Packed Lunches & Snacks
At Coppice Valley we teach children about food groups and how to make healthy choices in our Science and PSHCE lessons alongside practical lessons in cooking, baking and growing fruit and vegetables in our school gardens. Our policy towards packed lunches and snacks in school reflects this approach to healthy eating.
Packed Lunch Contents Advice
Some children prefer to bring a packed lunch from home. These guidelines are from our whole school food policy towards food and healthy eating.
Developing and encouraging healthy eating habits in childhood can influence health and well-being in later life. Please help us to promote healthy eating when thinking about the contents of your child's lunch. A good balance of protein, healthy carbohydrates and fruit/vegetables with minimal refined sugar helps ensure your child has all the energy they need to have a great afternoon at school.
You can find ideas for healthy packed lunches at www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchbox
Please do not send your child with fizzy drinks, glass bottles/containers (can shatter) or chocolate bars.
Packed Lunch Eating Arrangements
We provide our packed lunch eaters with a welcoming and friendly social area to eat in the Forest classroom.
There are displays about healthy eating and recycling in the room to encourage the children.
Fresh drinking water is available if children do not bring a drink from home.
Children take responsibility during one day of the week to help to keep the lunchroom clean and tidy.
We encourage children to take home what they don't eat so parents and carers can monitor their child's eating habits.
Snack times take place in classrooms before our morning playtime. at 10.30 am approx.
We encourage all pupils to have a healthy snack, to help keep their energy levels up until lunch time.
To be as safe as possible, pupils sit down and eat rather than eating while playing outside.
Fruit is available free of charge to all KS1 children.
KS2 children need to bring in their own healthy snack from home.
Children may bring a healthy snack to eat such as cheese, fruit, vegetables or low sugar cereal bar.
Please do not send chocolate, biscuits or messy snacks i.e. yoghurt with spoon as children eat their snacks at their desks for just 5 minutes before going out to play.