Healthy School Reminders
We have noticed a growing number of children taking out part of their lunch to have at breaktime. As we are a 'Healthy School' KS1 and Reception children are provided with a piece of fruit or vegetable to eat at breaktime by Kent. Just to clarify KS2 may bring in either a piece of fruit, vegetable or cheese only.
Lunchtime Packed Lunches
We have also noticed that chocolate bars and sweets are in some lunch boxes and again as part of 'Healthy Schools' we would ask that you keep them at home for after school or for a treat.
Just a reminder, water bottles in the classroom should only contain water. You may wish to send your child in with a cartoon or a bottle with squash in for lunchtime.
We have worked hard to improve lunchtimes at Barming Primary School in order to make the experience a more positive one for the children and staff. We want to ensure children have a good quality lunch break with time to talk to thier friends, digest their food properly and play in the fresh air. Year 6 provide further support for the younger children as buddies and playleaders.
Sitting One: Reception and Year One
11.50pm to 12.25pm: In the hall eating
12.25pm to 1pm: Play outside
Sitting Two: Year Two and Year Three
12.10pm to 12.40pm: In the hall eating
12.40pm to 1.15pm: Play outside
Sitting Three: Year Four, Year Five and Year Six
12.15pm to 12.45pm: Play Outside
12.45pm to 1.15pm: In the hall eating
Here at Barming Primary School we believe that children need to drink water regularly throughout the school day. We encourage all our children to bring a water bottle to drink in their classrooms. When the weather is hot, we recommend two water bottles!
How does drinking water link to health?
• Drinking adequate amounts of water regularly throughout the day can protect health and contribute to well-being
• Drinking adequate amounts of water can help prevent a range of short and long-term health problems from headaches to bladder problems
• Water has none of the health problems associated with drinks containing sugar, additives, sweeteners, acids or caffeine
How does drinking water improve learning?
• The key to boosting the capacity to learn is to keep well hydrated throughout the day
• When we are thirsty, mental performance deteriorates by 10%
• Pupils concentrate better because they are not distracted by the symptoms of dehydration such as thirst, tiredness and irritability
• Can aid behaviour management by helping to settle pupils in the classroom
Children will achieve more when both their health and learning needs are met.
Ensuring access to water at all times and promoting a regular water intake is a vital role for schools in promoting health and providing a healthy learning environment.
What do the Government Say?
From September 2015, school food will contribute to how schools are rated by Ofsted in a new Common Inspection Framework.
“Inspectors will look for evidence of a culture or ethos of exercise and healthy eating throughout their entire inspection visit, in classrooms as well as the school canteen. They will look at the food on offer and visit the canteen to see the atmosphere and culture in the dining space and the effect it has on pupils’ behaviour.”
Jamie Oliver’s campaign introduced drastic changes in the meals offered in 81 (out of 88) schools in the London borough of Greenwich, shifting from low-budget processed meals high in saturated fat, salt and sugar towards healthier options.
A 2009 study confirmed the significant benefits the campaign had on educational attainment.
The research showed that healthy school meals significantly improved educational outcomes , in particular in English and Science, and led to a 15% reduction in absenteeism due to sickness. Recently, another study from Finland shows that a healthy diet (rich in vegetables, fruit, berries, whole grain, fish and unsaturated fats, and low in sugary products) is associated with better reading skills in the first three school years.
A Children's Food Trust study has shown that children in primary schools are 3 x more likely to concentrate in the classroom following improvements to the food and dining room.