We provide a menu across primary schools based on a three-weekly cycle. The menu includes three main options per day, plus dessert, and all pupils have access to a salad trolley containing a selection of salad items, fresh fruit, bread and other additional items such as pasta or couscous.
Our policy is to try and help pupils understand the different food groups and encourage them to try different foods as a means to maintain a balanced diet. We have included some guidance notes below.
- Eat plenty of fibre-rich starchy foods such as bread, pasta, potatoes, rice and cereals, which provide energy as well as vitamins and minerals.
- Try to eat at least FIVE portions of fruit and vegetables each day.
- Eat and drink milk and dairy products. These are an important source of calcium, which is needed for bone development.
- Eat moderate amounts of protein such as fish, chicken and alternative sources including beans and pulses. There has been a tendency to eat larger amounts of protein-rich foods in relation to other food groups, which is largely unnecessary.
- Eat less fat, especially saturates, the type found in fatty meats, hard cheese, butter, cakes, pastries, biscuits and fried foods such as chips.
- Choose reduced fat versions where possible. Eat sugar less often. To reduce the risk of tooth decay keep sweet foods to mealtimes only. Drink plenty of water.