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John Hellins Primary School

Being the best we can be

Health and Wellbeing

Lunchtimes

We work hard to provide a positive experience for our children at lunchtime. We recognise that lunchtime is a very important part of the day – physically, socially and emotionally.

In the lunch hall, our Lunchtime Supervisors encourage children to eat and drink healthily and to try new foods. We strive to create a relaxed and sociable feel within our Lunch Hall with pretty table cloths, jugs of water and cutlery holders. Children are encouraged to chat to their friends and have an allocated period of time within which to be seated. Older children are able to choose where they sit in the way that they would ask for a table in a restaurant – “table for two please” or “table for five please”.  Hot lunches are available from our external catering supplier – Kingswood Catering – who offer five lunchtime meal options every day (vegetarian, jacket potato, hotpot, main meal or picnic lunch). All school meals are ordered online via a dedicated booking and payment system. Bookings must be made by midnight on a Wednesday for the following week. Meals cost £2.30 per day and payments are made directly to Kingswood.

Whilst we strongly recommend that pupils have a school lunch (currently all lunches are free for children in Reception, Year 1 and 2), if you do wish to provide a healthy packed lunch then this is fine too. We ask that packed lunches do not contain any sweets and recommend that they contain at least one piece of fruit or vegetable. We provide water for all children and ask that no other drinks are consumed at lunchtimes.

Outside, we have a range of toys and equipment to facilitate exercise, social interaction and fun! Examples include tennis, den building, ball games, giant board games and giant limbo.  We have dedicated play leaders who organise different sports and games each day and sometimes have external sports coaches in to organise extra games and sports. We also hold indoor lunchtime clubs where children can take part in activities such as loom bands, colouring or Lego.