Lunchtimes and Playtimes
Pupils are supervised at playtime by teachers and teaching assistants. During the lunchtime period, pupils are supervised in the dining room and outside by a team of experienced lunchtime supervisors many of whom are the teaching assistants who help them in the classrooms. A range of structured games and activities are available for children to access if they wish.
Snacks, Drinks and Hydration Breaks
Children are encouraged to bring a healthy 'snack' for morning break, a small apple, carrot, or a pack of raisins for example. In Key Stage 1 children receive a free piece of fruit daily as part of a national initiative by the government to help us eat 'five a day'.
We also provide an optional drink of milk each day to all children in Reception. Under 5s milk is funded by the government. There is an option for parents to purchase milk for their child. Please enquire at the school office for further details.
All children are encouraged to bring water in a bottle with sporting top to facilitate drinking. There is considerable evidence to suggest that children who drink plenty feel better and think better. Our hydration motto is 'Drink to think!'
We ask that parents ensure that their child's lunch box is nutritionally balanced and the content is easy to access. Fizzy drinks and glass bottles are not allowed. Drinks should be in 'safe' containers, not glass bottles. Please supply any cutlery etc. that your child will need to eat their packed lunch. Pupils having a packed lunch should store their clearly named lunch box on the cloakroom shelf upon arrival at school.
School meals are freshly cooked in our own kitchen by a company called Alliance in Partnership (AIP). The menu for each day is displayed in the dining room and on the external kitchen window. There is always a wide choice available, including vegetarian selections. School meals have to meet government nutritional guidelines for primary pupils and provide a balanced diet.
All dinner money should be in a purse or sealed envelope with the child's name and class clearly marked, and these are sent to the kitchen at the beginning of the day. Cheques for the full weekly or termly amount are also acceptable and should be made out to AIP. The cost of a school lunch for Key Stage 2 children, as of Sept 2015, is £2.00 per meal but this may be subject to change. Credit will be carried over to the next week if there is an absence. Daily cash payment is also acceptable
Free School Meals
Recent figures show that many families are failing to claim their entitlement to free school meals. Claiming free school meals is a simple process. Free school meals are the same meals provided to paying pupils. They conform to government nutritional standards for primary school children and provide a balanced, healthy diet. Pupils entitled to free school meals receive these confidentially. If you fill in a claim form to enable your child to have fee meals this does not mean they have to take a free school meal every day. You can still choose which days to access the provision and which days to provide your child with a packed lunch.
Application forms are available from the school office. If you would like any further information, have any questions, or would like help completing an application form, please contact the school office who will be pleased to help.
Applying for Free School Meals when you are entitled benefits the school. The school receives additional income (known as Pupil Premium) in its main school budget based on pupils registered for free school meals, even if parents choose to provide a packed lunch for their pupil. We would encourage you to register for free school meals if you are entitled.
Free School Meals is a benefit awarded in respect of children under the age of 19 where the parent or carer is in receipt of one of the benefits below. (NB The titles and nature of the benefits may be subject to change by the government at any time. Please check with the school office for up to date information):
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Child Tax Credit – (*provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,040 (as assessed by H.M. Revenue and Customs). Please note the annual income limit increases from the 6th April 2010 to £16,190.
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit, or
- A letter of support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
*Working Tax Credit is available to employees and self-employed people from H.M. Revenue and Customs and provides extra financial support for parents who have children. This means you will not qualify for free school meals if you receive it.
Note: From 1 May 2009 where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment stops, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children will be entitled to free school meals.
By Law no other category of benefit payment or combination of Tax Credits qualify for free school meals. Similarly, there are no other circumstances that can legally justify the provision of a free school meal. (Correct at September 2012)
"Longlands playground is the best because it is filled with fun and games. We get fed lovely dinners too."
Year 4 Pupil