At Beckfoot Nessfield we have two sittings for school dinners: Phase 1 (Nursery to Year 2) followed by Phase 2 and 3 (Year 3 to Year 6).
Why ‘family dining’?
Family dining is a crucial part of school life. At lunch children come together across different age groups to sit and eat with fellow children and staff to encourage discussion and to develop excellent communication skills.
It encourages children to try new foods, socialise with different children, serve each other and clear the table. Food waste is reduced.
We believe in the value of family dining as it reflects our community ethos, inclusive approach and high standards of pastoral care. It enables children to eat lunch in a calm environment where they are not rushing to finish their food in order to play out. This prevents children being hungry in the afternoon.
Children wait till everyone on their table has been served before they eat and then wait at the end of their lunch till everyone has finished.
What do children have for lunch?
We expect all pupils to eat a healthy meal at lunchtime. This may be school dinner or a packed lunch. For school dinners, there are vegetables, salads and bread to accompany the meal, followed by dessert or fresh fruit. There is a hot meal or jacket potato choice followed by a pudding or piece of fruit.
We expect packed lunches to be healthy so do not allow fizzy drinks, chocolate or sweets. We encourage children to include a piece of fruit in their lunch box each day.
School dinner menus are sent out each week via Class Dojo so families and children can choose what they would like for dinner each day. There is flexibility to choose a school dinner or bring a packed lunch from home each day. Children simply order what they would like when they register each day.
Families pay for the school dinners they have ordered on Parent Pay as the school is cashless.