrounding communities together around the core ethos of healthy, tasty and sustainable food. Food for Life has a three tier award scheme; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Since September 2017 we have been working our way through the Bronze level and we are already a third of the way there!
As a school we feel strongly that children should eat a well-balanced, healthy diet and are educated to make good food choices. We aim to take a whole school approach that sees our children grow their own food; are provided with cooking and growing opportunities and are served freshly prepared, well-sourced meals.
As a reminder, the changes for healthier lifestyles we have made are:
- Our school dinners contain more vegetables and provide a well-balanced meal.
- School meals are freshly prepared and cooked onsite in our kitchen (at least 75% are cooked from scratch).
- Milk and water is available for all children to drink at lunchtimes.
- Children have water only as their drink throughout the school day in their bottles. This is much healthier for children’s teeth and reduces their sugar and sweetener intake throughout the day. For children who are not used to drinking plain water yet, chopped up fruit can be added to flavour the water, there are special bottles available which are great for this, with a ‘core’ for the fruit (lemon, orange, cucumber and strawberry have been firm favourites so far!).
- Only fresh fruit and vegetables are eaten as snacks at break time and the tuck shop is well stocked with a good range of these throughout the week.
- The fruit juice served at breakfast club is 100% fruit and mixed with 50% water. Sugar is no longer added to cereals in breakfast club.
We have established a ‘Food Council’ comprising of children across the year groups who will be asking lots of questions about what we are eating and where our food comes from. They will also be setting up a blog to share our award progress with parents, recipes from our chef Greg and helpful tips about what we are growing in the garden. We are looking for parents to join our ‘Food Council’ group, who are working on the new school food policy, which should be with you soon. Please let either me or Mrs Henson know if you would like to be part of this, working alongside children and staff on our journey forwards towards even healthier lifestyles!
For more information about Food For Life, click on the link below: