HEALTHY EATING POLICY
Good health is vital and healthy eating, being one of many contributors to this, can influence physical, mental and social well-being. At Castlewellan Primary School the staff is dedicated to helping each child understand the role of healthy eating in achieving good health.
- To provide opportunities for each child to access knowledge, understanding and skills related to healthy eating so that they may make informed choices.
- To raise awareness of the concepts of ‘healthy eating’ and ‘balanced diet’ and their importance in maintaining good health.
- To develop a positive attitude towards their eating habits.
- To provide opportunities within school to pursue a healthy diet.
- To help the children understand that some foods should be eaten in moderation.
Curriculum Organisation and Delivery
In Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2, healthy eating is addressed through:
- Cross-curricular links and Thematic Approaches
- Exposition by the teacher
- Discussion between the teacher and pupils and between the pupils themselves (Circle Time, PDMU)
- Whole school projects, Save our Smiles Healthy Break Scheme
- Staff being good role models
EU Milk Subsidy Scheme
Under this scheme, children can opt into receiving a daily carton of fresh, chilled milk throughout the year. Our aim is to maintain or increase the consumption of milk by our school children and to encourage them to form a life long habit of consuming these products.
Since Autumn Term 2008, we have adopted a ‘Save our Smile’ Healthy break initiative.
Children may bring a healthy snack, eg., fruit, vegetables or bread based snack (sugar-free filling) to school for morning break. Other items such as sweets, crisps, biscuits etc., are not allowed. A healthy tuck shop is also in operation every break time.
The school refers to the contract specification issued by DENI document
‘NEW NUTRITIONAL STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES AND OTHER FOOD IN SCHOOLS’ and ensures that provision is met. The school runs a cold servery and meals are brought in every day from St Malachy’s Kitchen.
The dinner system offers a choice of foods, which allows the pupils to exercise their knowledge of healthy eating.
Information on healthy packed lunches is provided for those who do not eat school meals. Any uneaten food is returned in the children’s packed lunch boxes so the parents can be aware of what the child has eaten whilst at school.
A central filtrated water system was installed in 2006. Children have their own water bottles and can refill at appropriate times during the day.
Statistics have proven have proper hydration in children leads to greater concentration levels and motivation.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitoring of more general aspects of healthy eating that pervade school life eg., healthy snack, drinking water, will be carried out informally through observation, discussion and consultation with staff -both teaching and non-teaching – and the children – via the School Council.
Healthy eating is for all pupils regardless of gender, race, culture, religion, ability or any special educational need. This will be taken into account when planning the healthy eating curriculum and new initiatives.
Cross Curricular Links
There are opportunities for raising awareness of healthy eating in all areas of school life. Specifically many aspects of healthy eating will be found in the PDMU, PE, HE, and Science
Health & Safety
All activities will be in line with school health and safety policy and SEELB guidelines.
Most importantly, in recognition of the danger of anaphylactic shock, guidance with regard to the type of snack the children should not bring to school has been issued.
At Castlewellan Primary School, external agencies are used to promote healthy eating. For example, visits are made by dental nurses/dentists in order to teach children about healthy eating.
Relevant and up-to-date INSET will be provided in response to school/staff needs and national initiatives.
Resources are centrally stored and easily accessible to staff. The school aims to keep resources up-to-date, and in line with the current curriculum.