At Grange Infant School, we are very proud of our wonderful lunchtime team. The activities and games included during the lunch hour promote learning through play; where our children develop a further understanding of sharing, patience and listening.
There are a wide variety of games chosen for the children to play, if they so wish to take part. These games can be split into different zones of play, concentrating on a variety of skills.
Some of the activities available are-
Ball and cup & Catch: Concentration, perseverance and hand-eye co-ordination.
Football: Collaboration, patience and co-ordination
Skipping: Perseverance and co-ordination
Traditional Playground games are always being enjoyed at lunchtime by the children and the lunchtime supervisory assistants.
We have recently introduced a “Quiet Area” in the Year 1 and 2 playground. This is replacing last years “Lunch Club”. The area is intended for the children that struggle with a long playtime and would previously have attended our Lunch Club.
Within the “Quiet Area” there are benches for the children to sit at and read, draw and play quiet games together. They can spend the whole of lunchtime here or come and go as they feel needed. It is not a punishment or a “naughty area” its intended purpose is for children to enjoy some peace and quiet in what can be a noisy playground.
HC3S, Your Award-Winning School Caterer
Celebrating 30 years of school catering in 2019, our successful ethos is to provide healthy, local, responsible sourced food that children love. Our tasty, freshly cooked, nutritious dishes help your children flourish and reach their potential. As part of a balanced diet, our lunches provide a third of a child’s daily calorie intake, to aid concentration levels and give them energy to focus and to play.
We know that providing award winning meals isn’t enough and so at HC3S we go that step further, by helping schools and the wider community to encourage children, parents, carers to live healthy lifestyles and think sustainably.
That’s why both our ‘Ready Steady Cook’ and healthy eating/lunchbox sessions, the later in collaboration we Public Health England, are fun, engaging and available in your area. Our added value ‘Food to Flourish Classroom’ resources help teachers educate children in an innovative, food related fashion that cuts across the curriculum.
Where opportunity arise, we bring live cooking and food related workshops to the classrooms. Sometimes, through partnerships with our suppliers and other local food organisations, outside of the classroom, creating sensory filled memorable experiences.
Celebrate with us throughout the academic year as we support Nutrition and Hydration Week, British Food Fortnight, and National School Meals Week; key events in the food and drink calendar which are lots of fun.
Want to know more about HC3S?
Click on this web link. https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hc3s/primaryschools
Universal Infant Free School Meals
All infant school age children are now entitled to a free hot school meal. The menu available can be found by clicking here. We encourage our children to take up the opportunity to have a free school dinner apposed to bringing in a packed lunch.
Research shows that-
- Children make more progress if they have eaten the right nutritional lunch
- Only 1% of packed lunches provide the correct nutrition
- Children are better prepared for learning if they eat well
- Eating hot dinners is an important social occasion and the children learn vital social skills
Packed Lunch Box ideas
The following links can be used when looking for Lunchbox ideas.
We run a reward system at Lunchtime where by one child from each class per day will be chosen for “Top Table”. The reward is given when a child follows all of our 6 lunchtime values;
- Please remember not to talk with your mouth full
- Please remember your manners
- Please put your cutlery in the water bowl
- Please scrape your plate into the bin
- Please use quiet voices
- Please keep the floor clean
Top Table is an extra special Lunchtime experience, one we are sure the children will strive to achieve.
In the Autumn term we were delighted to be able to invite our parents into school to have lunch with their child. The children loved this experience and we feel it was beneficial to the Parents/Carers to see just how lunch times work at Grange Infant School. We will be inviting Parents of all years back again in the Summer term. Please look out for a letter with further information.